Friday, October 9, 2009

Book singing

Hey y'all, I survived my first booksigning!! My background is in performing and I don't usually get very nervous for things like this, but last night I WAS nervous and was seriously doubting my sanity beforehand for putting myself in the position of purging my soul in front of a crowd of people! But, as I got into it I relaxed a bit and it was a fun night! Don Henry was wonderful to have there doing the songs with me that we wrote together for the project. I credit the title of this post to my buddy Margaret's husband, Doug Holt. (A book singing, rather than a book signing, because of the musical element) Clever!
My hubby Jim was awesome, helping me carry all our gear in and out and being a great support in general. I am so thankful to all of my friends, old and new, who came out. I wanna name 'em all because it was so awesome to see them but I won't!Though I will thank my photographer buddy CJ Hicks for the opening pics. We had a great turn out of about 75 or so peeps. Just a great mix of tons of people that I love! And some acclaimed authors, musicians, songwriters and film-makers to boot!
My dad gets the prize for the funniest question, he asked "As your co-writer, how likely do you think it is that we will hear Don Henry performing "Breast Intentions" on his own(I said that he is in touch with his feminine side, so ya never know!)
I hired a babysitter to be there with little man. I had originally thought he should stay in the kids area of the bookstore during the performance, partially so it wouldn't be distracting and partially because i didn't know if any of the subject matter (his traumatic birth) would be disturbing. He wanted to see it though and sat nice and quietly on the sweet babysitter (Anna)'s lap. I called him out in the end and had him take a bow after which he gave me the puckered up bottom lip (that breaks my heart)like he was going to cry. (When I asked him why later he said because he was sad it was over)
Back home last night when I put him to bed (late) I said,
"Honey, do you have any questions about anything you heard in the booksigning tonight?"
He said (in his play-actor voice, like he was mimicking people in the Q and A section of the evening)
"I have question!"
"What's your question?"
He put his little thumb up and said "Good job!"
That had to be my biggest payoff of all!


Molly said...

congrats!! How exciting, happy it went well for you!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!I am sure you were great..Such a great accomplishment!! said...

Congratulations on your book signing! I wish you all the best with your book. And I loved your little boy's "question"!

Amo said...

Congrats! I bet it was spectacular!

Amanda said...

WOW! I think that's quite an accomplishment...


Xenia said...

Congratulations, that's so cute that your little boy enjoyed the show, too!

Nurse Nell said...

Am so very proud of you, sweetie. Think you're "Broadway & Oprah bound."
Love you,
Aunt Karen

Leisa Hammett said...

Lauren, your friend is on to something here! Advertise your book events as: "A Book SINGing Event with Lauren Braddock Havey, the author of...!!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a hugely successful day!


Michele said...

CONGRATULATION!!!!!! LOOK AT YOU GO! First of all, I feel like I've known you for years, and I am sooo happy for you that you had this special event in your life! Sounds like everything went well. Love the pics... and your son with the thumbs up at the end of the day?? Well, I totally got goosebumps when I read that! What a great little man, and what an awesome Mom you are!
Congratulations again, Darlin ;)

mudmama said...

Thanks, friends!!!

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