Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bookish Saturday

I had a very bookish Saturday. Weekends for my family already include a trip to the bookstore and other such activities, but this time I was able to take my husband and daughter out to an event that celebrated readers and books. 

The wonderful people behind the Filipino ReaderCon asked me to be part of a panel that started at 1 PM, but all of the sessions were interesting and I was hoping I could catch some of them as well. Traveling with a toddler though makes things a bit unpredictable, but we at least made it there by 11 AM. Just enough time to catch a bit of the session on publishers, where I was surprised with the news that one of my books, That Kind of Guy, has been selling well in local bookstores this year. (#3 -- behind bestseller Bob Ong, and former teacher/superstar Ricky Lee!) I scrambled to take a picture of that slide but my phone camera couldn't handle it. :(

At the Authors as Readers session, I spoke for a bit about the three books that influenced my writing life. (FYI: Wrong Way Romance by Sheri Cobb South, Witch by Christopher Pike, and Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman.) I also showed the crowd a wedding photo, since the panel was taking place right in the room where Mike and I tied the knot.

They gave me this after. Yay! I was seriously thinking of buying this.


My daughter needed to nap after, so I missed most of the book discussions. But she was wide awake in time for the Filipino Readers' Choice Awards, and managed to make it to the front with me as I got this wonderful award, for Fairy Tale Fail.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Did I say thank you?

8 comments:

  1. It was so nice to finally meet you, Mina! Kainis lang kasi I forgot to bring your books for me to have you sign them! Fanboy!

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    1. Peter, congrats! :) :) :) I hope you're all rested now!

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  2. I didn't get to introduce myself, since I was one of the volunteers running around that day (and I was assigned to the other room during the Authors as Readers session), but I did buy Fairy Tale Fail that night, on getting home from the Readercon, and read it in an evening. It was delightful! I look forward to reading your other books.

    My husband and I wanted to tie the FHL too! But it wasn't available on our preferred date, so we had to pick another place. :(

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    1. Thank you for getting the book! :)

      And I have our cake supplier for the venue decision. It was either FHL or just another events place, and she said FHL would be the more memorable choice. So true!

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  3. Ever since you said you got married in FHL, I've added that in the list of possible venues when the time comes. No idea when it will be, of course. :))

    BUT ANYWAY. Congratulations again! So, so happy that FTF won! I couldn't campaign for it in public because I was a part of the committee, but I was definitely one of its silent supporters. :D

    See you again soon, Mina! And virtual gigil face to Little Boss! :D

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    1. Thank you for the silent good vibes! Congrats too on everything, so much fun was had.

      Also, to add to your list: Our souvenirs were bookmarks - extreme close up pages of certain books. Most didn't bother to figure it out, but a few actually guessed which books they were from! Haha sudden game.

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  4. Congrats, Mina! FTF totally deserves to win. :P I hope you end up loving The Scorpio Races, it was one of my favorite reads last year.

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    1. Thank you! :) Yay Lucas and Ellie. :)

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