"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ya never know where you'll find WiFi - or Freezer Burn

Hey, I know - it's not Sunday, and I'm posting!

I'm sitting in a rocking chair, in a cabin in Idyllwild (that's California, elevation 6800 ft), with full-on WiFi, and I got a great email from a friend. I met Rick Ochocki and his lovely wife, Linda, at the Southern California Writers Conference a year or so back. We all immediately took a liking to one another and have kept in touch with emails, always look each other up at the conferences, etc. Back in November, I went up to Bakersfield for an author's festival. Rick and Linda live there and were absolutely gracious hosts, taking me out for a late lunch before seeing me safely on the road.

So yesterday I got an email from Rick, saying that he and Linda were in Scottsdale, Arizona recently and stopped in at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Guess who's book was on the display table?

Yeah, that would be mine. Insert wild applause here.


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Did you hear that? It was my thunderous applause blending with yours. What a great feeling that must be to see your book featured. And how nice of your friends to let you know about it.

Rick said...

Yeah, Gayle!! You know it all started with your words on a page.

I'm just glad to play some small role in this happy story, and thank you for the shout-out. I'll see you in two weeks in San Diego.


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