Monday, December 3, 2007
Tempe Arts Fest and Borders signing
In the little neighboring city of Tempe, we have an arts and crafts festival twice a year. Big talent, small prices=incredible Christmas presents. Lucky us! Beside books and authors at Borders, there are jewels, crafts, unusual furnishings and art...the list goes on and on. As you all probably know, Arizona is dry. Majorly dry. In fact, we hadn't even had a smidgeon of rain for like 103 days or something. But naturally, Saturday, it poured! It came down in sheets with gusty winds blowing every which way. The Borders store who sponsered the signing, had pity and took us inside before we and our wares blew away. So the crowd was interesting. The sun would be out and the usual sort of steady trickle came in, folks stopping to browse our books, ask pertinent questions. Suddenly, everything darkened and rain just gushed out of the sky and a bewildered wet group of twenty or so appeared inside. Apparently, they hadn'd a clue how they'd gotten there, or where they were, much less why a group of ladies were staring at them and babbling about their latest books. However, folks being what they are in Arizona, for the most part, they smiled, wiped off their hands and picked up our books. We call these "reluctant readers". But they bought. By darn, they bought. Bless their hearts. And Sunday? Bright azure skies, a few fluffy white clouds, everyone just happy to be alive on such a glorious day. And they bought! Interested readers buying for themselves and for Christmas presents. What other profession can you sit and visit all day with folks and your friends and fellow writers and call it work? La, la, la!