Here's what happened at the Writers' Block event at the main library in Fort Collins, Colorado, last Saturday.
Author Cricket McRae and I set up our books and promo materials at tables under an awning on the library grounds a little before noon. The third table under the awning was for the local NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) chapter to recruit participants for the November writing challenge. At the fourth table, materials were available for attendees to make their own bookmarks. And cookies. Lots of cookies.
Not too far away, another awning sheltered a bluegrass band called Horsetooth Mountain Rangers. I'm still humming Homegrown Tomatoes.
The purpose of the event was to create a community-written story with chalk on the sidewalk surrounding the library block. I had the honor of writing the first sentence. Cricket wrote the second. From that point on, participants of all ages took turns adding the next twist to a very complicated tale. At 3:00 PM, I started a sentence to bring the story back to earth (since it had taken flight to a distant galaxy), and Cricket wrote the ending.
The original goal had been to set a record by making it all the way around the block. However, the curvy pattern we established at the beginning didn't help our effort. We might have made it all the way if we had written in a straight line and used really big letters. We'll know better next time.
The weather was perfect. We met a lot of interesting and friendly folks and some amazing children who are already writing stories. An event of this type is more "show and tell" exposure than it is a sales opportunity for authors. To me, it was worth it to spend a beautiful afternoon meeting and talking to nice people. I'm very sorry I didn't take my camera.