Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Warning: This post contains overuse of both italics and exclamation points.

Last night, on my way to a Valley Writers meeting, I stopped by Barnes & Noble at Tanglewood Mall. I'd just received a B&N gift card as compensation for a presentation I'd done, and it was burning a hole in my purse.

My plan was to use part of it to buy a B&N members card, so I'd get discounts on the other books I'd buy with the gift card as well as on my purchases for the next year. I went to the front counter, filled out the paper work, and received my discount card.

(Note: In the past I have fussed at one of my Lake Writer buddies for using the expression "turned and. . ." in her writing, but . . .) I turned and beheld a display of fairy tale books. Then I saw it. Smack dab in the middle of the display was MY BOOKFerradiddledumday! At the front of the store!

Well, naturally, I had to get a picture:

And another—a close-up this time:

"That's my book!" I told the clerk. "I wrote that!"

The clerk called Michelle—the manager of the children's book department and who'd arranged the fairy tale display—to let her know a children's author was here. When she arrived up front, we had a nice chat. We talked about the possibility of my doing a  book-signing or maybe a reading. She told me that her first order of Ferradiddledumday  had sold out, and the second order was selling. She even planned to review Ferradiddledumday on a children's book review blog that she does.

Elated, I walked around the store and browsed a bit in the computer section. I bought a book about iLife because I'm learning to use iMovie on my Mac, and I figured the book would help. Then I drifted to the fiction section. On the bottom of one shelf, I recognized another book: The Girl Who Raced Mules and Other Stories, a collection of short stories I wrote years ago and had published through a vanity print-on-demand press.

Naturally, I took a picture:

And another:

Wow! Two of my books in B&N! 

Mind you, I'm not letting this go to my head or anything. . . .


Blogger CountryDew said...

That's terrific and very special. Congratulations!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Cherie Reich said...

That's so awesome! Congrats! I think I would have run around with my book and told everyone in the store about it. *laughs*

1:10 PM  
Blogger Snappy Di said...

I would certainly let it go to my head had I written the books... You're like a Rock Star, Becky! Soooo happy for you and your succeses! Congratulations.

(Let me know how the iLife book works for you. Probably should get one for myself, but I tend to just use the 'Help' function right now.)

5:15 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

The iLife '09 Portable Genius book is pretty helpful.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

How exciting! You're a famous author with TWO books on display at B&N. Congratulations!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Not exactly famous. Yet.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats!!! Exclamation points are called for!!!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

Yeeeee Haaaaa! I'm so proud to know you, Miss Becky! How wonderful!!!!!

7:49 PM  

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