Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Speaking and Book Signings

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Annapolis

Hey Guys,
I'm over in Annapolis, talking at schools and doinga few book signings. My life has been busy as usual. I'm kinda feeling like I did after being out at sea for a few weeks when all of asudden you realize that there is a new sort of "normal" to life.

Flying around, speaking at schools, signing books, it all used to feel a little odd, but now it's just part of life. And as crazy as it's been, I'm having fun, lots of fun. I mean why not? Well, other then that I'm still terrified of public speaking and sometimes I just wish I could be out in the middle of the ocean alone again... But for the most part I'm just glad to see how well everyone has been responding to my talks.

We got into Philadelphia Sunday night about 12:00am, but of course, being me, I ended up staying up till 4:30 finishing up notes and slides for my presentations the next day. I'm not sure there was much point in actually going to sleep as I woke up just half an hour later at 5... but at least I had everything ready to go.

I spoke at three middle schools today, 6th-8th grade. Then did a book signing at Barnes and Noble. The kids were adorable, super excited about everything, and had tons of great questions afterwards. Kinda funny thing, a lot of the things that these young 12 and 13 year olds were asking were much better questions then I've gotten from big time reporters. What's that show called? Are You Smarter Than a Fith Grader? Well, I had to have a bit of a chuckle to myself thinking about that. All in all it was a great day and I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

I'll be speaking at two high schools and then having another book signing at Borders in Waldorf, Maryland tonight at 7:00pm.

Talk to you all again soon!


  1. Abby - The book was great. I followed along the blog while you were at sea, but it was really great to have the background that you gave in the book and some of the real emotions you were feeling. You should be proud of yourself. I'm proud of you.

  2. wow. your achievements and experiences are awesome for someone young like u. congrats.

  3. Excellent Abby. Best of luck to you.
    lg :-)

  4. glad you're having great time abby, go ahead!!

  5. Have a good Abby The MacKlem's SD. Ca.

  6. I think the better questions from the kids are because they are still emotionally honest and haven't got a network's agenda behind every inquiry, hahahah!

  7. I hope you get a chance see "Soul Surfer". It was such a great movie and I think you would enjoy seeing someone else who has made the most of what God has given them just as you have. Keep encouraging those that God puts in your path to make the most of what they are given. If you hate public speaking, perhaps there is an Aaron around.

  8. Thanks Abby.
    Love you ♥

  9. I travel all over the U.S.A. and I just never seem to be near where you are appearing....ever think about visiting some truck stops??? Ha ha, just kidding.....you just keep on truckin' girl....Gus

  10. You should be so proud of yourself. The thought of public speaking terrifies me, even if it was in front of children. Their questions are more interesting that adults because of their innocence. Glad you are having such a great time.

  11. Are you coming to New Jersey?

  12. Abby~ I am asking for your book for my birthday! Just saw the movie "White squall;" (I know, its sad) ...one of my favorites! The song by Sting (Valparaiso) with the following lyrics is now stuck in my head! Have you ever been there?
    "Chase the dog star
    Over the sea
    Home where my true love is waiting for me
    Rope the south wind
    Canvas the stars
    Harness the moonlight
    So she can safely go
    Round the Cape Horn to

    Great song!
    If you ever come to the mountains you must come to an awesome Christian bookstore (a big one) in Boone, N.C. I'm sure the students from Appalachian State University (ASU) would love to meet you. We have allot of poets and writers here. The only thing is Abby, we do not have an airport! (Well, we have a tiny tiny one; with some grass on it!!)
    Karen (louvregirl)

  13. Abby, Your book was wonderful and I was sorry to see it end. And it is a testament to your fine upbringing. I'm sure your parents are proud of you. So, now you need to get another boat and sail around the world. Why not team up with Zak for a long voyage. That would be an excellent book also. Congratulations on your fine achievements. Nancy M.

  14. Hi Skipper Abby,
    Finished first-reading "Unsinkable" today. Sad to be done with it but will read it again soon. Excellent story and the presentation is memory refreshing. I knew you had a real rough go of it but after the reading I am fully amazed you "answered the bell" after that round that sent you ashore at Cape Town, SA. You've made us all very proud. Here's to Wild Eyes, where ever she is ...

  15. You look and sound great Abby! And I know what you mean about the kids. They have such an unclouded and unpretentious view of things, and excitement to spare! I just watched your documentary "Wild Eyes" (it arrived today). It was excellent! I really enjoyed it Abby! It brought me right back to your adventure and the inspiration it gave me! Thank you! You are a remarkable young woman!
    Kevin Lynch
    Aiken, SC

  16. Bonjour Abby,

    Never underestimate kids Abby! Actually you didn't - just overestimated reporters :-D

    GO ABBY, GO!
    Take care, Be safe.

  17. Kids are smart. :) And you are a wonderful inspiration to them. I just finished reading your book and want to say that you are a truly incredible young woman. Thanks so much for sharing your story.