Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-40

Thursday evening began my first participation in The Great Lakes Book Bash.  Oh my, did I learn a lot.  Unlike some other book signings, this one had break-out sessions where authors could learn a thing or two.  I learned a thing or two or three or four.  Loved-One did, too.  “Being an author is a full-time job,” he said.  Umm-hmmm.  Promoting is a big part.  I loved meeting all the authors.  Most in a genre, Steamy Romance, that I rarely read, so I learned a lot about what makes those authors hum, and I’m thinking about how to apply it to the more PG audience of my novels.

Here’s a few more things, in no particular order that make me smile and count my blessings:

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Our annual Halloween Party.  A little smaller this year: No Mr. B, off to school; no Wrestler #2 family, busy with school activities; a late Miss E, Senior picture time.  An addition, Miss K brought her crush.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Giant leaf piles and the joy they bring.  Loved-One thought maybe the kids were too big.  “But Mr. C deserves the fun,” I cried. “He’s still little.” The over-ten crowd hid in it, threw leaves, and giggled.  Even newcomer Crush, joined in.  Oh. The simple pleasures.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  My friend Joan and her grand-daughter, Katherine. Who says you can’t make great friends via social media?  Not me and not Joan.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  A new connection through a childhood friend, brought to me by Facebook.  While at the conference my friend JoAnn, who I knew from elementary school, contacted me through Facebook.  Her friend from work was there.  Voila, a new friend.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Affy-Tapple, swamp water punch,  witches, fingers, and pizza from Aldi’s to make a party perfect.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Two Grandmas and a Little Lady flute trio practicing together on Sunday morning. I can hardly wait for our performance in a couple of weeks.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  New babies in the family, nephews who are parents for the first time and the joy of  new grandparents.

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  A reader who began reciting “The Chambered Nautilus” as soon as she saw the title of my novel (A Ship of Pearl.) Now, this tickled me almost as much as Mr. C romping in the pile of leaves.

I better stop myself before I go on forever.  This does seem to be the start of a great week.

[tweetthis]What makes you smile this week?  Please share, so I can smile, too.[/tweetthis]