Yesterday I spent the day with my books and good friends. Never a bad combination, this day was better than most. I spent the morning with fellow author, Mary McIntyre Coley, teaching a workshop on Hint Fiction to a group at the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County. We had a room full of participants eager to try their hand at tiny stories.
In case you don’t know what Hint Fiction is, it is a small piece of fiction with a hint of a larger story but told in 25 words or less. It requires thought, but is fun to see what you can come up with in a short period of time. Much like Twitter and 40 characters, tightening up your writing makes you work but it can be done.
In the afternoon Mary and I had a book signing together at Hastings in Enid. We graduated from high school together and have become reacquainted again after many years because of our love of writing. We had a wonderful time seeing familiar and not-so-familiar faces in the store and showing them our books. Books for Christmas always make a good gift.
Next to us sat another author also from Enid. C. M. Healy (Chad Healy) is originally from Enid and now teaches middle school science in Dallas. He writes children’s books and Young Adult novels so we had something in common. I introduced myself when I found out he had gone to school with my son. Enid has a lot of talent and it is great when they come back home to showcase it.