"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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Some days are like a box of chocolates. Others are like a carnival game.

In either case, you never know what you're going to get, but at least I like chocolates. Carny games can give you a cute stuffed animal or a cheap plastic spork.

So today, I was going to write and submit my column, then fill out the form to enter a contest, then call the woman at the Horse Expo Pomona to get extra ad space for my booth at the Book Corral. How did that work out for me?

Column written, edited, submitted - check. It's a good one, too, about a group in Placentia. Very topical.

Forms to enter a contest filled out - check. All I have to do is mail the books.

Horse Expo ads - check with a CAVEAT. Uh-oh.

To get the fullest bang for my buck, I needed to send seven (7) photos of my "product", a URL where people can find it, a 40-word description, and a YouTube video. Like I said, uh-oh. I don't have a book video of Snoopy's memoir.

Make that "I didn't have a book video." I spent the better part of the morning tossing something together. I won't say it's my most shining moment. I'm not Scorsese, for Pete's sake. It reminds me a little of a salad - a lot of things tossed together - but it moves in a fairly linear motion. I'm not cringing.

Now it's time to package my books and head off to the ranch, with a brief stop at the post office. Later, Peeps.

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