Last night I didn’t feel like being cooped up in my apartment on a Friday night, so I went to this coffee shop near my place called Kafe Kerouac. Well, I say “coffee shop”, but it’s a bit more than that: it’s a cafe, a bar, a bookstore, a record shop, and a performance space. It’s a real cool place, sort of hipster-ish, and I felt going out and fishing for life there. I even brought my computer, in case I wanted to do the whole writer-in-a-coffee-shop thing. What I ended up doing was watching a small concert from singer Sky Steele, a singer who has been touring around the country before the release of his first album this winter.

It was actually quite fun. I’m not usually into the sort of music he plays (for samples of it, you can go onto his website with the link above), but he had some good songs, and I actually got lost in a few of them. And after the concert, I and a few people stuck around and talked with him. Sky was nice and very down-to-Earth, telling us about his goals and how he came to music.I even got an idea for a novel from something that was said during the conversation. And during the course of the talk, I had an opportunity to mention that I was a published author and that led to him and a few others showing interest in my books. One girl (I wish I could remember her name. Curse you, very poor memory for names and faces!), who styled herself as a big sci-fi enthusiast, said she’d check out Reborn City when she had the chance. It was definitely a good time, and I also said I’d check out Sky when I got the chance.

After the concert, I also went to the bookshelves, particularly the horror, suspense/thrillers, and sci-fi ones, and put my business cards in some of them. One of the readers on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors had suggested putting your business cards and bookmarks into books similar to yours, with the hope that anyone reading said books might be interested in reading yours. Since the books at Kafe Kerouac can be read in the store or bought and taken home, I decided to try and see if I could get anyone interested in my work that way (and the next time I get a library book that’s similar to what I write, I’ll definitely try it there as well. In the meantime, I hope the cards I left in the books will lead to at least one or two more people reading my work. Maybe even a review if I’m lucky.

To round the evening off, I ended up doing the whole writer-in-a-coffee-shop thing and finishing a chapter of Laura Horn, which got me really excited, as I’m close to finishing up the first draft of the book. After that was done, I said goodbye to Sky and some of the other people who’d been at the concert (they’d all decided to hang out at the bar for a drink), and went home, where I somehow managed to knock out another chapter of LH before going to bed.

All in all, it was a pretty good evening. I met some really awesome people, saw a concert by a musician I might not have even bothered to listen to under other circumstances, possibly sold some books, and made some headway on a book that, after a year, I’m nearly finished writing the first draft. Not a bad evening at all. I hope tonight I can have a similar sort of nigh: I’m going to a friend’s 21st birthday party, so if there’s any time afterwards I’d like to do some more writing ad see where I get.

In the meantime, I think I’ll have a late lunch, write, and then maybe go for a workout. Have a good day, my Followers of Fear.

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