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“So, today started off with extreme levels of suck. I was up late, but woke up early anyway. D: I hate that. I finished the book I was reading and was then completely lost as to which book I wanted to read next. Too many to choose from. I hop in the shower and nearly break my neck, because I’m just that graceful. Then, I wind up leaving the house later than I wanted to go to town to run a couple of important errands. Because I was running late, I had the decidedly bad luck to get stuck behind a LONG funeral procession. It doubled the time it normally takes me to get to town. (For the record, I hate going to town already as it is, so I was pretty grumpy by this time.) So, I finally get there, pay a horrendously large bill (car insurance) and run a couple of other errands and am now completely broke. And haven’t finished Christmas shopping. ANYWAY! On my way home, I’m nearly in 2 car accidents because (and I’m positive this is true) I’m the only one in this damned state that knows how to drive, and do it sensibly! I was never happier to see my house. Stopped to grab the mail on my way in, and I had a lovely little package from Canada. Instantly my day is looking up. XD So, I pulled into the drive, turned off my truck, and rather than wait until I’m inside like a normal person, I open the package and grin like a fool about the contents. My first thought was, “OMG! I have an autograph from one of my new favorite writers!” and I literally flailed like an idiot, right there in my truck. (I regret nothing.) I then pop out and run into the house, take a few minutes to make sure Best Buy sent the proper color Wii so as not to ruin my Christmas (lol XD It’s weird knowing what I’m getting for Christmas.) then set about brightening my day. And this, boys and girls, is how I did it. XD
I framed the card with the message for me on it and hung it behind my bed. No, I’m not kidding.”
(For those that are curious about the other things in the picture: to the left is one of the brackets for the shelf of some of my stuffed animals that James put up over the bed for me. Next to that is the bottom of one of my dream catchers. (I have 2 in here at the moment.) And just beyond that you can barely make out the edges of very old pompoms in my high school’s colors. I got them at one of the few games our football team ever happened to win. Since it was our cross-town rivals, it was a big night for everyone. lol To the right you can just see the other bracket at the edge of my calendar. It’s a wolf calendar. Who’s surprised? XD And the white thing is my bedside lamp.)
Here’s a close-up of the framed card. (That’s an old frame I had laying around. I’m going to get a new pretty one this weekend. :p)
-flails all over again- I have an AF Henley autograph! -flails harder- He’s going to be super famous one day and I’ll already have his autograph! 😉
And finally, the pendant that I won in his contest to spread the word about his first published story, Inflori.
(Pardon my tiger hat. I wear it almost constantly now even though my Clemson Tigers (college I’ve never attended and never will. lol) lost to our stupid rivals last weekend. I get grief from the fans on the other side, but I still have my Tiger Pride!)
So, as you can see, what started off as a crappy day turned downright awesome! And now, I’ve decided what to read next. (Since I can’t decide between rereading Anne McCaffrey’s Pegasus trilogy and rereading Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series, I’ll just reread something else.) Gonna read Inflori for the 8th time. No, I’m not kidding. I really love this story. If you haven’t read it, you should. Worth the price and the read!
It’s the responses like this that make this crazy game of penning ink (tapping keyboards) so worthwhile. Thank you, Sammi, for the kind words and the support along the way. I’m thrilled you like the piece, and honoured that enjoyed the novel enough to share your views on it.
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