Be prepared!

This Tuesday evening, I went to see John Scalzi read at Powell’s Books. The reading was great, and as a bonus, it was packed with people–affable, funny, friendly people. After all, this was a Portland reading. Our community is packed with nice folks.

When I found a seat, I was close to handful of friends and acquaintances, but my closest seatmate was a stranger. The lot of us, nice stranger included, got talking about writing and our projects, and the Inkpunks blog got brought up. It was so fun to tell this cool girl about the blog, especially since she’s trying to get motivated to write a novel, and we’re all about motivation. But did I have one of our adorable business cards to offer her? No! Because like an idiot, I left the house unprepared.

Don’t forget, folks: every time you step out of your home, you run the chance of meeting another writer or better yet: a future reader. And you never know when you’ll get a chance to chat with people about books and writing. Give people the opportunity to continue the conversation by carrying your card with you.

PS: The book Mr. Scalzi read from is The Human Division, which sounds hysterically funny and wonderfully wise. I can’t wait to start reading it!

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