Monday, May 24, 2010

Signings, yardwork and other fun stuff

There are lots of fun things going on for me lately. I've been busy, busy, busy with Costco book signings, which has been great, and I've had a chance to meet and talk with so many people I wouldn't have met otherwise. I don't anticipate that Costco will stock my books much longer, so if you have a membership (and live in Utah), now's the time! Their price is awesome ($10.49 instead of $16.99!).

I had my launch party in Fillmore last week, which was great! I got to talk to several people I hadn't expected to be there, along with a teen who is interested in publishing and stopped to chat for a while. The librarian said my book was checked out within five minutes of when they put it out on the shelf, which always feels good! I gave away some fun prizes and had chocolate chip cookies (which are almost a running joke through the story).

My book blog tour starts next week and runs through June, and I'll have some fun prizes and interviews all over blog land. Also, I have a second book launch party in Sandy at the Barnes & Noble on Thursday, June 3 from 6-8 along with the other women from my critique group. It'll be a ton of fun and we'll have more prizes and treats, so put it on your calendar!

I'm trying to finish up some edits on a new book and hope to have it submitted by next week. My critique members say it's the best thing I've ever written, so I'm really excited and nervous to hear what my publisher has to say about it.

Today instead of editing, however, I spent the day planning, shopping, and planting in my landscape. For those of you who don't know, I used to write a gardening section on my blog because I LOVE to garden, but last year I was so swamped with everything going on that I didn't get squat done in my yard, which means weeds are seriously overtaking everything. This spring my husband and I decided it needed some serious rehab, so we're doing a big overhaul. After a massive shopping trip for plants today we (and some awesome friends), finished digging out my biggest flower bed, pulled the rock border, stretched landscaping fabric, planted a bunch of new plants and spread mulch! Yes, I still need to buy more plants (apparently my neglect killed most of the perennials that were in there--but that's another post), but it looks so much better and I'm so excited to look out at my pretty garden again! Now we have to master the drip irrigation system (and where is Seth when I need him to explain this 'simple' setup to me? Huh? Northern Nevada! *sigh*). More yard work tomorrow--and definitely some editing--because I'm on a roll!


Josi said...

I'm so glad things are going well for you, Heather. Congrats on the signings and launch parties, congrats on having great things coming together and on the therapy of getting dirty again. I'm proud of you for so many reasons. Keep up the good work!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

That is so awesome. Keep yourself busy, girl!!! so exciting. Good luck!

Wendy Swore said...

Wow, it sounds like you have your hands full...but in a good way!

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Happy writing!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

So Heather, is there anything you don't do? Cake decorator, writer, landscaper...and I'll bet you sew, too. :0)

Heather Justesen said...

Thanks for leaving a comment ladies. I spent another LOOOOONG day in the yard today, but manage to get everything I bought into the ground, at least!

And Kathi, there are lots of things I can't do--speak Swahili, play Pacman without dying in under 30 seconds, and playing any instrument more difficult than the Kazoo. I also don't sew clothes--they turn out horrid! But I have been known to make very simple curtains, and a couple of quilts--but not in the last decade!

Melanie said...

Happy to hear of your success. It's great to be "livin" life!
Do you know of any plans to sign at the West Bountiful Costco?

Danyelle Ferguson said...

I'm glad the book launch went well. I was so excited to get my copy of Rebound last week! I'm looking forward to reviewing your book this week. Have fun playing in the dirt!