Merry Late Christmas, all!
Meant to have this posted before leaving for the holidays, but happy to finally have a chance to sit down and write it out now. Christmas rocked! My fam says I'm pretty tough to find gifts for - books, movies, and Indianapolis Colts gear.
Simple and I love it.
Btw, I might've received this Christmas present a day late, but you won't hear any complaints from me. I received an awesome email this afternoon - my debut novel, Salted, has been nominated for Best YA Novel of the Year in P&E's Editor's Poll! If you have the time and enjoyed the book, please follow this link and give me your vote.
Onto the final recap then, shall we?
Monday, Dec. 8
Started off this day at my in-law's house since I stayed the night after the Ft. Wayne stop. I visited Oak Hill Jr./Sr. High School in the morning. Met a few new writers, (one who even participated in NaNoWriMo!), and talked acting with several others.
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
I visited Speedway Middle School during the morning and afternoon. I visited this same school back in May and though the students I met with this time around were new, they had heard of my last visit and were eager to meet the guy who did so many voices. haha. Also, one of the older students had apparently been told by a friend that I had worked on The Dark Knight.
Any of you out there remember the old telephone game we used to play in elementary school? If you do remember, you'll know this Dark Knight information changed a bit once it made its way around the students. By the end of the day, some of the students had convinced their peers that Batman and I know each other well....
(For the record, I wish that were true).
One reader and I had shared such a connection about George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire series last time that his teacher allowed him to leave class and visit me for a few minutes. Again, this kid astounded me with his knowledge of Westoros lore. Said he hadn't made it through Salted yet, but was loving what he'd read.
Like my other school visits, the day ended before I was ready to leave. I scored a class picture with the last group, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share it on here or not. I'll find out and update the post with a pic if possible.
My final stop on the tour was my hometown library, The Thorntown Public Library. Can you believe they just celebrated their 100th year of service? How insanely awesome is that? The library has changed so much from what I remember, but the librarians are more amazing than ever. Despite the cold weather, we had a great turnout and ended on a fantastic note, selling over 40 books in that one night.
Folks, I say it all the time and I'm saying it again - not everyone is fortunate enough to learn how many people believe in them and support their dreams.
Thank you all for showing me. It was a whirlwind of a tour, but I'd do it again tomorrow just to see and talk with all of you again. Authors wouldn't be anywhere without their readers. Thanks for being in my corner. ;)
Author. Actor. Rascal.