Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I Love Book Festivaling!






As promised, here's the scoop (with photos) from the fun I had in Charlottesville at The Virginia Festival of The Book last week. In the top picture, from left to right, is: Me, Carleen Brice, Therese Fowler, Jenny Gardiner, and Kim Reid. I'd like it noted that no adult beverages are present in any of the pictures.

The panel I was on--with Therese and Virginia Boyd, my buddy from the Pulpwood Queen weekend was really fun--and since it was the very first day I was able to relax the rest of the time I was there.

One of the coolest things about festivals is hanging out with the other writers. No matter what, it's like we've been buddies since elementary school (or at least junior high) and just talk and laugh and have a blast. And it's not just because of the martinis. We even spend some of our time talking about writing--the process, the business, the feeling of "oh my God could we be any luckier? we get to do this for a job!!"

My first toast, the first night, with Jenny, Therese and Virginia, where we enjoyed, um, martinis and amazingly great Asian tapas (so great Therese and I went back there two of the next three nights!) was this: To us, published authors all. No matter what happens, no one can ever take that away from us!

I'm off to the west coast for a few days with family--more next week.

11 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

You repeated that toast for me and it has stuck with me. Cheers to you! Enjoy the left coast!

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

It's a toast I never get tired of making!

So great to finally get to meet and hang out with you.

Lisa said...

Hooray for published authors and hooray for those of you who share your pictures and stories and encouragement!

jenny gardiner said...

Thanks for posting those pictures! Believe it or not, Jenny, once a professional photographer, took NO pictures!!! Perhaps you can email those to me when you get a chance!
That was such fun and I was thrilled to meet Carleen and Therese and Virginia, and seeing Kim and everyone else...
So sad we don't have any great events at which we can share yet more pink colored martinis and Asian tapas...

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Lisa--looking forward to the day I can toast you and your book! It WILL happen.

Jenny--Our intrepid tour guide--thanks for pointing us in the right direction. Until the next festival . . .

kim said...

I had the best time with all of you. I was telling someone at my day job how writers rarely get to hang out with each other - commiserate, swap work stories, celebrate victories - like you do at a regular job. I don't know how much I miss that until I get a chance to do it.

Sustenance Scout said...

So glad you all had so much fun! Great photos! :) K.

The Writers' Group said...

Wonderful photos. Congrats to you all! I hope some day to join you there, the festival sounds terrific.

Lynne

Travis Erwin said...

Looks like a good time was had by all.

Therese said...

I'm just home from the Keys, and you're off to see the Boss (and your family, but how can they compare?)!

So great to hang out with you in C'ville... Here's to many more years of writing and friendship. :)

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