When Cheryl A. of SD 43 asks you to participate in the annual MACC Writer’s conference for grades 6/7, the only response is to say yes and then figure out how to free your schedule. This year’s all-day event had around 300 students, and 11 authors teaching them the craft.
I talked about one of my favourite subjects–Dungeons and Dragons. As a collaborative storytelling game, it really is the perfect training ground for young writers.
But not all was school and writing and conference. I also stopped into a cafe along the way called, Coffee+Vanilla. If you’re in the Coquitlam/Maillardville area, this is a pretty sweet spot with very good coffee!
2017 had a pretty rough start for me, but it finished extremely strong. When I look back on the year I feel pretty happy about the accomplishments I have made. I’m almost done my lib tech course, I began learning the ukulele, adopted a dog, took some road trips, wrote a new book, started submitting my work to publishers, and I met a really amazing woman.
Here’s a list of my top 12 events. Some have links to longer blog posts or to other sites of interest.
That time Denise Jaden and Eileen Cook asked me to be a part of their summer signing.
9. Digital Services Tech at Richmond Public Library.
That time a part of my job was to create a digitization station for digitizing VHS, LPs, and cassettes. (It now does SO MUCH MORE!)
10. Chosen to be a part of the literacy quilt.
The quilt was 50 feet from my station, and it still took me weeks and weeks to notice I was on it. In fact, it was a patron who asked, “Are you the James McCann that’s on the literacy quilt?” And then when the quilt travelled to another library, I got an email from a coworker who realized I was the author of one of her favourite books as a teen.
11. Family came to visit.
My sister and mom came in July, and my nephew came in September. We took many road trips together and had an absolute blast.
Last week, I participated in a signing with some pretty fantastic people. The scary part of doing book signings is that you never know if anyone will show up–it has, on occasion, just been myself sitting at a table while passersby avert their gaze and ignore me. A common plight of being an author.
That was not the case with this signing. From left to right, I was there with Eileen Cook, Dawn Ius, Denise Jaden, myself, and D.R. Graham. And a BIG shout out to Sarah F., who is between Eileen and D.R. Graham, for bringing the event to Coles in Lougheed Mall.
We had plenty of people wander over to our table, ask about our books, and walk away with new reading material. This was a really fun event!
Of course, it didn’t hurt that I situated myself beside the cookies…
This Saturday I’ll be at the Coles bookstore with four other amazing authors of young adult fiction. We’ll be there to chat about books, sell our latest novels, and generally just have a good time. If you’re in the area, consider stopping in and saying hello!
The theme song for this post is one that inspired me as I wrote Rise of the One-Eyed King.
I’m pretty excited about attending this conference again this year! Not only does it mean a roadtrip to Kamloops, but I also get to meet some fantastic authors both of the professional and aspiring kind.