October 27, 2013

rUNdead Recap

Yesterday was a good day. A VERY good day.

It started with Zoe's final soccer game of the fall season, and it was a nail-biter! Didn't help that I was a great big bundle of stress and nerves, but seriously - the game was tied until two final-minute goals by Zoe's team clinched the win...and their winning season.

So I got to be a VERY proud mom.

Then Zoe went home with my parents and aunt, and Charles and I rushed away to pack up the car and drive to North Charleston for the rUNdead 5k race, where I, for the first time EVER, was a vendor. I was to sell (and hopefully sign) some paperback copies of Zombie Days, Campfire Nights.

Whew, I was nervous. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, this wasn't a life and death situation or anything. If no one bought any books, I'd have survived. But still. I was nervous. I'm socially awkward at best, and talking about my book makes me tongue-tied, so this was almost a recipe for disaster.


But you know what? It was AMAZING!

This is me, at my both. I think the table looked SO cute!
And the weather was amazing...60s and sunny.

This is Charles, my lovely assistant. He was amazing.
He helped set everything up, handled all the money,
and was supportive and wonderful
all through the day

My good friend Marissa Virtuoso came by and hung out.
Not only is she a great writer (buy her book - The Indigo Bunting)
but she had a great idea. She took copies of Zombie Days
around to a handful of zombies and took their picture!

The day only got better from there. 

More friends came by to hang out and be amazingly supportive. Some brought snacks, many brought children. The kids all ran around and played at the Kid Center and stared at zombies and generally had fun. I felt SO loved, I can't even tell you how awesome it was.

My parents and aunt were there. They hung out, played with Zoe, took her home, and it was fabulous to be able to have them there.

And....you'll never believe it....but people bought books! All the ones I brought, in fact!! And I got to sign them, and a few people even asked to get their picture taken with me! 

Now THAT was trippy. Me? You want your picture with ME??? So odd, and I only hope I didn't break their cameras...I'm not exactly photogenic. So...fingers crossed they're pleased with the results. 

I also got to meet some new friends - the owners of a food truck here in Charleston, Little Star of the Caribbean, follow me on Twitter, and Elizabeth came by to say hi. It was SO nice to meet her and chat for a while. 

We got to watch the race start (yay runners!) and the race end, and let me tell you - as a runner, it was HARD to not run!! But still. SUCH a great event.

I have to say... Ben-Jamin Toy and the other people of On Purpose Adventures really know how to put on a fantastic event. I'm happy to be able to call Ben a friend by now, and look forward to what the next year brings.

So to my friends and family who came out and supported me yesterday - thank you SO MUCH. You're amazing.

To the new friends I made - so nice to meet you! 

And to everyone who bought a copy of my book yesterday - THANK YOU. I really, truly hope you love it, and I hope to hear from you again!

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