Monday, December 26, 2011

Connections


This has been an incredibly busy, but wonderful week for me. On Monday my husband and I put an offer on a house, but since it is a short sale, it may take a few weeks to hear if our offer was accepted. After that, it could take from 6 to 8 months for the loan to close, so we have a little time.

It was also Christmas week and aside from getting to spend time with the man I love, I got to fulfill a childhood dream. On Wednesday of this past week, I had a book launch and signing for my first published book.

I was and still am so excited and giddy that I feel a bit ridiculous. I could not stop smiling. I even think I have been smiling in my sleep, and have been prone to break out into the Snoopy dance without warning. 

The community was so supportive of me and I, probably more than anyone, was surprised that I sold out of book in two and a half hours. But that is not the best part.

The best part was meeting new people and hearing the reasons why they were purchasing the book. My favorite was the lady who heard the interview I had done earlier that morning. The host asked me how I came to tell the story of Commando shape-shifters. My answer was simple. I credit or blame (depending upon how you look at it) my granny, James Eva Britton.

Granny was the one that taught me to sing and play the piano. She was also the one that kept me when I was a little girl and told me all kinds of stories about ghosts, grave robbers, and the woman who lived down the street that could turn into a cougar.

At the book signing, this was this wonderful lady who purchased the book for her granddaughter because like my grandmother, this woman had kept her granddaughter since she was an infant. I thought that was awesome, and it made me realize that we never truly know who we will connect with or why.

As one of the characters in my book, Mika Elkhart, always says -- we are all connected by the Universe. It is only when we listen with our hearts, as well as our minds, that we can truly experience that connection.