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Looking forward to a blissfully boring weekend (for a change)

I missed a book event this week, something I had not done in 100+ scheduled appearances. It was a library gig not far from my home, and yes, it was a balmy -19° outside, but that wouldn’t stop me. What stopped me was being in the hospital with Leesha when a fairly routine surgery went a little (okay a lot) wonky.

Everyone is A-OK now, and I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I watch far too much House for my own good. When someone at the hospital said, “We’re going to run a CT-scan to rule out a pulmonary embolism,” my heart skipped a beat. Fortunately, the scan was clear and now there’s a chair in room 707 with my footprints on the fabric from me doing a happy-dance upon hearing such good news.


In other, non-surgical areas of my life, Albania has picked up rights to HOTEL, while nice offers on the new book have come in from publishers in Norway, Australia/New Zealand, and Italy. Fears that I might be a one-trick pony have abated and carefully replaced with writerly insecurities that I might now be a two-trick pony.

Also, for those that care about such things, my eBook sales have gone crazy as of late—apparently with little ill-effect on actual book sales. If fact my good ol’ fashioned analog sales have gone up as well. Strange days, indeed.

And in other news—actual news. Ron from Amelia Island sent this photo from our adventures with early morning interviews in Jacksonville. It's hard to speak intelligently so early in the AM. I faked it as best I could.

Okay, I’m off to make blueberry pancakes.

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Reader Comments (6)

I'm not sure who's who in the Ford family, but let's hope that Leesha doesn't end up staying any longer than necessary. Oftentimes, hospital visits end up going wonky for no apparent reason whatsoever.
February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave Dubé
Leesha is my wife. Guess I should have mentioned that. She's also a nurse, so they call it the "nurse curse." Whenever a nurse goes in for something simple, anything that can go wrong usually does...
February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Glad to hear that all well went with Leesha. As for your one-trick pony or two-trick pony worries, don't worry Jamie. You're a great writer, and the fact that you didn't take much of a breath between books just illustrates this. I have no doubts that there will be a third, a fourth, a fifth, etc. And they'll contain the same skill you've thus far displayed.
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stallsworth
I hope Leesha is doing better! She's one of the sweetest people I've ever met. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurence MacNaughton
I'm glad you got to do the happy dance and hope you get to do it again at home soon!

I'm contemplating purchasing e-books. Do you get less for e-book sales than for "actual books"? Or is it just the thrill of knowing readers are holding the paper and smelling the ink that makes analog sales more exciting?

I loved Hotel and have given it to my dad, my sister, and replaced my copy - lent the first to a friend...
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Smith
Hi Chris,

I get about the same. So eBooks work for me, though I always encourage readers to support their local bookstore.
March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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