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4th Annual UCF Book Festival

13 Apr

Wow! It has been a pretty awesome day! I was fortunate enough to be asked to moderate a panel of Authors for this year’s UCF Book Festival.

This year there were 55 authors conducting 20 panels. Topics ranged from children’s books to pop-lit to horror and more.

So this is how it went down.

  • I got an email on Monday from a coworker in a panic because she wasn’t able to moderate the panel. She was looking for help. I volunteered because it looked AWESOME!
  • The 4 children’s books were dropped off to me on Wednesday.
  • I read all 4 in a mad dash over 2 days.
  • Laughed my butt off (Which was appropriate as the panel was titled “ROTFL= Roll on the Floor Laughing”)
  • Met up with the authors the night before at the Festival Reception (I felt fancy. They served things like whipped sweet potatoes with BBQed Pulled Pork with an orchid as a garnish AND served in a martini glass… yeah, like I said, fancy…)
  • Learned that I need to write a book so I can attend more fancy receptions and galas.
  • Chatted and joked with various authors and big names like UCF President Hitt and Lou Frey.
  • Ate more food.
  • Collected business cards.
  • Enjoyed the UCF Jazz band. (They are really good!)
  • Went home.
  • Woke up too early and got to the Festival super early.
  • Hung out with my authors some more.
  • Panel (We kicked butt, made lots of people laugh).

That should have been the end of my involvement but I decided to help out some more. As my authors were not familiar with the UCF arena I decided to stalk out the rest of their schedule to help them find where they needed to be. So I did this while they were stuck signing books. 🙂 I also got my books signed (Well resigned. They were already personalized to the previous moderator so they ‘fixed’ them, which makes them even more awesome (as if that were possible)). {You like my parentheseption?}

Where was I? I like to go off on tangents, a lot, ask my friends.

Right! I helped them get where they needed to go and even got to have a nice lunch with them (with the most amazing dessert bar, called a Congo bar. SO GOOD! Make some, then pile the good stuff on top for maximum awesome.)

Tangents.

Jeez, I haven’t even told you the names of the authors yet! I’m hopeless.

  1. Todd Hasak-Lowy wrote “33 Minutes Until Morgan Sturtz Kicks my Butt”. It was a great book about getting into a fight in middle school, fire drills, food fights, and the idea of losing your best friend. Great read!
  2. Ellis Weiner wrote “The Templeton Twins Have and Idea”. I am super excited that this will be a series! Yay! A set of brilliant  twins have to outwit their kidnappers to get back to their dad. There are zany inventions, a recipe for meatloaf, and a Ridiculous Dog. Loved it!
  3. Alan Katz wrote “Ricky Vargas: The Funniest Kid in the World”. Broken up into 3 short sections of hilariousness. It holds a special place on my book shelf.

Well, all of them have a special place on my book shelf…

I will have to upload a few pictures for you from the event later this week. Have you ever been to a Book Festival or Book event in general? Where? and What did you think about it? Comment!

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Book Binding

10 Apr

Wow! We are four months into the year! Where is time going? Any way, a post is long overdue and I am sorry for the lapse in writing. I have been busy catching up on some fun reading (26 books since January 1st).

However on to the show. I am sure most of you are aware that I have a deep love of books: reading them, buying them, touching them, making them, restoring them… So I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise that I would choose to write about them.

I came across this video HERE and loved it. It inspired me to try to write, print, and bind my own book: something which I hope to do over the span of this year. The catch is, I want to do it in miniature. With that in mind I recently purchased this:

When I opened the package they all fell out. So I had the pleasure of spending a week making it look pretty again.

When I opened the package they all fell out. So I had the pleasure of spending a week making it look pretty again.

Sorry for the picture quality, the lighting in my apartment is lacking. But you can see just how tiny each letter is. Now imagine what the commas and periods look like...

Sorry for the picture quality (and please forgive the peeling nail polish), the lighting in my apartment is lacking. But you can see just how tiny each letter is. Now imagine what the commas and periods look like…

It is 8pt. Which means it is SUPER TINY! You don’t really get a good feeling for how small a font is until you have it sitting in your hand.

So now that I have the typeface, I am working on the story. I am thinking children’s book or fairy tale as I have many friends who are currently pregnant or have small children so it would be fun to make something personal that I coul gift to them. How awesome would it be to give that as a gift? Or maybe a star book type thing… I don’t know. I am still brainstorming! Leave some ideas in the comments if you’d like.

Thankfully I have Whitney to help me! She has lovingly agreed to help me in my endeavors 🙂 Check out her website, she is a pretty amazing print maker! And I am looking into taking some credit courses toward bookbinding.

I guess for today that is all I have for you. Hopefully I will get back into the habit of posting on a regular schedule! Until next time!

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