“Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons. It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.”
— Willa Cather
Unexpectedly, things were greatly different from your imagination. The oceans of people stormed like a gray mountain weighing upon me, like the red traffic light blowing up my eyeballs. When entering into the “outer space” of books, when seeing everything was on sale, the green zone of my heart shattered like a priceless antique, suddenly breaking into pieces. It hurt, really hurt.
Then, “What should a Book Fair be like?”
I just wished it to be a little more “humanized” rather than “commercialized”.
But it seems, the way of this world, this society, that group of successful people, that particular life, goes very well along with piles of money, the thick perfume, the duplicate fashion, the dummy faces and the smell of temptation, rather than the depth of a heartful thought or just being crazily mindful.
This so-called International Publishing Forum is actually based on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan Online Publishing, nothing to do with what I needed to hear about – the traditional publishing. However, it was rather refreshing and interesting. Especially about “Fragmentation”, about now a robot even can read your book for once, edit it by itself, copy your style, write a similar book and publish it. How astonishingly amazing!
This Open Public Forum with three special guests (The Hon Hannah Rothschild, Simon Winchester and Wilbur Smith) and the host, Sir David Tang, for me, was the most inspiring part of the Book Fair. Meeting renowned English authors means a great deal to me, as if bowing to the queen on the street, absolutely honorable with full respect. The rare moment when my heart was racing, my hand sweating, holding the microphone, my words came out of my mouth like fireflies burning, and my brain was sucked like the water flushed into the unknown darkness of mystery. I was asked about my name, and Sir David Tang joked, “Heather Cai. Write it down and tell people you’ve met her before she is famous.”
At the Weekend Author’s Corner, I met this interesting American author, Kevin M Maher. He is positively self-published and confidently selling his books in the Book Fair. I bought one for eighty HK dollars. His attitude is, “I may lose some money, but it is totally worth everything. Who knows?”
At last, in a word, possibility. This image may describe that word. And also some prospect of something happening or is going to happen.
I don’t know.
Hence, below image is the real prospect of mine. –
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