Yesterday (Saturday) was something special for me and there are many thanks to pass along. First, the local Alpha Delta Kappa Society held its annual craft show at the Hibbing Armory with class and efficiency. Thanks to Ivy Hanson and all of the women who did so much work to bring area craftspeople together and promote the event. This show, more than any other, has been my most successful over the past many years. Hibbing is alive on the opening day of deer hunting season and the hunters leave their spouses with the checkbook to begin their Christmas shopping at many different sites in town.
Each year I have a new novel to present–along with all the previous novels and kid’s books. The ADK, and the Hibbing Tribune have been my launching pads for each title. Kelly Grinsteinner has always given me a flattering story the Sunday preceding the ADK event and I thank her for the publicity she gives me. Prior to Saturday I met with the Nashwauk book club and had a wonderful time sharing my views on writing and publishing. On Friday I had my first ‘official’ book signing at Sullivan Supply and had a good turnout of dedicated readers. Thanks to all of them for the traction they gave me on Friday afternoon. Tom Sullivan Jr. of Sullivan Supply has agreed to be my local outlet for the months that I am away working on the next story. Thanks Tom.
I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit to a positive feeling about my new title–WAITING. So much so that I sent unsolicited copies to literary agents from California to New York. Anyhow, on Saturday I had my first thousand dollar day without knowing so at the time. My friend Gail, who helped me with all the exhibit setup and take-down work, tallied the cash and checks up while I hustled off to Saturday afternoon Mass. When I got home she insisted that I guess what the total was. I knew that I’d done better this year than previous years (I’ve been over $700 in the past) so I guessed $800. When she finally gave me the figure of $1,091 I was floored.
Now it will be off to Virginia next Saturday (9:00-3:00) for another big craft show; this one sponsored by the Virginia Women of Today. I’ve never done their event before. Then on Sunday afternoon, 11/11, I’ll be at the Zenith Book Store in Duluth from 1:30-3:30; another first time for me. Other events will follow into December; culminating with an event at the Aurora library on December sixth. As some of you know going to Aurora is kinda like going ‘home’ as many of my early years were lived in neighboring Hoyt Lakes.
I am grateful to all my readers and to my God for His inspiration.

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