Warning: Another totally self-centered blog post!
The coolest thing happened when I was in town yesterday. I went to FedEx (formerly Kinkos) to have some posters made of the book cover of my recently released novel, Secrets of the Old Ladies’ Club. I approached the salesperson and made my request which he promptly rejected. This very professional man informed me that he would be unable to copy the book cover because of copyright laws, to which I replied: “It’s my book.”
Him: Yes, it is your book but I can’t copy the cover unless you wrote the book.
Me: I did.
Him: You wrote the book?
Me: Yes, I did.
Him (annoyed): Then you won’t mind showing me some ID please. (looking like the cat that ate the canary)
Me (pleased): Will my driver’s license do?
Him (deflated and annoyed) Ummm. Ok. (examining my license closely) I have a form for you to sign allowing me to make a copy.
A woman was standing next to me at the counter listening to all of this. After the posters were printed, she asked to see them and, whooo boy, she got all excited and ordered a book on the spot!
I am so humbled when God puts blessings like this one in my life. Who deserves such love and mercy? It amazes me. You know, a person doesn’t really have to look far to see the blessings God plants. Of course, to me, the incident at FedEx was a huge one, but it was only one of many blessings delivered my way yesterday. First of all, (you know the saying) I woke up! I had the means to make a meal, a home to clean up, animals to care for, a loving husband’s attention. Then there was a tank of gas to drive 50 miles to town on, a good report at the doctor’s office, and so forth. Then for Him to throw in the bonus blessing of affirmation like He did at FedEx?? All I can say is WoW. Thank You Lord!
Yesterday was a pretty big day for me because I also made personal preparations for my two upcoming book signings. By personal, I mean I bought a new outfit and the cutest dang sandals you’d ever want to see. I went a little against my usual casual t-shirt and jeans look, and went for a da-a-arling white crinkle-ly embroidered long skirt. So feminine! I bought a turquoise blue fishnet top to wear with it, and I thought they would be perfect together until I went to hang them up in the closet at home. There, I spotted the lacey looking pink sweater I wore for the Author’s Picture on my book cover. It MUST be the one to wear with the white skirt! At least for the evening book signing on May 10th. It will be at LeVillage in Eunice, Louisiana at 6pm. in combination with Felicia Wiggins’ Market Preview/Wine&Cheese get together. She is a darling for hosting me at the “Meet the Author/ Book signing”. See her fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/levillageguesthouse?fref=ts
The turquoise top will not miss it’s fifteen minutes of fame. I’ll wear that with a tank top and white capris for the first book signing at Somethin’Snazzy in Alexandria, La. on May 7th from 4-6pm. My host is the owner of Somethin’Snazzy, Lisa Holt. See her website here: http://www.somethinsnazzy.com/
YA’LL COME ON OUT!
Ok, so why care what you wear? Well, I’ve done the easy part – writing the book. The hard part is me dealing with the public on a personal level. It’s not about who comes and who doesn’t. It’s not about who likes the book or who doesn’t. It’s not about selling the book either. It’s about putting myself out there. I’ve never been a good salesperson, especially when it comes to selling myself. (hey, now.) Call it a lack of confidence, self-esteem, whatever. It is what it is, and it is deep-seated. I seem to come undone when I’m involved with people and noise. It’s really odd because I’ve done some public speaking/teaching and, after I’ve gone outside to vomit first, I rather enjoy it. When I was teaching watercolor workshops, I LOVED seeing student’s eyes light up as they developed their painting into a thing of beauty. When I was given the privilege of delivering a eulogy for someone I cared deeply about, my voice shook a little at first, but then I was able to convey, with passion, how beautifully his life impacted so many people.
If I can do that, I’ll manage at my own book signing!