This morning I’m finally going to town on a “tour boat day” to sign copies of my book, Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska at Alaska Rod’s.
Rod and Rhonda suggested I do this a long time ago, so all summer I’ve had a standing invitation to hang out at their store on days when the tour ships come to town, meeting and greeting, signing, and hopefully, selling some books.
I’d planned to hit every regularly scheduled docking (mostly on Wednesdays) while Aly works at the archaeological field school, but our recent flu canceled that plan. I now feel well, or at least non-contagious enough to do it. Also, that contract that has been taking up most of my free time is winding down. In fact, it may be finished as you read this.
Speaking of reading this, I’ll be interested to see if I meet anyone off the boat who reads the blog. We’re in the historic Chisel Building, at the corner of Second Avenue and Main street in Haines. If you’re in town off the Statendam, the Alaska State Ferry, or by car, please stop by.
If you’re a local, and you’ve never been to Alaska Rod’s, stop in today! They have custom made knives, local herbal salves, and lots of great art, books, and more created by local artists. I should be there from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when we’ll have to beat the tide home or stay in town till after 9:00 p.m. I love meeting and greeting tourists, but, shy person that I am, it’ll be nice to see some familiar faces as well. It should be interesting—I’ve become so comfortable as a hermit this summer, and now I’m going to purposely immerse myself in a crowd today. The Statendam holds as many people as live in Haines, so a shore call doubles the town’s population for the day. Should be fun! Let’s see if I can string a couple of coherent sentences together, something I’m not always able to do when the “pressure” is on.