I’ve recently followed this blog and was delighted to come across this little poster. For me it is not about behaving poorly but rather stand up and still be pretty wonderful while doing so. After all we have brains and lungs and hearts, even stomachs just like men do. When will they listen to us?
The Decatur Book Festival was this past weekend in downtown Decatur, Georgia. This is the second year I have attended this event. Last year my family and I attended; we walked around for hours listening to some of the speakers. Google Images.
This year I entered my books and participated in the emerging authors venue. Our books were displayed on tables and sold by volunteers in the tent. Some authors purchased time to give a short speech or blurb about their books; this helps to sell books. Last year the emerging authors tent sold 7,000 books, a huge encouragement for new authors. That’s a lot of books! Google Images.
Joyce Carol Oates was the keynote speaker and here is a cover of one of her books. Other speakers gave talks at various places around downtown Decatur. My sister and I had hoped to hear Mary Kay Andrews, who spoke at the Presbyterian Church, but missed her talk. They had skits and poetry for children and also shopping and eating available. Google Images.
The festival is eclectic and has something for everyone. Vendors from all over offer authentic tastes and gifts, not to mention books galore. My daughter purchased a necklace handcrafted by a lady using silver, pearls and leather. It is beautiful and original! This is definitely a family affair. I talked with an art store owner and she is interested in my bird houses. I can send her my pics right to an email and she’ll let me know. How cool is that? Google Images.
The Decatur Book Festival is sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Decatur, Georgia. We, of course, reminded our younger folks that Coca-Cola was invented right here in Decatur by a pharmacist at a soda shop. My brother-in-law came along for the afternoon, I mean beer, and after a stroll of the books we headed to Twain’s and ate lunch.
The youngest member of my entourage (lol) on Saturday and one of my biggest supporters is my own daughter. No, I didn’t have to careen or cajole or promise her anything. She wanted to go. A big thanks to my sister and brother-in-law and my husband and daughter for their support of my writing and authorship. It is nice to know that people appreciate others pieces of work in their creative endeavors. Mwah!!
~Google Images Credit
~Photos by me
One hundred and eighteen authors from Georgia were honored back in June at the 50th Annual Georgia Author of The Year Awards. Spouses, children and parents came together for this celebration at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center lending their support for the authors. The event is sponsored by The Georgia Writers Association and The Kennesaw State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This made it real for me. My novel ‘Bleu Moon’ was nominated and frankly I was excited to be there. I know all the hard work that I contributed to making this the best product ever. The whole event was professional and enjoyable; I met some lovely folks. I am grateful that I didn’t miss it. When you sit at your desk, counter or wherever by yourself for hours, then turns into days and months you begin to wonder will others enjoy your creative end? This ceremony reinforced that I am on a beautiful path of enlightenment, not to mention storytelling.
I am a member of the Georgia Writers Association and will be attending my first Writers Conference this fall in the historic city of Savannah. I know Savannah but will probably learn much more through the eyes of writers; this will probably be visually and lyrically somewhat theatrical. I’m excited, can you tell?
Many writers were honored and won the award for their genre. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the country’s own poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, who writes poetry related to her upbringing, namely her mother and father’s biracial marriage. More information can be obtained at http://www.georgiawriters.org.
Bleu Moon was nominated in the Fiction category for the Georgia Author of The Year Award. This is the second novel in the Bleu Trilogy by Caroline Clemens and when finished later this year will represent three books from 2012-2014.
Blog Talk Radio … Have you heard of it? I hadn’t but now I know. Latisha McDougal from MWHY Blog Talk Radio did an interview for me about my writing. I wasn’t sure how to prepare for this, so I made notes, had my books handy, lit a candle and reported in.
By that, I mean I called in to her program and she prepped me as to when we would start. From that moment there was no turning back. How would I be interesting? Boring, yes that word crept into my mind. But once we started, I couldn’t stop. I tried to let it flow. I must learn to use my pen name and not refer to myself as Kim.
I was so relieved after it was over; are you kidding? Panic almost set in … do you sense a wee bit of drama here? Yes, that helps to make more of it than it actually is. Latisha was professional and put me at ease, I guess I would do it again. Thank you so much Latisha.
Here’s the link to see the site where she holds Blog Talk Radio!
Click this link to listen to the author interviews from Feb. 20th, mine included.
By Caroline Clemens
Images by Google
This beautiful and compelling story of family and love is surrounded by mystery and intrigue. The blue moon which occurs so infrequently is a picturesque ride to behold by honor and grace as the magnitude of the mission rests upon their shoulders. Olivier continues his Special Forces involvement as he and Brie unite and find out how families come together in a crisis. Do you love Paris? Bleu Moon, the second novel in this duet will take you on a trip through the French countryside and beyond, then back to the streets of Paris with adventure in the city of light and love.
Why twenty three? Twenty three is my favorite age so far in life, but let’s see if this year or next can topple that or add to it!
1. write poems
2. eat more fruit
3. lose 30 lbs. What would a list be without this?
4. motivate my son to study/homework
5. watch my girls swim
6. dance with my husband
8. go to a movie premier or black tie New Year’s Eve
9. write a novella
10.write a novel
11.get a part time nursing job
12.listen to more music
16.eat steak, perch, peach pie and sauerkraut balls
17.buy a new wardrobe
18.spend time with parents
19.read classic books
20.take tango dance classes
21.go on Saturday night dates
22.continue being a good mom
by Caroline Clemens
*there’s mine, what are yours?
~ I made this list a year ago June, not sure why except I’m a list maker and a goal oriented person. I like to accomplish what I set out to do. Let me have a look and see where I am. At first I thought I had accomplished most of them listed. But when I really looked I still have ten to go. Definitely no. 3 & 4 are the hardest, but I still have no. 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23. Does anyone else make lists or goals? And do you accomplish them, some, all or none?
~I think making a list mid-year might work better because New Year’s resolutions seem to fail. With more than half of my goals done I must now go for the most difficult … drumroll … the physical! And of course this one makes us feel so good. Time to get in better shape, time to get in the old blue jeans! See ya round the gym.
Gone With The Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
“Tomorrow is another day!” Famous last words I can see coming from Scarlett, played by Vivien Leigh. Was this when she held the dirt in her hand and crumbled it or was it when Rhett Butler left her laying on the stairs of the white plantation with green shutters? It doesn’t matter, throughout the whole book she looked to every day as an opportunity to push forth in her endeavors.
Yes, I wanted to strangle her when she looked and sought out her dear, precious Ashley as Rhett loved her so. She should have ran to Rhett, played by Clark Gable, as he loved her in so many ways, but her timing was off as she’d met Ashley first. Ha!
My favorite book ‘Gone With The Wind’ gives me strength and hope. In the end she was someone others could lean on.
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