I listen to the Skye Boat Song (Outlander's opening credits theme) and I look at pictures of the Scottish Highlands, and I can't help but feel nostalgic, and, ultimately depressed.
The Scottish highland setting is a powerful force alone. Couple that with my mother, and you have something that knocks the wind out of you, at least for me.
You see, up until my mom passed away, I would visit her weekly on Tuesdays--her off days. And together, we would catch up on our favorite shows. Game of Thrones, for instance. The latest one was Outlander, a Starz show based on a book series sent in 18th Century Scotland. And the show was powerful, breathtaking. Momma and I--we gushed. I bought her the books. She read them while I was preoccupied with school assignments. And on Tuesdays, she would fill me in on the differences between the show and books. She frequently expressed her excitement for January, when the rest of season one would be aired. In preparation, I bought her an early Christmas gift. A square foot of land and a ladyship title in Scotland. She was officially Lady Kimberly of Scotland. She loved it.
Only there was no January premiere. No Christmas presentation of noble titles. She left December 11th.
And since then, I find it difficult to watch the episodes, flip through the books. Skye Boat brings tears to my eyes.
The land of Kanetalm in Prince of the Vale is based off the Scottish Highlands (at least in geography) for a reason. Keep that in mind.
Prince had also been my favorite thing to write, thus far.
If her spirit flew...
Here is where it went.
I'm doing my first appearance/event as an author!
Saturday, September 19th, I will be at Sparkman High School in Alabama for their first ever Arts Festival. The Festival lasts from 10 - 2, and I'll have my own table set up as a vendor to sell books (and possibly other merchandise).
So while the school semester has started, I am also busy away trying to prepare for the table. I'll be available to sign books (as well as releasing the new paperback version for Archer with a cool new cover! See below:)
I'm selling books for $10 a piece as well as bookmarks, and maybe some other nifties. I will also have a performance/speaking part that'll last about ten minutes. I'm not sure what I'll do yet... reading? Q & A? Discussion on writing? Who knows! It'll be a surprise to everyone!
So, while I'm doing the finishing touches for the new version of Archer, I hope--if you're near the area--you'll come out and support me and other local authors and artists! It's going to be great fun! Plus, you'll have an opportunity to meet one of Little Owl's editors, Kelly's boyfriend, and.... real-life Garvanna! (or at least the person she was based, however loosely, off of).
P. S. For more information on the Sparkman Arts Festival, visit their Facebook page!