So hot we’ll melt your popsicle

Posted on 08 July 2012

The definition of confidence should be changed to “willingly posting a photo yourself wearing ridiculous 80s sunglasses and a borrowed baseball cap while sweating your way through an outdoor author fair on the hottest day of the year.”

In other words, I was part of Author Alley at Loganberry Books and am still recovering from the heat. The bookstore organizers (and have I mentioned what a fabulous bookstore Loganberry is?) helped keep us cool by providing water, hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, and even popsicles delivered right to our booths. All these things made the heat more bearable, but it was still tough.

When I returned home, I discovered that I didn’t apply sunblock as well as I thought (and also apparently didn’t spend enough time cowering under parasols) so I now have half a sunburned neck and some weird burn/tan lines going on. But! The event was fun nonetheless, and I enjoyed chatting with other writers, like Janie Reinart pictured here. (Her book is Love Your More than You Know: Mothers’ Stories About Sending Their Sons and Daughters to War.)

Here are a few more pictures. When I look at them, I can faintly taste banana popsicles and pink lemonade just before my mind goes blank at the memory of that suffocating heat.

Even Tricia‘s fox looks like he could use some a/c.

You tell me: water or lemonade? Hat or parasol? Banana popsicle or fudge pop? Sunblock or suntan? Blueberry or loganberry?

12 responses to So hot we’ll melt your popsicle

  • Sarah W says:

    I’d say, “Cool,” but clearly, it wasn’t. :) It did look like a blast, though.

    I prefer water, a parasol, plain ice to popsicles of any kind, sunburn (for myself–my kids get zinc’ed), and Loganberry all the way!

  • Josephine says:

    neither–just sunglasses
    fudge always beats banana
    blueberry (although, i can’t say that i am familiar with what a loganberry taste like and have chosen to play it safe)

    WHAT IS THAT WALL? Is it an exterior of the bookstore? Or something they put up for the event. Either way, I LOVE IT. love love love it. gigantic book binds–it’s like the most perfect decor ever.

    (you look movie star gorgeous in those glasses, maybe madonna circa borderline days)

  • Teri says:

    You are brave brave women! Melting popsicles and all. Here’s to real writers and real book lovers!

  • Averil Dean says:

    I’ve always said you are hot stuff.

    Lemonade (lemon anything)
    Parasol (lavender, with ruffle)
    Banana popsicle (unless someone’s offering lemon)
    Sunblock (I had sun poisoning once, it cured me of tanning)

    (Yes, there was a sale on parentheses today.)

  • Teri says:

    Hey, I forgot to answer these great questions!

    Ice water, and that would be ice water without lemon and without cucumbers — what is it lately about cucumbers in the water??

    Baseball hat. I keep a 1/2 dozen in my car.

    Fudge popsicle, or maybe even an ice-cream sandwich!

    The old me loved the suntan. This was a very bad me. Now I love sunscreen — can’t ever wear enough sunscreen.

    Peach pie. Or peach cobbler. Ala mode.

  • lisahgolden says:

    You are out there living the dream! And I mean that – even if you have to melt for your art. You are out there!

    Loganberry seems to be an incredible book store. That mural would be enough to draw me in.

    So many choices on our likes! Lemonade. Baseball cap. Fudgicle. Lots of sunblock. My days of tanning/painful burns are long over. And I’m going to have to try loganberries before I can answer that one.

  • Paul Lamb says:

    You’re made of tough stuff for being a mere slip of a girl.

    Fudge pop for me. Definitely.

  • The heat sounds horrible but the event sounds like fun! Congratulations on the many accolades for your book. I’m here because Lisa Golden encouraged me to introduce myself. I just ordered your book and look forward to reading it.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thanks for stopping by! (And thanks to Lisa for the introduction.) I hope you enjoy the book! I always find it interesting which story or stories readers connect with most. Everyone seems to have a different favorite. When you’re done, if there was one story that stood out to you, I’d love to hear which one it was.

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