A Success. That’s my perspective anyhow.
For a first-time event, I think it went quite well. In case you missed news and weather for the past week, the Rocky mountain west–Colorado and New Mexico were hit by Once-in-a-decade storms, which resulted in massive flooding–especially for the areas recently decimated by huge forest fires. The nearly dry Rio Grande reached 8 foot levels and threatened the city of Albuquerque.
The damage is Colorado is horrific and still not over.
This is relevant only because nearly a year ago, Andi Marquette and I joked about her doing a book signing in the Duke city…and, well it grew from there into a picnic where authors grilled for readers. We agreed on a site in the Manzanita mountains just east of ABQ, and I hurried to reserve a site. As you might have guessed, picnic grounds were not in high demand in January or this weekend. But the wheels were set in motion. One by one we recruited other writers to join us.
Finally we were all set, and…the rain began and never let up.
Dozens of text messages, emails, FB postings and phone calls were exchanged as we all watched the “plume” of tropical moisture linger over the entire area. Widely scattered showers continued. Two of our guests generously offered their home as a Plan B. My nerves frayed pitifully, but Andi was relentlessly optimistic.
Saturday began with rain on my roof and pain in my chest! BUT… I put on my big-girl panties, which were oddly bigger, and headed off to the site. It was no longer raining by the time I got there. The team gathered, walked the site, and voted. “LET’S DO IT!”
The elves got to work: cleaned and set the grill, checked the “facilities”, covered the tables, and set about preparing lunch.
When Bliss, Karen, and the Dazzling Lynn Ames arrived with our special honorary guests Parker and Dixie–all work ceased. Fawning admiration ensued.
Sadly several friends were unable to attend because of unanticipated circumstances, but many new friends found us and helped celebrate the festival of reading, writing, and community!
The skies remained clear, and during Lynn’s reading, the sun shone brightly–she was quick to take credit. Maybe it was true, Angel orders. Still, it was fun.
Anna Muir arrived to applause in her semi rig. Then six authors read from their respective current releases. Books were out for purchase and we basked in book reading happiness.
I will attempt to remember those who shared this special event. Apologies to anyone I might have forgotten.
For their support and encouragement:Andi Marquette, R.g.Emanuelle, Lynn Ames, Karen Badger, Barb Sawyer, Mary Ann Bosworth–thank you! For bringing themselves and their A-Game: Nat Burns, Kay, Bett Reece Johnson, Rebecca, Sandy, Nelda, Chris, Anna, Ann, CK, Fran, Janie, Marcia,Parker, and Dixie. Your provided happy hearts, generous spirits, and created a joyful community moment.
Our friend Annette Clancy was doubtful this would happen (somewhat prescient on her part) and I told her:
P.S. If you love reading, please show some support for your authors and friends.
Plans are tentatively underway for a bigger and better event in a “sheltered” Canpsite next year 😉 So, remember September.
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