For the last week I've been out of Furman, I've endeavored in some more writing opportunities. Not only have I been diligently working on rewriting my novel, but I've been on the writing scene in Columbia. Twice! On Wednesday, I went with some fellow poets from the Aiken area to Mind Gravy's open mic in Columbia. There, I met some fantastic poets and some excellent songwriters. I even read a new poem of mine titled "An Elegiac Reverie." My friend, Derek Berry, did a reading of his work, including a piece from his poetry book titled Skinny Dipping with Strangers. Check him out at http://derekberry.wordpress.com/.
Just today, my friends and I went to the South Carolina book festival. Our wallets cried as we purchased a large quantity of books, but it was certainly worth it. We went to a panel or two, found familiar faces in the crowd of people, and enjoyed chatting with the South Carolina authors. Overall, a very successful day and a great way to begin summer.