Another Successful Salon
I'm not sure quite how it happens, but there seems to be some kind of magic at play during these literary salons with I Wasn't Always Like This. Last week my friend Rachel invited her friends to my home for an interactive presentation, and again, it was a spectacular experience for me -- and judging from their comments, for all the women involved. One woman said: "You need to do this every six weeks!" Here are some other reactions to the evening:
" ... a BIG THANK YOU to Shelley for sharing her book and herself with us and for creating a safe and open space for everyone to share in. She is an incredible woman in every way and is a real inspiration -- demontrating the possibilities that are there for each of us, even with all our imperfections, fears, baggage (maybe even because of them!)." - Sharon, Nanaimo
"Thank you Rachel (host) for the wonderful, intimate evening. It was one of the best nights I have had since moving to Ladysmith." - Joanne, Ladysmith
"I echo Joanne's words ... it was a wonderful, intimiate evening. Thank you for creating the space and asking the questions that made it possible." - Rachel, Ladysmith
"Thanks so much to you and Rachel for a lovely evening of women and words and support! I think these salons are a wonderful idea." - Aspen, Youbou
The local newspaper, The Ladysmith\Chemainus Chronicle published a long piece on the new book this week; my publisher has made it available here on the Signature Editions website.
This week I am thoroughly immersed in the business of being a writer. What this means for me is that I have been freelancing (writing business letters for a client), I supplied photographs to the Chamber of Commerce in Ladysmith for their Tourist Guide, I am reviewing a YA Fantasy novel for SK Books, and I am reviewing a historical novel (on the life of Daniel Boone!) for a newspaper. I am also beginning to edit the novel of a talented teen writer in Saskatoon. Add ongoing tour planning, and working on a new essay for a literary journal, and you get a good picture of a day in the life of this writer.
It's not all work, of course. I was able to get away to Tofino on the weekend, and I so enjoyed being on -- and in! -- the water. I love Vancouver Island!
Take best care,
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