Breathing that New Book Smell

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

How do the weeks run by so quickly? I know, I know. That’s a sign of getting older. Oh well, I guess that’s something all of us are doing everyday no matter what our age is in years. And I want to enjoy every day. Although I do have to admit today has been frustrating. I’ve been trying to set up a wireless network so we can browse the internet on two different computers here in the house. We got broadband – went satellite. I was all for just hooking it up to Darrell’s computer but then the nice young man who came to install it said he couldn’t run the wire to that computer unless we moved it to an outside wall and how about putting it on mine. Well, okay, but I can’t share my computer. I spend too many hours in here writing or at least trying to write. And Darrell can spend a whole day surfing the net. So that’s definitely not a possible sharing option. So okay, we bought a wireless router and LAN cards and cables and… It goes on and on. But buying the stuff obviously isn’t enough. Now I have to try to put it all together and make it work. So far it’s been a dismal many hour failure. Anybody got a magic wand I can borrow?

I did have some good news yesterday. I got to open up The Believer and get a whiff of that new book smell. I received my first copy finally. The Fed Ex man couldn’t find my house for about a week. I mean just because they spelled my name and the name of my lane wrong. Looks like the driver could have figured that out. Yeah, like I’m supposed to be able to figure out this crazy wireless connecting wizard. What I need is a real wizard. Looks like I keep coming back to that magic wand I want to borrow.

Anyway the book looks good. I like the cover and the blurbs and the dedication (mine of course, but I’d almost forgotten what it said). I dedicated the book to my sisters. There are no friends like sister friends. And since the Shakers wanted to be sisters and brothers, I thought a sister dedication would be perfect for a Shaker book.

Of course the best news was that the book may already be going into a second printing. Now I don’t know how many they printed to begin with, but that’s beside the point. The point is they need more. That’s the good point. I think there’s going to be a blog tour of the book too. That’s always a lot of fun. I’ll be interviewing with some of the bloggers. When I find out when and where, I’ll be sure to let you guys in on the fun. Some of those bloggers can ask interesting questions – like if you were an animal, what kind would you want to be. Things totally unrelated to writing, but just for fun even if coming up with clever answers can strain the brain. At least it might be less brain strain than connecting wireless routers!! Of course for the answer to what kind of animal, I’d pick dog. Definitely dog. Run and play and sleep all day and night. And bark. I know I’d bark. People would be throwing shoes at me.

I should get my other copies of the book soon so that I can send out the book to the winners of my book giveaway. If you haven’t entered the drawing and want to, you still have time. I’ll be drawing for three more winners in the next three week. Just go to my website and send me an e-mail. And if you’re in the area and want to enjoy “Brunch with Ann” at Shaker Village at 10 a.m. July 25, don’t forget to get your tickets from Corinth Christian Bookstore in Frankfort. They’re taking orders over the phone (their number is on my website) and still had some tickets the last time I talked to the owner, Steve.

Oh yeah, and if you have a magic computer setup device wand, please let me know where you got it. I need one!