What an excellent day. I had the chance to have breakfast with activist and blogger Lisa Marie Rollins of A Birth Project and head of the Adopted & Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora. I love her energy and her commitment to creating community among other transracially adopted folks. She led a workshop at the 2008 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival --and it sounds like she's going to be joining us again this year. Yay! If you don't know of her, you should. She's smart, funny, warm and sassy (even though we couldn't seem to capture "sassy" in the photos we took together before parting!) (LMR: Can I post the photo here?) I have a lot I want to learn from this lady.
Then it was off to lunch to meet Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and the previous winner of the Bellwether Prize. She is just as pretty as her book jacket photo and really cool to talk to. We spent a good deal of time praising our hero, Barbara Kingsolver, who established the prize. And Hillary also shared with me some tips as I head down the road to publication. Her book is a must-read if you're interested in stories of the Mixed experience--I loved it! Her number one piece of advice: stop fretting about the book that's coming out --get to writing the next book--NOW!
So, enough socializing. Tomorrow's an all-day writing day. Wish me many words.