I think I want to work in a bookstore. How did I come to that conclusion? By getting a chance to do just that.
Last Saturday was a day when Independent bookstores celebrated their independence by having local writers come in and "work" in the store. I was invited to hang out at A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS in Leavenworth, WA, the town which, as many of you know, is the inspiration for my Icicle Falls series.
Oh, my, oh, my, did I have fun! Pat and her wonderful family and team are simply fabulous: friendly, kind, supportive, helpful. It's no wonder their store is always full of book lovers. In spite of the fact that I dumped over a display of lip balm within my first five minutes on the job, they let me stay. Stephen and Andy and Donika tried to explain to me the mysteries of ringing things up via the computer. I almost got it. Entered something wrong but was smart enough to figure out not to give the customer $185 back from a twenty. I also learned to dodge the cash register drawer, which would magically open when a sale was rung up. Got a couple of Christmas gooses before I figured that out though.
There's something magical about bookstores - they are such a treasure trove of stories and adventures. And the people who frequent them are wonderful to talk with.
I had fun waiting on a family out here from Michigan. At least I think it was Michigan. I dutifully wrote down their names on a slip of paper and stuck it in my camera case and now, organized woman that I am, I can't find it. It's fallen out... somewhere. And they were all so sweet, too, darn it all. They even bought Sheila books! Guys I'm really embarrassed I can't remember your names, especially when I can see your faces so clearly. I think I definitely need a Smart phone in the new year. If I'd entered that info in my phone... I'd probably still have lost it.
Anyway, a big thanks to A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS for giving me a taste of what it's like to work around books all day and talk to friendly and fascinating people. And a big thanks to Theresa for organizing my book signings. I love that store and I sure do love Leavenworth!