So I’m writing this in the mayhem of several things: my daughter throwing a fit because I am not giving her my full attention, a sea of painters and cars outside crawling all over our addition, two dogs who cannot seem to EVER go outside at the same time (leading to me constantly opening and closing the back door) and a lunch that still needs to be prepared. Oh, and I leave for California tomorrow. And my daughter has been waking up at 3am for the last few nights for some ungodly reason, having decided she is ready to “Get up! Get up!” Suffice to say, the usual chaos. So I will try to keep this short, before something else gets thrown into the mix.
Edited to read: oh, my God. It says something about my state of mind when I wrote this that I forgot to mention my reading TONIGHT, Thursday the 18th, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. 7:30 pm! You can see me in all my pre-traveling craziness! You don’t want to miss that, right?
So: California. Yes! I am starting my book tour in earnest, and I hope some of you can make it out to see me. I may have big circles under my eyes, but no matter. I am ready!
Here’s where you can find me:
Friday, June 19th:
2:30 Mrs. Nelsons, La Verne, CA
7pm Barnes and Noble, Huntington Beach
Saturday, June 20th
1pm The Lawn of the La Jolla Historical Society (sponsored by Warwicks) La Jolla, CA
call 858-454-0347 for details
7pm Copperfield’s, Petaluma CA
Sunday, June 21st
1pm Books Inc (ticketed event: Sold out!)
4pm A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland CA
Then I am home for a little bit, then off to CT and Miami. Details on that to come when….I have another five seconds and actually have them.
In other news, a BIG happening yesterday: after years and years of listening to National Public Radio on a pretty much 24-7 basis, I actually got to be on one of their shows—All Things Considered, no less!—last night. I read a piece I wrote for their “Three Books,” series, and while juggling it amongst my pub day and all the other daily craziness of this household was a WEE bit stressful, it was so totally worth it. I mean, Robert Siegle said MY NAME! And our phone rang, like, the second it was over and kept ringing, people we know who had heard it. Very cool. If you want to read it or listen, check it out here. If you like it, pass it on.
Okay, my daughter is now literally dragging me away from the keyboard. Guess that means it’s lunch time. I will be Twittering from the tour, and trying to update as I can. Thanks again for ALL your support, and for the kind words about Along for the Ride. xlhosmao (Can you tell I am being DRAGGED?)