The best part of doing signings at Costco may just be all the vicarious shopping an author gets to do. You can tell a lot about a person by looking in their shopping cart!
One cart contained about 6 boxes of granola bars, grape juice, Ex-lax and Prilosec. Another, candy, candy, candy, candy, cups, and olives.
I passed (punny) on asking about the first cart but I did inquire about the second: it was for a wedding with a candy bar... still trying to figure out the olives... :)
Every cart is different and Costco, and the contents vary from entire playgrounds to bedsheets and bacon. I don't know where they hide it all, but Costco may very well have everything!
As for what I learned, here we go:
- Belts look best on people who technically don't need them
- It is "in" to turn full-length pants into capris with one fold mid-shin (this fad will pass quickly, methinks--especially when paired with gladiator sandals)
- Everyone is going camping but me
- Don't pass me 4 times, or you will succumb to my charm
- My old drama teacher is doing great
- My friend's son just got back from his honeymoon and needs a refridgerator
- I am very good at selling other author's books--maybe too good...
- When pronounced correctly, American children have no interest in eating Daims.
- Kindles/Nooks kind of rock... even if I still technically prefer books
- Strangely enough, no one wants to buy a magazine when the magazine rack is positioned behind a signing author
- If only I had stayed 4 hours longer, I might have run into someone I knew :)
As a side note, Welcome to Stalk Lake City goes to press tomorrow, all new and improved and stuff. I think I'll be up until 2 proifing it, but the good news I finally know what the dedication will be. Nothing felt right until I got it right. And now, I feel peace :)