I had the best time ever on Friday evening when I read excerpts from Wishing Caswell Dead at the 2018 Colorado Book Award finalist event for general fiction, literary fiction, and poetry categories. BookBar in Denver was the location. What a great place! A bar and a bookstore, all in one awesome package. I always thought Heaven should be like a giant library with all the books in the world…but now I’m thinking a huge BookBar would be fine too. The author pictured to the left is Jayme Mansfield, reading from her historical novel, Rush.
Many thanks to Colorado Humanities and their Colorado Book Awards team. Their efforts to celebrate the books and their authors, with the help of BookBar, are much appreciated.
The event actually pulled me out of my slump and reset my attitude to #amwriting. Of course, knowing I had a submission due for my critique group this week helped. I’m working on a second Sangamon Village novel and having lots of fun with new research and a new assortment of characters, including some really bad dudes.
Friday morning (May 4th) I’m attending a two-hour master class on self-publishing at the NCW Conference in Fort Collins, CO. On Saturday, I’m attending all day to reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in a while and soak up a little more knowledge about writing. There’s always something new to learn.
I finally got outside yesterday and planted the spinach and lettuce seeds in one of my garden boxes. At least those veggies are tough enough to survive the surprise snows and freezes we often get in Northern Colorado, even in May.
Next I’ll tackle the stripped flower bed by planting gladiolus bulbs. At the hardware store, I picked up a cute little hole digger to make it easier.
What I’m Reading
R. Gary Raham’s sci fi novel A Once-Dead Genius in the Kennel of Master Morticue Ambergrand: From Deathbed to Pethood and Beyond in Earth’s Far Distant Future is funny, brilliant, and complex enough to slow down my read even though I want to read faster to see what happens next. I’m abut 3/4 through the book which is downloaded from Net Galley, so I expect to finish it very soon.
That’s all I have for today. Hope you have a wonderful week with just enough rain and sunshine to make your flowers grow.
What are you reading and/or writing? Will you be attending any conferences or conventions this spring? Do you have a garden?