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Malls, Shopping and Saving the World






IMG_8604It’s a long story. Or not really. Maybe it is just a short one that’s been going on for months. But months ago, a friend asked if I’d like to join her at the ARIA Author Expo in December. In April, that sounded fun. And good for business. Then my friend got an offer not to be refused and told me she couldn’t do it. I had the option of opting out. I opted out but the guy running this ARIA event is convincing. So I stayed in.

IMG_2900Three or four other opportunities have come up in the past months for me to opt out. Each time, I have opted out, only to be convinced by friends or fellow writers that, really, I should do this. It’ll be great, right? Meeting people. In a mall. During holiday season. Maybe selling a book.

Being at a six foot long table, all by myself, while people wander past, smiling brightly, trying not to look self-conscious, resisting the attempt to run as far away as possible. But I can’t. Because I am to stay there until 5. It will be dark then. I have a one hour and forty minute drive back to Jaffrey. I don’t like to drive. Especially at night.


So this is going out to all my connections. If, by happenstance, you are out and about and near the Lincoln Mall in Rhode Island, please do stop by. I’d love to see you. But, if you are like me and don’t like malls. Or shopping. Or crowds. Please go to a small local, independent bookstore and buy a book to give someone for the holidays. Supporting local bookstores is cool. Books are cool. You will be really cool buying a book a an independent bookstore. And then drop me a line or a facebook message telling me you did that. Because then, as I sit at the mall, I can have something to do, like read my email. And the Scrooge in me will be happy to think that a small business, rather than a chain store, will have been supported. Because it’s not bigger is better but local and small that is the future. And that, my friends, is doable.

And so is getting myself to the mall Saturday morning. Right? I can do this! Wahoo!



Independent Bookstores: Who needs them?

Do independent bookstores matter? Hmmm.

Have you seen the Monty Python skit in which a medieval monk is staring, with much frustration, at a book on his desk? A knock at the door. “Tech support!” With relief, the monk ushers in the tech support fellow. He points to the book, saying something to the effect of, “I can’t open this thing. Scrolls made so much more sense.”

I use this skit to show how far technology has come, and to point out that, what we consider old hat used to be new, and hard to understand and use. Regarding books (and clocks with hands, not digits) the upcoming generation might be reaching a point that they don’t know how to use such archaic technologies. But Continue reading Independent Bookstores: Who needs them?

Reposting my She Writes posts on cross-country, whistle-stop book tour with flash readings!

Home sweet home. I posted a few thoughts on the trip in three posts at She Writes. I’ll link them here for the record and so I have a record of them here.



During the trip (which I posted at this site as well.)


And the final post, back home.


I’ll leave it at this for this point. But will upload my thoughts on independent bookstores and public transportation in the next two posts.

See you then!

Toot!  Toot!

18th Flash Reading: Darwin’s View

We are home! It was cold and windy out there, as you will hear. It’s great to be back. Two cats and ten chickens and a final flash to introduce what’s next. We hope you’ve been as amused by these videos as we have been! Bloopers to come!
Tory & Carl

7th Whistle Stop: Seattle!

We departed Seattle on the Empire Builder, looking forward to a direct straight shot home!

17th Flash: Edmonds Bookshop!

Sigh. Our last flash of the tour. Tomorrow we clamber aboard Amtrak for a 52 hour train ride to Chicago where we hope to arrive on time to have dinner with a friend, and then jump the Lakeshore Limited at 9:20pm to arrive the next evening in NEW YORK CITY! Where we will overnight and then drive back up to Darwin’s View. And there, breaking all the rules, we will read the final first paragraph of my novel NOT at a bookstore but at HOME! That’ll be Sunday about 4:30pm WaHOO!!

And there is a reason for that rule breakage. The book Bittersweet Manor is about home. Forever homes. And so is my next book. So I thought it would be a good transition. To end this book tour by starting the next. Or something like that.

Meantime, heeeeeeeeeeerrrrre’s not Johnny but the 17th Flash at Edmonds Bookshop!

16th Flash: Secret Garden Books

I had to flash this one because one of my favorite books as a kid was The Secret Garden. And because, on their website they articulate the importance of independent bookstores which is what all Carl’s and my Flashes are about. And so, ba da bing: The Flash at the Secret Garden!


6th Whistle Stop: Portland, OR!

Outside of Union Station on a beautiful, sunny day in Portland. . .

15th Flash: Wallace Books

Wahoo! I have (re) discovered the physical side of iCloud! With Wallace books being the perfect example. Check it out!


14th Flash: Annie Bloom’s!


These flash readings just get better and better. I think it’s funner when we have a boisterous audience and the ever present amazing staff at all these bookstores. What is it about independent bookstores that attracts such cool people?!

Eh voila! The 14th flash reading!