I wanted to announce that I just signed a multi-movie contract with MGM yesterday to turn my first Big Lake mystery novel into a feature film starring Tom Cruise as Sheriff Jim Weber and Scarlett Johansson as his love interest, deputy Robyn Fuchette. The mid-six figure deal is going to require a lot of our time be spent in Hollywood in the next two years, so we won’t be traveling as much as usual. We’ll miss you all.
Yes, I wanted to announce that, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. However, if it did happen, not only would Terry and I be delighted, but also my friend Daryl Lawrence, owner of Lawrence RV Accessories. You see, Daryl was complaining yesterday that my blog has gotten boring and I needed to spice things up. I figure a deal like that would have been pretty spicy. Sorry to disappoint you, Daryl.
But back in the real world, we are having a wonderful time here at the Escapade RV rally in Gillette, Wyoming. Sales of our books and RVing guides have been brisk, and a lot of folks have been stopping by our vendor booth to say hello and visit. We’ve also given out several hundred sample copies of the Gypsy Journal, and those always result in a burst of subscriptions once the rally is over and folks have time to read them.
Yesterday afternoon I presented my Highway History and Back Road Mystery seminar, based upon my two Highway History books, and had 220 people in the audience. We ran out of chairs and they were standing in the back of the room and sitting on the floor in the aisles. By the end of the day, we sold out of Highway History books and several people said they would go to Amazon and order printed or e-book copies.
While Terry and I were at the seminar, Greg and Jan White manned our booth, and Greg said he looks enough like me that when he put on my fedora several people thought he was me. Obviously those were folks who have never met me in person, because everybody knows I’m much prettier than Greg!
One of the great things about going to an RV rally is exploring the vendor area. We’ve been at this for 15 years now, and I still find things I can’t live without. A good example is this Easy Reel power cord reel I found at the Mor/Ryde booth. It makes deploying and storing 30 and 50 amp power cords a cinch and frees up valuable storage space in your bay. I want one of those!
After we closed our vendor booth at 5 p.m., Greg and Jan rode with us to a nice Mexican restaurant called Las Margaritas, where we met our pals Bob Parker and Donna Huffer. It was Donna’s birthday and we were happy to help her celebrate it. Happy birthday again, Donna.
Today we’ll be back at it again, greeting folks, selling books and subscriptions, and having fun visiting with our Escapees friends. If you’re at Escapade, stop by our booth and say hello. And if you’re not here, you’re missing a heck of a good time!
Thought For The Day – I never make stupid mistakes, only very very, clever ones.