Monday, December 10, 2007

A Holiday Market in a Snowstorm

Last Saturday, Cottonwood Artists School in Colorado Springs, where we hold our Pikes Peak Writers meetings, hosted a Holiday Market all day. They invited PPW to run a bookstore during the event and the Colorado Farm and Art Market to bring their food/produce vendors. PPW had recently been given two large donations of used books from a library and a used bookstore that is moving to Atlanta, so we set up many, many shelves of used books available for donation. We also had new books about the writing craft and by PPW member authors for sale.

Unfortunately, a snowstorm blew in that morning, and we awoke to treacherous roads--a layer of icy sleet/slush that fell before the temperature dropped, covered by Colorado's infamous champagne powder. I made it to the school all right to be there for my 9 am - noon signing time, but we had a much lower turnout than expected. I still managed to sell three books before I took a break to do some shopping of my own at the market. By then, with snow continuing to fall, there were very few customers. Bummer! You can't fight Mother Nature, though.

And tomorrow, when we have our Write Brain meeting scheduled, and I'm on the panel talking about Brainstorming Techniques, ANOTHER snowstorm is predicted. We plan to decide in the early afternoon whether or not to cancel the event. Winter weather requires nimble planning!

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