Reading to Friends/Board Members
Eleven Board Members/Friends of the Library met me at Angle's restaurant and treated me to a nice baked chicken dinner, then we all drove down to the library as they worried aloud that they'd only had three people at one of their annual meetings. Oh dear, time to worry!
But I need not have done so. The room had more filled seats than empty ones; there must have been 30+ folks there and I knew many of them: Becky Mushko, Peggy Draegert, Keith Ferrell, Bonnie Johnson, Marilyn Amerson looking good and carrying in a beautiful flower arrangement in a basket for me, from the Library Staff, and other familiar faces. Anita, from the Board, told me privately that she'd e-mailed me about a year ago with some writing questions, and had so appreciated my answers that she went on to have a lovely poem published in Blue Ridge Traditions. A pleasant surprise!
I spoke a bit about Becky pushing me to publish with Infinity Publishing, and then I read The Hunting Trip. I felt that would be most appropriate since it is hunting season. Good responses; lots of laughing. Then there were quite a few questions, which was nice.
There is nothing like being in a roomful of avid readers.
Then, another gift! The Board presented me with a painted wooden image of the library to put on my shelf here in my office. With two Christmas trees in the front windows, it is perfect.
Marilyn mentioned to the crowd that I'd recently written a humorous play, whereupon they wanted to know when it might be performed. I have the date, Sunday February 17th, and the location, Windtree Club House, at 5 pm. I'll have to check with the Playreaders group when we get closer to that date in case anything changes. SMAC always wants new members, and Playreaders was my introduction to SMAC.
Another participant last night was Wayne Skank, who took many pictures. He is a stringer for the Roanoke Times among other papers in the vicinity, so it'll be nice if something shows up.
I'd say that was my 15 minutes, all right. Oh, and I sold five copies of my book. Lovely!