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Entries in Travel (5)

Wednesday
Sep172014

Time for me to fly

I've been writing ALL SUMMER LONG. By that I mean, head-down, eyes-forward, fugue-state, little contact with the real world, living in my Batman pajamas and Mariners hoodie (yes, all writers are also part-time fashion criminals), in a common-law marriage with my laptop WRITING. And it's been wonderful.

I'm just shy of 80,000 words on the next novel. No title yet, which is driving me bonkers, but I'm sure it'll manifest and introduce itself to me soon.

But, I also have a smattering of book travel to Connecticut, Louisiana, Virginia, Chicago, Spokane, Seattle, and Billings. So, dusting off the suitcase, loading up on audio books, and bracing myself for a vigorous airport pat-down.

See you soon.

 

9/22/2014

Suffield Academy
185 North Main St
Suffield, CT
(860) 386-4400

12:55 pm
Private Event

 

9/25/2014

Caddo Parish High School
1601 Viking Drive
Shreveport, LA
(318) 221-2501

6:00 pm
Talk & Signing

 

10/2/2014

Roanoke Valley Reads
Shaftman Performance Hall
Roanoke, VA
roanokevalleyreads.com

7:00 pm
Talk & Signing

 

10/15/2014

Bernie's Book Bank
Book Lover's Lunch
Union League Club Chicago
(847) 780-7323

11:30 am
Talk & Signing

 

10/17/2014

Bedtime Stories Spokane
Spokane Club
Spokane, WA
(206) 682-1770

6:00 pm
Talk & Signing

 

10/23/2014

Lit Crawl
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA

7:00 pm
Seattle7Writers

 

10/24/2014

High Plains Book Awards Gala
Yellowstone Art Musuem
Billings, MT
highplainsbookawards.org

7:30 pm
Talk & Signing

 

 

Thursday
Jun192014

My blog silence is the sound of me writing, plus interview goodness

In the last three years of book travels I have amassed 828,000 frequent flyer miles with Delta. That's a LOT of airline peanuts and time spent being frisked at the airport. And loyalty programs are such weird concept with airlines anyway because you fly until you're weary of flying and your reward is...more flying.

So, I'm just sitting on the miles, hoping to someday reach 1,000,000 and perhaps I'll qualify for a ride in a Tardis, the Space Shuttle, or maybe they'll just do an intervention where they pry the suitcase from my hand. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

BUT...for now I'm home. Yes, HOME! And I'm in the middle of a lovely, three-month oasis of time, with nothing but my laptop, a cup of coffee, my dogs at my feet, the sound of the rain, and a new novel in the works.

Writing.

I might blog a bit less, but know that it means something better is coming your way.

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Speaking of blogs. Here are a few recent interviews to keep you busy:

Arc of a Writer - Where I tease the new book that I'm working on.

The Hive - A brief rant on my love/hate relationship with technology.

Authors on the Air - Call in, ask questions, tell us your secrets.

Monday
Oct312011

A Road Warrior, in repose

In the dressing room of infinity (San Ramon)In the last two years, book-related travel has taken me to 135 events in 32 states, and as of next week, three foreign countries, (not counting a few layovers in Amsterdam).

It’s been an incredible journey, and more of life change, than a book tour. But alas, I’ve had to learn a new word: No. Actually it’s usually more like, “Gee, I’d love to—honestly LOVE to, but I gotta say ‘no’ in order to get more writing done.”

Something like that, and it’s always tinged with regret.

To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous: “This is the circus, everybody’s trying not to go home.”

I know how that feels. But I’m finally packing up the tent and dismantling the Big Top so I can get back to writing, in earnest.

This week takes me to the SILK Festival in Skudeneshavn, Norway, then Thousand Oaks, then Indiana, then…a story about a little Chinese boy, searching for his mother in 1931 will take precedent, for a while at least.

I hope we both find what we’re looking for.

Thursday
Jun162011

The view from here

I've been in Hawaii for the past week, hence the lackadaisical blogging. It's the sun, the surf, the slack-key guitars and the not-so slack mai tais.

We've had a lovely time on Oahu and here on Kaua'i (my favorite island). But alas, today we pack up the circus tent and board the red-eye for home. It's been lovely. I'll catch up on travels and book doings soon.

Oh, and a HUGE THANKS to everyone that voted for One Book One Denver. It was close, but I'm pretty sure I lost—to a good friend, with a great book.

Ok, back to snorkeling with dolphins, who are fast, nimble, beautiful, and taste like chicken. Mmmm...Chicken of the sea.