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