The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Never Too Late

        Enough cheesecake, chocolate-covered pretzels, fruit, wine and cheese and crackers to feed an army...People crammed into a bookstore like they were thirteen-year olds waiting for Justin Bieber to relieve himself in an alley...Two editors-extraordinaire and one bookstore owner (along with her "bartender" husband)...A hundred or so of readers and writers...Put all of those together and you come up with a winning combination.   


     A book launch for two collections, Not Your Mother's Book...On Family and Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Mom was held this week, hosted by Robin Theiss at her shop, Stl Books. Dianna Graveman and Linda O'Connell, after completing months and months (and years) of editing work, were finally able to let their breath out and celebrate.


     One of the writers who was part of the celebration was Verna Simms. Verna's 93, still kickin' as an author, and just recently had a novel published. She was having such a good time at the book signing, she had to be taken out in handcuffs convinced it was getting late before she agreed to head home.


     So, if you're assuming you're too old to write a book, think of Verna. If you're figuring you don't have a chance of getting published, think of Verna. If you're sure you're past your prime, think of Verna...
    
      And reach out towards your goals.

14 comments:

  1. I do so admire people like Verna. :-)

    Pearl

    p.s. Regarding yesterday's post, I actually did NOT get the job. :-) My lousy 40 WPM (now closer to 100) was not good enough. So! Didn't get the job AND mistaken for a prostitute! How's that for a kick in the head? (I'm still confused about that, you know. It was a lovely, conservatively sweet little dress, I don't wear a lot of makeup, and I honestly don't look like a hooker...)

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    1. Pearl--Sadly, the job offer on the street might have paid better. And of course you don't look like a prostitute, since you have perfect posture AND manners..;)

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  2. There is still hope for me!!! Glad things went so well. Now you can go on to the next thing!

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    1. Claudia--Of course there is hope for you and for me too.

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  3. Beautiful post, Sioux. I met Verna at the signing the other night and she is lovely. Thanks for reminding us that it's never too late to achieve our dreams. So good to see you!

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    1. Theresa--I agree. Verna IS a doll. It was great to see you as well.

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  4. We have a 94-year-old local author, who took a little bit of a different route. She wrote and illustrated her own children's book.

    http://dailyjournalonline.com/farmington-press/news/local/first-time-author-proves-it-s-never-too-late/article_30c332ed-6e06-5b50-a45f-03184fec24e6.html

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  5. At the time of the event I had no idea Verna was an author. I thought she was someone's mom. DUR. What an inspiration! You need to tell me these things as they are happening! Great event and you did a fantastic job reading - as always! I'll be blogging about it soon!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. Yes, Verna is a true inspiration.

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  6. Amen...and amen. Good times, good people. Good cheesecake bites.

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    1. Tammy--And fortunately, the great conversations put no new cellulite on my rear end. Perhaps I should have kept my mouth moving with the discussions, leaving no time to shove those delectable cheesecake bites into my gaping maw.

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  7. Verna sounds like an inspiration, to be 93-years-old and still writing. You should interview her for your blog so your fans (me, me, me!) can meet her. I bet she's got some real words of wisdom.

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    1. Lisa--That is a great idea. I wanted to take her picture but the shop was too crowded to get to her and when it thinned out a bit, she had already taken off.

      I'll have to see what I can do...

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