I’ve returned from the Montgomery County Book Fest alive and well! Everyone was super nice there and I met some really great authors and readers who are now Facebook friends with me, and who I hope I will see again in the future. I delivered the opening key note and talked about the privilege of literacy, which I’ll turn into an essay and post here soon, and I think it went really well.
Also, some of you amazing Trout Nation citizens showed up and I was SO TOUCHED! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Every time someone said, “I read your blog,” or “We’re friends on Facebook,” I got all choked up.
I feel really badly, because one of you who did come out gave me two amazing presents, but it was right after my key note address and I was still so nervous and shaky, I totally forgot your name and I feel like suuuuuuuuch and a-hole. I swear I wasn’t trying to be an a-hole, but I was coming down from an anxiety high and I was totally overwhelmed by the kindness of everybody, you included. I STILL LOVE YOU!
But look, here are the cool presents, which I absolutely love, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, they are amazing!
And these came from the Etsy store of Robin S. Silvers who I will be bookmarking and buying stuff from in the future, for sure.
I also met a really cool lady named Aileen Kirkham. She is an author, educator, and storyteller who runs a literacy program in Texas and serves as a volunteer librarian at a foster home. She accepts donations, so if you’re inclined to donate to literacy programs, here’s her website where she wears a pirate hat.
Despite my best intentions, I never got to meet Marissa Meyer or get my book signed, but I did meet another author, Dax Varley, and her book totally intrigued me, so I bought it. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s called Severed, and it’s a Sleepy Hollow YA. So like, how do you not get it? It’s 99 cents on Amazon.
I got to meet so many great authors and volunteers and readers at this thing, it was a blast and I hope I get to go again someday!