- Having a former student show up at a Chicago booksigning. It was nice to just sit and chat and talk about writing. It was also great to see him again!
- Meeting my "twisty-tie" pen-pal and her family who drove 2 hours to meet me at a library event in St. Charles.
- Getting a picture of my two darling nieces (who I think are actually second cousins?) from my cousin in California (the picture posted) to let me know they'd bought the book and were reading!
- Getting messages from Mark and Roberta and Caradith and Elizabeth and Brenda and Greg and Mary-Mary and MaryLou...just checking up, checking in. Friends indeed!
- Seeing The Wadhams! Blueberry Hill Diner! Chuck Berry! The Duck Room! Burgers and PIE!
- Meeting optimistic4ever -- good grief. I can't believe you weren't going to tell me!
- Discovering "Amy" is...Amy! Good grief. I can't believe I can be so dense.
- Walking into Hicklebee's and hearing our Risky Whippet CD blaring over the speakers.
- My "homecoming" at Hicklebee's -- what a store, what a staff, what a home-away-from-home.
- Hugging Walter.
- Having my cousin Rolf and his family and dad show up at a booksigning. It's really nice when family doubles as friends and makes the effort to turn out.
- Having people in three different cities come because they read my post on John Scalzi's blog.
- Discovering that the two couples with big bags sitting near the front of the room during a bookstore event were collectors...and had first printings of all of my books--even How I Survived Being A Girl.
- Meeting Amanda and seeing Ryan. (who I met at an airport years ago)...and reading their package of letterboxing fun (Sammy Keyes and the Ham Sandwich!).
- Having a principal tell me I was a "firestorm of inspiration."
- Reading the comments posted on this blog--thank you for following along and for taking the time to write.
- Discovering that the audience at my last bookstore event held two sets of three-generation Sammy Keyes readers--Grandma, Mom, and Daughter--all having read every book.
- Hugging Mark at the airport.
Thanks to everybody, vocal or not, who traveled along with me through the past two weeks' posts. And thanks to my awesome in-laws for holding down the fort while I was away. It's good to be home.
For next week, if you're curious about some aspect of touring that I didn't touch on in the last two weeks, ask away -- I'll do my best to answer.
See you then!