Monday, March 24, 2008

Another Book Signing

I had another book signing yesterday morning – second one this week – and it went very well. Everyone there got involved in the discussion and asked a lot of really good questions, which always helps make these kind of events successful. I’ve never been very good at delivering monologues.

The only glitch in the day was that the event was held at Eugene’s largest mall. You see I hate to shop. Yeah, I know, I’m a disgrace to my gender. But I just can’t help it. I think it’s because I hate making decisions, and when you come right down to it, that’s what shopping is mostly about – trying to decide who wants what and what size it should be. Which is why I rarely give anyone clothes – I never seem to get the size thing right.

So, knowing for months ahead where I’d be giving my talk, I started a list of all the items I needed to buy while I was actually in the mall. One or two were for me, but most of the stuff was for two of my granddaughters – Vaneza and Danielle – who are celebrating birthdays on the 1st and 9th of April. (I also spent an hour and a half in Hallmark’s trying to choose greeting cards to last until the end of the year. And we have a big family. And good grief, they have too many darn cards to choose from! See, this is what I mean about decisions. They can drive you crazy!!)

Once I’d paid for over two dozen cards (and yes, I realized I’d forgotten a few by the time I got home), it was off to find the gifts on my granddaughters’ wish lists. Naturally, they were all but impossible to locate – at least with the right animal or character on them, or in the right color. And talk about impulse buying, while trying to pick out a particular gift for Danielle, I ended up buying one for myself. Which I didn’t really need, but couldn’t resist.

When I finally got home it was late afternoon, I was exhausted and my writing day was virtually shot. And all I had to show for it was one medium-sized plastic shopping bag – and a huge headache. As for those impossible-to-find gift items the girls want, well, there’s always the Internet!


Blogger Cindy D. said...

Hi again Shirley,
I used to enjoy shopping but the older I get, the less I enjoy it. I guess that's a good thing! I have read the Cliff House Strangler first. I sent you email before telling you about my previous life in S.F. Sorry about that, guess I get carried away on that subject. Thanks for answering back! Cindy D. in Wisconsin

March 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Shirley Tallman said...

Hi Cindy,

I'm so glad you wrote to second my feelings about shopping. I used to enjoy it a lot more when I was younger. I wonder why that changed for both of us? Anyway, I'm really glad you enjoyed THE CLIFF HOUSE STRANGLER. After you've read MURDER ON NOB HILL and THE RUSSIAN HILL MURDERS, please write again and let me know your thoughts. Thanks again for writing. Shirley

April 3, 2008 at 6:58 PM  

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