Good morning Everyone
It’s a bitter wintry morning on Long Island—a big difference from Hilton Head Island. My husband, Matt and I are back home, planning the yard and boat launch sequences. It is good to be back (although I do miss my grandkids). Pour your coffee, let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that Matt finally got his birthday tattoo by our daughter, the very talented Sara. When we drove into Brooklyn to her studio, Dukkha Tattoo, I luckily found a parking spot which, turned out, not so lucky since there was a ticket waiting on the windshield (so many parking rules and not enough parking spots). Anyways, Matt is a die-hard fisherman and covets the stripe bass. Sara drew the beautiful fish and tattooed a full color tat on his arm. Even though my daughter is a very talented and popular tattoo artist, I can’t say I like them or desire one, but Matt’s tattoo is a gorgeous piece of art. Happy 65th.
If we were having coffee together, I would report that I participated in the Women in Publishing Summit 2022. I went to this event last year, learned so much about writing and marketing, and followed Alexa Bigwarfe and her team throughout the year. There is that much to learn!. This year’s summit didn’t disappoint. A chock-full schedule of interesting topics and engaging speakers filled four days. I will go back into several recorded sessions I missed or need a repeat.
If we were having coffee together, I would say that March is a busy, busy month. It is Middle Grade March and I am taking part in a 31 day promotion with some very outstanding authors and their books. Check it out! March is also National Reading Month, so I am in another promotion. This one features activities and crafts that go with the books.
And then, the schools are beginning to open up their doors to author visits and events. Here is my schedule so far.
March 21 St Rose of Lima School Massapequa, NY
March 25 Long Island Language Arts Council/Nassau Reading Council Melville, NY
April 11th Author-Illustrator Night Middle Country Schools, NY
April 28th Girl Scouts Meet the Author Night VFW Hall Sayville, NY
May 18th Author-Illustrator Night Hampton Bays, NY
May 21st NYS Library Association SSL Verona, NY
If you are a teacher, librarian, or PTO chairperson searching for engaging and fun Meet the Author programs, check out my Creative Writing Workshops page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am available for local live events and long distant virtual chats.
If we were having coffee together, I would add that Book 3 is coming along—slow, but getting there. Writing a series is hard. I think my big problem is that it is Book 3, where familiar characters and settings have to be reintroduced and new characters and settings weaved into the plot without bogging down pace, and compromising craft and story integrity. A flop could jeopardize the whole series! Lots of pressure. I hope an upcoming field trip to the Lower East Side would spark insight. Walking the streets my characters would have walked and going to the church they would have attended may help. I am also checking into dates and tour times for the Italian American Museum and the Jewish Museum.
That’s it, Everyone. Pray for peace.
Thank yous go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating each week.
PS: Anyone signing up for Blogging A2Z Challenge? I’m serious contemplating it. Theme reveal starts on Sunday March 7th.
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