Today is Flag Day in the US. When I was in 6th grade my family lived in Massachusetts. It was the only time I was in school to celebrate this holiday.
As you know, Bob and I went to Wimberley, TX last weekend for a Texas Authors book festival. We turned it into a mini-vacation and stayed two nights, though we really didn’t need to do that, but we got to reconnect with our long time (20 years!) neighbors who’ve moved to Austin. They drove down to visit with us and see Charley who we took with us. They were really close to Charley. We got to meet their new pup, Taz, a solid black Skipper Key.
Judge Susan Barker, author
The best thing (besides seeing our friends) happened not at the book signing, but when we were shopping Saturday night. I met a fan!!
Patty and I went into one of many stores to check out their wares and struck up a conversation with the proprietor and her helper. They were such nice folks and when I asked, “Do you enjoy reading?” The owner said she didn’t read much, but gestured to her friend, who jumped in and said, “I’m a voracious reader.”
So, I whipped out one of my Bitty Booklets. She took it and said, “Oh, I’ve read one of your books!”
Gretchen Hesse was so fun to meet!
Now I don’t know if you can grasp how exciting this was for me to randomly run into someone (not a friend or relative LOL) who has read one of my books. It was just the coolest. Writing is something like being a radio announcer. You say things, but don’t really know if people hear you. Occasionally, people write reviews, but most of the time you just don’t know.
Remember, it only takes a minute if you’re reading on Kindle to add the review. I’m pretty sure the other formats do the same thing. Doesn’t have to be long—three sentences will get it. For all authors, I thank you. 🙂
We stayed outside of town on a ranch. The roadrunner pic is for my grandkids.
Rreturning to Fort Worth on Sunday, we stopped in Hico, Texas for a pit stop and found the most beautiful restroom I’ve ever seen at a gas station! Two chandeliers hung from the ceiling, and I loved the tile on the floor.
Do you travel with your pets? Charley has gone with us three times now. We’re so proud he didn’t bark at the people in the restaurant. Our friends in the background.
When you travel, do you stay in B & Bs, hotels, or rent whole houses like with VRBO/Home Away? Love to hear from you.
PS. Happy Father’s Day to all dads Sunday. Everyone can be a dad. Just mentor a kid. Go to your local school and volunteer.
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