We just came through a snowy period that has slowed mail in and out of Haines. That, of course, has me worried, as it’s Christmastime. Not only do we anticipate mail coming in, we want mail to get out in a timely manner. Specifically, I want to expedite holiday shoppers who place orders from us!
Delivery doesn’t pose much of a problem for some items for sale on our Store page. Sifter plans, eBooks of Sacred Coffee: A Homesteader’s Paradigm and Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska are delivered electronically—no flying weather required! The same goes for the digital download of the audiobook version of Sacred Coffee (more on which below).
At least the planes will fly in this, if the wind doesn’t rise too much (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).
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Despite my current preoccupation (see Benign Neglect) I’m giving some thought to the upcoming tourist season. My income depends heavily on sales to tourists who visit Haines in the summer. We see a trickle of orders for my two books, Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm and Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska, our handmade soaps, sifter plans, and T-shirts throughout the year, but the books, the audiobook CD and soaps sell pretty well at the Sheldon Museum gift shop, The Babbling Book bookstore, and especially Alaska Rod’s in downtown Haines.
As happens every summer, I’m trying to decide how much time to dedicate to book signing at Alaska Rod’s through the season. I enjoy visiting with visitors from all over the world, and hanging out with the store’s owners and staff. I even get to sign and sell a few books each time. Unfortunately, time spent meeting and greeting is time away from the firewood harvest, fishing, gardening, construction projects and all the rest in the middle of the peak season for all of these projects. As so often happens in my life, it represents a true “fish or cut bait” dilemma.
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