As part of the gig this last weekend at Author Fest, I was told that I would have a ‘moderator’ for my presentations.  I thought this was odd because it wasn’t a panel, it was a presentation.  I said as much and was told:

“Sorry to confuse you. You’re presenting solo (as far as I know). We just use moderators to assist the presenter with keeping the presentations in under the time allotment with gentle reminders about time left, running to get more copies of handouts (if necessary), introducing the presenter by reading their bio, crowd control, etc. Stuff like that.”

Oh. Okay.

Then, it was further expanded to explain to me that the moderator was there to do whatever the presenter needed them to do.  I decided to tease my moderator on facebook by saying:

Of course, I was making the ‘rock star’ joke.  “I only want green M&M’s!”  I chose purple cuz I figured they don’t exist.  Well, I was wrong.  And when I got to Manitou Springs, guess what was waiting for me?

1 LB of Purple M&M’s

You guessed it – a pound of purple M&M’s.  Lest you think they are some sort of knock-off, let me show you a close up:

Note the telltale ‘M’

To say I was amused would be an understatement. 🙂



  • Paul (@princejvstin) Posted October 1, 2012 9:06 am

    I had no idea you could get purple M&Ms. 🙂

    I bet John Anealio could better explain than me the whole Rock star M&M thing and why its a “canary in a coal mine”.

  • J.T. Evans Posted October 1, 2012 1:32 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the purple M&Ms! I got a laugh out of the look on your face when I handed them over.

    Also, great presentations on podcasting and social media.

    I could see the reactions of the people in the social media presentation and how it changed their outlook on how to self-market and put themselves out there. Good stuff.

    In the podcast presentation, you make it sound SO easy, but I know there’s a ton of work that goes into it behind the scenes. You’ve inspired me to go out and get some recording equipment (I already have the requisite laptop and GarageBand and such) and see about podcasting some of my short stories after I get them polished up a little more.

    Thanks for the time you spent with everyone at Author Fest.

    PS: Good job reading your flash fiction story in front of a crowd of (mostly) strangers.

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