Spring Flowers, Kentucky, and a Sale For Size-10 / @TMichelleNelson

Last week was a crazy week. I started it off by getting sick, and not me, but the ENTIRE family. It’s bad enough when just I feel lousy, but this time it was Mr. Keyes and my two boys, Hip Hop and Bam-Bam. (no those are not their birth names in case you’re wondering. The week culminated with me losing my voice, but I fortunately recovered it in time to do some really cool things.

Why, Hello Book Club!

Lovely Flowers From The Peters Township Library Book Club
Lovely Flowers From The Peters Township Library Book Club

I’ve been a member and a frequent visitor to my local libraries for as long as I can remember. Not only do I use the library to feed my book addiction, but I also participate in a writing critique group there, sponsored by SCBWI. So I love the library and was immensely flattered to have been asked to speak about my publishing journey at last week’s meeting. I answered questions for about forty minutes and four of my books were raffled off – super-cool way to spend the afternoon. The best part is that these folks are not YA readers, but they still wanted to learn about my work. After the session, I received positive feedback and beautiful Spring flowers as a thank you.

Kentucky Days

So, alot of peeps that I run into are under the impression that being an author is glamorous. I would have to say that after having held the role for over a year now, that that I probably not my first word choice. I pondered that as I drive the six and a half hours to the AA Highway Library Conference in Maysville, KY last Thursday. The scenery certainly was beautiful during the drive down. However, I am not someone who deals well with white noise. I’m usually the passenger passing out in the car the minute a trip begins! So out came the chocolate and the audio books.

My very non-glamorous dinner consisted of a Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza from the Kroger’s across the way from my Hotel. Unfortunately, Stouffer’s Pizzas are apparently not intended to be microwaved entirely. They also don’t come equipped with a little microwave dish. Here’s my non-glamorous dinner on two Kleenex. Fortunately they weren’t the kind with lotion.

My non-glamorous dinner
My non-glamorous dinner

Yes, I probably could have gone out to eat, but after all of that driving, this was as good as it was going to get. There are times (not many) when I find myself unable to socialize. Hard to believe, but true! This was just one of those times.

Wiped out after a long drive
Wiped out after a long drive

The next day, I had no problem finding the Maysville Technical College where the event was held.

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The Technical College in Maysville, KY

Today's schedule? Me and T. Michelle Nelson!
Today’s schedule? Me and T. Michelle Nelson!

My display is set up and ready to go with my powerpoint!

My session was on “Why YA Isn’t Just For YAs Anymore”. I had two outstanding groups. Again, folks who asked alot of great questions and seemed highly engaged. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the session. However, the highlight was meeting fellow Inkspell Publishing author, T. Michelle Nelson for the first time – face-to-face. We’d struck up a friendship over facebook and via long-distance chats, but it was great to see her in person!

Steph and T. Michelle finally meet!
Steph and T. Michelle finally meet!

Then it was back in the car and heading for home! I made it back just in time for dinner – Mr. Keyes’ home cooking!

Sale For Size-10

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Whoo hoo!

The following day was spent shopping for some final things for my beach vacation! There were a ton of sales to be had. However, the best part was that I finally, after months/years of working out and cutting carbs, fit into a size-10.

Coming from a size-16 after Hip-Hop’s birth makes that a huge deal.

Whoo hoo!