Another hectic month has flown by, and in a few days hence, I'm off to Wyntercon in Eastbourne for my first Comicon in three years. How I've missed it! If you love anything to do with Sci-Fi, fantasy, paranormal, or Anime this is the place to go. Personally, I'd love to get one going in Thanet. Imagine Thanet Comicon so awesome. Contact me about it if you're interested in helping organising one.
Meanwhile at home, Quest for Courage is out at my printers and should arrive shortly. I'm fixing dates for the launch locally in Thanet at the moment, and my discovery of a local children's bookshop, Tales on Moon Lane in Addington Street, Ramsgate, has delighted me. I'm only hoping they will be as delighted to host it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one.
I undertook two further book signing and selling events during the month. One at the lovely Alexander Centre in Faversham, run by the very able Eventissima Events company, and another at the Burlington Hotel, Folkestone, a new venue for the Carano events company. Was very excited to have someone come up and say they'd read Aquasapien and loved it, and another person who later purchased a copy was discovered in the lobby of the hotel—apparently unable to put it down. Its tiny snippets like this that keep me writing.
I was in London yesterday for some much-needed family time, and whilst sitting on yet another underground Tube journey I watched folk either on their phones or reading paperback fiction books. I realised then, that if I ever got on a train and someone was sitting there reading a copy of any of my novels I'd know I'd arrived—and not just on the train!
Also this month, I attended my first yoga and meditation retreat in many years. A five-hour event set in the most beautiful grounds of the Crescent Turner hotel Whitstable, inside their amazing clamping style wedding reception venue complete with dance floor, fairy lights, and bar. The far side is clear polythene and provides totally uninterrupted views across Graveney, The Swale, to the Isle of Sheppey and beyond. We had an extensive meditation and yoga session followed by a sumptuous Vegan Afternoon tea. I phoned the hotel beforehand to check they did have cake—I don't do vegan.
The cakes were all amazing, though the cream for the scones wasn't pleasant and the sandwiches, though works of art, were mixed up, a variety of colours and textures. I couldn't tell what any of them were, so I stayed well away. Following this, I did my first Yin Yoga class. It’s a style where you hold each position for several minutes motionless at a time, with a starfish pose in between each one. Takes some doing. I was expecting aches, pains and general struggling to move the next day, but thankfully came out unscathed.
And so to Wynter, I have purchased a variety of interesting clothing and jewels to adorn myself with, as you do for these events. If you’ve ever purchased something a bit zany and off the wall and then wondered “Where on earth am I going to wear it?” Comicon is the answer, you fit right in and look reassuringly normal amongst the party-goers dressed as Deadpool, Venom and Jedi warriors.
Since my last sojourn to Eastbourne, I’ve had two further books published; Gristle’s Revenge and What If? This time I'm taking my new assistant—yes you've guessed it my son—and we're booked into a classy hotel on the seafront. You'll be able to read about that element on my next Trip Adviser review. Don't forget you can follow me on Trip Adviser. I do oodles of reviews, just about to reach my 300th, with 95,000 readers, but I'd love more followers. Likewise on Twitter and my business page on Face book, Carol M. Salter. Seems other folk get trillions of followers not sure how much people pay them. LOL Was that a hint of bitterness I detected?
So, next month be sure to check in, you'll get to see all the amazing photos I've taken of the wonderful and bizarre things I'll see this weekend. MIMO.