I know I had something lined up to talk about this morning, and it wasn’t my dragon, (which is coming along really well considering it’s summer and it’s competing with the garden for my time.) But I did want to say thank you to every one who reminded me yesterday of how much they appreciate the time I spend trying to be accessible as well as the “pain” of signing all those books.
It always surprises me when readers who have been standing in line all night are worried about me and my wrist. Seriously it’s my voice that goes first, not the wrist. (grin) Besides, you guys are the ones doing all the work, especially when they start taking those chairs away! Truly, signing books is NOT a pain, and I wish I had worded my comment yesterday to Martin about it not being a good day a bit differently. Signing books is part of the job, and I’ve plenty of time to space out the B&N signing extravaganza going on right now on my kitchen table so it won’t be a physical problem. I love doing this for the readers, and to complain about it might give the impression that I’m a prima donna when anyone in their right mind would be salivating for the chance to make so many books that much more special. (And yes, I did salivate when offered the chance. I’m a little PR vampire.)
When I told Martin it was not a good day, I was referring to an industry trouble. It’s bothering me greatly, and the last time I brought it up, it was turned into a them vs us issue, which not only left me bewildered, but enlarged another worry. So I’ve got two, maybe three industry things gnawing at me, and it’s making it very hard to sit down and, you know, do my job and create stuff, which is what I basically live for. (Despite what I just said about being a PR vampire.)
Today doesn’t look much better, but as I sit at my kitchen table and sign books, I’m counting my blessings with each one. Writers will always write, and readers will always read. I just need to concentrate on my part of things and try to be adaptable.