Friday, May 22, 2009

Mental meandering

I just realized how ridiculously long it's been since I posted an entry on my blog. I have excuses, more of them than you need to hear. I'll mention a few.

First, of course, there was the book tour, which I told you a bit about before I hit the road. To cover just a few of the high (or low) points, depending on your point of view...a water main broke in downtown Baltimore and caused enough commotion that I somehow never made it on the air for my first TV interview. That was the first morning.

On the second day, the valet at the hotel brought my car in the pouring rain, then locked the keys inside...with the motor running! I was an hour late leaving the hotel and driving to Annapolis.

On the third day, the media escort got lost getting me to the TV station and I almost missed that interview, too. For a control freak like me, things were not off to a good start. Later that evening I was told that the bookstore hosting my signing had thought it was the next night. Hmmm.

And on day six, the bookstore hosting me hadn't received their order of books. Naturally that was the store where the most folks showed up. And here you all probably thought a book tour was glamorous.

The best part, of course, is having a chance to meet readers and that much was wonderful. If any of you stopped by my various signings, thank you. It means so much to an author to meet people face-to-face and talk books.

In the midst of that commotion, I stayed at the home of my 96-year-old aunt who was in rehab. We'd just learned that she'd be coming home any day and would require full-time care. So, while my cousins organized the care and medical equipment, I used every second of spare time to shop for new sheets and towels for the caregiver's room and stock the refrigerator with groceries. I've since made two additional trips to northern Virginia to check on my aunt and see for myself if she's making progress with her therapy.

In addition, I finished the manuscript for the second of the Sweet Magnolias books for next spring and turned that in. I'm now well into writing book three.

I finally have the furniture on the porch for the summer. This morning I planted the last of my containers with flowers, fertilized my vegetable garden, asked the landscaper to order some more perennials for my flower garden, and my car is loaded up with T-shirts and books for the first Market Day of the season on the town green tomorrow morning. I have to be there at 6:30 a.m. to help with registration.

Are you beginning to see why I haven't posted a blog? Still, no excuses. Other than trips to see my aunt, I should be staying put for the next six weeks or so. I promise to be back here on a more regular basis. In the meantime, if you have topics you'd like to discuss, click on comment below and add your two-cents to this post or send me an email at and I'll post it for you. Summer's here and I'd love to hear what you're planning.


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Blogger Kathleen O said...

I guess your live the the old "Murphey's Law", but it sounds like you survived the tour. I have just received my copy of Flowers on Main, I have read the The Inn at Eagle Point and just loved it. Can't wait to get to the next one. I wish your aunt well in her recovery. Thrilled abut the new books coming out for the Sweet Magnolia series.
I hope you get some downtime. Seems like you deserve it after the month you have just had.

May 23, 2009 6:48 AM  
Blogger still karibear said...

Chaos rules!

I make plans, write lists, lose them. Making lists can be exhausting, did you know that? So once I finish, I take a nap. By the time I'm ready to actually do anything, my list is history. Doesn't help that I'm still regaining energy from being sick last winter.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

May 30, 2009 4:30 PM  
Blogger ceecee said...

i have just recieved the book the inn at eagle point,I am recovering from achilles tendon surgury so I have been doing a lot of reading lately I just finished the sweet magnolia series, I just want to thank you for your great books. you are great

June 6, 2009 8:36 PM  
Blogger ceecee said...

i am currently recovery from achilles tendon surgury so Im doing a lot of reading. I just finished sweet magnolia series now Im starteng inn at eagle point series I just love these series. You are such a great writer and I love the way you stay in touch with your fans! can you tell im new to all this? anyway thanks your great

June 6, 2009 8:54 PM  

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