Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November IWSG: A Best Selling Dose of Inspiration

Two weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of shaking hands and meeting one of the bestselling children's series authors of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, R. L. Stine. Isn't he adorable?
R. L. Stine and little ole me
At the Texas Book Festival, Liz Mertz, Molly Blaisdell, and I spent the entire day in a book-filled dreamland. At least that's what it felt like. Authors, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers from all over, gathered on the grounds of the Texas Capital to celebrate one thing. BOOKS. 
Liz Mertz, Molly Blaisdell, and I in the House Chamber
At dusk, we ventured over to the Texas State Cemetery for Ghosts in the Graveyard with R. L. Stine and James Preller, who read ghost stories to a horde of fans spread out on the cemetery lawn. James Preller's blog post about the event was recently picked up by the Huffington Post. I'm not sure either of the two authors were prepared for the Texas-sized crowd O_O! When the book signing began, I recall hearing R. L. saying, "I guess they don't do lines in Texas." As a witness, I'd say his comment was an understatement. 

James Preller signing my book
A nod from Mr. Preller, whom I'd met earlier, directed me behind the table for a quick signing of my book. It pays to have connections, no matter how small. 

Before the event, I'd been suffering from one of those pesky, what-the-heck-am-I-doing, writerly syndromes. You know the kind, right? But as each moment passed throughout the day, I felt the inspiration trickling in. Before I knew it, good ole creative juice pumped through my veins once again. 

If any of you IWSG'ers out there are struggling, find a book event, a conference, or a book signing and attend. I promise you won't walk away empty-hearted. Sometimes we need an extra boost to kick us into gear.

The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month. It's where writers around the world can express their fears, insecurities, or offer support and encouragement to others. Founded by Author Alex Cavanaugh, the IWSG is a phenomenal group of writers. A HUGE thanks goes out to November's co-hosts: CD CoffeltTina DowneyIsis Rushdan, and Michelle Wallace

And now, back to my UnRaNoWriMo... Write on, folks~


  1. Candilynn, that is such a priceless photo of you and the Master of Scream, RL! He's a real sweetie, isn't he?

  2. It looks like you had an inspiring time! Those are some great pictures :)

  3. So true, Candilynn! It's so easy to lose that writerly mojo, but when found again, wow. It's invigorating! How cool for you to meet Stine and Preller!!

  4. I try and attend at least one conference per year and one or two book signings. They're FUN!

  5. how awesome!
    and exciting! and inspiring!
    great pics!

  6. That's cool you got to meet both authors and have your books signed. A reading in a cemetery would be awesome.

  7. Wow this sounds like such an infusing event! I bet it's so inspiring to be surrounded by all these like-minded writers celebrating their craft.

  8. That sounds like a great time. It would really inspire me to work even harder.

  9. Everything about this sounds awesome, and it sounds like you had a great time.

  10. How inspiring! You look like you were having tons of fun. :)

  11. Thanks for sharing the great pics and story. I'm so glad inspiration and creative juices are flowing for you again. :-)

  12. He was super funny, Catherine!
    Thanks, Laura!
    Here's to finding our writerly mojo, PK!
    Good advice, Diane. :)
    Thanks, Tara!
    Actually, the cemetery reading was the best part of the day, Alex :)
    Julie, being around like-minded folks is some of the best medicine for a writer.
    Susan, yes, it did. :)
    It was awesome, Jennifer!
    I was, Melissa. So much fun.
    Thanks, Lexa. :)

  13. Ghost stories in the graveyard with children's books royalty, sounds like a good evening! It really does help the creativity and motivation to get out of the house and attend some kind of writerly event. Happy writing! :)