Hello everyone, it feels so good to be back! With no Wi-Fi at the mall I was not able to post anything online. I didn’t realize how badly I would miss my laptop. But it did give me a lot of time to think and I did write with a pen and paper, something I haven’t done in a long time. I also came up with a sequel; I’m so excited about it. I can’t wait to start hammering it out.
The book signing was a HUGE success. Friends, family and the community of Dubuque were amazing. I felt like a rock star signing autographs. My husband sent me two, huge, beautiful bouquets of flowers, one for each side of the table. And with the banner, fliers, business cards, candy and books; everything looked really nice. I sold….drum roll please…..84 books! My goal was 100 but I’ll take 84 any day. One huge surprise was when my friend Jody Novey arrived. She drove over 12 hours from Shadyside Ohio just to come to my book signing. I was soooo happy to see her. My insurance agent and his wife also came; he and I had been through so much in getting everything in order that I figured he probably wouldn’t want anything to do with me or my book, but I was
wrong. Old friends, new friends, neighbors and relatives I had never met, all came.
The Top Ten Things I Learned
1. People are too big for their britches. Mirrors must be coming obsolete as many people were wearing
clothes that were entirely too small. At my next signing I will have a full sized mirror so the people who are dressing this way can see what they are
putting me through. Of course, this does not relate to anyone who came to my table.
2. Older people with walkers like to talk. I had many conversations with the “walker” crowd but they
rarely bought books. But that was okay because I enjoyed the conversations.
3. The smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies loses its appeal over time. Being right next to a
Great American Cookie Company, I had to smell cookies all day. By day two I was sick of the smell but the cookies still tasted good.
4. Your ass really starts to hurt when you sit on a folding chair for hours on end. My mother told me I
was going to get hemorrhoids! My husband offered to bring me a lawn chair after the first day but I thought I might look out of place. I also would have been
tempted to recline and take short naps. And no, I didn’t get hemorrhoids.
5. People steal candy when you are not at the table. On a few occasions I walked away from the table to
stretch out my legs and watched people pretend to look at my materials while taking handfuls of candy out of the dish.
6. Parents need to hone their parenting skills. Many kids were misbehaving and would ask for cookies
from the cookie store. The parents would tell them no. In no time at all I would see them waiting in line for cookies.
7. People lose things. I found a credit card and a cell phone which I promptly turned into security.
8. Kids do stupid things. On two occasions I walked into the bathroom to find all of the sinks on full
bore. I’m assuming the goal is to get the sinks to fill up and run over. I don’t understand why they would want to do this, I guess they were probably the kids
that were misbehaving and got cookies anyway.
9. Poor people think you can make them rich. Some people who didn’t have money for a book, asked me to
sign pieces of paper.
10. I have an amazing family. My husband and kids helped out, my mother-in-law brought me food and
watched my kid, my mother sat with me for hours on end and others hung out so I could take breaks.
Would I do it again…..not a chance! Not for three days anyway. It was a long haul but definitely worth it. But now I have three days of laundry and cleaning to get caught up with. I also have to get to work on the sequel.
Have a fantastic day passengers! Thank you for your support. I have the best blog followers in the whole world, I love you guys!