Good Morning! Happy Wednesday! (Is it crazy that I had to pause there and think what day it was?) Yesterday was my first real full day of feeling like I was moving into my new role. I have home space set up, and made a commitment to be in it. I actually had time to open up a packet of papers that were given to me in mid June as research for my manuscript I am revising. They have been sitting in the library since they were handed to me and are now in the office and I spent time yesterday reviewing them and making notes. It was a good feeling.
This past Monday we had an exciting author at the Brainerd Public Library. Author Johnathan Friesen (pronounced “free-zen”) spoke at our library about his books, and read from his most recent book, Mayday (LOVE the cover!)
I had never read or listened to Johnathan Friesen before and I for one was excited to have him at the library as a YA author. He started out with sharing a very powerful story about his childhood and Tourette’s syndrome. I think most of the room was in tears – and then he turned it around into his passion for writing. At this stage in my life, what he said really resonated with me. He spoke with intelligence and I found myself scribbling on a napkin (I know, I know, you would think I would be more prepared!) to capture some of the things he said…
…and when she left my room, she took something with her. Almost like a magnet it stuck to the back of her shirt…. when she left, the hate I had felt for myself left with her. ~ Johnathan Friesen
Johnathan was a delightful speaker! He was animated and funny and can really channel his inner child! While he spoke about each of his books I found myself trying to choose which I wanted to read, they all in one way or another spoke to me. His book Jerk California is about a boy with Tourette’s. This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette’s Syndrome for modern teens.
When the event was over, the crowd of 44 people gathered around to but his books. I always wait to be last to make sure everyone has the opportunity to pick up the books that they want. I left this event with:
If you ever have the chance to hear Johnathan speak, I highly recommend you do. I was very impressed with his style and look forward to digging into his books!
13 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… New Normal – Official Day One and Brown Bag Author”
I read Aquifer and really enjoyed it! Have you given yourself a title yet? For this new part of your life?
LOL… a title? Like a job title? Or a book title? I guess the answer to both is no… 🙂
It sounds like you’re off to a good start!
I think people who can channel their inner child write the best kids’ books.
Well then.. in that case I am in it to win it 😉
This is a new author (for me) that I am most certainly going to read! I am so inspired by his own story and the remarkable ways he’s dealt with it! Thanks so much for this blog entry, Sheila.
He had me in tears Dorothy – I wish I would have recorded him… some of the things he said… WOW.
thanks, Sheila, for this fascinating writer/speaker introduction … i’m def curious!
Me too… they are beautiful books 😀
Yay for YOU, your NEW OFFICE and an author visit! Sounds like things are looking up 😀
They are coming together for sure. I am actually busier this week making connections and following up with business cards I picked up at the book expo this year than I thought I would be. I am glad though, I did not want to be idle.
Idle?! OK, now THAT’s funny! lol You (just like me) will NEVER be idle lol
Thanks Sheila. you have introduced me to a new author. I will definitely check him out.
I am so glad Cindy! 😀