Day One – Holiday Baking

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Advent Day One

Get your baking on! Plan early for those holiday gatherings. Make a list and check it twice for ingredients to make all your signature dishes.

Buy a small magnetic notepad to keep on your refrigerator. Then jot down an ingredient you need as you review recipes. This way the list is handy and less likely to be forgotten when you do head to the grocery store.

There is nothing worse than having to go the store more times that you really need to. So make your holiday baking plans now and be prepared.

Book Signings

One of my goals for 2014 is to read faster. There are so many books I want to read but I am such a slow reader. Also I am branching out and reading books outside of my regular genre. When my husband mentioned an author book signing he wanted to attend, I wanted to go since I was interested in reading this author’s works.

Patrick Rothfuss was signing books at a local bookstore. It was sort of an impromptu signing so I thought there might not be a crowd. Oh how naive I was! His fans love him and will drive hours to see him. From that experience, I gained a lot of wisdom on how to handle the next book signing event.

Arrive Early. Some of you may have laughed at that but others may be like me and believe that if you arrive 45 minutes before an event, you should be OK. We had arrived within the vicinity of the bookstore about 90 minutes before the event but fiddled around since we didn’t want to be too early. Little did we know that when you bought your book to be signed you got a ticket. The bookstore had been passing out tickets since 9 a.m. The tickets were color-coded, so those people who got the first color got to stand in line first. My husband was in the group that was second to last. We left the bookstore at 11 p.m. with the line still going strong. Patrick Rothfuss became my hero that night when he promised to stay as long as it took to sign everyone’s books – all four hundred attendees. Many had multiple books and some even had special requests like playing their guitar for him.

Bring snacks and water. If only we had some water and snacks, our four hour wait would have been so much easier.

Charge those electronics. Make sure your phone or tablet has a decent charge. You will probably spend a lot of time staring at it – maybe even tweeting about your experience.

The book signing was a good experience. Normally I am not one for autographs but there is something about author signings. Maybe it’s having a connection with your favorite author even if it is only for a couple of minutes. Next time I will know what to expect and will be prepared for the long haul.