This was one busy weekend – but busy in a good way. Books! Authors! Avengers: Endgame! Doesn’t get much better than that.
The book festival was, as always, spectacular. On Friday, I attended writing classes involving topics on how to use time in novels, social media strategies, and YA fiction. Saturday was spent at a worldbuilding panel, and listening to Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, discuss the events that led her to write it. What an incredible speaker she was – relaxed, charismatic, inspirational, motivational. And a great sense of humor! The room was packed with people of all ages, races, and cultures, and her signing line afterwards stretched down the hallway and around the building. It was such a pleasure to meet her. If she’s ever in your neck of the woods, don’t miss the opportunity to see her.
As I said last Monday, I planned to use restraint, and refrain from buying every book I saw. With only three, I’d say that showed incredible restraint. Of course, Bond had jump into the picture. I probably would have bought more, but I was meeting the youngest son for lunch before we saw Avengers: Endgame.
No spoilers! Endgame was epic, incredible, and more than I’d imagined. It absolutely deserved to break all those box office records. At the end, everyone in our theater was clapping – how often does that happen? Before the movie, I noticed a young boy around three-years-old sitting with his father behind us. I was nervous, because what child that young is going to sit quietly through a three hour movie? Evidently, he was just as enthralled as we were, because I never heard a peep.
This week will also be a busy one. Maybe you don’t realize it, but in Kentucky, just about everyone knows Derby is this weekend. We’ll be at some friends’ (who are more like family) party spending time with other friends (also more like family), and the best part is that all of our kids, who are now scattered in VA, OH, and TX, will be there! On Sunday, I’m following my oldest son back to his new apartment in OH and spending a few days to help him unpack and get settled. The Friday after that, I’ll be moving my youngest son out of his dorm back home for two weeks, then getting him ready to travel to Austria for four weeks, followed by moving him into his new apartment.
Tired yet? Have a great week!