Book-signing, teen workshop, molasses, and the start of a new story

Thanks to all who stopped by at last night’s book-signing. I enjoyed talking to every one of you. It was also kind of cool to watch the parade of kiddies with their treasures of balloon art and face paintings and mouthfuls of cake behind blue-icing lips. How can that not be fun? Smiles and laughter everywhere. Plus I ran into an old acquaintance from elementary school days–how about that? It’s a small world. The nickname of Suky gave her away. Not a nickname I’ve ever had, though sharing the same first name, so it caught my attention. Plus, she still does look like her twelve-year-old self. How does she do that?

Next up is the pair of writing workshops for teens that I’m giving at Tredyffrin Library in Strafford, PA, July 11th and 18th, each at 7 pm. Call Laurie Doan at 610-688-7092 if you are interested. And if you’d like something like that for actual adults, let me know. I’ve always got lots of ideas on how to get the writing muse into the room.

Start with a cup of sugar, a cup of flour, a cup of molasses–oh, no that’s my Aunt Hattie’s cookie recipe. But hey, the writing muse might like molasses. You never know!

Moving on with my new story. Fortune-telling and flute-playing and love stories. Playing it as it lays.

On to the next adventure!

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Cabrini College authors’ panel and opus-pretending

Hello to everybody on this beautiful spring day. I was part of an authors’ panel for a librarian’s conference at Cabrini College the other day. Went through amazing rain to get there–creeks flooding over their banks everywhere, cars turning around. But I got there in good shape without the help of a helicopter and regardless of messages from the gods. A good event put on by Rick Stetler. Other authors included Marc Schuster, Donna Huston Murray, Tiffany Schmidt, Scott Heydt, and Susan Beth Lehman. Always interesting to hear the thoughts of other writers. And to hear the questions. Have put a bunch of new authors (for me) on my list of must-reads. How can you not want to read something called MICE DON’T TASTE LIKE CHICKEN (Heydt).

Sooo–back to work on the next opus, or at least what is pretending to be the next opus. While I pretend to write it. Having trouble getting past the beginning. Guess I just like where the character already is. I will have to knock her off the tightrope she walks. Who knew that a tightrope might be the safest place? But I guess if it’s that or an ocean’s whirlpool, go for the tightrope. But then–no actual story. Just me adding curtains to windows instead of breaking the window and letting the spears fly.

So let the spears fly!

If you’re in the area of Devon, PA on the 19th, come see me at the Neighborhood Funfest put on by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. I’ll be signing books starting at 6:30.

And I’ll be giving some teen writing workshops at the Tredyffrin Public Library, Strafford, PA, in July. More on that later.

Love to all–

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I’m back!

Hey, there, sorry to be away from the blog desk for so long, but I’m back.

I’m starting a new project, and hoping it takes hold. I never know until I’m just about there, so we’ll see. The La Traviata story is sitting on an editor’s desk. Waiting, waiting. In the meantime, there’s always the next great story!

I’ll be signing books at the Neighborhood Fun Fest at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 203 Valley Forge Rd, Devon, PA, June 19th, at 6:30. Please come!


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