Putting my beach towel & flipflops away. Summer Love-In success!

Good Morning! The scuttle on power restoration is “by 11:59 tonight”. Seriously, 11:59! I need to find somewhere to wash my hair..I may just go get it cut and have it washed. For some reason the prolonged ice-cold shower didn’t appeal to me this morning. It’s going to be nice to have electricity again, especially with the heatwave forecasted for this weekend. I have plans to work on a plan for future inconveniences of this magnitude. I only now remembered we have one of the black bag solar showers for camping. {sigh} I experienced all those ice-cold, heart-stopping, breath-stealing showers for nothing. I won’t tell you how they made my husband feel. LOL He’s been great. Knowing I was near frantic about not being at the author event, he tried to see to my every conceivable comfort during this crazy week. Boy, do I love that man.

Speaking of the event. My wrists ache from 9 hours of rapid typing. Yesterday’s turnout for the Summer Love-In blew me away. More than 80 people from all over the world showed up and chatted with us authors. It was great fun. The UT’ers are amazing. That’s my small author’s group – Universal Timing. And a more apropos title doesn’t exist. The Universe sat me in the middle of opportunity and I’ve been on a roll ever since.

What a busy day it was. There was a point there where I ran (yes ran) to the washroom and returned (ran back) to find 58 posts! I was only gone a moment. And that’s what it looked like from my end of things all day long. I no sooner posted something, then wham, another 30+ emails came in. It was amazing. Although, we’ll remain open a while for guests to return to read the files and take recipes, the temporary yahoo group will only be a happy memory. Stopping there this morning to add my recipes to the new Recipe folder, I’m seeing 1566 emails total from yesterday. Thank god I had presence of mind to delete as I read. As it is, I signed on to a loaded inbox.

I tried to read as many author offerings as I could but Holy cow did it move fast.  I got into a few small one-on-one conversations and ended up with 3 t-shirts, one tote bag, and 4 ebooks and one set of S quote magnets won for my contests. Wow. I had no idea my promos would be sought after like they were for the well-known authors in my group. I imagined myself wearing Rose Anderson shirts for the rest of my life!

Firefox kept crashing on me and Yahoo kept freezing, forcing me to add any postings of mine through email..and that meant jumping through all those blasted encryption hoops yahoo forces on users — MH34rnpy, wWAML865 and dbGL76’s etc etc etc. I can’t tell you how many times I restarted the browser windows. I really dislike drama and there’s too much of that going on right now with my electricity off and life out of whack. I thought I’d lose my mind.

All in all, despite my inconvenienced life, my youtube trailers got dozens of hits. The one for Dreamscape jumped from 30 yesterday morning to 90+ right now. My blog got new subscribers. Three new followers on Twitter. I wouldn’t touch Facebook with a ten-foot pole but got two offers of friends there.

Doing another in several months has yet to be determined. We don’t really know if it worked like we hoped. Like I’ve mentioned before, promoting is hard work. I don’t know how this will translate into sales, but for this newbie it was heartening to feel like I actually had fans…even if I was only attaching my wagon to all of the other author’s awesomely bright stars. Maybe I got a few for myself.  🙂

About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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