Today I’m visiting Creative Writing students at Edmond Memorial High School, at the invitation of my dear friend and crit partner Kelly Bristow. I’m so excited!
This past weekend I was in TN for the Southern Festival of Books. Originally I planned to hit the road Tuesday morning (I had everything packed and audio books ready to go), but Monday night the STOMACH FLU OF DOOM struck. Sadly, the trip was cut short — I had to fly in and out and therefore didn’t get to see all the people I would have liked to see. Still, it was a pretty awesome trip. Here, let me show you . . .
My panel with Victoria Schwab was a blast! Also enjoyed panels/presentations with Myra McEntire, Ruta Sepetys, and Charles Frazier, and it was nice to visit for a bit with fellow Elevensie Karyn Henley.
One of the best things about the day was spending it with my dear friend of 30+ years, DeAnne. Thanks for coming, De! (Her brother took this photo — I hadn’t seen him in over a decade.)
On Sunday I drove out to Stewart County and spent the afternoon with my mom, stepfather, brother, and nieces. This is Shelby, who is in third grade and apparently likes to be coy/mysterious for her photos opps.
And here’s Samantha, who is in pre-K this year and doesn’t run away from my camera anymore. My girls are growing up!
To conclude, I just had to share a photo of my dad’s crazy amazing driveway. Sometimes I think we have pretty trees in Oklahoma, and then I go to TN and see ACTUAL trees. Wow!