One of my favorite things about summer is the chance to talk to catch up with friends. Because everyone is busy vacationing or rushing to ballgames, I love the moments you can sneak in where you get to sit and share what’s been going on with friends and family.
We decided the Inksper family needed to do a little catching up as well. So for the next two weeks, we’ll be sharing what’s been going on in our lives professionally, personally, or both. And we’d you, our reader friends and family, to share what’s going on in your lives as well.
I just returned from a wonderful few days with Judy Miller. She and I had a day and a half brainstorming session, and we got so much done. It’s hard to explain how fun it is to create with someone. The energy seemed to spark between us.
Then on Saturday, Judy and I drove to a booksigning with Deb Raney and Melissa Jagears. We were hosted by Faith & Life Bookstore. Not only do they have a lovely store, they had a snack table set up with cookies, grapes, and cheeses for the guests. It’s always fun to visit with reader friends, both new and returning.
Afterwards, the four of us had lunch together at Prairie Harvest across from the bookstore. Whenever authors get together, there is always talk of the publishing world and of current trends. I think there’s comfort in knowing none of have the answers or can foresee the future of a changing book world.
Besides my little writing trip, my summer has been filled with camp and fair. My husband directs the SW Iowa Junior 4-H camp in early June, and of course, I’m the assistant. Then at the end of June, I taught the Bible class for juniors (3rd-6th) at church camp. My curriculum was called Kamp Kaboom and it was a lot of fun for me and the children.
My daughters have been working at camp, too. My 16-year-old was a counselor for the junior camp, then attended her own senior session. My twenty-one-year old was the “nurse” for the senior session. (Nurse is really more of a health associated like at school.) We’ve had the pleasure of having my niece from Maine stay with us this summer. It has been such a joy getting to really know her.
The end of July brought the county fair. I’m a 4-H leader with about 30 kids in my club. My kids did wonderfully, and it’s so fun to see them excel. And if you think 4-H is only for country kids, you’d better take a second look at the program. Music, child development, computers, welding, camping–you name it. If a young person is interested in an area and sets a goal, he or she can do a project on it. My daughter’s community service project write-up was chosen to go on to the Iowa State Fair.
Next up in my world is Kinney Kamp. That’s three days my side of the family gets together and plays. There are about 35 of us, but not every can make it. Then, my husband and I will join Dawn Ford and her husband on a cruise to Alaska. We can’t wait.
So what about you? How are things going for you? Have you been to any fairs? Camps? And do you have any cruise advice for Dawn and I? Don’t be shy. Let’s chat.