It’s been a little while since I had much to say in this space, but I thought I’d take a minute to mention a couple of items.
This weekend marked a first for me, as I participated in the first annual Greater Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe Book Fair. It was a packed house and a loaded roster, with more than forty local authors taking part. For the full list of participants, here’s the link to the website. I sold some books, which is always appreciated, but I also spent a lot of time socializing and mingling with the other vendors and the steady stream of people that came to check it out. I really enjoyed reconnecting with some old friends, and meeting some new ones as well. Some folks I’d been acquainted with through social media, but had never met in person – always nice to put a face to the name. I’m told the plan is for this to become an annual event, which would be great.
Speaking of the fair, at one point my writing classes came into the conversation. I didn’t have the information on the tip of my tongue, but for those interested the start dates for the spring sessions are May 11th for Crafting the Short Story and May 8th for Writing Horror: The Dark Side. Registrations are already rolling in, but there are still spots available for writers of all ages* and skill levels.
*Writing Horror is for ages 18+. We have a little more leeway for Short Story.
One final note on the book fair: Kudos to organizer Allan Hudson, who worked tirelessly to put this together and make it successful. Allan does a lot for writers and the writing community in this part of the world, including but not limited to his South Branch Scribbler which always has something interesting. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in the local (Atlantic Canada, primarily) author scene.
I’ve had a few ideas for blog posts rattling around in my head for a while, but so far haven’t taken the time to come in here and actually churn them out. Maybe I just needed to do this update to ‘prime the pump’, so to speak. So hopefully, over the next little while I’ll churn some of those out as well. We’ll have a post that takes a look at the “book awards” phenomenon, sharing my thoughts on why they’re largely a waste of money and bring little to the table in return; and one regarding fake and scam publishers (I covered this topic briefly last year in this post, but it bears repeating, I think).
That’s about it for today, I guess. More to come in the not-too-distant future, barring unforeseen circumstances. Until then, stay safe, talk soon!