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Hunkering Down

A hunkering down kind of day!  My favorite, to be sure, especially when, as now, I have a lot of writing projects in the works! “Quite Contrary” is now available at Barnes and Noble on their Nook as well as at Amazon, both as a paperback and an  e-book. I will be handling the shipping of books from Amazon so orders will be filled with a book signed by both Mimi and me and inscribed to the purchaser.  I hope some of my followers – that would be you –will write an enthusiastic endorsement and post it on Amazon.  Reviews by readers are very effective.

It will be interesting to see how well “QC” sells as an electronic book.  I like having a selection of e-books on my iPad when I am travelling but I am not sure I would feel the same about my little book of essays.  Still, a couple of friends who live in Europe and the UK have been able to get their eyes on it if not their hands by buying an electronic edition. So that’s a good thing.

I am busy working on copy for “Too Far From the Tree” which will debut at Art Walk, April 24th and 25th.  Once again I will be at “All About You” 117 Fir NE in Olympia.  It turned out to be such a great location last fall that I have to go back.  On Saturday, April 25th, Mimi and I will be on hand. Mimi will demonstrate her linoleum block print technique and I will read selections from the new book.  Look to this website for more information about this and other book events.

Mimi has completed the print that will be used for the cover.  I am so eager to see it that I am fixing dinner for Mimi and Don tomorrow in order to take a peek. “Too Far From the Tree” has a family theme that ought to make it a good Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift.

Next week will find me in La Quinta, California with 13 good friends who met in September 1961, when we were Gamma Phi pledges at the University of Idaho. We didn’t know anything about each other then, but by this time there isn’t much we don’t know about each other.  We’ve shared death, divorce, and other less catastrophic disappointments. We’ve laughed and cried together, been enthusiastic cheerleaders and reassuring confidants.  We’ve told and re-told the same stories many times and always laughed on cue.

The proximity to Palm Springs to this year’s reunion affords unique opportunities for sight seeing, shopping, and museum crawling, as well as soaking up some sun.  Most of us are just delighted to have sunscreen on our packing list. But, the activity we are all looking forward to the most is being together once again.


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