Leslie Bulion joined us today and educated us on so many different types of BUGS! She is an unbelievably talented poet and an all around wonderful person. I interviewed her for our ‘AUTHORS CLUBHOUSE’ show and will post that in our Author’s Clubhouse link on this blog as soon as the edit gets finished.
I have to say it touches me deeply to be able to meet so many wonderful children’s authors and illustrators. I feel so honored to meet with each and every one of them. Being an author/illustrator myself I know how hard the process can be and it really helps to connect with those authors around me and learn their techniques and writing styles.
I dressed up in my new ‘steampunk’ costume that my Mother crafted for me and will be wearing more often. It just brought a bit of light and fun to emporium today and that is what I want The Story Emporium to be. FUN. Sure it’s a place for children to visit each week and meet with a different children’s author or illustrator but I find we have a sense of warmth and family there as well. Many customers look forward to returning every week and that makes me very happy. It makes me feel as though I am part of something bigger than myself. I have a real sense of community when I turn the key in the door and open The Story Emporium to the public.
I encourage anyone who hasn’t stopped by on a Saturday to do so and experience the pure joy we get from each other. It has done more than met my expectations, it has grown into a magical place and continues to branch out and touch people weekly.
I want to thank RI Monthly magazine for taking the time to come to visit with us and get our story out to those who don’t yet know our hideaway in The Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket RI. Please everyone, keep your eye out for the March Issue of The RI Monthly and do comment on this blog as to what you think of the article and feel free to ask us any questions here.
Like I said, My goals of becoming a place of community where children and authors can meet, chat, and be mentored has grown so fast and into so much more than I could have ever imagined.
Thank you to everyone out there who has been spreading the word and please continue to let everyone you know that we are here for your retail needs, social needs, book and movie groups, and writing workshops as well. We are continually growing and look forward to having you grow right along with us.
From the bottom of my heart…. Erin T Whalen