Hello, all —
It’s not really a surprise, of course, as the United States and the world continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, but I’m still sad to share that the Greater Columbus Arts Council has had to cancel the 2020 Columbus Arts Festival. Here’s a link to their statement.
This is my favorite festival, and one I’ve been attending since it was a smattering of tents on the Ohio Statehouse lawn many years ago. I had the pleasure of reading at the festival last year at the Word Is Art tent. I’ll look forward to applying next year and hopefully being able to repeat that wonderful experience.
I hope you are staying safe and healthy, and staying home as much as possible during these trying times.
For those who have time to read — some of us I’m sure — my publisher is putting several books on sale for 99 cents. Some of these are the first book in a series or set, and my first novel, Black Tide, is included. Black Tide is Book One of the Color Mage set. Here’s a link to Hydra’s post showing all of the sale books.
So we had a lot of rain yesterday, and the little creek that’s near our house looked like this.
This is what many of us might be feeling like right now — during this flood of bad news, a sea of worry about the pandemic that’s striking the world.
All I can do is hope that you all stay healthy, and that your friends and family stay well. We will come through this!
Some of us might be overwhelmed right now — with schedules upended, children home, worry about elderly relatives. Some of us might have way too much to do, and no time for entertainment. Others, isolated in apartments alone, might be bored.
For those who find themselves at loose ends, remember your local merchants and indie bookstores, some of whom are delivering right now as their physical shops are closed. Others have curbside pickup. If you need entertainment, remember to check with your local bookstore.
For the others, who are overwhelmed with little time for themselves, here’s wishing you some peace and time for self-care during the crisis.
Stay healthy, all!
The Ohioana Library Association announced today that it will postpone the Ohioana Book Festival, originally scheduled for April 25. This is not unexpected under the circumstances of this COVID-19 pandemic. The new date is still to be decided on. I hope to be able to be there at the rescheduled festival. Also hope you all stay healthy and secure during this time!
I’m back from a trip to Los Angeles, tired but without coronavirus I hope (crosses fingers for luck). While there I was lucky enough to go on a DTLA Walking Tour of some of the murals in the LA Arts District. Here are just a few samples I really enjoyed!
“Jaena’s palpable sense of duty toward Wiel is a much more intriguing story thread than the catastrophes that serve as a call to adventure in many fantasy novels.” — Kirkus Reviews
A short review of Taylenor was just published on kirkusreviews.com. Here’s a link to the full review.
Not very many words in this post — just pictures of awesome street murals in Portland, Oregon’s Alberta Arts District. We visited there last week and were fortunate enough to escape the rain. I’m going to attempt to credit the artists correctly if I can find the info online. There’s a lot more street art in Portland if you ever visit, and even a map online through Portland Street Art Alliance. Enjoy!