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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