Last weekend, I was able to participate in a couple author readings. (More like tag along with more experienced and established authors like Gayle Irwin and Shauna Murray, who are very talented and oh so sweet!). The first event was at the local library with these cute little people.
I always gain a lot from these experiences, and I'm really grateful when I can participate. You learn a lot by watching other authors and just seeing how kids react to the books and presentations. This is one of the many reasons I'm glad I self-published on my quest to becoming traditionally published - getting practice reading my book aloud and interacting with kids and fellow authors is an invaluable experience!
The second event was at a book shop in a neighboring town. Because it was a bit of a drive to get there, I got to bring this little sweetheart along. I have to admit, I was slightly nervous about how it would go,but she was a happy little snuggle bug while I read... and I kind of love this picture! Hehe :D
In other writing news, I recently discovered CAMP NANOWRIMO, which is this awesome, FREE program where you sign up with other authors in a "camp" and create a writing goal to complete by the end of a set deadline. I found out about it late in the game, so my goal was to write two short stories totaling 1400 words within a few days. When I reached my goal, I was declared a "winner" and was awarded the right to post this picture. Wooohooo!
It was GREAT motivation to have an official goal and other "campers" as a support group. I highly recommend other authors signing up for the next round, which I believe happens in July.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more soon! :)