Sometimes I get emails from people wondering what I’ve written in their books. When asked I personalize them as the reader wishes, but in general I sign a specific thing for each book:
Population 485: Welcome to “Nobbern!” (We locals call New Auburn “Nobbern” or “Nauburn” or any variant spelling thereof.)
Off Main Street: I draw an empty thought bubble above the author photo. You can fill in your own saying or — this is frankly more appropriate — simply leave the bubble empty.
Truck: Double Clutch! This phrase will be understood by drivers of a certain age. Failing that, it is explained in the book.
Coop: Oink-a-doodle-doo! Meant to reflect the inclusion of both pigs and chickens in the book. Sadly, due to my fitful penmanship, many people think I have written, Dink-a-doodle-doo.
Visiting Tom: BOOM! In honor of Tom’s homemade cannon.
From the Top: Ballyhoo! In honor of the song sung at the beginning of Tent Show Radio, and as a tip of the canvas cap to Warren Nelson, from whom I first heard the word.
The Scavengers: Haven’t decided yet.
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