I hope all my lovely Mother friends and single Daddy friends and friends that mother all their friends had a Happy Mom's day. I had a morning Instagram from one of my 'boy's' flashing 2 of my favorite things - his Mom tattoo holding a Guinness. With all kinds of #hashtags & cool words like To the raddest, gypsist, wonder, writer, creator, Zazaer, and traveler Mom (Aw shucks) and DANG straight! THEN my other 'boy' took me for a little ride into the wind. (Aw shucks) MY BOYS!!! Couldn't ask for more as a mom than some really cool guys that are great DAD's and allow me to to be the coolest thing I know and that is Zaza to the Adorables and the little Wild Wolf pack.
(*Gotta blog on my MOM in a stand alone. She's too large and in charge for a nod.)
A general UPDATE - Yes, Yes! I am finishing American Mystic. The wowzer talented editor, A. is tied up in all those great publishing national sales meeting things until June one so I've been encouraged to 'perfect it.' Ha. No pressure there. It's not possible for me to perfect anything but I'm certain when A. does her magic and we work together we will get the best possible version between the covers.
Of course sitting on the manuscript allows me to add a chapter on what I will now forever consider the Paul Poundstone Incident. It was the perfect storm of - where's that little emoticon that has the face that means -I don't know what to do. Graced with complimentary tickets to the event Friday night in Nashville I invited the woman who has worked at the PO where I've had my post office box for 14 years. She takes awesome care of me and my things particularly when I'm traveling. She is a big Paula Poundstone fan so I thought - what a nice thing to do. So, I invited this lovely lady. Enter us after a quick bite at Demo's downtown and a rushed up hill walk. We grab wine and tickets and find our seats. My friend laughs through the entire show loudly because she is a passionate loud laugher. I'm a giggler. She might be an extrovert. I think. I am an introvert. And, although I'm on stage frequently, a storyteller, a radio broadcaster, and author - I am by all manner of genetic disposition - AN INTROVERT just as many authors are. On stage is one thing. Being in an audience means being in audience mode. What ensues after this in the shortest of versions is 1. Paula Poundstone calling out my friend because of her 'evil laugh'. Funny. As long as no one says another thing. My friend responds. I freeze. If I had freezy ray stuff I would have frozen the entire audience. And snuck out before they thawed. Suddenly, I'm the shy kid in a new kindergarten wanting to turn invisible. But to heat things up - a lady in a row in front of us yells out a response regarding my friend to Paula on stage. There are laughs as I sink in my seat and the show goes on. All is well as Paula does her thing. I know PP from her NPR gig every Saturday. She is funny. Brave and very, very quick of wit. Little did I know that audience members become a part of the show. And, when that happens you still think if you are 20 rows back you are safe from engagement. Not so. Now I know. Paula yells out later in the show - Who brought the evil laugh person? At which point I grabbed my friend and whispered through clenched teeth - DON'T say a WORD! So poor Paula gets silence instead of enthusiastic response. THEN - BUT of course she did respond in a loud voice. Not drunk as someone might suppose that didn't know her. She didn't need to be drunk. She was having a great, extroverted time. And, did I mention she works at the post office? All I had to do was toss Paula that tidbit and she would have run full tilt. But many things come into play in a split second. For instance - I am basically a guest of someone. My yelling out may not be their cup of tea. It's certainly not mine. Well, my friend has already yelled. Maybe 3 times. The women in front of me think my friend is drunk. She is not. ---- And so it goes. The ticking of the eternal mind. Then the show was over, I bought Paula's book and told her thank you for coming to Nashville, and left without apologizing for hanging her out in silence for three long seconds. I read and enjoyed her book. Particularly her family's attempt to have an all day movie watching binge. I took the book to the post office and dropped it off for my friend. She deserves it. She earned it. You can find signed copies of Paula's book at Parnassus books in Nashville. For readers in other parts of the country you can find Paula's events in your city at her site. She is a mother, a writer, a comedian, a great storyteller and wields an authentic southern accent.
The story that will go into the book will examine that silent response and my afterthoughts. On the show, friendship, and the responsibilities that find us when we are least likely to be prepared.
I'll be ON STAGE with other great Storytellers at ZANIES Comedy Club for THAT Time of the Month's Brush With Fame event. May, 25. Please join us for a great night of fun.
Hope you are finding pockets of perfect peace in the midst of your story!