Blog No. 244
I don’t know if you remember where you were or what you were doing last Saturday. If you were anywhere near Windsor, you were probably getting baked by the angry vengeful sun. Hopefully you managed to do something fun that didn’t require you to deal with the stupidly hot weather, or you were taking part in my favourite summer pastime, hiding in a basement with old VHS tapes. Sadly, I wasn’t watching fuzzy old movies. I was standing out front of Biblioasis for the Walkerville Art Walk, reading to (almost) no one.
Not that I blame people for not being there. Like I mentioned. It was rather hot. Plus, it kept threatening to rain. It did spit a bit for a while, but (while that may have been a welcome respite) it didn’t really rain. Usually the threat is enough to keep people away. I’m not a parent, but I can see how getting your kids ready, out of the house, and prepare for multiple weather changes can be enough to keep you at home. I realize I’m complaining a lot, and I really don’t mean to blame anyone, but other than some nice conversation with the other authors and the Biblioasis staff, it was kind of a sucky day. I stood out in the sun, tried to engage with the few people there, sold no books, and was really worn out by the end of the day.
Being worn out for most people is unpleasant, for me, it’s a little more. Not to go into detail (I’ve mentioned my illness before) but I get worn out really easily, and it can take a lot more for me to recover. When I got home on Saturday, I was wiped out. I took a shower, ate, and zoned out until it was time for bed. I probably should have taken a nap or something. Thinking about it now, I definitely should have. While I didn’t sell any books, it’s always worth while doing events. Being invited to represent Biblioasis, even in that little way, was great. It’s nice to know they thought of me, especially when they are doing as well as they are. I do my best to spread the word about that place. It’s important for a city to have a good independent bookstore and a successful publisher. While we have quite a few worthwhile publishers, Biblioasis has had the most success recently.
Now I’ve managed to spend this whole post complaining. That sucks. I’m sorry you had to read it. Not sorry enough to go change it, though. All in all, it wasn’t that bad a day. It did take me all of Sunday to recover, but the rest of the week has been nice. Monday was actually a great day. Beautiful weather (I love overcast cool days) a good meal at Anchor, some nice time spent with my brother, and a hell of a good workout at Border City Boxing Club. So, while Saturday was really, really hot, it wasn’t all bad. I just needed to spend a whole blog post complaining to see that.