Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Books and wine and dragons, oh my!

I  know summer isn't over until mid-September, but it feels like autumn to me. The trees are dropping their leaves, the flowers looked more bedraggled than riotous, the cicadas are in chorus, and the hummingbirds are in a feeding frenzy, stoking up for their annual migration.

For many of us, fall is the start of the new year, not January 1. I think it's because of school starting then. For 12 years (or 16, or more) we consider each September a fresh start. New clothes, new books, new beginnings.

I'm looking forward to September after a long, lazy stay-at-home summer. I'm going to the AJC Decatur Book Festival. This is the biggest independent book sellers' festival in the country. I will have a really difficult time going over the schedule and selecting the presentations and workshops I want to attend.

That same weekend is the annual Dragon Con. My grandson has gone the last two years (that's him above as Dr. Who) and since his Dad has to sign him in, I will tag along and we will stay for the parade. It will be noisy, crowded and fun -- an experience for sure.

Later in September my sister and I plan to do another tour through North Carolina wine country. We did this last year and had such a great time we decided to repeat it, visiting old favorites and some new sites. A side tour to Seagrove to check out the pottery is also on the schedule.

So, my goal is to finish the Riverbend revision before September so I can gallivant with a free conscience.

Have any of you been to Dragon Con or the book festival? I'd love to hear what you think. Comments are always welcome.


  1. Sounds like a fun autumn coming up! I hope you have a great time!

    And no, I haven't been to either event, though Nancy Northcott always attends DragonCon

  2. Have n't been to either, but I stayed in the hotel one year when DragonCon was happening. Definitely looked interesting!

  3. Nope, but would like to! Sounds like fun!
    My, your grandson is cute! Better not tell him that... Smile
    Sounds like you will be a busy little bee for awhile.
    Me - I'm a real stay-at-home grandma!
    Have a real good time, Sandy.
    Lila L. Pinord
    Author of In Time and three other novels.