Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday the 14th

Well, Friday the 13th came and went, and nothing terribly exciting or wonderful happened. But you know what? So many exciting and wonderful things have been happening to me lately that I don’t mind giving Good Fortune a day off.

Example of exciting and wonderful: The Borders in Lawrence, Kansas, invited me to do a book signing this morning as part of Educator Appreciation Week. I had a great time, got to know the children’s department manager, Annie, and hung out with my dad, his lady friend Cissy, and my Aunt Imogene, who came to show their support.

<------Me at Borders with my dad and my Aunt Imogene. (My dad is the tall one with the beard.) Cissy took our picture.

Bookstores can be dangerous places. I can’t resist shopping, no matter how much willpower I arm myself with beforehand. As usual, I ended up buying more books than I signed.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th, and I know traditional superstition says that this day should hold back luck, but that’s only because traditional superstitionists (yes, I made that word up, and yes, it shows) weren’t raised by my mother. Mom always said Friday the 13th was a lucky day for her, so I grew up looking forward to each and every Friday the 13th, convinced that something exciting and wonderful would happen to me. After all, the thirteenth day doesn’t fall on a Friday just every month, so when it does, it must be special. (Yeah, yeah, I know—Tuesday the 22nd doesn’t happen every month, either, and nobody thinks that’s special. If it made sense, it wouldn’t be a superstition.)

Anyway, I’ve been waiting for something exciting and wonderful all day. It’s noon, and so far nothing. I haven’t given up hope, though. I still have twelve hours.

If nothing else, I’m having a good hair day.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stardom Postponed—Alas

Sadly, my TV appearance in Topeka with Nancy Pickard has been postponed. We'll be rescheduled to another day, however, and I’ll post the information here as soon as I get it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I’m a TV star!

Well, I guess that depends on your definition of star, but I am going to be on television:
Northeast Kansas Live
11:00 am
October 16
Channel 27
Topeka, Kansas
And the best part is that I’ll be appearing with Nancy Pickard. How cool is that? I love Nancy. I’m a huge fan of her writing—The Virgin of Small Plains is one of the best books I’ve read this year—and of her personally. She’s a gracious woman who goes out of her way to help other writers.

The TV appearance was arranged by Marolyn Caldwell, who runs the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave, a terrific mystery conference that takes place each fall in Manhattan, Kansas, and who is herself an accomplished writer. Thanks, Marolyn!

So at the moment I’m slightly terrified as I rip through my closet trying to find appropriate TV attire. (Note to self: You really need to get some appropriate TV attire. First find out what appropriate TV attire is.) But I’m also excited and extremely thankful. Many, many incredible things have happened to me since Airball was published, and I know how lucky I am.