|Katniss, the bookstore cat.|
On Saturday morning I did a story book time with the children, reading my book THE TALE OF THREE TREES to a group of wee ones. :-) They were adorable, and their mothers were very sweet. After that, I took a break to walk around the charming downtown area and stopped into the cupcake shop (for the second time!) to indulge in a few calories. :-) Then back to Barrel of Books and Games for a book signing and the official release of FIVE MILES SOUTH OF PECULIAR. Signed several books, met a lot of very lovely people, and took a picture of the official bookstore cat, Katniss (see photo).
Crissy explained that Katniss had literally walked through the doorway and into their shop--but she was in a sorry state. She weighed only four pounds, had lost most of her hair, and had been bitten at the throat by something--who knows what. But now she has recovered with tender loving care, and greets all the customers at Barrel of Books and Games. If you're visiting Mt. Dora, you simply have to stop into this wonderful shop and say hello to Crissy and Katniss. (Best of all, she discounts new books by 25 percent, so you'll get a bargain, too!)
|Where I taught my writing workshop|
The writing was fairly straightforward--I decided to do it with three different points of view and three nearly equal protagonists, though in my mind Carlene is the principal character. I did my five usual drafts, then sent it off for comments from my agent and my editor, Tracie DePree, who did her usual wonderful job of commenting and cleaning up.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Tomorrow--the editing. :-)