Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

October 15 was a great reading experience for me upon the Albuquerque debut of Myopia a memoir, where I read chapters from the book, including “An Awfully Hard Man to Kill” and “Lemon Meringue Pie in the Land of Keretaria.” (See photos from the event here.)

The audience engaged in some invigorating questions, which is one reason I say Bookworks is a fabulous venue for writers and readers alike. The staff is intelligent, welcoming and supportive, and there is a warm and interested audience. Sadly, so many independent bookstores have vanished. If we wish to keep Bookworks alive and well, we will have to get off our computers and into our cars and actually purchase some books there! They need us as much as we need them.

The author with her neighbors and friends at the Bookworks launch

The author with her neighbors and friends at the Bookworks launch

Of course, I want to thank every one of you who came to my reading, neighbors, friends, and the many supporters from my ever-growing reading community. I thank the Bosque Press for this. They seem to be able to gather the best writers in New Mexico (and elsewhere) to their writing retreats, contests and classes. Lynn Miller and Hilda Raz conducted the best retreat I’ve attended last week in Albuquerque. With a prompt and ten minutes, these folks could write a finished piece! I was both intimidated and impressed. Wish I had taken photos of the lunch we were served Sunday, but it did not occur to me. I was enveloped in writing and words.

 

The Land of Enchantment

Fall on the bosque along the Rio Grande in New Mexico

Fall on the bosque along the Rio Grande in New Mexico

One would tend to think that the best of writers would be found in New York and, of course, there are many excellent writers to be found everywhere in the country and everywhere in the world. But to convince writers, mostly introverts, to step out of their writing caves to come together to write in one room is no small feat, and this was more of a master class than a retreat. I am so grateful to them.

As I think back over the decision to move out West, to sample a life of enchantment over the constant buzz of the City, I do not have regrets. Luckily for me, I am able to travel to NYC for the static and then back home again for the quiet beauty I have come to appreciate so much.

Life is unpredictable. And as I said to a good friend at lunch earlier today, I would not change a thing. Growing up in the East gave me many advantages, but being retired in the West has given me a new lease on life. There is nothing quite like the bosque in New Mexico in the fall.

Signed copies of Myopia a memoir, by Phyllis M Skoy can be found at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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