By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief of US Daily Review
One of my favorite places to hide is my local Barnes and Noble. Sure, there are always plenty of people, but not the kid who needs the ride or the spouse with a “honey do.” I enjoy doing those things for the family, but I also enjoy to “get away.” Barnes and Noble is a great and cheap place to escape from it all. I’m surrounded by one of my favorite things (books), enjoy a drink, and try to find an easy chair. At the one I go to, there is only four and when you find it, you keep it.
In my most recent visit I enjoyed a couple of hours of uninterupted easy chair time when I noticed my battery was running out of juice. Fortunately there is an area with (less than comfortable) wooden chairs with electric outlets near by. On this day, however, that area was occupied by the Houston’s Writers’ Guild Workshop. I could leave, but I still had magazines to go through and decided to just discreetly put myself in the middle of the audience, plugged my laptop in one of the outlets and quietly worked, thumbed through the magazines, and listened to the speakers. I was if full ADD mode. Life was good.
The area had several dozen participants, none of which payed to be there. However, I was clearly the only one not there for the event. Everyone else listened intently and I was the only one clicking away at my computer and reading magazines. This made me feel both clever and guilty. The guilt began to win the mental debate and I slowly put down the magazine and only worked on my computer. Than, I found myself writing this article. It is funny who things work this way. I had to write an article anyway, so why not about those who aspire to write?
The event had been on since the morning and would go on until the end of the day. I happened to show up just in time for a session on “Point of View”, featuring Christie Craig. Craig is a successful novelist in her own right and the author of several books, including Divorced, Desperate and Delicious, Wedding Can Be Murder, Gotcha! and sever others. Craig was witty and really enjoyed presenting, her audience enjoyed her too. It sort of reminded my of an event you would find in a place like New York, were cultured individuals looked for an opportunity to leave a legacy through the writing. However, Craig — and the the audience — had a very casual (maybe even, Texas) style and the speaker clearly had a Southern twang.
She spoke about the importance of using “Point of View” (POV) in writing a novel. According to Craig, “POV basically means… who is telling your story. Whose head are you in during this particular moment, in this particular scene?” Interesting stuff, too bad I don’t want to write a novel. But I enjoyed the event anyway and wished my laptop had run out of energy sooner so I could have heard more. It was interesting to see this crowd of people who were interested in possibly leaving a literary contribution. I guess it goes to prove true that eve