Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sam's Club and Fried Computers


Most weeks have some good and some bad. When the good is really good you might not notice the bad so much. The same is true for the bad. Bad enough happens and the good fades away. My week was just the normal good and bad. Or you know what. I think it was more like really good. Great even. I got to see all the grandkids and two of them got to be at "Grandma Camp" for a couple of nights. You don't know what Grandma Camp is? Well, it's eat ice cream whenever you want and don't comb your hair too much and take hikes and play with the dogs time. My daughter and son-in-law also came for a visit. They like the same Grandma Camp rules. :-) Of course I always have to make a "mother-in-law pie" for my son-in-law.
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On top of the family fun, I had a couple of book signings. I love talking to people so book signings are very good times for me. The one on Thursday was a first for me. At a Sam's Club Grand Opening at their Nicholasville store. Lots of people showed up to hunt for bargains and some of them even came by the book section to talk to me and get me to sign a book for them. You can see in the picture that they had stocked a lot of books for me to sell. I'd already emptied a couple of shelves here. I'd like to say I emptied all the shelves, but I didn't. I did maybe get people to carry home half of the books on display. I hope those who did will enjoy my Shaker stories. Note the price tag over my head. People kept looking at it and doing a doubletake as they at first wondered if that was for my book. That would have been one expensive book, but my books had a much, much friendlier price. The price tag was for the desk the books were on.
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Then yesterday I was at a Gathering of Authors at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. It's always fun to be in that beautiful library and to get the chance to chat with some of the other writers in the area. And once again, a few people were sweet enough to take my books home with them.
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But as I said there is usually some not so good stuff in every week too. The computer repair guy called and said my motherboard was fried. This is a motherboard or at least that was how it was labeled in the picture files. That means my computer is not going to get to come back home. It's going to the big computer graveyard with perhaps some donor parts going into refurbished computers. Meanwhile I have to go buy a new computer. Not on my list of what I wanted to do next week. Thank goodness I had this old computer sitting around so I could keep on computing. The Angel Sister edits are still not done. But hoping they will be tomorrow. Hope springs eternal.
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I'll try to think of something fun to write about next week. Or more writing related. If you have any questions about writing or anything down here on the farm, feel free to let me know. I enjoy talking to my reading and writing friends. Hope you have a great last full week of August. Autumn is coming. Leaves are already all over the ground under my poplar trees.

3 comments:

  1. I was one of the folks that met you at Sam's on Saturday and I bought all 3 of your books! I have already finished The Outsider and The Believer and have just started The Seeker. I am really enjoying them. The Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is one of my favorite spots in Kentucky so I can easily imagine the life you describe so well in the books. I love how you have handled the relationships without ridiculing the beliefs of the Shakers. While they sought peace it looks as if it was a very hard thing for them to achieve. OK, enough here, I am going to go read! I look forward to finding and reading your Hollyhill series!

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  2. Hi, Maria. I remember signing books to you. Did I take a picture with you? Maybe not. But anyway, thanks for letting me know you are enjoying my Shaker stories. You must be a fast reader. My kind of reading friend. :) And I did try to be respectful of the Shaker people in my book. They did some amazing things and some of them did achieve peace, I'm sure. It's just that in a fictional novel, you have too much peace you lose your necessary conflict. Come back to talk to me anytime, Maria.

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  3. It is extremely interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

    Bella Hakkinen

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