I attended my first local book event in a very long time. It was the first time at one of this magnitude. READOUT2018, was held at the Gulfport Public Library, February 16-18. There were a lot of writers and poets represented. We had the opportunity to read as well as sign books. There way a keynote speech, a panel, and a workshop, as well. Here’s the line-up, some bling and handouts we received. I was in phenomenal company.
The Meet and Greet was very nice, They served wine and beverages, cheese, fruit, crackers(some of which faked me out, posing as pepperoni! The nerve! LOL) We mingled, meeting authors, readers, and the library staff and volunteers. The sponsors and host did a wonderful job with space, supplies, ad making us feel welcome. The authors actually interacted with others. You know that paralyzing introvert thing many of us suffer from, but once we dived in, it was fabulous. I actually met a wonderful author, who was not on the rollabout there supporting her partner. Take about unexpected treasure! I met Nancy Manahan(2nd from left), co-author of the novel Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, originally published by Naiad in 1985, and reprinted in 2013 by Spinster’s Ink. I absolutely HAD to fangirl and get a signed copy and a picture.
Saturday was chock full of happenings! Elizabeth Sims(need I say more) did the keynote speech. She packed a lot into the allotted time. I wish we had longer. I wish I had taken notes. I wish I had take pictures. What can I say, I was caught up in the moment. I did manage to take some notes during the Fearless Writing Workshop on Sunday. We did two exercises, and, I got my power ring! The techniques she shared are timeless and priceless.
Read her books, check out her blog Zestful Writing, check her out in the Writer’s Digest magazine/ezine. Run, don’t walk. If you have a book in you, she will help you get it out! But mostly, read her books, and if you have a chance to hear her speak, don’t miss it! Oh, and she has mean arms and forearms(I used to say ‘guns’, but somehow, these days, I feel uncomfortable with that), too. Sorry, Elizabeth, I couldn’t resist. LOL
We sold books in the vendor room. It was my birthday, and I read from my book Glimpses of a Fractured Soul, which was printed on my birthday (close) last year, as a surprise. I would not trade Regal crest Enterprises for anything. Okay, okay, Cathy, I would trade them for Blue Beacon Books. Anyway, One of the writers got me a chocolate muffin(thanks, RJ), stuck a lead pencil on top, and sang happy birthday to me. Right in the middle of the vendor room. How grand is that! oh, and Trinka got me a MYLAR balloon, lol. Thanks Trinka! I hope you and Mary are enjoying the book.
Again, I was totally engaged, and got very few pictures. Actually, I’m beginning to think that is a good thing. I did however get pictures with this wonderful lady! Jillian Reed did a wonderful review of my book for ProSuzy. You can find it there, on my author page, or on Amazon. At the end of that review, she stated that one day she would meet me. She DID! I am overjoyed to make the aquaintance. In the first picture I have her review pulled up on my author page. I now. I’m such a geek/nerd/whatever. LOL I really thank her for her beautiful words about Glimpses. Check them out, as well as the other reviews, if you get a chance! …oh, and the book, too. LOL
I do wish I had made a video, or done the reading aloud. Wait, I think I might have a snippet from Ptown.
…nope. Maybe next time.