Sunday, March 08, 2009

It's the Little Things

I love presents. I admit it. Winter holidays, my birthday, anniversaries...whatever. Getting presents is really only trumped by giving them. Presents are just way cool all the way around. But sometimes, presents are cooler than other times. Like when you aren't expecting them. Like when they are little and unimportant to anyone but you.

My first book signing is Tuesday night (AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!). After not flying for months and months, Lithus has been called to work. Yep, he will miss my first ever book signing. No matter how many other book signings he gets to attend, we will be apart for the first one and nothing can change that. *sigh*

I asked him to please, at least, get me a special pen so that I could sign my books with a pen from him. He bought me two, one that feels good in the hand and one that just "screamed Pauline."

And he's right ~ the one on top feels better in my hand, while the purple one is more my personality (and Pauline's). Still, I think I will go with the one that feels good in my hand. The other is cute but would get annoying after about three signatures. I will, however, keep it handy as a spare. I'm hard on nibs and I know this.

However, he brought me something else. I do a lot of editing and critiquing, both of my own work and of other people's. This is always ~ always ~ done in pencil. I require a very sharp pencil or else it, too, feels strange in my hand and while writing.

I don't have a good pencil sharpener. I have a cute pencil sharpener. It's in the shape of a dachshund and looks remarkably like the Daisy baby. It doesn't work. I have struggled with my Daisy baby pencil sharpener through several manuscripts now. Not out of any strange sense of loyalty or sentimentalism but just because I never think to get a new pencil sharpener while I'm out. It's not until I'm sitting with a dull pencil and nothing but the Daisy sharpener that I remember I need a new one. This is not helpful.

Along with my pens for my signing, Lithus gave me this:

The pens are wonderful. I love the pens. The pencil sharpener made me cry.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Hermes said...

Good sharpeners are like good can openers. Two of exactly the same make and model will operate entirely differently. When you find one that excels, guard it. Nurture it. Protect it.
When it is a sentimental gift, Find a safe for it.

Krystal said...

I'm so EXCITED for you!!! I wish Lithus could be with you in person, but I know he'll be with you in spirit. :)

Have fun, ...Pauline...!

traci said...

You mean to tell me that your FIRST book signing is the book signing close to me??? Holy buckets! I had no idea it was the first one of all time! I have to work very hard at not getting lost on the way!

traci said...

OhMyGawd! I just went to see Pauline's website and you have another book signing in my actual town! How amazing is that?

2 Dollar Productions said...

Right there with you on both giving and receiving gifts, and those were thoughtful. It's great that you now NEED a book-signing pen, so have fun at the first of many of these events and sign with a flourish that screams Pobble was here. Ha.

Rose said...

He is so sweet! What is your website address:?

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, see? This is why you were meant to be. <3

traci said...

Gah! I cannot make it tonight! I'm sorry.

BostonPobble said...

GOML! ~ I think that you are right regarding pencil sharpeners!

Krystal ~ Squeee! Thanks. :):):)

Traci ~ Hm...interesting. I think I have some interesting information for you. Hopefully you can make another signing on one of the other dates.

$$ ~ I will now go work on my flourish so that I can do my pen justice.

Rose ~ If you look over there to the left under "places you should go" you will find a link to "Pauline's site." That's me. Get it out. I'd love to get your professional opinion!

Dreamer ~ So true. :)