Historic Woodstock was my final stop for presentations on the Hackmatack Tour. It was also the smallest group I met with, comprised exclusively of Hackmatack Readers from the nearby Townsview School. But being small in numbers sure doesn’t mean small in terms of creativity, enthusiasm, and excellent comments and questions. This was a group of readers and writers who ‘knew their stuff’ and it was a pleasure to meet you all!
I read from Frostbite Hotel and even got a chance to crack open chapter one of No TV? No Fair! (a Hackmatack Tour first for me!). Your questions and comments about the books were amazing and thought-provoking! I especially appreciated the connections you shared about how you could relate to certain characters or situations (writers love hearing that!). I also felt inspired learning about the creative things you do, like writing scripts and acting in plays, writing stories (even a series of stories) in collaboration with friends, creating artwork and comic book writing, and more. We had such an interesting discussion about comics didn’t we? When I shared some details about my new book (Mermaid Warrior Squad) and the comic component it has in it, you shared your reasons for being passionate about comics – like how comics tell a story twice (once in words, the other in pictures.) I LOVE that observation and I’ll remember it forever!
It is always special and inspiring to spend time with others who love stories as much as I do. The creative energy we generated together lasted much longer than the hour or so we had – in fact, I still feel it now and hope you do, too. I ended the “Tour” part of Hackmatack with you, and can truly say that I feel so eager to dive in to more writing, with a huge thanks due to this wonderful group.
All the best, and till we meet again!