Well, yesterday was an all invitational. Because our son runs distance events, his events tend to be spread out from start of day to end of day, but when the events are run can fluctuated based on how smoothly the meet goes. We parents all play cell phone tag making sure we’re there at the right times. (One mom missed her son’s only race because she ate lunch at the wrong time – oy!)
Anyhow, dear son 2 (DS2) ran the 1/2 mile relay at 9:45. Then ran the mile at 3:00. Then ran the two mile at 4:15. (Oh, what I would give for that kind of energy!)
With that much time to kill in between events, my hubby and I went around to area bookstores all day signing in stock copies of DEFENDER and speaking with bookstore managers, dropping off bookmarks, etc. And inevitably when I do this, I’ll run across someone in the romance section buying a book who hears what I’m saying and will want to chat and get a book. I have to say this is one of my favorite parts of writing! I meet the most interesting people this way!
Yesterday, we met an older couple vacationing here for a month from Vegas. (Her name was Tina, btw!) So often booksignings are rush events where I only get sixty seconds to speak with someone. It was really delightful to have ten minutes to stand in the store with Tina and her husband talk about what they’re reading and about their lives. I enjoy having a face to put with the people who are reading my stories!
I guess that’s a part of why I enjoy the online world as well – I get to know more about the folks who are reading my books. Thank you for coming by the blog for some visit time. You made my day!
So? What’s your favorite gathering spot to visit with friends? I enjoy the cafe areas in bookstores or little shack-like diners on the beach where I can sit on a porch that overlooks the water. And, of course, bleachers at a track meet with a diet coke makes for some fun conversational time too. 🙂