Sunday, October 23, 2016

Post Conference Report and Next Appearance

My experience at this year's Imaginarium Creative Writing Conference was not disappointing. As expected, it was awesome! It's always so good see old friends and meeting new ones and this year was no exception.

I was a member of four discussion panels during the conference and each one was well attended. That's one great thing about this conference, not only can you buy some great books directly from the authors, but if you're eager to learn more about being a writer or getting published, there are a seemingly endless number of panels to learn just about any aspect of the business.

From the time I set up and discovered my table neighbors were Melissa Goodman, Amy McCorkle, and Glenn Porzig, I was a happy camper. All three won awards at the conference. Congrats! Leah Pugh, was also a fantastic neighbor, but I forgot to get a picture of her. Sorry, Leah, next time.

I was so happy to see James and Claudette Pearcy again. They came all the way from Texas.

Of course, it's always good to share time with my friend, author, and fellow Hoosier, Molly Daniels.

And, last but not least, my friends at Per Bastet Publications who won the award for Best Press. Congratulations to them, also.

Imaginarium is my favorite convention to attend and I look forward to it every year. The one thing I kept hearing over and over from attendees is how nice everyone is and that is so true. Everyone, whether an author, publisher, editor, or filmmaker, was always happy to spend time talking to visitors and sharing information.

Kudos to the head honcho, Stephen Zimmer for putting on the best conference around. I don't want to miss any names, so I will just add that all of Stephen's staff and volunteers spent countless hours to make everything run so smoothly. My hat is off to all of you and I'll see you next year.

If you missed me at Imaginarium, my November appearances will be on November 5 at the Tri-Kappa Holiday Bizaar in French Lick, Indiana and November 19 at Karen't Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Enter the Imaginarium

My favorite event to attend of the year is coming up. Imaginarium 2016 arrives in Louisville, Ky this coming weekend, October 7-9, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel! A convention all about creative writing and the imagination, featuring over 130 professional guests conducting 3 days of panels and workshops on all genres of writing, the craft of writing, editing, publishing, blogging, filmmaking, social media, game design and much more! Gaming, cosplay and a costume contest, a film festival, an expo, live entertainment with music, magic and even a burlesque cabaret are all yours to enjoy alongside our national-caliber programming. Network, learn, and have fun among creatively-minded individuals all weekend! Explore our schedule and then browse our guests and the rest of the site to see everything that Imaginarium has to offer! Full weekend passes and single day passes available.

The Vendor Hall will be open free to the public to purchase books from authors in all genres. I will be there all three days with all of my books to sign and sell. I hope to see you there. 


Sunday, August 28, 2016

September Appearances

On September 8, I will be at the New Albany-Floyd County Library Authors Fair from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will also be a panel discussion during this time where myself and other authors will be discussing our writing process. The Library is located at 180 W. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana.

On September 18, I will participating in the Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz at 300 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. I hope to see you there.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Photo challenge - Colorful

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I've started taking pictures again. I hoping that doing that during the day will keep my mind fresh to work on my books in the evening. Starting in August, I'm doing a 31 day photo challenge. I have a daily list of photo themes that I will try to achieve. To get me started, I've picked my own topics to shoot for the next three days. Today's theme was "colorful." Below is a photo of my Impatiens flowers in front of my porch.

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Book and New Photographs

I wanted to give an update on what's been going on with me. No, I don't have a new book coming out yet, but I am about to start on the final chapter of my next book, "Her Bluegrass Beau." Without going into details, because they could change in the editing process, this book takes place in Kentucky when Karri Taylor comes to Kentucky to sell her great-aunt's farm that she inherited. While staying in Kentucky, she has second thoughts about selling when she meets the handsome neighbor, Jake Duncan. I hope to have the book released in early 2017.

The next news is that I am going to start taking photos again. No, this will not take time away from my writing. I'll be setting up a schedule allotting time for both. Photography has always been a passion of mine since high school. It's more or less a stress reliever for me. Periodically, I'll post some photos here as I plan on taking part in some photo challenges. Until I post some new ones, here are a couple landscapes that I took some time ago.

This was taken just down the road from my house on one of my morning walks. It's best viewed large.

I took this one as I was driving home one evening. This is also be viewed large.

Check back later for more updates and photos.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, United States!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phi Beta Psi's Day at the Park


My next appearance will be Saturday, June 25 at the Phi Beta Psi Day at the Park. The event is located at Wirth Park in Oakland City, Indiana from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time. I'll have all of my books there to sign and sell.

There will also be lots of craft and food vendors and live music all day.