Sunday, October 19, 2008

Book readings and signings

Well, I had to admit to my publisher that I got a little carried away with scheduling readings and signings for my new book. I forgot that even an energetic person like me has to rest once in a while. When I looked at my schedule and realized that I had scheduled 7 talks/readings in a two- week period, I almost fainted. Doing readings isn't a problem, but when you have to prepare talks and workshops, you need time to do it.

I talked to the Roane County Writers in Kingston on Oct. 16 and had a wonderful time with them -- after my friend, Fay, and I finally found the library. I had gotten directions over the phone, but naturally I didn't write them down coherently. The only words I could read were "near the courthouse" and "on Kentucky Street." The library is near the courthouse but not that near. Fortunately, I had the library phone number so we were able to call and get more specific directions.

On Oct. 23, I speak to the OR Chamber of Commerce Diplomats on the power of humor. I'm pulling that talk together right now in-between working on the 5-hr humor writing workshop I'm doing for the TN Mountain Writers on Nov. 1. I get to rest a little after that workshop and don't need to prepare another talk until Nov. 12.

My grandson's football season is almost over so I'll have Monday nights free again. It's been a lot of fun watching him on the freshman team, but I don't enjoy watching him get tackled by some of the behemoths on the field.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

KWG anthology launch

This was a great week for the Knoxville Writers' Guild (KWG). We launched our 8th anthology, Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers, at Laurel Theatre on Thursday night. Edited by Jessie Janesheck and Jesse Graves, the anthology is a real treat with dozens of talented writers represented, I am very proud to have my memoir included, "Seashells, Hula Skirts, and Bob Hope: Memories of Guam." I lived on Guam in the early 1950's when my father was stationed there with the US Army. It was a magical time for me, and I hated being evacuated because of the threat of attack by North Korea.

The KWG also had readings at Barnes&Noble today where several of us read our poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Coincidentally, the piece I read on Guam was one I composed in a writing workshop I took from Jeanne McDonald at the TN Writers' January Jumpstart two years ago. Jeanne also was one of the readers today.

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I have written humor columns for a variety of publications including the Chicken Soup Books, Knoxville News Sentinel, The Oak Ridger, New Millennium Writings, CityView Magazine, and Ridges Magazine. Celtic Cat Publishing has released two of my humor books, LIFE AMONG THE LILLIPUTIANS, MEMORIES OF A LOOSE WOMAN, and a CD of humorous stories called JEST JUDY.