Today was the kickoff party for the Memphis & Shelby County Public Library’s Explore Memphis program. The program is a partnership between the library and other organizations to encourage Memphians to explore Memphis this summer. And I had a table at the event.
Being an author who’s pretty much out here on my own, there are days when it feels like, well, that I’m on my own. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. There are days when I’ll say to myself I’m just not going to write because I feel like I’m not moving forward in my writing career. And then there are days like today.
Today I got to read my poetry, talk about my writing, talk about my teaching, my inspiration, and I sold some books. At the start of the day, I got this text from my son: “Good luck with your table today. Enjoy it! Remember where you were as a writer 10 years ago. You’ve had numerous tables at decent events and people even say they’ve heard your name before when they walk by. (He knows this because he’s usually with me at these events. :-)) You are not where you used to be.” What a way to start my day off. And I’d just set my table up when one of the event’s organizers brought a woman to the table who’d seen my name on the flyer and she was trying to find me. To say I was flattered is an understatement. Today, I actually felt like I was living the dream. I love writing. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. But I truly enjoyed sharing my love of literature, poetry, writing, and reading with all the people who came out today.
Today was just the kickoff event, so there’s much more to do this summer to Explore Memphis. More information can be found here. Below are some photographs I was able to take today. And now I’m off to continue living the dream. Live the dream peeps! Do one thing every day that gets you closer to living the life you want.
Peace & Love,