The 2014 script, which is full of NEW stories of mysterious encounters and paranormal phenomena, was created by yours truly…and I’ll be hosting most of the tour dates:This project is a labor of love. Everyone involved in the tour production is a volunteer and 100% of the ticket sales go to support the Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum in their mission to promote, support, improve and preserve the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site.
We had a fantastic group for the first tour. It was so much fun, I can hardly wait for next Saturday to do it all again!
I will be posting about this event, my research in creating the script and maybe even sharing a few ghostly tidbits that didn’t get included in the final cut throughout September and October. Stay tuned!
This is the project that has been absorbing all of my time and attention over the past month and I’m very, VERY excited to tell you more. But I can’t share any details right now. The new script I’m working on for this year’s tour is still in the super secret development stage. So, for now, I’m just posting this as a Coming Attraction. Look for more information coming soon!
According to 11Alive news, this weekend is going to be absolutely gorgeous – sunny with highs in the upper 60’s – a glorious Spring day. In fact, Saturday is predicted to be a perfect 10 on the WIZometer.
Woo hoo!!! This will be a FABULOUS weekend for the Dahlonega Literary Festival.
Even though I’m recovering from knee surgery – still unable to drive or walk without crutches or navigate stairs – words cannot fully express how much I’m looking forward to actually getting outside of this house and being around people who love books.
The lineup of authors is absolutely stellar this year! Here’s my own personal highlights:
NOTE: The first person who walks up to me during this festival and says, “May the literary Force be with you” will win a FREE copy of my novel (NSLA, NSFA).
Here’s the full DLF Schedule (taken from their website):
12:30–1:30 – Lunch with the Author (at area restaurants–attendees responsible for their meals)
5:15–6:30 – Author Meet-and-Greet, Open to the Public, Community House
7:00 Saturday Night Live: Dinner at Don Pollo’s
Buffet dinner for $17.99 plus tax, or order from the menu. Six of our featured authors will read short selections.
12:30–1:15 – What is Southern Fiction, Anyway? Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, George Weinstein
1:30–2:15 – The Role of Setting in Fiction – Panelists: Michael Bishop, Mark Braught, Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, Erika Marks, William Rawlings, James R. Tuck
After the Festival Fun for Writers:
3:00–6:00 p.m – Write-In (Starbuck’s next to UNG campus) How would you like to meet with other aspiring writers to discuss issues, offer support, share ideas, and even play a game or two? Word Wars and Word Challenges will be part of the fun.
My book event and 1977 party! Featuring artwork by my amazing illustrator, J.B. Jones, in addition to many other talented artists at Awakening Fine Art Gallery. I still have free Millennium Falcon gift soaps to give away with purchase. And there will be an outrageously unhealthy array of free 1977 party snacks. After our event, there’s a Spoken Word open mic that’s always a good time!
But there are MANY other reasons to visit my hometown for one of our Gallery Walks (Second Saturday of every month). Here’s nine additional reasons (in no particular order)…
So why wouldn’t you want to come to Dahlonega for one of our Gallery Walks? And why not tomorrow? Seriously?
About two months ago, I was hit with the sudden realization that my transformation from aspiring author to published author would require me to stand up in front of complete strangers and read from my book. Zoinks!
Now, to be clear, public speaking doesn’t frighten me at all. Really. I’m happy to stand up in front of a room or even a stadium full of strangers and talk about any topic that interests me. And I’ve been told by a few people who are NOT my mother that I’m pretty good at it. I may have a few note cards to keep myself on topic, but you won’t catch me reading from them…well, unless I’m reading a quote or excerpt that I don’t want to mess up.
I even took a class in storytelling in college. Oh, how I loved that class!
But reading from my own novel? Terrifying!
Luckily, I live in Dahlonega, GA. And the creative community in Dahlonega is absolutely wonderful and nurturing. Case in point – Lingo Lounge.
It’s an open mike event on the 4th Thursday of every month that was created by writers for writers. In addition to fiction authors, there are poets, memoirists, screenwriters and songwriters who stand up and share their work. I am so grateful to the wonderful folks who organize this event! First and foremost, it’s fun. And I think I am actually improving my author presentation skills a wee bit. Woo hoo!
Curious? You should come join us. Reading is strictly optional.
It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend here in Dahlonega, with a high of 70 on Saturday, plenty of colorful leaves still on the trees and an abundance of golden autumn sunlight all weekend long. We have local wineries with tasting rooms on the square. We have incredible restaurants. We have options to explore art, history and nature galore.
If that’s not enough enticement, this weekend is the 9th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival. It’s free, free, FREE! Come on, you KNOW you want to come join us! Check out the full details here.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to this year:
On a personal note: Mike and I met at this festival three years ago so it will always be near and dear to our hearts. (Note: Any man who invites a writer to a literary festival for a first date is more precious than Dahlonega gold.) Since we now live within walking distance, we will be volunteering &/or attending events for the entire festival. We really, truly and fervently want this festival to continue to flourish and grow…otherwise, how will we celebrate our anniversary in years to come? If you can’t join in the fun this year, please consider supporting the festival in other ways.