I'm not sure I can fit everything into a neat, orderly five, so here goes with the randomness.
First off, thanks to both Christy and Carrie for the awesome "I Love this Blog" award. I so appreciate it (even if I'm not so great on the passing it along thing - I love so many blogs!) If you don't read these gal's blogs, you should add them to the list! They're awesome and fantastic and funny.
Next, thanks to Tabitha for the meme tag! One of these days I will get to it!
OK, I'm almost to the Oklahoma stuff, but first, The Emerald Tablet got a review from The Book Muncher. My favorite line from the review:
"The Emerald Tablet was an interesting, unique, and fun story. I loved the originality of the new continents Lemuria and Atlantis besides the seven accepted ones."
Thanks, Book Muncher!
Now, on to the Oklahoma trip!
What a blast. I got to meet awesome fellow 2k8 classmates:
Barrie Summy, author of I So Don't Do Mysteries
Stacy Nyikos, author of Dragon Wishes
Jenny Meyerhoff author of Third Grade Baby
I drove up from Austin. OK, so I took the long way, 35E instead of 35W, because I love driving through Italy, Texas. Why? Because they provide such creative and wonderful views from the highway. It looks like the Starship Pegasus is for sale in case anyone is interested in some awesome interstate property. Not to mention this way I get to go through Waxahachie where they almost built a particle accelerator.
Sidenote: The drive was beautiful. Oklahoma was awesome with really cool sulfur and rock formations along the highway.
Here we are, kicking back after my drive up from Austin.
Now, the speech. They had to turn people away at the door! We spoke to a full house of 150 people, all of whom were wonderful and interested and laughed at our jokes. Not to mention they told us how much they enjoyed our speech and were thrilled to get free advanced readers of The Emerald Tablet afterward!
We signed books from 12-1, and Tammi Sauer, author of Cowboy Camp, who I happen to share an agent (Laura Rennert) with, came by.
Then off to the gorgeous public library where the filming was set up for our interviews.
Here's me getting my makeup "freshened".
And here's me on the set!
You can read about the trip here on Barrie Summy's blog, also.
Then, when it was time to leave, they felt sorry for me that I had to drive the 6.5 hours back to Austin. OK, am I nuts? Am I the only one who looks forward to the idea of driving 6 hours in solitude while listening to a fantastic audio book?
Have a great weekend everyone! The kids are thrilled I'm home, and we're ready to relax!