I kind of love the word miscellany, whose official definition according to the Google is ” a group or collection of different items, a mixture.” It sounds charming and old-school and like it would be said by a schoolmarm wearing a Little House on the Prairie outfit. And honestly? The word and all its implications is way more grandiose than the collection of items I have for you today.
Which all have to do with me. I hope that still makes them a miscellany. Anyway:
Thing #1: I’m doing a special love-themed reading in honor of Valentine’s Day at my favorite Portland bookstore, Another Read Through. The date is February 13th, from 1:30 – 3 and I’m appearing with several other local authors. Since the theme is love, I’m pondering reading the sex scene from Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior. (Which for reasons unknown to me is selling in the used section of Amazon for $58 and up, even though it is still available new.)
And since this is a miscellany, I’ll tell you a funny story about the sex scene, besides that it was the one thing agents commented on over and over when I was shopping the novel. Anyway, my daughter and son-in-law have a habit of reading books out loud to each other in the evenings (at least they did, before they managed to produce two boy children). It was Russell who read the sex scene out loud and when he was finished, put the book done and was silent for a moment, then said, “My mother-in-law wrote that. Not sure how I feel about that.”
But reading it out loud in the comfort of your own home and reading it out loud in front of a group of people are two different things. So I’ll probably chicken out.
Thing #2: The very next weekend, in the very same location, my biz partner Debbie and I will be presenting the second round of our workshop, The Ins and Outs of Publishing. It is a day-long workshop with lunch provided and our first group loved it and learned a lot. We cover the entirety of the publishing world and bring in our friend Angela Sanders to cover self publishing. You can read more here. But let me also add that the bookstore is a great spot to hold a workshop. Elisa has a cool upstairs loft that we use and we sit surrounded by the mystery section. I dare you to attend and not buy a pile of books (since the bookstore is mostly used, you can go home with a stack for not that much money).
So that’s it, that’s my miscellany. And now I am off to the bi-weekly writing group, loosely called Wednesday Writers, that Debbie and I
What’s going on in your writing world?
Photo from the Another Read Through website.