Over the weekend, some dear friends of mine gave me this custom-made tee to celebrate Little 15′s recent banning from a literary event. I got such a kick out of it, I couldn’t help but share. In fact, a number of people have reached out to me to show their support, including artist JR Rapier who has invited me down to Austin this coming weekend to showcase my novel along side her paintings at the East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) Nov. 17-18.
E.A.S.T. is an annual self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s artist community and creative culture. The tour gives Austinites a behind-the-scenes look into working artist’s spaces and processes with more than 300 artists opening their studios to the community. At JR’s studio, two other artists will also be on hand to showcase their work – painter Stephen McCaffery and jewelry designer, Elizabeth Crandall. Needless to say, I’m quite honored to be in with this lot!
So if you live in the Austin area, please stop by. We will be at Studio #10 and will have plenty of wine, snacks and impressive art on hand.
Meanwhile, I’m speaking at another book club tonight – yippee! I never tire of interacting with my readers and hearing feedback on my book. Yet I’ll admit, I always get a case of the nerves right before I go. How will they react to the story? Will they love it, hate it or just think it’s OK? How does Little 15 compare to other fiction books they’ve read? Will they think the characters and plot are believable and compelling? Will they recommend Little 15 to a friend?
In a way, I know how the artists in the E.A.S.T. Austin Studio Tour feel: putting your art on display is always uncomfortable, which in a sense is what I’ll be doing tonight. There’s never a guarantee how you’re art will be received or what people will say. I can either let that scare the heck out of me or use it to help me grow and improve my craft. Either way, I feel extremely fortunate to be living my life as a writer and sharing my art with the world.
Now, for an important question:
Should I wear my new T-shirt tonight?