It's hard to believe this event is only 2 weeks away!
RT has made a listing of all the places I'll be. Important note: after the Southern Affair party on Saturday afternoon, I'm leaving Atlanta. So I will not be at the FAN-tastic event at 6:00.
Signed books: available on Saturday at the Giant Book Fair and also at the Penguin party following. The Giant Book Fair books will be: Rookie Move ($8) Pipe Dreams ($8) and Good Boy ($15.)
See you there!
Yo! I'm headed to Boston next month to see many of you at NECRWA and TalkBooks! It's going to be epic. And in case you're not a native of the Boston area, I just wanted to tell you about two of my favorite tourist destinations there. If you want to see a little of historic Boston in a short amount of time, I recommend these two stops, which are absolutely within a short walking distance of one another.
Paul Revere lived here. And the place still stands. As you enter through the low door and admire his fireplace, a guide will explain the house's layout and provenance. Standing there, you'll know you're in a place of living history, and you'll FEEL ALL THE HISTORICAL FEELS! :)
Our country, unlike, say, Rome, is not strewn with antiquities. Americans have to look a little harder to find their roots. So step inside Paul Revere's house and breathe in the history. Skip the duck boats and just come here.
A few blocks away, this white, wooden church is as pretty as it is famous. As the website remembers: The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution...
That's right! It's that church! "One if by land, two if by sea" happened here. The place still stands, and it's still an active church, in fact, my good friend Jess Lahey was married here. She tells me that lots of tourists watch her emerge from the ceremony in her wedding dress.
That's my quick tour! Go forth and be historical. I'll see you at the signing!
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This is how I used to look at bread-making. And novel writing:
Hey! I love bread. It's good for me and it's important to me. Eating bread is something I do all the time. It sure would be nice to bake my own. But I'm intimidated. I never took a class on baking bread. There are fancy people pictured in magazines who bake bread. They use words I don't understand like "sourdough starter" and "high-protein flour."
Maybe I should just buy their bread. That's worked for me until now.
But--wait! What am I so afraid of? Those bakers of bread aren't smarter than I am. Okay, they can't ALL be smarter than I am. Right? (Right?) And if I bake a few loaves and they are terrible, nobody has to know...
Well, reader. I bake excellent bread these days. And the first loaves weren't so great. In fact, I got pretty good at baking bread and then I stopped. The problem was that I couldn't figure out how to get my timing right to end up with a fresh loaf during a time of the day when people were ready to eat it. Guess what? I sort of forgot how good it was, and the process began to seem intimidating all over again.
But this winter I decided to go back and bake some more. I somehow realized that mixing my loaf together between 6:00 and 7:00 AM was a sane thing to do. Usually I was hanging out in the kitchen during that hour anyway, saying things like: "The school bus will be here in 17 minutes." And, "Have you brushed your teeth?"
So now I do my nagging while I'm measuring ingredients into the stand mixer. By the time the bus picks the kids up at the end of the driveway, the first rise is underway.
It took me a while but I figured out how to work bread-baking into my routine. And writing is just the same, people. If you care enough to write your book, you might wrestle with the process for a while. But intimidation is a useless emotion. Just give it another whirl in the mixer of life, and maybe this time you'll conquer the process.
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