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The Edge of the Nest was a success!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 21•14
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Hello!

After my bookselling event at Staples HQ, I participated in my school’s theater production of The Edge of the Nest. The musical is composed of many skits, many of them comedic. While there is no main character, some of the scenes chronicle the life of Chloe, a girl that is just a little too attached to a stuffed animal. I, David Lee, play the dad in Scene 5 (Military Babysitter) and Student 1 in Scene 10 (Substitute Teacher).

I felt nervous as the play started. It was the first play I had ever been in since I was in kindergarten. Like many people, I can get stage fright, and my diction may not be as good as my acting. I was running over the lines in my head, then BAM, the curtains parted, the floodlights fired dazzling beams of light, the pianist started playing, and the show began!

The first couple of acts were a breeze to me. They were mainly songs, and the choreography for us was pretty lame compared to the choreography in Phantom of the Opera (my favorite musical). Then the scene before my first acting appearance began. I went backstage and put on my costume (a suit). I put a folded index card in one pocket, and oh no! Time was running out! I stuffed two random fake dollars in my other pocket (they were supposed to be twenty-dollar bills) and walked on stage.

Balancing my stage fright with my skill on dramatizing, I whizzed through my lines. There was mild laughter throughout my act, but the part at the end where I say “Here’s another $20. We’ll see you next week,” everyone was howling. Maybe it was the slightly exaggerated gestures I did, or the way I said those words, but I received the largest amount of laughter I would ever get in the musical.

After a couple more songs and scenes, it was my second turn to go on stage as Student 1. If you had looked at the original script, all my improvised choreography would contrast greatly with the typed choreography. I went through that act, and I received much less laughter. I felt that the humor I emphasized by pretend-sleeping during the class scene looked too artificial.

The intermission began after the lunch lady scene and lasted for fifteen minutes. Act 2, which explores the teen years, started after intermission. The funniest scene in the musical, however, was the fast food scene. Then a few skits later, everyone did the final song, thanking parents for supporting their child through life.

Here’s the program for the musical:

Edge of the Nest 2014

Edge of the Nest 2014

Here’s some photos from the show:

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See you later!

David:)

I set a new record at Staples HQ!

Written By: David T. Lee - Dec• 14•14

Salutations,

I succeeded selling my books at Staples headquarters in Framingham last Friday! For about 3 hours, I pitched my sci-fi stories to scores of office workers. I literally skipped a day of school (with permission) to do this event! The building had a modern look and a near-mechanical feel to it and there were countless distracting televisions surrounding my booth.

The results of the sale smashed several records! I sold 5 books in the first half-hour, which is my fastest rate of selling ever; by the time I left, I had sold 16 books, breaking my previous selling record of 15 books at the 2012 Floral Street School Family Fun Fair! I would’ve sold even more copies, but the ATM broke down (dang!!!), preventing a few customers from buying. Employees occasionally bought all three of my books, while one even purchased multiple copies of my first book! Everyone who visited were astonished by my writing, and many gave positive comments.

During the evening, I also participated in my school’s musical The Edge of the Nest, which will be the topic of my next post.

Here are some photos from my book selling event at Staples headquarters:

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David's Staples Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Staples Book Selling Event 2014

Best Regards,

David:)

I had a splendid time at the 2014 Family Fun Fair!

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 16•14

Greetings!

My bookselling event at the annual Floral Street School Family Fun Fair was a total success! I sold 8 books (2 copies of Danny and the Portal of the World, 1 copy of Danny and the Trip to Outer Space, and 5 copies of Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs), which is just about the average number of books I sell.

I had a big surprise when I saw my 1st grade teacher for the first time in a while! She was holding a really cute toddler and I gladly took a picture with her. Within 1 1/2 hours, I had sold 4 books (that’s a new record)! This year, I put a TV monitor on my table that showed pictures from my many years of participating in events (like the Family Fun Fair, Literacy Night, Open Mic Night, a self-reserved reading event at the public library, the Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival at the library, a speech on my books at my school’s Community Meeting, placing my books in the raffle at the Heart for Art fundraiser, the Spirit of Shrewsbury Craft Fair, the PTO Shopping Night, etc.). It also displayed videos from past events and Text-to-Speech (TTS) recordings of my 1st book, which you can find HERE.

I would like to say thanks to Hannah Kane, coordinator of the Family Fun Fair, for changing my spot from the center aisle to right near the café entrance so I could be in direct competition with the Scholastic Book Fair.

Mrs. Peacock, my 6th grade math and science teacher, also stopped by! She bought a copy of my 3rd book and I also had a picture taken with her! Other notable visits to my booth included the principal and vice principal of Floral School, Ms. Virzi (coordinator of the Student Voice organization at my school) and my 1st grade classmate Dalton.

Thanks again to Hannah Kane for making this selling event succeed gloriously!

Floral Fun Fair 2014

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Next year, more sales I may have, hmm?

May the Force be with you!
David:)

I have a book selling event tomorrow at Floral!

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 14•14

Hey folks!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been posting.

Tomorrow, I will be visiting Floral Street School to sell books at the Family Fun Fair! The event lasts from 10-3 (wow, 5 hours!) and I will be selling and autographing books in the cafeteria. Sorry, my 4th book is not there yet, but the rough draft with full edits will be available.

However, Danny and the Portal of the World, Danny and the trip to Outer Space, and Danny and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs will be available on discount.

Blog Picture

Hope to see you there!

David :)

A spectacular time at the 2014 Annual Craft Fair and Kids Got Talent Show!

Written By: David T. Lee - Sep• 28•14

Howdy!

I had an awesome time yesterday participating in not one, but two events (the talent show and the Craft Fair) this year at the 2014 Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival!

I kicked off my event with a grandiose display of all my published books! Within 5 minutes, I was talking about my books to my first visitor! Since my table was right next to the auditorium door, dozens of potential customers were streaming past my table. A man with a large TV camera filmed me and the surrounding crafters as he walked by.

Within an hour, I had 5 sales! I couldn’t believe my luck. I also saw several classmates! At 12:00PM, I left my booth to go to the talent show to perform my composed song The Nature Symphony. When I entered, I was impressed at the large number of performers (23)! I was really worked up when I was called up to perform! I received lots of applause after my performance!

Also, my sister, Laura, was in the talent show too. She also got tons of applause (especially from the judges)! The show was so interesting that I decided to take a break from selling books and watch the whole event! The performances ranged from a novice magician to a boy who did Chinese yoyo tricks! After the talent show, I immediately returned to selling books.

At one time I had a customer who approached my booth with a small note pad and started to ask me questions about my writing. I asked, “What’s with the notepad?” and she replied that she was a reporter for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette! I was astonished. She also bought one of my books for her two grandsons.

Here’s the link for the newspaper article I was interviewed in:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309279712/1116

Near the end of the Craft Fair, they gave out certificates to everyone who participated in the talent show! They also gave out trophies to the best performers. Neither my sister nor me got a trophy, however.

At the end of my selling time, I had sold 3 copies of my 1st book, 2 copies of my second book, and 3 copies of my third book. The selling was a complete success!

Enjoy some photos:

David's Spirit of Shrewsbury Book Selling Event 2014

David’s Spirit of Shrewsbury Book Selling Event 2014

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Adios!
David :)

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