Another successful book reading and signing, this time at the colorful, busy Barnes and Nobles in Redding, California. The day started early as we had to leave our home at 6 A.M. to make the reading on time. Getting a pre-teen and teenager out of bed at 5:45 in the morning at the start of their summer season was not the joy you might imagine it to be. But, they were not overly cranky and collapsed into the backseat to return to their slumber before we hit the freeway. They even put up with the dog between them! Good kids.
We slid in to the bookstore parking lot ten minutes before I was to read. There were about a dozen three to four year olds politely waiting to be read to--I chose to start with my favorite picture book, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Gnashing my teeth and helping Max be the King will never stop being fun. After reading two books, one of the youngsters told me it was time to read 'his book', so I started in on Hey Little Baby. Kids are naturally drawn to the lively, playful illustrations by Genevieve Cote. Captivating children through picture books will always make me happy.
After the reading and signing, my family and I went camping at Whiskeytown Lake. Since living in the cool fogs of the Redwood Forests of Humboldt County, I was smacked with the reminder of what it is like to function in supreme heat. But the lake was so refreshing, it counteracted the severity of the weather. And waking up to the sound of birds and chipmunks, with a view of pine trees and forests, well, that is just wonderful.
The ride home was peaceful and smooth. Of course, camping laundry and grocery shopping await me. Everyone had a great time, except for the cats stuck in the house for two days. They did quite a lot of yelling at me when we arrived.
In three weeks will be the next craft time, signing, and reading at The Stork's Nest in McKinleyville, California. I'm looking forward to working together with the owner, Crystal.
In the meantime, I'll be working on the sequel to Hey Little Baby and the Young Adult Novel I have finished the rough draft to, about a teenaged girl with telepathic powers living in an overly controlled world. I love to write stories!