I'm back. And my brain feels both blessed and a bit bruised maybe from the recent SIBA trip. (See Radio page) I have had the extreme honor and privilege of interviewing - which for Clearstory is more like chatting with good friends with authors attending the SIBA trade show. The list is too long to type here without running out of time. It included some of my all time favorite authors like Elizabeth Gilbert and Lee Smith, favorites for a number of reasons like Joshilyn Jackson who has known me since college and the beginning of good words, and great new discoveries.
But - right now looks like me staring out the window at the rain and thinking - I need to make a doc appt for a check up. I need to write 5000 words today. I need to edit interviews from SIBA, upload, check social media to check on a the illness of a friend's husband, make professional appts about professional things, write a friend, call my Mom and walk her through using her smart phone, pick up medicine for me and the dog, cook dinner, blog, and pray and walk and breathe, and plan my funeral. (I'll save that for an upcoming blog but I'm not dying any faster than I know of - it's just a southern thing.) And complete a few interviews about an upcoming event in Panama City Beach next week. Which means I need to pack. Which means I need to shop because I am out of decent clothes to wear in public and my jeans from Walmart most likely won't cut it for this event. (I'm not a shopper unless it's for tech toys, purses from Italy, or Channel perfume. And the rest of my fun shopping is from flea markets, yard sales and Goodwill.)
Why are we all so crazy busy? Because I know it's not just me. It seems to be everyone I know. But the fact is - as Celia Rivenbark says, I'm living the good life, baby - because I am. I get grand baby hugs and kisses. And I get to talk to you, and to authors I love and you love, and to promote their work. And on my very, good days I work in a letter to a friend, a little treadmill time, and I write a few 1000 original words.
On my worst days where I don't meet any of my lofty goals, overdraft my checking account by 32 cents, lose something important on the way to the coffee pot (who can do that!?!) and be a total mess all day, I still manage to say a prayer for a stranger that crosses my path. An imprint of a face, of a name, of a something about someone that I may say nothing more to than How are you? But by God I mean it. And I think in the end - that's what makes all the difference in the world.
Peace to you as you go about living your sloppy, beautiful, messy life. We're living the dream, baby. Living the dream!
That's a great line from the movie Almost Famous but I can't think of anything more appropriate at the moment that those words. I am currently in the middle of the great happening known as SIBA (the Southern Indie Bookseller's Alliance) and it has been downright - surreal. It's been Clearstory Radio time as we have taken the show on the road to New Orleans. And our pockets are spilling over with stories. We've had the pleasure of sitting down today with Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) to discuss her amazing new novel, with Lee Smith to discuss her latest, with Jillian Cantor to discuss her novel, Margo - and we've only just begun! Needless to say, you are going to want to pop over and check out the Clearstory Radio page, check out the new podcasts that will be uploaded there soon, and stay tuned for amazing shows in the days ahead. It's all about the power of story and you are going to love what comes next. Just remember - It's happening. Right now. Right here. In the Big Easy. (An incredible special thank you to associates Emily Gatlin, Editor-In-Chief of Hottie Tottie at Old MIss and Catherine Bock of Nashville for joining us on this amazing literary road trip adventure!)
Thanks so much for reading, liking and sharing with friends.