Wednesday, December 9, 2009

On the day of I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY's release...the unexpected happens



Yesterday, i so don't do spooky was unpacked and set up on shelves in bookstores all over the U.S. and Canada. No doubt the unpacking will continue the rest of this week (maybe Random House releases books on Tuesdays so that they're out of boxes and ready to be bought by Saturday?). Nonetheless, Sherry and company were out and about in the world yesterday, and I'd planned a nice day to celebrate.

First, I had breakfast with my writing critique group, and you know how much I love them. Next, I bought a beautiful gold stamp pad to use with the new acrylic stamp (cute robot) that I'll use at signings. Then, a couple of bookstores emailed to ask me to come in and sign stock. Which I happily did. Very fun.

And then I picked up Child #3 and drove him to the high school for his math class. (Remember he's my brilliant 8th grader who inherited his father's math gene and goes to high school for math). Child #3 asked me to wait in the parking lot for him as a treat so that he didn't have to walk back to middle school. I had my laptop and had left Sherry and Josh in a bit of an argument, so was glad to sit in my van and write for an hour.

Which turned into more than an hour BECAUSE THE HIGH SCHOOL WAS PLACED UNDER LOCKDOWN!!! Two men were burglarizing a nearby house. The owner came home, interrupted them. They stabbed him, then ran out. At least one of the suspects, THE ONE WITH A GUN, ran onto the high school campus!

Child #3 was barely in the classroom, when the door was locked behind him. Which means my curly, blond-haired angel was walking outside on campus at the exact same time as a crazy criminal with a gun! Yikes. Yikes. Yikes.

Anyway....no students were injured. I'm not sure about the condition of the homeowner, but I think he's okay based on the wording of last night's news report. The suspects are still at large.

And that, my dear bloggy friends, is story of i so don't do spooky's release day!!!

Now, on a happy note, please pop over to Shelf Elf's blog where she has a delightful interview with me. Seriously, she asked some very fun, very different questions. And she still has falling snow!


Oh, and Happy Birthday to my sister!

25 comments:

Stacy said...

Did the house owner survive or was it a fatal wound?

Glad you and child #3 are okay.

Happy birthday to your sister!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

OMG. And you were sitting in a car with a laptop! I am so thankful that both you and your son are okay. That is a release day you won't ever forget. Spooky, indeed.

beckylevine.wordpress.com said...

Wow! So glad he got inside. But what about his mom--SITTING IN THE CAR OUTSIDE??!! Glad you're okay, too. :)

Barrie said...

Stacy--I'm pretty sure the homeowner is ok. I think it would've been all over the news if the stabbing were fatal.

Barrie said...

Becky--Believe me I thought of that! The detectives cleared all the parents from the front parking lot, but said we were ok in the back. I kept wondering if the bad guy knew the rules, though.

Barbara Martin said...

All's well that ends well. Glad you were okay.

Sarah Laurence said...

OMG! What a relief that you, your child and the victim are okay. Perhaps now you have the plot for book #5: i so don't do lockdowns

So did you write through it, take notes or hide in the backseat?

Congratulations on your release!

Beth said...

Unexpected and frightening.

I'll watch for your new book next time I'm in Chapters!

kaye said...

whooeee! I'm so excited for you!

Keri Mikulski said...

OMG!! You need to write all this down. I'm so glad everyone is okay. Hugs.

CONGRATULATIONS on your release!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Oh wow. How scary. Glad nothing happened on the school grounds. Man.

Vodka Mom said...

I am SO EXCITED for you!!!


let the wild rumpus begin.

Sarakastic said...

glad everything worked out ok and congrats!

Lainey-Paney said...

Oh.my.goodness.
When you saw him did you just hold him & squeeze him & love on him!?

And in other news: congrats on the book!

Teresa said...

Glad you and child #3 are both okay and that no one was killed.

Congratulations on the book release!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That's scary! Glad that your kiddos were safe.

Solvang Sherrie said...

That's not the kind of spooky you want to encounter in person. Holy smokes!

I'm glad you're all okay. I'll understand if you hire an armed escort to walk him to school from now on!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Whoa, scary! I'm glad you both are okay.

Stacy Nyikos said...

Yeesh! As if the day weren't dramatic enough. There's a release day you'll not ever forget!!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Breakfast with your writing group the day of your book's release is such a lovely way to honor each other! How cool!
Glad it was a good day--despite the drama. We've had a few lockdowns, too. It is scary stuff, but fortunately most schools have a good plan in place since COlumbine happened.

Kelly H-Y said...

OH MY GOODNESS ... so glad your sweet babe stayed safe! Talk about spooky!

Travis Erwin said...

Talk about spooky.

Barrie said...

Just to bring you guys up to date: The suspects have been caught. And, according to Child #4's informants on the elementary school playground, the homeowner was stabbed in the hand.

gabe said...

drama is drama, but real life drama does have a different feel somehow. doesn't it?

your life is a whirlwind. go, girl! and congrats! my copy is supposedly on its way.

Anonymous said...

your sister is a nice person im sure