Tuesday, January 28, 2014

News in the New Year

Phone sketch photo by Dave Toboni
1.)  Third time is the charm! I won Honorable Mention awards for two poems in the 2013 Redwood Writers PoetryContest. This is a major accomplishment as it is the third time I’ve entered the competition since becoming a California Writers Club member. Most of the entrants are accomplished, published, poets so the talent quotient is high. The judges picked blind so they had no idea that both awards were going to be me. Click on Redwood Writers Contest above if you'd like to see who else won, and you can also read my winning poems by scrolling down to my bio and clicking on the titles.  

2.)   My book, Water Over Time, was published in 2013 and it is for sale on Amazon and locally at Copperfield’s, Napa Bookmine, and Jessel Gallery!
3.)  I'm going to have three additional poems published in a poetry anthology titled,  And The Beat Goes On. Catharine Bramkamp is the Editor, a fellow member of the Redwood Writers Club. The book will launch in April.
Also for anyone who is more interested in a literary reading than the Super Bowl there will be an OPEN MIC event organized by the California Writers Club-Napa at Napa Bookmine on February 2nd. from 3 to 5 p.m. Hubby usually escorts me to these events but not this time because of the Super Bowl. This will be the club's first reading at Napa Bookmine so I plan to be there and to read.

It feels good to focus on the positives. This is a great start to my new year.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

First Friday Fling

I recently went to an art show at Main Street Gallery in Lakeport. My friend, Elaine Lewis, the artist who illustrated my book cover for Water Over Time, invited me. She wanted me to bring a few books that I might sell. I was excited to see Elaine’s paintings and be part of the show. After pinning on a name tag and meeting two of the gallery’s organizers and a few of the artists, I sat down at a table to discuss my books. It was a lovely affair with live music and a wine tasting along with goodies to eat. I’m told they host these art and wine parties the first Friday of every month, called First Friday Fling.  
Elaine and I enjoyed hearing the positive feedback for both her paintings and my book cover. Hopefully you will have a chance to visit this gallery. There is something for everyone, watercolors, oils, pastels, pencil drawings, photography, and jewelry. Also on display: turned wood and metal sculpture. Very cool. And don’t forget to admire my books! They will be featured along with Elaine’s art through the month of January.
Elaine, Barbara, and Elaine's art

Many attendees