Pooh-Bah’s Big Adventure
Well I did it!
So maybe I should have titled this “There and Back Again A Pooh-Bah’s Tale”…LOL (LOTR anyone? No? Sorry.)
We left about 9:00 this morning after I changed outfits several times. I didn’t want to look like one of those pretentious authors and I’m really just a Blue Jean Baby (No LA Lady) so I wore my comfy jeans and a nice top. I found a pair of boots Miss Nicole gave me years ago but I never wore. They were comfy today for some reason so I put those on. We packed up, went to Enterprise Rent A Car where some customer was an absolute dick. We suffered through him, we made fun of him quietly, and when the rental service guy was finally able to show us to our car we sympathized with him. Then we were off.
First, riding a nearly brand new car is really nice. I had no idea. My parents never bought new cars so this was my first time. I might be able to see why people buy them but, hey, for about $70.00 including gas I don’t mind renting for a day or two. It was the first time for that too. All kinds of ‘firsts’ today.🙂
We packed it up we took off and stopped on Dunkin’ Donuts in Norwich for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Forgot to tell the GPS and it kept saying ‘recalculating’ for a while. But The was good because it was there that I remembered I needed to bring money for change with me. Get coffee and sandwiches, head down the road to the nearest branch of our bank, and the GPS keeps saying ‘recalculating’. Go in the bank get change, eat, drink, and get back on the road.
We started down the highway when hubby suddenly realized that for reasons unknown the GPS was directing us back home. Personally I think it was pissed off at us at all of the ‘recalcuating’ it had to do and decided we were too dumb to be on the road so it should send us home. LOL
Put the DCU address in again and head back in the right direction.
All was well straight into Worcester. The second we got off the highway there was a HUGE traffic jam. We couldn’t understand it. Oh, yes, and let me tell you Massachusetts drivers have definitely earned their nickname. I’ve never come across such a clusterfuck of asshole drivers in my life! You have no idea how happy I was at the end of the day to see Welcome to Connecticut! Anyway, it turns out there was some roadrace or which nearly all of the cross streets in downtown Worcester were closed off.
We have roadraces. Nobody closes a street for them we just put cops at the major intersections to stop traffic at needed intervals.
We drove around and around as the damn GPS kept ‘recalculating’ until finally hubby drove down an alley and through a parking lot to a ‘closed’ side street and down to the DCU Center
That’s where we sat for a while waiting for them to remove the traffic cones!
I wanted to get there between 11:00 and 11:15 and we did but we couldn’t get to the place. It was maddening! While I never like to be the first to arrive, I believe I was the last author to arrive but I got there! That’s the important part.
I checked in and got my badge
When he parked the car and came up to the event hubby got a badge too
It took a while to set up my table but I got it. A few nice ladies rushed over to help me. I was surprised and welcomed their kindness with open arms. But I tell you, if I ever do another of these events I’ll pay extra for an 8 foot table. Compared to some of the others who were there each with their own nice table I have more books and they’re larger. I only brought a few copies of the books in the OF WAR series and 4 copies of “Eminent Domain”. Can you imagine what it would be if I brought copies of all the books? Yeah. I think I need more space. I was unable to use the sword hubby didn’t want to get arrested walking around with a sword in downtown Worcester. I can’t say that I blame him.
I sat there for a while and then people started coming up to me. I remembered to smile, say ‘hello’ and ‘how are you’ as they perused my table. They asked about my books. I explained about them as best as I could in a few sentences that ended with something like “and all those crazy Olympians who don’t like anyone.” Those liked mythology laughed and those who didn’t know about were intrigued to understand my books are not ‘paranormal’ because they have vampires/werewolves/zombies/shifters. They’re ‘paranormal’ because of the Gods.
They bought my books.🙂
I had to buy WiFi and run credit cards. Oh that was fun! Yes it was. And easy too! Very easy. I like it.🙂 They paid cash as well. Good thing I stopped at the bank. They took rack cards and business cards. They bought a few ebooks. They entered the raffle. I signed more tote bags than anything I’ve ever signed before. NEWS gave tote bags as gifts to everyone who came and to the authors along with a pen. The authors sent their assistants around to get the other authors signatures.
You probably already guessed….my NEWS tote is blank.
I wasn’t sending hubby around for that. However, he is quite the huckster. Every time someone came up he’d ask if they wanted to enter the raffle to win my wonderful basket and what a great writer I am. He was wonderful the whole day. Poor guy. At least I don’t think he was bored the event did move at a rather quick pace for the first two hours. But, as I figured, as soon as the raffles were drawn people started making their way to the door. Oh well.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of those rare creatures a reader-turned-friend. I have 4 of them. Up until yesterday, I’d only met one of them (Hi Karen!) so that was a special treat when Donna came in.
It was my birthday and she was thoughtful enough to bring me presents; a nice bottle of wine and
She started to explain why she was giving me that particular piece but she didn’t have to. I nearly broke down in tears looking at my little Charlie staring at the moon as though he’s waiting for me to come home or watching over me. I’m getting misty just thinking about it. Thank you, Donna! It was wonderful to meet you!!!
Amazingly enough, at the end of the day, I’d sold 4 copies of “The Heart of War”, 6 ebooks, and a copy of “Eminent Domain”. How do you like that? LOL I did come with a bunch of books but the good thing about that is now I can send out those signed copies of “Kingdoms” people have been waiting on and I’ve been putting off as I invested money in this. I have those copies in-hand so I’ll be able to get them out soon. AND I’ll actually be able to keep nearly a full set of my series. I never have any of my books on ye olde bookshelves I’m always getting and sending them out and when I don’t have them to send I take the copy I swear I’m keeping for myself and send it out. I’m pretty sure I lost two Copyright Certificates that way. Total bummer. But I did learn not to keep them in the books anymore so I guess that’s good.🙂
By the end of the day I’d signed so many things I’d pretty much forgotten how to write my own name (I’m always dropping the ‘s’ to begin with. I don’t know why my hand skips over it nearly every time.) it was just this scrawling thing that’s even worse than my usual chicken scratch. Today my hand is a bit sore.
Around 3:30 or so we started packing up and making for the trip home. It poured like hell on the way. In some spots you couldn’t even see out of the windshield no matter how fast the really nice wipers were going. We came home happily exhausted, hauled the stuff inside, and pigged out on our grinders before heading up to bed to stretch out for the night.
All-in-all, I don’t think I could have asked for a better 48th birthday. It was a long strange trip, indeed, but it was much fun and I’m glad that I didn’t miss the experience.