Subtitle: Monkey and Mommy and a Day of Books!
New faces and new adventures.That’s what life is about, right? I know I keep telling you I’ll be a better blogger, a better social friend. And then what happens? FAIL. I get a big fat fail stamped on my forehead. But things have been a little crazy on the writing side for me. But that’s good!
This last weekend I decided to take a little break, and when my amazing friend, Tameri Etherton, asked me to join her for lunch, I said YES! I stepped away from the computer, away from the laundry, and the dishes, and enjoyed delightful conversation and grown up time with fellow authors and writers.
I got to know inspiring young adult author, Bethany Lopez, the marvelous young adult author, Jessica Therrien, and incredible children’s author, Sheri Fink. Meeting these ladies added to the thrill of my planned attendance to Sunday’s Orange County Children’s Book Festival.
Isn’t that one of the best things about any vocation? Meeting people and establishing new relationships? These ladies are gems!
Come Sunday, my little Monkey begged to join me on the trek down to the festival. I warned her, it was a very long drive. An hour and half long. She smiled and said, “No problem.” She wanted to spend the day with her mother. I had also warned her that Mommy would be spending some time doing some not so fun things, like talking to people. It didn’t deter her one bit. So off we went together, after a long gathering process of getting Monkey ready to go. She’s definitely a girly girl in that respect.
My plan was to be out the door between eight and nine. Things rarely seem to go by my plan anymore. We pulled out of the garage closer to ten. I can’t recall all the reasons that slowed us down now. Monkey has never been good about mornings. But I do recall there was more than one wardrobe change, and a discussion over shoes.
When we got there the place was packed! Being this was Monkey’s first book festival she had no idea what to expect. She was delighted when we stepped inside to a petting zoo and multitudes of miniature railroad setups.
Being a good hearted child, she indulged her mommy and let me say “Hi” to a few people before beginning her kiddie torture on me. Stumbling upon Sheri’s booth first, Monkey immediately went into “shy” mode.
Was it because Sheri’s booth was just so darn cute?
OMG! There were balloons, fluffy stuffed flowers, beautiful table covers, ribbons, and a giant life-sized cardboard gnome! – Standing right in front! Monkey hid beside me as Sheri signed books for my little scared primate.
If you have a little one, I highly recommend any and all of Sheri’s books. They are fabulous and beautifully illustrated. Monkey loves them, and we had a ball reading through them once we were in the safety of familiar company. Mommy had to have a talk with her about their care. She is liable to love them to death.
With new bootie in hand, we made our way to the YA court, making a stop for shaved ice along the way. The syrup had to be deep red and blue. It wasn’t so much about flavor as it was about color. Isn’t it great being a kid?
It was in the YA court that we found authors Jessica Therrien and Bethany Lopez. Monkey was distracted by the face painting booth at this point and was getting a little anxious. Can you blame her? Jessica was on a panel when we arrived, across the court, and looked so cute as she rushed back to the booth. Do you enjoy fantasy? Paranormal? Stories dealing with mythology and the gods? If you are a lover of Immortal Monday there is a good chance you do. Jessica’s book, Oppression, looks like a wonderful piece for a future Immortal Monday discussion. Fans are anxiously awaiting book two, due this February, titled Uprising. If you like shorter reads, something you can get through quickly, Bethany is your gal. Her books follow a young high school student in a journal style, in the About Melissa series, allowing you into her innermost thoughts and dreams.
Monkey let me appreciate the moment before pushing me on to bigger and better things – the bounce house! Of which we got back in line for, on three separate occasions.
Finally tearing her away, and popping her face full of dots (yes, ice cream dots), I was able to drag little Monkey back into the line of tent covered booths again, in search of my beautiful blogging friend and writer, EC Stilson (Eliza)! I was so excited to finally get the chance to meet her in person. Did I mention she also plays an amazing violin? Well, she does! And has a CD out, as well.
Eliza is one of the first bloggers, I came to know when getting my feet wet. I was drawn in by her crazy marketing stunts for her very first book, The Golden Sky. A true story, journaling the death of her son. It will touch your heart. I was pulled into the blogging event, as bloggers everywhere shared their own stories. It was amazing. Eliza’s kids befriended Monkey. Drew her pictures and made little bows for her. A book on the table depicting an arrogant cat on the front caught Monkey’s eye and she had to have it. It came home with us (see picture above). I picked up a book for myself and one for the boy while we stopped and chatted as well.
Before we could make a clean break, an uproar exploded from my pack. It took us all by surprise.
While Thor is away, Loki’s jealousy has grown to uncontainable proportions.
Poor Eliza was the first of his victims. Who’s next?
That was our amazing crazy weekend! Getting out and meeting new people – good! Enjoying book festivals – good! Delighting in newly discovered books – always good!
How about you? How does the weekend ahead look for you?
Reminders: It’s never too late to jump on the Thor Tour. All you need to do is drop me a line. Thor has his own page now, by which you can track his progress, catch up on older updates, or just check out fun trivia, videos and pictures that will be added to on a regular basis. Check it out! Thor’s World Tour – Find the link at the top of the page.
Also, this blog will be relocating to a self-hosted site at some point at the beginning of November. I hope you’ll follow us to the new digs. My fabulous designer, Laird Sapir, and I have some pretty amazing ideas (I think) and I hope you’ll enjoy what we create there.
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