Take a number of writers eager to share their craft, sprinkle with some enthusiastic book lover volunteers then add several interested readers to the mix and what do you get? A full day to discuss, share, learn and teach writing at the Alpena Book Festival. And, yes, we were encouraged to promote ourselves and sign our books. Stocked on the shelves in a bookstore no less.
You may remember the last time I posted here on September 23rd, fellow Rose Diane Burton and I were just heading off to take part in the event. Blasted out of my comfort zone big time when I accepted her invitation to attend and wondering what to expect, I needn’t have worried.
What a fabulous experience. Everyone was friendly and accepting. The venues, an ‘old fashioned’ bookstore, a charming loft meeting room, an art gallery space all were homey and unique.
As traveling companions, Diane and I mesh pretty well. She is an excellent driver with a solid sense of direction, qualities I lack on both counts, although I have been known to read a map correctly when pressed. As roommates go, I hit the jackpot. She’s tidy and courteous, who could ask for more? Since we have a lot in common, we had plenty to talk about. Our families, our writing, various author groups we both belong to. The current state of publishing and such.
Even our individual nighttime rituals and early morning routines seemed to be complimentary. While she reads before bed, lights on as I settle in don’t bother me at all. I’m up early to spend alone time with my beloved coffee, and hopefully don’t disturb Diane as she catches another hour of shut eye.
All in all, it was a week-end saturated with the who, what, where, when, why and how of the profession we all know and love.
The only down side was the lengthy drive in and around your typical week-end traffic. Easy enough to solve. Next year we’ve decided to arrive earlier and stay longer.
It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.
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