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St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading: St. Petersburg, FL

Made it home safely from the sunny shores of Florida. My luggage was not so lucky, deciding to make a detour through the Midwest before showing up on my doorstep 24 hours later with a wicked hangover.

The Festival of Reading was fantastic—Andy Borowitz was hilarious and Amber Tamblyn’s poetry was painful and angry and joyful (and certainly confusing for those few folks that showed up to see that sweet girl from Joan of Arcadia).

It was so satisfying to see 100+ people at my event (makes the long airport layovers worth every restless moment). Plus, fellow author, Johanna Moran brought a slice of homemade key lime pie—thank you! It was dee-lish.

Now it’s back to work. Here’s what my busy Monday looks like:

  • Wrote a blog post for Pantagruel, my Norwegian publisher.
  • Filled out an author questionnaire for the Italian version of Hotel.
  • Signed/shipped a box of paperbacks for a special bookseller.
  • Signed/shipped a hardback for a special reader.
  • Sent a book on CD to the mother of a friend (she doesn’t see well and he’s been reading her the book).
  • Signed and faxed author agreements for the Miami Book Fair and the Tucson Festival of Books.
  • Trying to figure out how to get from Great Falls, Montana to the University of Connecticut for a speaking engagement, in less than four airplanes.
  • Sorting receipts from recent travels.
  • Filing the annual report of Bittersweet Productions with the state of Montana.
  • Digging up a Chinese recipe for an author cookbook that someone is producing.
  • Waiting for a phone interview at 2:30 MT.

If I could squeeze in a little writing time, Monday would be perfect.

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Reader Comments (4)

Ha! Dude, once "Compiling 'Busy Monday' List for my Blog" appears on your Monday list of things to do, we'll know that blogging has come full circle.....
October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGarth
That's when my to-do list becomes a Möbius strip...
October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Hi Jamie, Welcome home. It was great to meet you in St. Pete; listening to you just further endeared me to your beautiful story. Loved how you so seamlessly wove fact & fiction into your presentation. Bravo, my friend.

~ Glad you liked the pie.
October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna Moran
Dear Jamie,

I am thrilled to be that friend that you sent your book on CD to. I just received it today! Thank you for such a wonderful birthday gift! I am looking forward to sharing it with Mom this weekend.

Take Care,
October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Malcomson

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