And so it ends. My last stop on Leg One of The Great Ashes to Water Florida Library Tour was Safety Harbor, in the Tampa Bay area, where I conducted a 90-minute dialogue workshop for aspiring writers. Lisa Kothe did a great job assembling an enthusiastic group. I hope they learned as much from me as I learned from them.
Safety Harbor is a great little town: "Like Mayberry," Lisa said. I strolled Main Street, admired the 300 year-old live oak (the oldest in Pinellas county) and made a date to return to the Safety Harbor spa when I return to Tarpon Springs in mid-February. The gem of the town is undoubtedly the pretty little marina and pier that juts into the bay. I talked to a fisherman from Yorkshire who said he'd only caught a cold so far, and "helped" a man "fix" his trailer, for which I can only apologize.
I returned to my sister's house in the Orlando area. having put 1300 miles on the Miata, and 1300 years on my lower back. BUT, it was great fun when the top came down, and we part friends, even if a little bit worse for the wear.
I stopped in at libraries in Seminole county and Orlando, and offered myself as a resource for the Friends speaker bureau. We'll see what happens. I'd love an excuse to return next winter.
Was it worth it? I'll just say I've never worked so hard for a long term investment in my life. But I do believe my efforts will take root. I'm building a readership, one book at a time.
I'm leaving for the airport in an hour. Tomorrow:
And then six FANTASTIC house guests for a long weekend of creative brainstorming and food.
And then back to Florida for Leg Two.
This time, we're driving the Porsche. Heh heh heh.