Book Fair at Fort Langley, British Columbia

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Everyone tells me that I have a fantastic memory and I agree.  I do have a fantastic memory. The only thing I don’t remember is why the heck I say “yes” to involving myself in an outdoor book fair when I HATE OUTDOOR EVENTS.  Let me tell you all about the Book Fair at Fort Langley, British Columbia on July 1, 2017.

To start with I have trouble sleeping at the best of times.  Right now the only good news for insomniacs like myself is that it is only 3 more sleeps until Christmas (yes – I know it is the 2nd of July).  Back to the book fair – I have trouble sleeping at the best of times and yesterday’s event was suppose to start at 10:00 A.M. and is 15 miles from my home so naturally I was awake at 3:00 A.M. and couldn’t go back to sleep (afraid that I would sleep through the alarm clock – like that would ever happen). I watched YouTube videos until 5:00 and then started my day.

I loaded my truck for the event – taking 6 of each book and some jewelry for the sparkles to attract the passersby and off I went.  I arrived at 8:00ish.  Oh Lordy – it was the start of a hellish day.

Fortunately, it was still cool. Unfortunately Fort Langley is wooded (of course). I swear that I heard a tiny, mosquito voice yell – breakfast is being served as I walked up the path to find my table. I was immediately swarmed. By the time I got to where my table was my legs were dripping in blood and I couldn’t swat any faster to save my arms and head and face from the assault.

A little after 9:00 my neighbour returned with some bug lotion and when I (sort of) moaned and they watched me do the mozzy-jitterbug she handed me the bottle of lotion and told me to use liberally and to come back as often as needed.  What a relief – the attack stopped almost immediately and I finished setting up.

Why they attack some and not others is a mystery.  I knew it was going to be warm so I was in shorts and a t-shirt.  They had lots and lots and lots of feasting area to choose from.

As far as the book fair is concerned – Ehhhhh!  I signed up because there were supposed to be thousands and thousands of people coming through – perhaps a few hundred strolled through the book fair area but most were not in a buying mood.  In short it was a piss poor day.  I sold 3 books.  I made my table but that’s about it. Most of my neighbours did about the same.

I cannot tell you how often (while in a campground or on the road traveling) I’m told that “you are the first author I’ve met” and they are excited about buying a book (or books) and having it/them autographed.  When you are at a book fair you are a dime a dozen because everyone there is flogging their book/books.  I really don’t want to do anymore outdoor events.  I hate outdoor events – but I think I mentioned that.



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