calm before the storm

More like calm before the flurry of happy activities.

I’ve been here before. I’m in between handing in a revision and waiting for my book release next month. It’s a time when everything seems to slow down. And then all of a sudden, bam! Everything starts at once and I can hardly get any laundry done. So when the dryer ate all of my quarters yesterday and there was this whole production of going out for more quarters and waiting for the timer to run out so I could try the other dryer and it just turned into Day of Laundry, it wasn’t a major crisis. Because I’m in the calm. If this had happened in the flurry, I would have plotted some serious revenge on the mean dryer.

But fun stuff will start soon. Here are some things that will be happening in the next few weeks:

  • Blog tour, in which I’ll be doing interviews and explaining the Top Ten High School Myths
  • Reading here in NYC
  • Several contests to win Waiting for You and my other books
  • Take Me There video, featuring locations from the book
  • Waiting for You author video

The friendly neighbors at Penguin arranged to film me for the Waiting for You video a couple weeks ago. It was this super nice day, so instead of filming it at Penguin we walked to the river and filmed on a pier. I’m excited about seeing the book trailers, but I am not looking forward to hearing my voice. At all.

I sort of have a voice phobia. It only applies to hearing my voice. Not in my head when I talk to other people (where it sounds fine), but out in the world where I’m hearing it recorded (where it sounds strange). I can’t even record my voice on my answering machine. In college, I had that vintage R.E.M. lyric that’s like, “She will return.” Then when I moved to New York, I had part of James Taylor’s “Another Day.” No one appreciated these excursions into the creative realm. People just wanted the freaking beep already. So now I have a message recorded by SP. It sounds very professional.

While the calm still exists this weekend, I’ll be catching up on scrapbooking, reading this amazing manuscript (which is top secret, or else I would totally tell you about it), and deciding what should be next in my Netflix queue. Oh, and avoiding the mean dryer.