Thursday, October 27, 2022

Virtual JDC Visit

As part of the ongoing sixth annual Words & Pictures Festival, I had the privilege of doing a virtual author visit to the local Juvenile Detention Center yesterday.
I was joined by my friends and fellow authors LeeAnn McLennan, Karen Eisenbrey, and in a last-minute surprise appearance, Sheryl Scarborough. We had a lot of fun, and not enough time! I'm flattered to say that interest was expressed in not only Joel Suzuki, but Glorified as well, so I'll be donating copies of Volume One and Issue One to the JDC.

Big thanks to Rachael Ries, Branch Manager of the Cascade Park Community Library, for arranging and hosting the event, and of course also to Christy Peterson for organizing the W&P Festival once again. Looking forward to next year!

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Harvest Festival

That's right, more live events! This Saturday, I'll be at the Special Celebrations Harvest Festival in Vancouver, WA from 2-4pm with books, candy, and a big smile.
Details are in the flyer above. If you're in the area, hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Words & Pictures 2022

This Saturday 10/15, I'll be at Three Creeks Community Library in Salmon Creek, WA from 3:30-5pm for part of the sixth annual Words and Pictures Festival!
The festival has been growing each year, so this time around the events have been split up across various dates and locations. I'm honored to be part of the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Author Night along with fellow authors Curtis Chen, Neil Cochrane, Adam Copeland, LeeAnn McClennon, and Karen Eisenbrey. We'll be doing readings, answering questions, and signing and selling books. Come check it out if you're in the area! Three Creeks Community Library is located at 800 NE Tenney Rd Bldg C, Vancouver WA.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Playoffs? Playoffs!

Hey there, baseball fans! Normally, we wait until after the World Series to do a season recap with our resident baseball experts/die-hard Seattle Mariners fans April Hayashi and Lydia Sanchez, but, well, a thing happened in Mariners-land last week...
Brian: You beat me to it.
April: She's been just a little excited.
Lydia: Hey, you have been too.
April: I know.
Brian: Were either of you a bit nervous after that bad road trip that ended in the Kansas City collapse?
April: A little.
Lydia: Nah, I knew we had it all the way.
April: No, you didn't. You were freaking out.
Lydia: Okay, fine, I was.
Brian: I don't blame you. Despite what all the oddsmakers were saying, I think all of us long-time fans have just become accustomed to having a feeling of impending doom.
April: Yeah. But in the end, it all worked out.
Lydia: In about as dramatic a fashion as you can imagine. I mean, I would've gladly taken an Orioles loss earlier in the day and just gone into the game on Friday having already clinched, but the way it ended up happening was much better.
Brian: Think next year they'll have a Cal Raleigh drought-buster, walk-off homer bobblehead?
Lydia: Duh.
April: For sure.
Brian: So how do you think the postseason will play out from here? Do you think the M's can go far?
April: For me, personally, I'm just glad they ended the drought. That always seemed to be kind of the goal for this year, which sets the stage for a bigger goal next year. But to the team's credit, they have been talking about winning the World Series now, which is good to hear.
Lydia: Yeah, man, you gotta do it now! Nothing about the future is guaranteed. And if the Braves could do it last year -
April: - or the Nationals in 2019 -
Lydia: Right, then so can the M's.
Brian: They do seem built pretty well for the playoffs, with pitching, defense, and power being their strengths. Care to go on record with a prediction?
Lydia: No thanks. No more jinxing for me!
April: It'll be hard to get past the Astros in the AL, or the Dodgers in the World Series, but anything can happen in the playoffs, and the M's do seem to thrive on so-called "chaos." So we'll see.
Brian: All right, well, the fun starts tomorrow. Will you come back for a postseason wrap-up later in the month?
April: Sure.
Lydia: You bet. Go M's!