So yesterday was it. The book came out, I gave a talk and did two signings, and met a lot of wonderful people. I was overwhelmed emotionally. I knew it would be a special day, but it affected me more than I could have anticipated.
Here are a few things I noticed and noted:
- Before my talk, I didn’t realize how nervous I was until the server at the luncheon kept saying, “Aren’t you going to eat your salad? You don’t like salad?” I protested that I would eat it as soon as I was done, but that anything I chewed tasted like ashes for the moment. Then I ate the cake first and made a liar of myself, because the cake was still really good.
- I bought new dress shirts a couple of months ago, just for the tour. Then I started doing a bunch of neck work with the Ironmind head strap thing. Now all of my shirts are too tight in the neck and today my throat is all red. I suppose that’s my own fault.
- I obviously don’t smile enough. By the end of the second event my face felt like it was breaking. Trying to get more practice.
- There is nothing I love more than speaking, unless it is speaking to a group of librarians
- I love librarians–there were a few hundred people in the room at the talk, and I felt like I knew everyone immediately
- I can give 45 hugs in an hour, but then I’m all hugged out and I have to hide in my truck
- It’s easier to pretend you’re a big deal in another city–in your own town people know you too well
- Sharpies are the pen of choice–Sharpie, please sponsor me or I’ll switch to crayola crayons. This offer expires in 24 hours
- Standing all day is exhausting–I spend too much time in chairs
- When I run out of clever things to inscribe, I start drawing pictures, sometimes with disastrous results
- While I was hiding in my truck, I read The Devil In The White City and totally forgot where and who I was
More to come!
PS: If you have read the book, I would appreciate reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Please be honest in what you write, don’t go fill out a five star review just because we’re pals. But when you finish the book, if you think that’s what it deserves, well, go nuts.