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Talk about a roller-coaster day! WOW! Was awaken at 9 a.m. by my next door neighbor calling to wish me good luck with the book signing. She was upset, however, that she didn't find the "blurb" in the paper saying where and when. I told her don't feel bad, I never found it either. Apparently we were both looking in the wrong spot as later when I got to the bookstore she found it and gave it to me. I thought that was so sweet and now that I was awake, might as well get up. Truth be told I did not get too much sleep with all the butterflies, and coughing. Bug still is with me and giving me fits. Hopefully it will remain fairly calm for the signing.

Just before we got ready to leave, it started pouring rain. So hubby stated that we had a little while and he proceeded to go sit in his chair. Not a chance! I propelled him out the front door, loaded up the truck with books, water and camera and away we went. Arrived with 5 minutes to spare. I jumped out of truck, grabbed gear and told him to go park and ran inside. He joined me a few minutes later. As I was setting out the books, bookmarks, cards and pens for signing a man from the local florist shop came into the shop. As It was only myself and the younglady minding the shop for the owner, I assumed the flowers were for her. WRONG! He states in a voice, loud enough to be heard across the street on the second floor, that he is looking for "Terri." WOW! That's me and I accepted the vase filled with carnations, daisy's and 1 red rose with a big grin. As I opened the card I was looking at my dear hubby and getting ready to tell him how sweet that was but had to read the card twice. It was not from him but from my adopted granddaughters and their family! They had to go to Ohio and were upset that they couldn't be there so wanted me to know they were there in spirit.

From noon until around 1:30 p.m. people came into and out of the shop but no takers. One nice lady did stop and ask if she could look at the book and ask questions but decided against purchase. Another lady look over and quipped, "Humph! 'Musings and Short Stories,' whatever that is. Don't think 'I' want to know!" and out the door she went. A few second later in walked the President of Alpena Community College, Dr. Olin Joynton, who requested a copy. He was the first purchaser of the day. At 1:45 p.m. Dr. Robert Currier, a very well known Opthalmologist/eye surgeon came in dressed to the nines. I giggled and told him that he didn't have to clean up just for me and got a firm handshake and a hardy hello! He picks up 2 books and tells me that one is for him and tells me how to sign the other. Then he picks up another EIGHT books and put in "best wishes," "all the best," etc. and sign and date them. I was floored to say the least. When I tallied up the books, he gave me $200 and told me to keep the change PLUS I may be doing a photography gig at a big fund raiser for him in the immediate future.

All I can say is LIFE IS GOOD!!! I would have attached 2 pictures, however for some reason I am unable to do so. Think I'm going to return to IE6 as 9 is giving me far too many problems. My dear hubby took the photos and these were the best of the lot. He just didn't remember what I showed him on how to take the pictures and he would MOVE too soon upon clicking the shutter.

Just had to share this day as so many of you have been supportative and encouraging on following one's dreams. A few have said they'd like to purchase the book, I have copies and will be glad to autograph them for you. Just contact me and I'll let you know where to send a check. Paperbacks are $15.99. Still hard to believe that I have actually published a book. ~2~

I will be posting to my blog, drakesneststudios.wordpress.com and hope to have pictures posted there. Thanks for all your support!

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Comment by Terri D. on September 4, 2011 at 5:22am
Thank you one and all for the very nice comments. When the rude woman was going out the door my response to her quip was "have a nice day." I wasn't about to let one person's rudeness ruin the day. After the signing we went to Applebee's to have a late lunch/early dinner to celebrate. I had the spinache artichoke dip and chicken breschetta. Yummmy! Oh, and 1 glass of wine to toast. Hubby couldn't join in the wine due to being on call. All and all it was a marvelous day.
Comment by Irene Gallway on September 4, 2011 at 3:48am
Congratualtion on your book signing.  The old saying, "All's well, that ends well" was true at your book signing.  I'm glad the day turned out good for you.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 3, 2011 at 7:13pm
Glad you had a great day in spite of the slow start.  I too am amazed at the rudeness in the world.  Hopefully the overwhelming endorsement made up for the unkind remarks. 
Comment by Janet/MO on September 3, 2011 at 7:06pm
Terri, I'm so happy to hear that your day went well.  Poo on those people who didn't buy. Even if that one woman didn't want to purchase a book, she didn't need to be snotty about it.   Some people are just rude beyond words.  Their loss.   
Comment by Pam/NY on September 3, 2011 at 7:01pm
Good luck with future signings...I can only imagine how much fun that is!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 3, 2011 at 5:25pm
Those that chose to not purchase don't know what they are missing!  Glad your day turned out so well.

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