This past weekend I traveled to my alma mater, Truman State University, to give a presentation on writing and motivation from the point of view of a published author. My husband and I drove 2 ½ hours to Kirksville, MO and made sure to arrive 15 minutes early. We set up my PowerPoint on the overhead projector and I was ready to go.
The only thing missing was an audience.
We hung around for about 20 minutes and then packed up. My contact at the school, Polly Matteson (I worked for her at the career center ages ago), apologized for no one showing up since they promoted it for me on campus. However, it was the Friday before spring break and the campus was close to deserted when we arrived.
Now, this might deter someone from giving a free presentation so far away from their home. Why travel so far for nothing? Well, I had a presentation last semester during homecoming weekend and I have about 15 people show up. I felt like there is a great need on campus for students, faculty, staff, and people from town who would like to know more about writing and publishing. No one seems to be filling that need right now. So, I want to be the one who tries to help when I can and provide an example of what can happen if you stick to it and finish what you started.
So, what comes next?
Well, for many it would appear the second presentation was a failure. However, it is really a learning experience for me. I will stick to the Fall semester for giving presentations at Truman State University while looking for other places to talk about writing. Also, I did gain some valuable contact information for an English professor on campus that could help me with future speaking engagements.
The saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained” is my motto.
It was a great day to walk around campus and see what had changed since I was a student. We also looked around Kirksville, MO and saw just how much the town had changed as well. It made my heart happy to see the growth on campus and in town.
Throughout the day, my husband, Tom, made the pain of the experience (yes, it still hurt) diminish with his humor (as seen in this picture) and kept my spirits up. Once again, my knight in slightly dented armor saved the day with his smile and strength.
Even though no one showed up for this one event, there are still more to come this year and I can’t wait to share my love of writing with others.
(The Thornless Rose: Fire Blush is my debut novel and I hope to have the next installment in the trilogy out by Fall 2017. Stay tuned for more information.)