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Sunday, November 2, 2014
November 2nd Challenge
Good Morning! So,
did you remember to move your clocks back an hour? Daylight savings time ended
this morning in North America. Hopefully you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep.
I am going to
freeze my bippy off today at the book signing. I saw a couple of little
flurries when I went and took Colby out this morning! If I apply Baba’s rule –
look back at last year’s blog in late October if you don’t remember – then we
should only see snow nine times this year. That’s a heck of a lot better than
the 30+ prediction (and confirmation) from last year.
Since it’s not
raining, the Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village is on. For some reason, Wayne,
the owner of Canterbury Tales, posted that we would be there at ten today. We
usually don’t start until eleven on Sundays. I guess he wanted to make up for
yesterday being a total washout.
I know Karen
Hluchan, How Have You Loved?, and Samuel Knight, Monty A Christmas Tale, will
be there today. Also, another author, who I met at Collingswood and gave her
Wayne’s contact information, will be there. Wayne wasn’t sure what her name
was, but he did remember she wrote children’s stories. Unfortunately, that narrows
it down to two possibilities, and I don’t want to tell you the wrong author.
What I do know
is she will be doing readings from her books. Karen will also be doing
readings, but readings of a different kind. (Remember, she’s a spirit medium.) They
should both draw a good sized crowd up to the tent on the hill behind our
We received an autographed copy
signing today, Sam, Karen and I have a dinner date which I am excited about. It
will be nice to just sit and chat, uninterrupted. We have a great time when we
are together at the signings, and this dinner will get a chance to know each
View from the "cheap seats"
gala was very nice. Gary Shteyngart started the evening with a chat and
readings excerpts from his books. He was so funny, and so engaging. He really
did a wonderful job. He finished with a Q & A session. Since I was sitting
in the “cheap seats” – a.k.a. we got there right on time, the lecture hall was
fairly packed, so we had to sit in the balcony – he didn’t see when I raised my
hand for a question. However, I did bump into him while we were exiting the
building, and I was able to ask.
Paulie & Me
went very well. Only two or three silent auction items were not bid on, and one
live auction item – a week in the Catskills, was not bid on. However, there was
one item, a birthday party sleepover in the library for ten kids, which caused
a bidding war, and then a tiny dispute when the auctioneer did not see a raised
paddle for a higher bid. After a brief huddle and review, the library’s
director awarded all three bidding parties the prize.
Paulie, Me, Victoria, Carl & Fran
instead of one party for 10 children for $1,300, they auctioned three parties
for 10 children at $1,300 apiece. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful
the library made out so well on this item, and I think it was really classy for
the director to expand the item so none of the bidders were disappointed, but I’m
sorry, I can’t get my brain around paying $130 per child for a birthday party.
That’s insane! Lys’ sweet 16 only cost a little more than that, and we had
around 75 guests (roughly $20 per guest).
Victoria & Robert
I met a
wonderful woman, Victoria, and her husband, Robert, last night as well.
Victoria and I got into a little mischief last night. She was bidding on the
"Mayor for the Day" prize, and she thought she had it, then someone
out bid her, so right as they were picking up the sheets, we snuck over and one
upped the bid. (Then we were naughty and stayed there until the sheet was
picked up.) We thought we were in the clear, but then when the winners were
posted, Victoria's number wasn't on the board. The other bidder got the sheet
back from the person who had collected them, and outbid Victoria again. It's
what we get for counting our chickens before they hatched. Lol.
Yikes, I just
noticed the time. I’ve got to boogie. It’s going to take me a little longer to
get all the layers on.
I hope you have
a fabulous day, and happy writing!
If these ivy covered walls could talk…
You have ten
minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and
punctuation don’t count, and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else
has written. Go.