1. At the end of the summer I took a quick trip to NYC with my husband. I was determined to use the bus ride time to find inspiration for a fall mailing - and boy did I ever! As the cat says, “I love a good fart mystery”. If you are an AD/Editor and didn’t get this oversized postcard in your box, send me an email and I’ll send it right out! Other NYC highlights were: great food, happy hour, people watching, mr. softee, finding my books at the NYPL, and a lovely wandering afternoon at the Guggenheim.
2. I’m dipping my toes into Inktober once again. I really don’t follow the rules: I work digitally, I don’t post 31 days, I don’t follow anyone’s official prompts. But I still enjoy it and love following what everyone is doing too. I’m starting off with the notion that I’ll take inspiration from the movies of my childhood (mostly 80s, but 70s and earlier where it applies - thank you VHS!). I was so in love with everything E.T. and I fell down a rabbit hole the other night watching a walkthrough of the classic Atari 2600 game. I totally remember the sounds, how he moved, falling in those darn pits over and over. I know I didn’t finish this game, but apparently I was hardly the only one. I think this is where I fell in love with the wandering adventure game model (ala King’s Quest).
3. MICE! Not the squeaky kinds. Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is coming up on October 19th and 20th. I had so much fun and was really blown away by all the talent last year. Plus cool panels and workshops. Plus - it’s free!
4. My first Nerd Camp is coming up next month at Nerd Camp Long Island. I’m not sure what to expect, but I do know it’s an amazing group of authors and illustrators attending. I’m looking forward to connecting with educators and readers. It’s also just fun to explain to non-book people that you are legitimately going to a Nerd Camp.
5. Kids Con is the next super event - taking place November 16th at the Doubletree in Portland, Maine. I attended a few years ago in Nashua and had a great time. I’m excited to be coming back and have been thinking about what other non-book items I could sell - the kids that attend are SO creative and free thinking, it’s fun to think about what they might be into. Bonus - I get to see Miss Hazel Mitchell, Jennifer Morris too!