Note the heading above does not say red shoes, as in a pair of red shoes. It’s the story of one perfect miniature red shoe, and one that I searched for and could not find. Whenever I visited a gift shop I looked for it, but to no avail, and then my friend Lynne Marshall googled and found it at www.justtherightshoe.com and the artist of the fascinating ornaments is Raine. Now why did I not think of Google? Of course the Internet has a way of finding anything and everything. *slaps forehead* I’d originally purchased the shoe in a gift shop and that was the way of my memory. Or it could be that I’m old fashioned.
The story surrounding the shoe dates back to 2004-05 when I belonged to a small writer’s critique group. Lynne was one of those members, and we were meeting on the Sunday and exchanging holiday gifts. I had nothing to give, so on the Saturday went shopping. I found four red shoes and there were five of us. I really wanted one for myself. Anyway, I gave the ladies their gift and made up a little story and told them the red shoe was magical and if tapped on their desk it would bring them luck. They would be published. Lo and behold, (I love saying that) all four of them got published over the next five years. I got my first contract earlier this year.
A couple of weeks ago, Lynne posted a story on her blog about talismans, mementos, and good luck charms, www.lynnemarshall.com and I commented about the red shoe that she featured. A few weeks ago she presented me with my very own red shoe as an early birthday present. I’m an October baby but no harm in celebrating early, right? The very next day I got a second book contract from The Wild Rose Press for The Blue Dolphin.
I put special coins inside my shoe: A U.S. one dollar coin, an Angel coin, a Mexican coin, A Canadian coin, an Australian coin, and one lucky sixpence. I’m thinking maybe that will pull good sales my way. Heck, a gal can dream can’t she?