Hello, Everyone! Hello, Spring! As I sit here with my cup of tea on his lovely Sunday morning, it is 73 degrees outside. 73 degrees! During the last week, April shook off the last of snow and chill, and we are officially DONE with winter.
And then I realized: it’s April 17th. April is more than half over. HOW IS APRIL MORE THAN HALF OVER ALREADY?
Last time I wrote a blog post, I was excited about my upcoming author talk at the Waseca Historical Society and getting ready to go to my friend’s wedding on the East Coast. Since then, I’ve been going into work early almost every day, making up time I missed in order to get ready for one of my biggest library events yet: Larger Than Life Games. It’s an Early Out (so, 3 hours long with over 50 kids attending) with a GIANT game theme. My volunteers and I have been hard at work making and prepping Giant Candyland, Live Pac-Man, Giant Jenga, Giant Dice Games, Giant Puzzles, Giant Bananagrams, and Live Angry Birds. I hope it will all be worth it! I promise to post pictures and let you know how the kids like all the activities. 🙂
But that’s not happening until this Wednesday. Let’s go back a few weeks and talk about the Waseca Historical Society! Thursday, March 31st, I wrapped up my morning Romp & Rhyme Story Time and headed over to the beautiful Waseca Historical Center. This was my first author talk/luncheon where people actually paid for tickets to hear me talk about my book! The Society sold over 55 tickets!
I was a little nervous (after all, these people PAID to see me. I better be worth it!), but had prepped a short PowerPoint to help me remember all my major points and had practiced my talk with Shane all week. This talk was different from my previous author talks because I got to delve more deeply into the historical aspect of Seven Stones and all the research I conducted. And I have to say, it was the most fun I’ve had giving an author talk!
As soon as I got up and started talking to the crowd, I felt comfortable and excited for the opportunity to share my novel with new readers. Afterward, I got to sell and sign lots of books and was invited to speak at several book clubs. I can’t wait! It was such a pleasure to speak at such a wonderful location (if you’re in the area and haven’t seen the Waseca Historical Society’s Timeline exhibit, you NEED to!). Thank you SO much to Joan and Carol for making my visit possible! I can’t wait to come back and talk about my sequel. 🙂
From there, it was just a few short days and Shane and I were off to Sarah’s wedding in Maryland! A whirlwind of traveling, enjoying ourselves heartily at the rehearsal dinner, and the day was HERE. Sarah and Patrick’s wedding was just amazing—a wonderful start to a truly wonderful couple. I love them both so much, and am so honored to have been co-maid of honor on their big day!
Shane and I danced the evening away and got to spend the night at the Vandiver Inn (we had the O’Neill suite). This place is so beautiful it shouldn’t be real. I felt like I was a character in Downton Abbey—seriously could get used to that kind of treatment (and FOOD).
This morning was the first time I’ve had to sit and relax since returning from Maryland. Shane and I made carrot cake pancakes with coconut whipped cream (recipe coming in my next post!), and I’m writing while we watch Liverpool (Shane’s favorite football club). It’s a warm, lazy, sun-soaked morning that I fully intend to indulge in before the craziness of this week begins. Starting tomorrow, I have three library tours, two story times, Mother-Daughter Book Club, Larger Than Life Early Out, a Summer Reading Program meeting, and am leading two sessions (healthy kids’ snacks and kids’ yoga) at the library’s How-To Festival. Oh, and I have a final research paper to write for my Youth Services class.
Wish me luck, everybody!