The running joke
For as long as my friends have been reading my stories, my friends in the UK and I have had a running joke. The joke is they'd be willing for me to stay with them while I did a book signing in their area.
It is a safe thought because there is no chance of me doing a book signing. Long before I became virtually housebound, I decided I couldn't do a signing. I admire writers like Raymond E. Feist http://www.crydee.com/raymond-feist/blog seen with me at a signing, two years ago in Bristol, for being able to do them. Many friends have said these events are a great boost and love doing them, but it won't happen to me, on my watch.
The reason is simple to understand - I am too shy to consider a signing. While the book Forgestriker continues to be an outstanding success, and I am a popular #scifi writer, I don't, and will never consider myself more than a mediocre writer unless my sales extend beyond one book.