Ashfield: I’m getting better at this …

Ashfield… my library author talks, I mean.

Biggest audience yet, at Ashfield Library. Pissing with rain – but happily not until I and the audience were all inside. Then the heavens opened and down it came: I stopped in the middle of a word and gazed open-mouthed at the windows that formed one of the walls. So did everyone else (gaze, I mean … they weren’t talking !), because it bucketed down like anything. Woe. Still, I had had the foresight to buy a new folding umbrella; and according to M.R. luck, that should have  meant no rain at all. Didn’t work, did it ?!   😦

I’d had to restructure a bit, as this Library organiser had a finite amount of time available (I gave the talk in a Council room, and it was wanted not long after). Also, I spoke faster – but it didn’t appear to be too fast, as I didn’t spot any expressions of puzzlement or “Huh?”-ness. (If you like that, you may borrow it: but do remember to return it when you’ve finished, yes ?)

Loud applause from all, and the presentation of what you see in the photo. LUCKY ME !

Only prob. was getting it home on the train and the tram and the umbrella and the incessant rain. I managed but.

Some more libraries added to the list, remaining only to be confirmed. At this rate I’ll be giving my talk from a bathchair.   [grin]

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52 thoughts on “Ashfield: I’m getting better at this …

  1. Naah: library people aren’t there to buy. I think four copies were sold today – which was much like the previous one. I do these because I just love to talk about the genesis of the book. And probably because I’m a showoff.
    [grin]

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  2. So public speaking is now officially fun and easy? Lovely floral presentation, M.R. Shame they don’t buy more books. Have you considered locking the door and taking hostages until they cough up?

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  3. Sounds like a great morning! That is wonderful that you are doing library talks. I love libraries, all kinds of libraries, and rain! Thank you for the “Huh?”-ness phrase; that was great!

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  4. I love the byline “I’m getting better at this!” Just can’t imagine u being bad at anything M.R. I’ve been out of pocket for a few days but had to come by and check up on you!

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  5. H’indeed ! You see ’em on a teeny shelf in the loungeroom. Dunno if I should be taking them out of that box ? Somehow I don’t think so. But I dunno how to water ’em. 😐

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  6. My view entirely, Lynne ! I say to the audiences that I don’t care if no-one buys a single copy, as long as they READ IT from the library ! And that’s absolutely true. 🙂

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  7. Thanks, Sue ! – they’re looking bright and cheery in the lit dark out there in the loungeroom right now.
    Whose idea was it to have Daylight Saving going on to April? – without a doubt, some multinational corporation …

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  8. Totally agree about libraries, Dixie ! I spent my first 4 years out of school working in two libraries, and I have never forgotten either of ’em.
    🙂

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  9. True. In fact, of course, I set out to amuse. The audiences seem to willing to be tickled …
    🙂
    Thanks, Elaine !!!

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  10. MORE CRAFTING, LENNA ! [grin]
    Thanks a lot – appreciated ! Even more so when you post some patterns for those terrific kitchen items … 😀

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  11. You must be psychic, beautiful Janet ! – crotons are a passion with me !!!!
    Alas, the tragedy is that I can’t have ANY: they are deadly to pets that eat them; and for the most perverse of reasons, Lui has chewed every croton I’ve brought into the place. I’ve tried placing them everywhere: nothing works. He manages to get at ’em no matter what. So all I can do is dream about them and enjoy picture of them – like yours ! X !

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  12. It is, Katarina ! – I enjoy it so much ! It must be that I’m a showoff, I think … [grin]
    All signs of the virus gone ?

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  13. Yes it is gone, and I can gladely inform you that I succesfully managed to do an AMAZING (grin) video dedicated to you, interviewing Martin about his work on Astrid y Gaston. 🙂

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  14. I believe that when it’s light enough to clearly see (currently the sun is rising AFTER SEVEN !) I shall remove the wrapping paper and see what I can see …

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  15. Can hardly wait !! [HUGE grin]
    I must have some breakfast first, as I am starving, and then I’ll go to my Inbox.
    You are so kind, my dear – this is truly appreciated !

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  16. You won’t get me complaining! I love daylight saving. Loved the year it started early for the Olympics. Who cares for dark mornings if you can have lighter evenings?

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  17. :-
    I’m an early to rise and early to bed person. One area where Stringer and I differed, as he was the opposite. It didn’t matter a whole shitload though, and I would simply go to bed with the/a cat, and he would sit up and watch telly. 🙂

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  18. I used to be like that but have shifted. I don’t sleep in but don’t get up very early. I am often up though way after midnight. Don’t seem to need a lot if sleep these days.

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  19. Onya! You can soon be setting up as an after-dinner speaker, which probably pays better than the library gigs. 😉 (And I’ve got agree with LD, that was a deluge! My window leaked — on the 14th floor of an office tower in the CBD!)

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  20. Probus couldn’t be less interested in me. It’s as rude an HO as I’ve ever come across. #((&^$@()**^* to them.
    🙂

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  21. If your talks are anything like your writing and comments I bet you had them rolling in the isles. Very pretty flowers, too bad you had to tote them home in the rain.

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  22. And today they off to the bin, alas.
    Sighh …
    Still, there’s always the print they gave me at Randwick ! 🙂

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