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Payson Book Festival 2016

We spent last Saturday at the Payson Book Festival. It was a very well-run event. The organizers and volunteers were awesome and we had a good time meeting new readers and getting to know some new Arizona authors, as well.

Payson Book Festival 2016

All set up and ready for the day to begin.

As usual with an author, a Story Monster lurked nearby. 😉

A Story Monster lurks over the authors shoulder.

Story Monster lurks over my shoulder.

 I also got a chance to say hello to this guy:

How Much Glitter Does One Woman Need?

Assorted examples of glitter & sparkly stuff passed along.

Assorted examples of  glitter & sparkly stuff passed along.

I like glitter as much as the next person. I also like sparkly, colorful objects. I especially like making stuff, including stuff made out of glittery, sparkling materials. However, at some point there needs to be some limit to the amount of crafting and sewing supplies one attempts to keep at hand. Especially, as one’s crafting/sewing foci evolve.

US Naval Station Great Lakes: Petty Officer Tennis Shoe

US Navy Insignia Mod

In 1977, despite the best efforts of some, the US Navy was not an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sexism was a huge issue. Mid-level Petty Officers expected lower ranking females to sit in their laps and stand under the mistletoe at the holiday party. Some even obliged. It was a difficult environment to navigate through.

Add to that a misuse of authority that cropped up in many places and you have the perfect recipe for a hostile work environment.

Here and There, This and That

I have been here and there, doing this and that. So here’s a quick update on what’s been going on in my world.

RenFest

Me in my glorious RenFaire duds.

A huge shout out and thank you to Book Shoppe proprietor extraordinaire, Lady Ann Chamberlain. (She’s also an international bestselling author. Check out her website here🙂 This year’s Arizona Renaissance Faire appearance was another resounding success. Not only did I meet and speak with a huge number of new readers, as well as some fine aspiring authors, but I also received the Prince’s favor (and some lovely flattery). Huzzah! And I would be remiss if I did not thank my incredible assistant, Jen LaBuzz. Jen, I’m so glad your arms did not fall off!

Love of Learning Has Taught Me Well

Love of learning is one of my key personality traits. My thirst for knowledge was given to me by my mother who was always well-read, especially in the sciences. Non-fiction, informational books were her mainstay. Autobiographies and biographies were also acceptable fare, as were historical novels (preferably with plenty of historical and very little novel).

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Love of Learning