Saturday, September 24, 2011
I took a break to drive down to Minneapolis and spend a few days at the trade show for independent booksellers. I have gone to this show several times and so I have gotten to know some of the booksellers and publishing 'reps' who come. It's always great to see these amazing book lovers get together and talk about their business. Most are still doing OK, despite all the competition they face. They discuss ways to help connect folks of all ages with great books. I got to hear from some authors. Christopher Moore was a surprise to me and I think it's time to read some of his books. On the YA side, Scott Westerfeld gave a great talk on how illustration has disappeared from adult books, why he added it to his new series and how he thinks 'fan art' has replaced some illustration and blossomed on the internet.
Anyway, I have at least another week up here to put a dent in my pile. Cool days and a warm cabin suggest reading. I'll just get started so I can pass some of these on to other book lovers in my life.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
For the past few days, the sky has been glorious, the air crisp and clear and the temps reasonable enough to have the windows open, so there are many reasons to be happy. I have noticed. We had a wonderful family gathering Saturday and spent the afternoon being entertained by a darling almost-one year old. I loved every minute, even if my toes were getting colder as the day went on.
So I will try to enjoy every day, warm or cold. I guess you can have red toe nails, even under beautiful socks. And sandal weather will always come again.