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28 November 2009 @ 08:02 am
that went well.  

The book signing went pretty well, I think. Sold around 20 books, which isn’t bad for Fairbanks, and saw one friend from the North Road where I grew up whom I hadn’t seen in probably 20 years, plus another one who had no idea I was writing for a living, and did a wonderfully classic double-take when he saw me. :) And a third whom we had no idea was living in Fairbanks, but who is in fact actually working part-time at the B&N, so that was all-around awesome.

Ted, more than once, went dashing off to the shelved books to get copies of books I’d sold all the copies of (HEART OF STONE and THE QUEEN’S BASTARD, mostly) from my little display table. Ted is an awfully good guy.

One woman, the mother of a fan who lives in Chicago, came by with a bag full of books that her daughter’d sent to have signed, so that was awesome. Equally awesome was the fact that the grandmother accompanying the mother saw fit to move two large display/signs so people could actually see me when they came into the store. :)

Another gentleman whose wife had gone to UAF’s creative writing program told me the story of how they’d met when she’d picked him up off a fantasy bookrack at a used bookstore. :) She’d apparently come to Alaska with a fella, and they’d broken up shortly after arriving, so she’d gone to drown her sorrows by stopping by the bookstore, and found someone she knew to talk about it to. She said, “I guess I’m free to date now. Maybe him,” she said, gesturing to my storyteller. “He’s kind of cute. Tell him he should ask me out.”

“Ah!” said the friend, “that’s my friend John! John! Ask Mary out, she thinks you’re cute!”

That was thirty years ago. :)

Anyway, so it was a good day. We did a very little bit of shopping before the signing, but there were no mad crushes of people (though the parking lots were all crammed full), and we had a specific shopping list, so it was pretty strategic strike. That’s the only kind of shopping I like to do anyway, so it was all good. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on November 28th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
YEA!! sounds like it was fun. Happiness.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on November 28th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Glad it went so well.
And that's a lovely story about John and Mary. Ah, the power of f and sf!
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on November 28th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
That is a cute story! The world needs more stories like that.
allaboutm_e: Princess What's Her Nameallaboutm_e on November 28th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a very good Friday event. And I appreciate Ted's contributions!
pgwfolcpgwfolc on November 28th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Cool! Glad it went well. :)

Yay for Grandma taking care of the obvious practical details that no one else has the sense and courage to tackle.

And that story is very cute and sweet. Amazing what you can pick up when the magic of old fantasy is about.
Dewgeistdewgeist on November 29th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
Glad the signing day went well. My wife and I were not able to make it (and share that we enjoy your books) because I was unable to leave work early. How sad is that? My priorities are clearly in need of realignment.