First of all, my husband and I took a much-needed mini vacation to St. Louis last weekend for our annual trip to Fright Fest at Six Flags. While there, we picnicked at Forest Park where I was chased away from the food by a bee. We also visited the art museum, the zoo, and West County Mall. A trip to St. Louis is incomplete without a little shopping! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves; however Fright Fest was a tad disappointing. It was way too busy for our taste, something we had not experienced in previous years. We agree to forego the trip next year. I think it’s time to throw a party instead.
I have also kept busy with the school’s Beta club. Beta is a national organization that helps students achieve excellence in academics and character. This is my first year as a sponsor, and it has been quite an interesting experience. With service events and competitions, we are preparing our students for the Beta Convention in December.
Another reason these past two weeks have been so engaging is book promotion. I have a blog tour for Elise’s Choice scheduled from November 1-14. Yesterday, November 1, I participated in the local Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). I sold all the copies of my book that I had on hand; time for another order! I also met a young lady who is currently working on a story. She shared her idea with me, and WOW! It is difficult to fathom that she is only a sixth grader. Her idea is so unique and intricately developed. I hope she keeps me posted on her progress, and I definitely want to read it when she completes it.
Furthermore, I have been working on my sequel. Here are snippets of information about it:
* It takes place seventeen years after Elise’s Choice.
* The setting begins in Petheralm.
* It focuses on a character mentioned in Elise’s Choice.
* Elise and Anton are mentioned but definitely not involved.
I am writing it in first person. Since I spent so much time listening to Elise’s “voice,” it took a little while to hear this protagonist. Readers who write will understand what I mean; those who don’t probably think I’m insane. To quote Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, “We’re all mad here!”
So, there you have it: the details of my busy two weeks. Look for the following blog topics in the upcoming weeks:
* a cupcake experiment (I need to find a use for leftover Halloween candy)
* book reviews
* author interviews
* information and ideas about the writing/editing/publishing/promoting process.
If you have any topics you would like for me to cover, feel free to make suggestions in the comments.