Thursday, May 26, 2011

cartons and girltalk

When the man behind the counter at the cafe handed me my takeout box, I couldn't help but smile. He wrote BAAA! in black marker. Knowing the guy's name who made your chicken wrap makes for a more personal touch when it comes to doggie bags. It helps of course that he knows I'm a shepherd, and that I traded three of my ram lambs at his farm for 90+ bales of hay. I thanked him and put the carton in the truck before running across the street to Battenkill Books where Connie, the shop owner, was sitting behind the counter. She was just back from the big Book Expo in New York and said she was reading my new book! I asked her if I could see it? And she ran back to pick up the paperback Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) from her travel bag. I held the glossy thing in my hand and turned it over. It's my third time seeing a book of mine in print and it still feels like make believe. We chatted for a while and then ended up in a bit of girltalk over how dreamy Michael Perry is. She talked about doing a book launching party and I just nodded an okay. Why not?! As I drove home my neighbor Shellie (CAF vet and new chicken owner) asked if I could watch her birds and gardens a few days while her family headed out of town. I got my marching orders and told her I had it under control, enjoy the weekend.

A scribble on a carton.
A conversation in a bookstore.
A message on a cell phone.

This is becoming my town.


Blogger scorpiogirl said...

It is a small world here in Washington County. I had to laugh when I read this. My brothers wife is Shellies sister-in-law. She called me tonight to ask if we would watch her kitties Sam and Salem while they go camping with Iggy and Shellie!

May 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

This made me always! :)

May 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Oh man, I have been spelling her name wrong this whole time...

Scorpio? Who are you?!

May 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Having a community, in the realest meaning of the world, upon which to build relationships, trade info and favors, to help when need arises... there’s no match for it in life.

May 26, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger booksNyarn said...

There were ARCs of your new book at BEA? *sniff* Now I really wish I could have gone!

I am happy to be trekking back up to Warren County this weekend to visit the family. Hope the weather holds!

May 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

My niece has a sign in her house that reads "A small town is like a big family". Sounds like this fits your life, exactly!

May 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

BooksnYarn: I didn't even get my copy yet! So all those folks at BEA are beating me to it! I bet a bunch will show up on ebay soon though

May 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

It takes a little bit sometimes, but when it happens it feels wonderful--cool post.

May 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Farming communities are the best! Being accepted into one is even better. You have arrived.

May 26, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Yes it is.

When I bought my first house as a single woman near the end of a dead end road, little did I know that I was moving into a neighborhood that acted like a small town and a family. The folks across the street really looked out for me the most; when my kitchen was pulled apart for five months straight, they fed me. When I found the man of my dreams, they threw a wedding for me.

They're three thousand miles away, and right in the middle of my heart.

I'm glad your new place has become home.

May 27, 2011 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Sounds like progress to me, Jenna! By the way, I'm having a Memorial Day giveaway on my blog, so everyone please stop by and enter!

Dianne (here) ;-)

May 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

I love how your life is coming together just the way you planned...

May 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Thank you for this post. What you described is what I have here on this island on the coast of Maine. Thank you for making me think about what I have and to realize I've been taking it for granted. I forget not everyone has what we have.

May 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger scorpiogirl said...

I'm Laura from Greenwich. My sis in law is Kathy, Iggys sister and the matchmaker who got I&S together! Not sure if I'm spelling Shellies name right either! I better go check her FB page and get it right!

May 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always likened the writing of a book to having a child. Signing the contract is the positive pregnancy test. Writer's block is morning sickness. Composing is long days carrying too heavy a load. Editing is labor. Holding that printer's first final is like being handed a squirming bundle of life for the first time. What a ride!

May 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said... ANALOGY!!!! Jenna, have a wonderful,was that drive through guy single? Maybe he'll jot his number down next time :)

May 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Jenna, I picked up a copy of Barnheart at the Storey booth at BEA, too (and the sales reps were doing a great job promoting it, by the way). Am LOVING your story! As a city-dweller with serious farm lust in mid-life, you're an inspiration!

May 28, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading Chick Days right this very minute and am so excited that another Jenna book is coming down the chute. From my experience, about a hundred other people get their hands on an author's book before the author does. It's a little crazy-making!

I discovered Michael Perry last fall after stumbling across Coop and have been crushing hard ever since.


May 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger aHunkaHunkaBurningLove said...

Why does the dog, or is it a wolf, have antlers? Or could it be a coyote, just curious, sure makes for an odd look.

May 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger DaShannon said...

I remember the progression of being called by name by the librarian, the post mistress and the cashier at the grocery... Finally called the town home

May 28, 2011 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger mommypie said...

One of my other favorite blog authors just had her first book launch, after her seventh book : ). I hope you do yours soon, and have a wonderful time! Here's Jane's post about her launch--complete with beautiful cake photos:

May 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Anna D. said...

oh, Michael Perry is SO dreamy. Such a wonderful combination of humility and quiet strength, and a way with words on top of it! I'm a huge fan, too.

May 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

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