What a great way to spend my Saturday. I hung out with fellow authors and talked about my stories with book lovers. The weather was still summer-like, and there was something magical about sharing my love of reading with others. I am grateful to the readers who stopped by and talked to me. Special thanks to those to purchased my books.
A reader who purchased my complete series reached out to say she has read the first two books and is halfway through the third. She loved the story so far. I have been floating in the air since I heard from her.
I attended a book reading event by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni at the Warwick’s book store. Her ability to craft stories was evident in her talk. The one-hour event imparted so many lessons for an author like me. She masterfully narrated her interest in Queen Jindan’s life and how she did her research into the historical period and the queen. I was astounded by how the author set up the scene before she started the reading. Though I have read excerpts from my books, I have never taken the time to explain the background before. Something for me to emulate in the future. The best advice she gave authors is to read great books. That advice is easy for me to follow because I love to read. The best part was getting her autograph on the novel The Last Queen. I cannot wait to read and share my review with you.
I did for a contest and was humbled to win first place.
I am immensely grateful for local organizations that support artists, including writers. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is one such local organization that hosts the Write On Oceanside event.
They conducted a six-word story contest. I have never participated in a contest before, and I write 80k to 90k words novels. There is always a first time for everything, and I decided to craft a story in six words.
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway bet his literary friends that he could write an entire story in six words. The group put $10.00 each into the pot, then Hemingway wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
(Source: Write On Oceanside website)
I am in awe of his talent. I have years of practice ahead of me to reach his level. As the first step in that journey, my short won first place at the contest.
Well, what do you think? I would love to hear from you. One day, I hope to write his backstory. While not short, my complete trilogy is available in Kindle Unlimited for binge reading.
For a few weeks, my family has been fostering a rescue Chihuahua dog. Marty is six years old and has been a great addition to our family.
For us, this has been a fabulous opportunity, with all of us at home. I imagine this is how grandparents feel. We have been pampering Marty with cuddles, playing fetch, and walks.
Look at him. Isn’t he adorable? In a short time, he has become a part of our family, and we have arranged our days around him. He has touched our hearts and lives.
Marty’s first human parent passed away, so he has been through a lot. He deserves a loving family, and I believe we have found him one. He is off to his forever home tomorrow, and we will miss him terribly.
We will definitely foster another furry baby in the future.
Just a week left in my Instagram promotion. No purchase necessary. Two winners to be announced on Oct 31st.