It was the morning of Saturday May 2, 2015 when I walked into the Broken Bow Public Library and immediately maneuvered to the counter so I could sign in to use a computer. I briefly chatted with the librarian and then turned around to find DARK EXCURSIONS on display. Front and center on the top of the new arrival shelf, my book popped like a neon sign!
There is little doubt that my eyes were bulging and my mouth was open in surprise! I knew the library had ordered a copy, but I wasn't certain when it would arrive. After I quickly claimed the computer I would eventually use, by setting unimportant items beside it, I joyously announced to the librarian, "My book is in!" She paused and then inquired, "Your book is in?" I hurried over to the new arrival and explained by exuberantly emphasizing, "Yes, MY book is in!" She seemed as surprised as I was because she was the one who had prepared my book for check-out, but did not connect the author's name with...well, mine.
I briefly touched the book to ascertain its realness, because this was, quite frankly, feeling a bit like a daydream. Before I picked it up, I had to take some photos and shoot some video, for this is the 21st Century after all. I'm sure I resembled an obsessed parent going crazy with the camera, but I didn't care! DARK EXCURSIONS is my baby. I fed it by writing the pages. I cared for it by editing the words. I carried it for nine years by longing to see a print edition.
After filling my photographic needs, I picked up the precious bundle. I examined the earmarks that make it a library book. Giddiness poured over me at sight of the Broken Bow Public Library stamps and the F for Fiction and the H for Harmon on its spine! Ironically, or poetically, this label covered up my last name. I suspected this would happen, so I was prepared.
Flipping through the pages, I started giggling. Much to my amazement, this sound was neither maniacal nor diabolical. This giggling was originating from a profound sense of joy reaching back to my childhood dream of seeing a book with my name on it at a library. Okay, fine, there was some Oh My Gosh, People Are Going To Think I'm Crazy giggling going on, but even that was joyous because I realized I didn't care!
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