Just FYI: I downloaded the Beautiful Mess app for pictures, and I'm having way too much fun with it. As you will see.
This weekend I managed to sneak over to Nashville for The Southern Festival of Books. I wasn’t 100% sure I’d be able to attend until the very last minute. And then, finally! I zoomed toward Music City with an absurdly giddy smile on my face.
I also wore an absurdly loud pair of shoes. So if you were in the Nashville Public Library on Saturday and wondered, “Who let a Clydesdale loose in the halls?” ... my apologies. My heels were straight-up-clompity-clomp-noise. But I had to run to make an event on time.
Both Kathy Appelt and TA Barron have such a sophisticated whimsy about them. They were both excited about their stories, and excited to share their inspiration with readers. And they were so kind and fun. They gave fab presentations.
I could write about their session at length, but I would rather share what happened in the Q&A portion of their session that nearly made me cry.
... at the age when you are the best at hiding your heart inside the pages of a book,
... at the age when you are still brave enough to daydream, and wonder, and wear your heart on your sleeve ...
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” - Roald DahlQuestion: which hero in a book would you most like to be like? (Or maybe I should phrase it this way: who is your literary doppelganger?) I'll stick my answer in the comments, too. I hope you're having a happy October! :)