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I’ve Been Named Author of the Year!

Robin Johns Grant named 2014 Author of the Year by the Georgia Association of College Stores.
I’m the 2014 Author of the Year!

I was so thrilled and honored to be named 2014 Author of the Year by the Georgia Association of College Stores at their annual meeting at Callaway Gardens (Georgia) this past week.

Robin Johns Grant speaking at 2014 Author of the Year Luncheon, Georgia Association of College Stores.

They were also brave enough to let me speak to the attendees about writing and publishing–and about ME, of course! I was a little nervous about speaking to a gathering of college professionals but was told they like to have fun, too. So I talked about rejection. I mean, what’s more fun than other people’s pain, right? I talked about some of the weird things that have happened to me over the years (boy, have I amassed some stories!) and also read some snippets from rejections received by now-famous authors. They’re collected in a nifty little book called Rotten Reviews and Rejections. (Example: We’re sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”)

And then I had a fabulously fun book signing.

Robin Johns Grant signing at 2014 Author of the Year Luncheon at the Georgia Association of College Stores' annual meeting.

This was also a wonderful event for me because it coincided with hubby Dave’s birthday, so we spent some extra time at Callaway Gardens celebrating that.  The weather couldn’t have been better, so we did lots of walking along the lakes and through the woodsy paths and enjoying the sunshine.

Callaway Gardens, Georgia, site of 2014 Author of the Year Luncheon from Georgia Association of College Stores.

Callaway Gardens, Georgia, site of the 2014 Author of the Year Luncheon.
Callaway Gardens, Georgia.

Thanks again so much, Georgia Association of College Stores!

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Moving an Author / Librarian / Fan Girl’s Office Isn’t Easy!

Fandon Display

I was just offered the chance to move into a different office. It’s actually right next door to my old office, and is pretty much exactly the same except for one thing–it has a window!

Only that little rectangle of glass with a view of trees and sky could possibly make me start packing all the junk–I mean, incredibly important business materials–I’ve collected over the past nine years.

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When you’re a fan girl of a certain age, you tend to collect a lot of silly  but fun things. If you don’t buy them for yourself, someone gives them to you.

Darth Vader cuts off Luke's hand.

The Luke and Vader figures were a gift. They were set up on the shelf in a life-like fight pose. Then one day, Luke was like this. I’m assuming he was knocked off the shelf by someone cleaning. If not, Vader did it again!
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And of course, you can see my multi-fandom quilt on the wall. Moving this will involve getting Hubby back to the office with his power drill, but I’ve got to have my quilt!

And then there’s my collection of miniatures (see top photo).  Most people buy t-shirts if they go to Orlando. I bought a Minion and Disney characters dressed as Star Wars figures.

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I particularly like the back of the duck (Huey, Dewey, or Louie, not sure which).

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Had to have a space in the Jawa robe for his tail!

I’m trying to decide whether to keep the new office a little more professional and elegant, or just go into full Nerd mode, as usual.

Fortunately, I work at a very nerd-friendly place. My Library has a life-size Yoda as a sort of mascot! Right now he’s in a display for summer beach reads:

2014-07-02 17.15.53My Library is even good at Yoda speak!

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