- Me and my books are shined up and steppin’ out this weekend. Saturday, September 26, I’ll be at the Iowa Author Fest in Des Moines 9am-2pm. We author types are congregating at Breton Skating Plaza in downtown Des Moines. Shop the farmers market, buy a book. (Or if you’re like me and spend way too much on artisan cheese and jams, buy the book first). Then on Sunday, Fireside Winery in Marengo, Iowa is hosting an authors’ event September 27, 1-5pm. There will be literature. There will be music. I’ve heard there will also be wine. I suppose all of this means the company will be pretty awesome.
This book event is particularly special, because it’s in my old stomping grounds. I spent many a Saturday night cruising the gravel backroads with friends. We had bonfires, rode very illegally in the beds of pick-up trucks, and scared the crud out of each other in country cemeteries. Much book fodder was pilfered from this corner of Iowa. If you happen to be in the area, swing by and I’ll tell you the real stories behind the fiction. If you can tell me first, I’ll sign your forehead.
In other news, I’ve tackled one hundred pages of Fourteeners this summer. The end is drawing near, my friends. I’m an unbelievable slow writer–it’s the perfectionist in me, playing with words until I find the exact sentiment I want to express. That, and my two toddlers fight over lap real estate whenever I write, God bless ’em. To authors who can pour out a book during NaNoWriMo–I salute you. This is not me. However, I know readers have patiently waited for the conclusion to Sam and Kaye’s story. It’s coming!