If you believe that getting your book published means a road to fame and stardom then stop reading this blog right now.
If you believe you can get published and compete with the likes of Tragically Hip, well you are insane.
I believe I’m the only Canadian that doesn’t enjoy the Hip. This simple fact means most people think I’m crazy and just plain wrong.
I also believe that Gord Downie loves writers so I guess we aren’t completely at odds.
I noticed all of this on a road trip with my writer friends this past weekend. Linda L Richards, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis and Owen Laukkanen were scheduled to do an author event at the Kamloops Public Library. I went along for the ride. And why not? They are extremely entertaining people to hang out with.
(And yes, when you are still bandaged up you get to ride shotgun!)
To live in Vancouver and be surrounded by so many talented writers is a blessing. I love listening to them talk about their craft. It’s a skill I want to master so the opportunity is priceless. Luckily the writers I know are willing to lend advice and cheer on every effort.
Maybe the good people of Kamloops just weren’t aware of the opportunity.
Or maybe the chance to say goodbye to Gord ranked higher on their bucket list.
You see the timing of the two events didn’t actually overlap but the prep time to lug your cooler and folding chair to the Kamloops outdoor screening venue for that last concert didn’t allow for a visit to the library. People set their priorities.
For the small handful of folks that opted for the library and the chance to listen and chat with these writers… well they were treated to powerful stories and insight. They heard ideas about the creative process.
The joys, the rewards, the time, the dedication.
Linda, Sam, Dietrich and Owen spoke about being successful authors.
Not one of them mentioned the reality of driving four hours to speak to a few writing fans just to turn around and make the long trek home.
I believe Mr. Downie would have been very impressed.
I know I was.