I THOUGHT I HAD POSTED THIS BUT HAD NOT, SO HERE YOU GO!
Friday night, July 8, 2011 was my first ever book signing event. I woke early and while still in bed, read and responded to the emails, tweets, and facebook messages that had come in overnight. An hour later, I got out of bed, said my prayers, had my coffee, showered and headed out.
It was hot and humid and sticky and I was cranky! I didn't want anyone near me so I disappeared into my own world with Meat Loaf, yea, Meat Loaf screaming in my ear from my iPod. If I weren't out in public, I would have been singing at the top of my lungs scaring everyone away, cause I can NOT sing to save my life! On my way home from running my errands something hot plopped on my bare shoulder. A flying rodent (a NYC pigeon) had pooped on my shoulder! Great! I hoped that was not a sign of things to come!
I arrived home, showered again, dressed, made some phone calls then headed out to the site of my signing around 4:15 Eastern. Everything seemed to be going on schedule, so why did the sky open up as soon as I got to my courtyard to meet my cab? It began to pour. I didn't focus on the rain, instead I fiddled with my blackberry and tried to not think about it. Arriving at the site, I began to set up and about an hour later people began to trickle in.
As people began to arrive, I began to relax. I was so, so touched to see so many people come out in the rainstorm to support me. My daughter, my sister and my brother in law; my good friend Miriam, who was my party-partner and room-mate when we were both going through divorces in the 80's arrived soon after, Johanna Pitcairn my co-worker, friend and collaborator -- was there as well.
When my old friends, Carmelo and Belinda walked through the door, I almost lost it! One of the attorneys I report to directly showed up with his wife; my co-workers, my daughter's co-workers. When my cousin and her daughter, Tiffany -- who is my god-daughter and who impressed me so -- arrived, I was through -- I hadn't seen her in years and when I spotted her, we hugged so tight I thought we would both need CPR!!
There were new faces as well and some very interesting people. I finally got it together and we proceeded with the reading, the raffle and signing. The grand prize was won by my "new cousin", Soly Nana, who wore a grin from ear to ear after winning! She's so cute!! Fun was had by all -- at least I hope so!!
During the signing, I loved talking to all my guests individually, but was really shocked to see so many people standing on line, patiently waiting for their turn so I could sign their newly purchased copy of Sinner's Ride!
Overall, despite the rainstorm, which caused us to lose our wifi signal, it was an awesome event!!
I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those who have supported me all along and who joined me in this celebration as well as those who were there for me as I took this journey. My sponsors, The Arctic Circle/Finns of New York and in particular, Kristina Anne Reilly, Nina and Harriet Kulmala who were instrumental in making this happen! It was a pleasure working with them!!
I am excited about the way things have turned out and now that I've found my passion, I will continue working hard at weaving the kinds of stories that keep you interested, engaged and wanting more!! The future is bright!!