I have a friend who's into a lot of heavy spiritual, self-help, new age stuff. Whenever she's about to do a blog entry that includes some story about an experience with her life coach or her chakra alligner she always warns her readers by titling it "Woo Woo Post."
Well, I had a Woo Woo moment today at the bookstore. I recently read this lovely essay by novelist Alexander Chee about his time studying under Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard at Wesleyan University. He recalled how she told her students to "Go up to the place in the bookstore where your books will go. Walk right up and find your place on the shelf. Put your finger there, and then go every time."
Well, when I found myself in the bookstore today I couldn't resist.
I snuck over to the "B" shelf in the fiction section, found where Best would fit and shoved my finger in. I have to admit, it made me smile to think of a book spine sitting there with my name on it. But then, the Woo Woo moment hit when I heard the sweet sound of Michael Buble singing "Georgia On My Mind" over the store's speaker. For those of you who don't know, my novel is set in Georgia, one of it's main characters is named Georgia, and it was at one time called GEORGIA. As a result, that song carries a great deal of meaning for me.
So there I stood, holding my finger in the magic spot, listening to that song and feeling a whole lot of Woo Woo.