Part of my Saturday morning this weekend was spent in Omaha’s historic Old Market district at the KANEKO-UNO Library. As part of their new Summer Saturdays series, the library is bringing in a variety of speakers to host informal discussions and, ideally, build awareness about the library and its many offerings.
I spoke with a handful of folks who strolled through the library – some familiar to the space and those for who the experience was brand new. We talked about writing and storytelling, about blogging and social media.
After a quick pass through the Omaha Farmers Market earlier in the day to feed my addiction to kettle corn, my time spent at the library was worthwhile and wholly engaging. For me the opportunity wasn’t about selling more books, but continuing a dialogue I began months ago about the storytelling process, the discipline it takes to write a book, and the tremendous personal rewards that follow upon publication. The exposure Nerdy Thirty has yielded is certainly welcome, but the conversations and new faces I’ve met as a result of the book have been just as rewarding.