Friday, August 7, 2009

Like Mike

Have you seen that movie? This orphan kid gets a pair of Michael Jordan's old basketball shoes and suddenly turns into a superstar basketball player. With his new found ability to make every shot, he is inducted into a big bucks team.

But when he gets there, he wants the autograph of all his basketball heroes.

I kind of feel like that kid. I'm going to Utah in a few hours to do some book signings. I'll give you the list again....

Tomorrow- Saturday- August 8. Book Table from 12:30-3:30 29 S. Main St., Logan Ut

Tuesday, August 11, Park City at Dolly's Book Store from 1-3. 510 Main, Park City UT

Same night -Barnes & Noble in Orem for the Authorpalooza from 7-10 PM.University Crossings Plaza 330 East 1300 South Orem, UT

August 12 from 12-2 in Layton at Barnes & Noble 1780 North Woodland Park DriveLayton Market Center, Layton, UT

Okay, now back to the Like Mike story. I'm going to the Authorpalooza - and I'm going to see all my writing heroes there. But instead of being one of those people standing in line to get their autograph on my book, I'll be sitting next to them signing my book.

Uhm, but I still want their autograph. I mean, these people are big time. Some of them I've been waiting forever to meet. And now that I'm an author too, I wish we could all be good buddies.

But I still feel like that orphan kid who gets thrown into the big leagues. Maybe he can play basketball really well, but that doesn't change the fact that he's looked up to these other people for a long time- respects them and hopes to someday accomplish as much in their career.

At least all of you have good motivation to try to make it to Orem Tuesday night. I mean, you'll get to see me... ha ha. And all those brilliant other authors. I know I'm super excited. I plan to come out of there with several autographs. Maybe even a few bookmarks. The possibilities are endless.

And, I even made sure to have clean, freshly pressed clothes to wear to make my publisher proud.

Seriously, it's going to be so much fun. You know, on second thought, if none of you come, I'll get all those other authors to myself. That wouldn't be such a bad thing either. Think of all the conversations I could have if the store were empty.

Okay, I probably shouldn't say that- I mean, the CRM at B&N in Orem is a super cool lady and I wouldn't want to spoil her evening.

Besides, my real heroes are regular people who do something great. People like you who decide to read my book and tell everyone else to read it too. I hope I get to see some of you in Utah.


A. Grey said...

I have to tell you that, frankly, people like YOU are my heroes. Folks who are making it happen, who have 'hit the big time' who can be deemed 'successfully published' but who still look around at other authors and think 'wow, those are my heroes'.
I hope, assuming that one day I get published, I think the same thing, feel the same excitement and awe all in the same moment when I consider that I'll be standing next to my 'heroes' at a book signing, and at the same time, becoming one of those very 'heroes' in my own right.
Have a great trip, remember to breath, and don't forget to have fun too! I'll be over here on the east coast imagining it all! :D

mitzi said...

You are so fantastic--I am so glad everything is working out so well. It would be really cool to actually see you at a book signing being an author! I hope you can schedule some stuff for over here...It was great to visit on the trip to Cascade--I think you can download those photos off of the google site they are on.
I love you!

Anonymous said...

Let me know when you are coming to Minnesota! I will travel! :)

Laura said...

Thanks all of you. Grey- I love what you said about heroes. Which makes you one of mine.

Mitzi- I do need to go to eastern Idaho. I will, I promise.

bookjourney- I'm going to see your blog to find out who won!

Magenta said...

I've seen Like Mike, and thought it was a good movie. I "liked" Mike. ^,^

Oh, I can just imagine how that feels, being in your position... You're up there with the big leagues, and everything's happening so fast that you can't believe how you got there, but you're still thrilled about it.

And I bet if you ask your heroes to give you their autographs, they'll ask you for yours too.

Have fun at all your events! Hope Utah is a blast!

Laura said...

Magenta- thanks for your thoughts. I wouldn't exactly consider myself big league- I just happen to get to be at the same place at the same time.

How's Maze Runner?

L.T. Elliot said...

You're going to do splendidly. You deserve to be there. You're talented, brave, and tenacious. You've worked very, very hard to get to where you are. It's wonderful that you're humble enough to remember where you've come from and recognize the help you've had along the way. Now you get to see the fruits of that labor paying off. Savor it and be proud. You've done well. I'm so happy for you. *hugs* I would love to see you Monday. I'll do my best to be there.