I made it home safe and sound after a grand driving adventure across most of Canada. Wow! What a trip, in more ways than one.
There were some real challenges, to be sure.
Like the sub-freezing weather making some of my artifacts (wands and crystals and sculptures and such) more fragile than ever – with a few tragic consequences. When I do book-signings, I display these intriguing items on my table. Kids are particularly fascinated with Celine’s magical wand!
And then there was my car – the Dragonmobile – being too darn small (wonderful though it is) to hold everything I wanted to bring along.
Next, there was the army of snow storms that assaulted me along the way. Nothing the Dragonmobile and I couldn’t handle, but wow!
Then there was all the salt the highway safety people scattered on the province roads and highways. Sure, it’s a huge help in navigating the icy surfaces, but awfully hard on a vehicle, no matter how tough or magical. Did they really need to use so much?? It wouldn’t be quite so bad if the salty stuff would fill in some of the gazillion potholes out there. (Arizona has the Grand Canyon, but Canada isn’t far behind with some of those monsters!)
Even navigation was no easy feat. A GPS is great, but when it doesn’t include all the new road changes, a person can get waaaay off-track, let me tell you!
Overall, though, it was a fabulous trip and a great adventure.
I must share a major milestone achieved on this trip: selling the 1000th copy of The Dragons of Nibiru!
That’s right. I sold the big number 1000 at the Coles bookstore in Kildonan Place Mall, in beautiful (but so snowy!) Winnipeg. I was thrilled to share the momentous moment with Jordan, the store’s manager.
That achievement alone made the trip worthwhile – but even better is knowing that I’ve reached – and hopefully entertained and inspired – a thousand people. And that doesn’t even count the people they’ll share their copies with!
So Many Friends, New and Old
I was only home four days before I was back at it with new book-signings. One was in Salmon Arm at Bookingham Palace. While there, I ran into Darlene Webb – an old friend from elementary school who I hadn’t seen in 45 years! It was great to visit with her, and once again become fast friends.
The next signing was at the Chapters store in Kelowna. It was there I met Bob Beaton and his wonderful family. It turned out Bob is a second cousin – one I’d never met before and didn’t even know I had. It was soooooo great meeting him, and his family too. I’m looking forward to many more visits with them. And oh – thanks for treating me to that great Chinese buffet, Bob and Tracy!!
There’s one more new friend I should mention: Endrea, who’s working on obtaining her master’s degree in journalism at the Saskatchewan’s University of Regina. Endrea interviewed me about becoming a self-published author, and my book-signing adventures across Canada. You can read the article she wrote right here.
Mind you, I’ve met so many wonderful people at these signings – I wish could find the time and space to mention them all. What really amazes me is how many fine, fine people there are to meet and befriend, no matter how crazy the world gets! Animals, too – like Kiki the rescue dog from Cuba, now living at the Ambassador Motel in Sault St. Marie. I swear she’s more human than dog!
I look forward to meeting up with many of my new friends again, on my next journey across our great country.
Thanks too, to everyone who has reached out to email me, and those who’ve blessed my days with their kind words, smiling faces, encouragement and support. I could never have sold that 1000th book in such a brief time without you. Thanks so much every one of you. Love you all.
Now it’s time to get back to reaching for my next target: becoming the Canadian J.K. Rowling!!!
All the best,
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Lorna J. Carleton
Hello! I'm Lorna. I thought I'd let you know a bit about me, as the author of a tale I hope you'll love.