When we turned on the news yesterday morning, we learned that Joe Biden had been officially named President-elect of the United States. I know for many Americans that was wonderful news, and for many others, it was not what they had hoped for. Either way, it’s a new day and a new start for our country. Hopefully, we can all come together and get past the anger and hatred that have been a part of our society for so long.
And how did I spend that first new day? For me, it wasn’t much different than any other recent day. I made corrections to several chapters of my new book that Terry had suggested, then sent those chapters off to my next proofreader, and did some more writing.
During the afternoon, I heard the dinging of the produce wagon bell and went to tell Terry they were stopped outside of our place, waiting for her to go out. I think she is one of their favorite customers, and I know that she sure likes their produce. They come through the park a couple of days a week, and it’s a lot more convenient than going to the grocery store.
Several people have asked if we are in danger from Tropical Storm Eta and if we are making any preparations. At this point, it’s going to go through the Keys and out into the Gulf of Mexico and wander around on the other side of Florida somewhere, but nobody really knows where at this point. We are much further north and on the East Coast, so while we will get some rain and wind, hopefully, that will be about it.
The other day somebody wrote to tell me that they went to the local Barnes & Noble to ask if they stocked any of my books, and they told her no, they usually don’t stock books by independent authors. Then she asked if they could order them for her, and they said no, they don’t do that. She even offered to prepay, but they still said no. So she went home and ordered them from Amazon. She said that even though Barnes & Noble is a nationwide chain, she still prefers to shop locally because the people that work in the store live in her community. But since they don’t want her business unless she’s ordering books for a traditional publisher, I guess that money will go out of town. It makes no difference to me either way because I still got two sales out of the deal. But whatever happened to taking care of your customers?
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Did you ever meet someone for the first time and want to buy them a toaster for their bathtub?