The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Fleeting Summer

      When you have a three-day weekend, you look forward to the extra day off, and it seems like it will last foreeever. When you have a week off--or two weeks off, it's as if it will never end. And when you have the summer off  two months off, as teachers often do, it seems like a lifetime...Until July hits, and then it's halfway gone. 

This is my granddaughter, Riley, last summer in Navarre, Florida
 (aka as "heaven" according to Linda O'Connell).

      I had great hopes of making some major progress on my "longish" project, but it hasn't happened to the extent I had least so far. However, maybe it's not the time for it. The Byrds (and Pete Seeger, of course) sang, "To every thing...turn turn turn...there is a season...turn turn turn." Maybe in a week, a month---then it will be time to make some serious headway...

      What are you wanting to accomplish/enjoy while the summer is still here?

      By the way, Lynn Obermoeller and Donna Volkenannt are doing a book signing on Sunday, July 14 (just a few days from now). There are other local writers--including Marcia Gaye--who are part of the anthology that's being launched. If you can, stop by... 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Improve the Odds

       If you need 12 cupcakes for a party, you had better make at least 14...a menopausal chocoholic might get out of control mishap might happen. 

       If you need 50 brochures, make an extra 10 just to be safe.

       If there is a contest, and you're not limited in your entries, send in more than one submission. One of them might not make it, but one of them might end up a winner.    

        This week I got an email from D'ette Corona, one of the head haunchos at Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I always hold my breath like I do when I pass by a police officer shooting radar and I'm clearly speeding when I see an email from her. It's either good news, or a version of "Sioux-you-screwed-up-and-forgot-to-send-in-the-release" message. One of these days, I think she's going to say, "Stop bugging us. Don't submit another thing." Hence, the holding of my breath...

This book is going to go on sale on November 2, 2013.

       I submitted two stories for this anthology. "My Circle of Friends," a memoir about a book club I belong to, was the only one that made it to the final round. Of course, it could get booted out before the book goes to press, but I'm remaining hopeful. (And if it does get tossed out at the last minute, I will shout that out as well, 'cause rejection is all part of the writing business...)

       Improve your odds. Take more than one chance at some of the opportunities that come your way. You might end up a winner...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Books Galore

     One of St. Louis' independent bookstores--the Book House--is having to move. Yes, it's a larger place and it's a better location (if they're able to snag the spot they're hoping for), but with multiple floors full of books (3), it's going to be a gargantuan task to move.

    However, they're still open, so if you're in the St. Louis area and want to check them out in their soon-to-be-"old" location, call ahead (if you're looking for a particular book) and head their way.

Three floors of books...It's a cool place, and no, the owners are not
whackadoo--they don't have the place all decked out for the
holidays all year long. This is a photo from last December's Chicken Soup
 for the Soul's book signing. At this book
signing, a rare sighting of the elusive "Val" occurred.

      And it's a building that's brimming over with character (the building is being torn down--it was built in 1863), so it's going to be a loss to the Rock Hill community...but not to the independent book store community because the Book House is moving to a place that is going to be bigger and better. 

      One of my favorite independent book stores I visited earlier this summer is Half Price Books in Kansas City. It's a huge expanse of used books and is meticulously organized. My son got me hooked introduced me to it.

      What is your favorite book store (and why) or what is a book you've read this summer that you are recommending? (I've read Joe Hill's NOS4A2, which is brilliant, if you like scary/creepy stories. I'm also still singing the praises for Leonard Pitts Jr.'s epic novel Freeman, and earlier this summer I read Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed. All three I would give 5 out of 5 stars.)