Friday, August 31, 2018

Leaving on a Jet Plane... Soon, and Other News

As I write this, I am less than a week away from doing something I have never done during my "young" (if you call 3+ years "young") signing appearance life: travel a significant distance for a signing appearance. This coming Thursday, I'll be boarding a flight bound for Kansas City, Missouri for the inaugural edition of Show Me Your Books. It's shaping up to be an exciting signing event with over 50 fellow authors and yours truly appearing at the event. I'll be looking forward to meeting a couple old friends who said they'll be showing up, and meeting new readers and authors in the process. I heard rumblings that Kansas City is a "reader town", so I'm hoping for quite a few purchases made at my table.

That being said, Show Me Your Books is the last signing on my calendar for 2018. Which brings to question: what's next for my triad? Well first, I'm taking one more chance on the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention in 2019. After a dismal turnout in the 2018 edition, I'm hoping a new venue will generate more interest; thus, some authors who were left out in the cold in the sales department (yours truly being one of them) will see a favorable turnaround. It appeared TIABC 2019 was going to be my only upcoming appearance until this past Monday, August 27th, when it was announced that I would have two more signings on my calendar.

The first to be announced was an event that wasn't taking place until June 2020. (Yes, some events do plan things that far ahead, especially if it's a new one.) The event is Authors Rocking Little Rock. It will be my first sojourn to Arkansas in any capacity, so it will be interesting to see the city, and meet new readers and authors there. However, the one I'm really excited about was the second signing announcement later that evening.

Yes, you heard right, "I'm coming home!" Well, for a weekend, anyway. After 3-1/2 years, I will be returning to Ontario, Canada; specifically, Niagara Falls, for Romancing The Falls 2019 next May. The bi-annual event will feature some of my old friends from when I made my first two signing appearances back in 2015, and now, they've included yours truly on the roster. It's an exciting venture on the horizon, and I can't wait to reconnect with my Canadian author friends and readers. However, since my wife will not be accompanying me on the Niagara Falls trip (Boo-urns!), I guess I'm going to be, in the words of Honeymoon Suite, "A lonely man burning in love."

On the personal side, I started taking a Beginning Spanish class at the university I work my day job at. It's been a fun class, so far; although, I had to cringe when, while we were learning numbers, she joked about going into a convenience store and requesting a lotto ticket when we called out the numbers to the sales clerk. And everyone knows my issues regarding that. Thankfully, I did not take her up on her suggestion. (You can relax, honey.) But it was still a little uncomfortable to say the least.

That's all from my camp for now. I hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend, if you're celebrating. Until next time, I have to go back to work, and start thinking about packing for Kansas City. Hasta luego!

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