Thursday – A Little Personal – Getting Ready for a Book Fair

A Little Personnal

“This is the life, Bailey.”

“Mmmff. Huh?”

“Ah never mind. Oops, there goes the boss again.”

“You know the boss has been a little busy today. I’m going to ask what is going on.”

“Okay, Lucy. You do that. I hope you don’t mind me getting a little more shut-eye.”

“Yeah stay there. I’ll yell at him.”

“What is it,Β Lucy?”

“Bailey and I think you are moving way too fast for an old guy.”

“Oh is that right. Well, I’m preparing for the Galveston Book FestivalΒ On March 24th is all.”

“The what?

“Come inside, I’ll show you.”

“Whoa. What the heck is that?”

“That’s my banner. It goes behind my table, so people know who I am.”

“Thrillers by John W. Howell. Who’s that?”

“Can you help, Bailey?”

“That is Pop’s real name.”

“Jeez, Boss. I never hear anyone call you John W. Howell.”

“I know. Lucy.”

“So, I see cases of books. This one is opened.”

“Yes, I was just checking them to make sure I have some of each.”

“Oh, I get it. Those are big pictures of your books up on that banner.”

“There you go. I think you have it now.”

“What about this table, Pops.”

“That’s where mom is putting bookmarks together.”

“Bookmarks? What are those?”

“People who read books like to remember where they left off, so these little things help do that. I will be giving them away. Along with Swedish Fish and some Library cards.”

“You can’t sell these?”

“I’m selling books. These are just gifts to readers.”

“Let me look closer. Oh, I see now.”

“They are just a little gift of appreciation.”

“Hey Lucy, you see these?”

“Yeah, I saw them. I think I’ll curl up with a good book now.”

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  1. LMAO! I love your dogs conversations!

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  2. Reblogged this on raynotbradbury and commented:
    I just love it πŸ™‚ …

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    1. Thank you so much, Ray.

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      1. πŸ’“πŸ’“

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  3. Do you always eavesdrop on conversation of friends???

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    1. Yes. πŸ˜€ Then I broadcast them to the world.

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  4. Great way to talk about the book fair. Have fun.

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    1. I hardly ever promote my stuff on my blog but thought it would be a good time to do so. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. You’re welcome. Love the banner display.

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      2. Thanks, Charles.

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  5. Excellent book choice by Lucy! I loved this, John. The third photo is priceless!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. πŸ™‚

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  6. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Thank you, Pam πŸ™‚

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  7. Great. Merely what you wrote here makes me wish to read you book now.

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    1. Thank you. πŸ˜€

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  8. Good luck at the book fair, John – keep those sales going!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Keith.

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  9. It is sooo difficult to keep up on what people are doing. Makes you just want to put your head on your paws and sleep.

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    1. I know right? I wish we could do that sometimes.

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  10. What good helpers you have!

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    1. Thanks you, Sarah. They are. (Sort of) πŸ˜€

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  11. Love the bookmarks, John – wishing you many sales at the book fair!

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    1. Thanks, Teri.

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  12. Gwen Plano · ·

    LOL. I love the photo of Lucy looking at the poster. It’s a classic. All the best at the book fair; I’m sure you will do very well. (Remember to take your camera. πŸ™‚ )

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I will have to get a few shots. πŸ˜€

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  13. Lucy is precious. It’s good to have support from the family. well, at least the humans. Good luck at the book show, John.

    I will add that when I read your books, I hardly has the need for a bookmark – they were hard to put down.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Dan. You know how to warm a heart. πŸ˜€

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  14. Well, my goodness. I had no idea there was going to be a book fair in Galveston, but I know where it is now. I don’t know what I’ve got going for that day, but I’ve penciled it in on the calendar. I’ve never been to a book fair; it would be fun to stop by.

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    1. Oh please do, Linda. I would love to say hello. You have so many fascinating experiences and it would be great chatting.

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  15. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Lucy just loves to curl up with a good book! Another great episode with John W. Howell’s furry kids. Please enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, John

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  16. I can see them saying that . . “Hey Boss, who’s this John Howell character? And why is he using your picture?” Hahaha!

    Best wishes for your book fair jaunt!

    Peace

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    1. Thank you, Marc. Should be fun.

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      1. You will make it fun, that’s for sure.

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  17. They’re great bookmarks! πŸ˜€ I like that they’re not ‘matched’ so they’re good for any reading material – don’t want to swamp any passing trade with the marketing… πŸ˜‰

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    1. These are actually charms put on ribbon. I think they will work. Thanks, Jan

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  18. Best wishes for the book fair, John! The banner and bookmarks look awesome. Another post that brings an instant smile. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. πŸ˜€

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  19. Great post again. Have fun at the book fair.

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    1. Thanks, Craig.

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  20. As usual, the girls have been the highlight of my morning. Wishing you success at the fair!

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    1. Thank you, Staci. πŸ™‚

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  21. Wishing you success at the Galveston Book Fair. Beautiful bookmarks are a great reader’s gift. I always enjoy your Lucy and Bailey posts.

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. I’m glad you like that post.

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  22. The girls are a delight as always, John. Wow a book fair, and in Galveston. Awesome! The banner looks great and the bookmarks are a really cute idea. I hope you sell every single book and take orders for hundreds more. Okay thousands — I need to think bigger. πŸ˜€ Hugs.

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    1. I like the idea of thousands. Thanks, Teagan.

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  23. Lucy has good taste in reading πŸ™‚
    I hope you have a fantastic time at the book fair. I love the banner an the bookmarks. You’re prepared!

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    1. Thank you, Mae.

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  24. Looks like you are READY! I wish I was going to Galveston, but alas, I’ll be at my favorite music festival of the year in Abilene. I have told my friend, Judy, to look you up and make you feel welcome! Wishing you great success!!

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    1. I will look forward to meeting Judy. Is she a write as well?

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      1. Yes. She is a children’s author. She is a super person.

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      2. Terrific. Look forward to it.

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  25. Looks great, John! Very impressive. The bookmarks are a nice touch and the sea blue color is just right. Wishing you great success on another island!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I almost forgot that it is an island.

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  26. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Great post and book marks! Hope it goes well for you! Sounds like an amazing event. You need a picture of Lucy at your stand with the book;)

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    1. Thank you, DL. I should have one shouldn’t I?

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  27. I’m wondering if Lucy will write a review!

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    1. Of course she will. She has trouble holding a pen though.

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      1. Let her use the computer.

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      2. She lost her computer privileges by ordering on line from Pet Smart.

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      3. Oh no … another shopping addict.

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  28. Love the bookmarks! I hope you have a wonderful turnout and meet some interesting people. You’re big time, Butch.
    Loved seeing the pups today.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. πŸ™‚

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  29. Wishing you all the best, Good John! Hugs to the girls! β™₯

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    1. Thanks Billy Ray. πŸ˜€

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  30. I love this!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  31. Good luck John! Have fun. Hubby is from Galveston. BOI. I hope they treat you well. Your table will be the best one there.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Big confidence builder.

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      1. Happy to be a cheerleader! πŸ˜€

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  32. Just remember that there was a time that people said,”Who is John Howell?” And look at you now, and all you’ve achieved!

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    1. Aw. Such a nice comment, Ronnie. Thank you.

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  33. I’m excited for you! If I lived anywhere near, I’d be there! (Perhaps behind a table next to you…) πŸ™‚ Best of luck – wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. πŸ˜€

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  34. What a fun and clever post, John! Your dogs are adorable, and their conversations are always delightful. πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of a book fair around here, and if I lived nearby, I’d be there. πŸ™‚ I wish you all the best in your sales. Loved the banner and bookmarks, too!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Book Passages in Corta Maderia has famous authors visit all the time.

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      1. It’s funny you mention Book Passage, John. We’ve gone to many events there. I guess I was talking about a book fair where not so famous authors can sell their books (like me). πŸ™‚

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      2. I get it. I miss being able to drop into Book Passage on a whim.

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  35. Aw, these girls are just precious! Hope the book fair turnout is huge and the reception of your offerings is amazing, John! Love the bookmarks, too.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. πŸ™‚

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  36. Your furry pals have great taste in literature, John.

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    1. They also have no choice. Thanks, Hook.

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  37. The bookmarks are lovely. I love the ending of this post! So clever.

    Best of luck with the book-faire. I hope sell em all!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah

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  38. Loved the banner and the bookmarks. I hope you sell all your books at the book festival, John! Lucy and Bailey are adorable and hilarious, as usual. πŸ˜€ xx

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    1. Thank you, Vashti

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      1. You’re welcome. Have a great weekend.

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  39. A great banner, John. I hope you have a smashing event.

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  40. I love your banner and the bookmarks. I hope you have a great turn out and sell all of your books. Are you taking Lucy and Bailey to the book fair? I’m sure they would have great stories to share.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle.

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