Yes, I'm finally getting around to posting about my trip last week. (So sorry it's taken me so long to get around to it!) Since I didn't give a whole lot of detail before hand, here's the long and short of it:
Grace Bridges - the owner of Splashdown Books, mastermind behind the Avenir Eclectia project, and author and editor extraordinaire - has made the trip from New Zealand to spend the fall traveling the U.S. She was staying in Illinois for a few days, so I got to go up and meet her!
Mom and I started out early Wednesday morning, armed with written directions as well as a borrowed GPS. We had studied our route on Google Maps the night before, and were under the impression that it would take us safely around the outside edge of St. Louis, avoiding the traffic and confusion of the city itself. As they say, ignorance in bliss.
diverging diamond interchange. So needless to say, staring up at ten different flyover ramps and trying to choose from among the twelve lanes below them, Mom and I were a bit overwhelmed. But we eventually made it through without so much as a single tear shed, so we were pretty proud of ourselves.
Once we made it to Illinois, the fun really started! Deborah Cullins-Smith, one of the authors of the Avenir Eclectia project, graciously opened her home to me, Grace Bridges, and Kaye Jeffreys (another Avenir Eclectia author), enabling us to not only make history by getting four AE authors together in one place for the first time ever, but also to enjoy a fabulous AE girls' day!
It was such a fabulous day. Just getting to meet some of the people whose stories I've been reading and enjoying for so long was awesome. Getting to meet Grace, the reason we even have Avenir Eclectia, was amazing. Getting to autograph my first book was so exciting!
Getting to talk to people who didn't look at me like I was nuts when I said something about giant bugs or telepathic sea creatures, people who didn't need me to explain what ash lung is, who already know where the cities of Zirconia and Adagio are in relation to each other, was so much fun - a writer's dream come true! We did so much talking, so much brainstorming, so much dreaming and creating. Like Rush Limbaugh says: 'Having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.'
The day ended too quickly, and Mom and I headed out early in hopes of avoiding a storm that was moving across Missouri. We didn't succeed.
My first 'business trip' as a writer - and it was awesome!
Exciting news for the here and now, too: my copies of Avenir Eclectia Volume 1 arrived this morning! I think I can safely say that I have never before felt the urge to hug the mailman, but I sure felt like it today!
I'm going to be interviewing some of the other authors from the project over the next few days, possibly even giving away a copy, so be sure to stick around! We're going to be having a lot of fun with this, and I'm so, so happy that God has brought me to this point in my writing journey. He's given me so many opportunities, opened so many doors, and blessed me so richly, and I am absolutely loving it!