Hey, the weather is really nice. I am enjoying before my summer hibernation starts.
I started another blog, that looks like a web page, NOLA Bookshops
For $15/year, if the domain name is available, wordpress.com hosts the blog, and you pay to redirect it to a regular domain name.
This is going to be the site that I am going to build with my own time and money, to bring customers to independent bookstores in New Orleans and to put all the literary festivals and magazines in one page!
I was inspired by Wigtown-The Booktown, but of course, no government support is really available. This is a do-it-yourself kind city now.
I learned about this wordpress service, while attending a One Book, One New Orleans meeting. This site is also a blog with a domain name. I have to check the html code to see whether I can do the little headings under the main banner.
My mini-assignment for One Book is to review two books and decide whether it's appropiate to recommend to the short list.
I visited Blue Cypress Books to redeem my store credits and I got Margaret Atwood's Handmaiden Tales and The Historian byElizabeth Kostova.
I am in a dystopia frame of mind, so I tossed my other books aside and started on the Tales.
I am waiting from two books from Hesperus Press: Scarlet Plague and We to compliment this mood.
I missed the deadline for Expanding Horizon Challenge, but I will attempt to finish all the books on my list ASAP. I also didn't finished reading last month's book selection, Doris Lessings A Golden Notebook; it's a serious novel and I have been in too much of a frivolous mood lately. I need to return it to the library and check it out later.
WCEF is awarding grants and Ms. Sarsfield was nice enough to talk to me and give me an idea for helping independent bookstores: having an OPEN HOUSE DAY, where people can visit all the stores, nimble on some local foods, and hear or participate in a local work!
So, I am now filling out a grant for the first time. Wish me luck!
If all of this isn't enough to keep me busy, yesterday I attended an outdoor concert called Wednesday at the Square. Besides great music, I enjoyed some yummy food and even shared my popcorn with two youngsters (after the mom gave me permission.)
I also saw art works by Rebecca Rebouche. I am inspired to buy some of her works. But, my economic revival check still hasn't come in.
Then, I went knitting and got home past 9 p.m.
Today, I am going to an outdoor farmers' market, that recently reopened. That area was Katrined and lots of clean-up needed to happen.
I love participating in Illustration Friday. I am now emailing with a couple of the artists and it's interesting to see how they live. Check out their IF submissions: Shani and Mobius T-Shirts
I lost my Wrinkles IF entry and despite the search, I didn't find it nor have time to do another one.Boo Hoo
I also need to update this blog to collate the recent book reviews that I have done and to add some more links to my Creative Blog list and work on the NOLA Books site. Give me 36 hours days and the energy to do it all!