The book signing on Saturday went really well! I wasn't sitting there by myself twiddling my thumbs like I feared. In fact, the store sold out of my book! (They had 60 of them.) I felt really bad that some people left empty-handed after driving all the way to Winnetka.
I was running late (as usual) getting ready for the signing. You know how the pockets of new pants are often sewn shut and you have to clip the threads before you wear them for the first time? Well, I put the pants on and realized the pockets were shut so I clipped the front right pocket, then the front left pocket. I looked around and saw one more pocket on my butt, so I reached back and started clipping those threads. As I was cutting, I remember thinking, "Huh, that's interesting. The inside of this pocket looks like my underwear....my underwear???" Yeah, that back "pocket" wasn't a pocket at all. I just cut a hole in my pants. I had a huge hole in the butt of my pants, I was running late, I'd only had half a cup of coffee, I was nervous, I was starved, and I didn't know how to get to the bookstore so I really wanted to allow an extra half hour of "get lost" time to my drive. STRESS!
Anyway, I was able to throw a couple stitches in my pants before leaving and I made it to the store in time (and without getting lost, I might add! Clearly God was looking out for me!) I didn't throw up which is good, but I think I lost 5 pounds in sweat through the palms of my hands. Real classy, I know. I went through 3 paper towels, wiping my hands off! I just get so darn nervous speaking in front of people! I had so much fun though! It was really great putting faces to names and meeting several blog readers! Thank you for the flowers and granola bars, Julie! Thank you for the wine, the chocolate, and the card Michelle! Thank you for a nice letter, Laura! Thank you for reading my tweet about being starved and bringing me granola bars, Jane! And thank you to everyone for coming out to see me!!!!!!!!!
Here are a few pictures from the day...
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I just read your Guideposts article and I loved it! So then I had to go to Amazon and order your book! And now I'm checking out your blog! As a children's writer and grandparent, I can so relate to your wonderful stories. May you continue to write forever!
Thank you! The article in Guideposts was good because Rick Hamlin is a great editor. Have I mentioned how much I love editors? :) And if you aren't familiar with Guideposts Magazine, check it out HERE! If you ever need a pick-me-up (and who doesn't?!), this is the magazine for you. Sooo inspiring! And if you scroll down that home page a little bit, you'll find the latest video blog from me.
Is your book gonna be available on audio?
possibly, but not right now
Your book rocks! I read it from cover to cover already...now for those who live WAY from from Chicago but in the US... will you accept mailed in books to be autographed?
I'm going to be adding some signed bookplates to my website soon. Keep an eye out for them.
Oh I totally forgot to ask how your ankle is doing. That should have been one of the questions ;)
It still hurts (wearing heels yesterday didn't help), but it's getting better. Thank you!
So did you move the book that had the picture facing forward so it had the spine out so your book could be picture out?
Of course! In fact, my good friend, Michelle Brownlow moved my books to the endcap at the store by her! She even took a picture of it and sent it to me! LOL!
So what is the trick to get the nailpolish OFF the couch???
Very large throw pillows
Is that an Ektorp?If so, Ikea has an AWESOME semi-annual sale that I discovered in January. I stocked up on Ektorp slipcovers - some of the colors were full-price, but I got one for $9 and one for $11. I figure I will stockpile them for things like ... this.
It is an Ektorp sofa from Ikea! Good to know about the sale. I don't know what I was thinking getting tan slip covers! Next time, they're going to be navy! And next time, I won't put them in the dryer and shrink them!
So...how calm were you once you saw that lovely addition to your sofa? Curious because I know I'd probably have flipped out ;o)
Oh, I do my fair share of flipping out, don't get me wrong, but I really try to ask myself, "Will this matter in 5 years?" before I react. So many times something seems like a big deal, but when you stop and think about it for a minute, you'll realize that in the long run, it really doesn't matter.
18 interivews!!?? WOW, that's awesome!!! Any chance you could schedule several of them together and have somebody come babysit for you?
I'm actually doing a bunch of them tomorrow and thankfully Joe is watching the kids for me. Most of them are taped, but here's a list of the live ones. If you're in the area, tune in and listen!
Columbus, OH WBEX-AM 6:10am central
Hartford, CT WQQQ-FM 7:10am central
Buffalo, NY/Bradford, PA WESB-AM 9:00am central
Colorado Springs, CO KCMN-AM 9:50am central
Phoenix, AZ KIKO-AM 10:30am central
Sacramento, CA KAHI-FM 3:00pm central
And finally, here are the winners of the autographed first chapter of my book!
Dawn Schubert & Mona Hernandez
And a fitting song for a city that didn't get the memo about global warming...