Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A few random things, i.e., pressure

Tomorrow night is the last publicly scheduled reading of Song of the Orange Moons.  It takes place in the Jonsson auditorium at the University of Texas at Dallas at 7:30PM, and I'm very excited about seeing old and new friends there.  But I'm also nervous because I haven't decided on the excerpts to read.  I want to read different excerpts than the ones I read at the Barnes & Noble at Mockingbird in November, but I don't want to give any key plot points away either.  And it has to have some humor in it.  AND I should begin with some little talk about writing before I plow right into the reading part.  Pressure!

There is also a new interview published by Brittany Roshelle in her blog, The Write Stuff.  It was a fun one.  Brittany is giving away a free copy of Song of the Orange Moons if you leave a comment after the interview.  Go check it out--if you already own a copy, you can gift it to a friend. How's that for a nice freebie?  Thanks, Brittany!

For those of you interested in my brave new world, the kitchen remodel: I'm at a pause, waiting for the counter tops to be delivered.  No, I will not attempt to install the Silestone counters myself.  I'm not that daring.  I did, however, finish creating the kitchen island out of two narrow and weirdly sized cabinets, some leftover Shaker crown molding (referred to "Shakey Crap Molding" in a previous post), a few strips of wood, funky iron angle brackets, and my handy drill and hardware.  You'll see that soon, dears. In the meantime, I'm cleaning my living room, in which the contents of the kitchen have avalanched.  For a while there, the room looked like a tool shed/campground cook site/cemetery for disembodied appliances with a television and sofa awkwardly in the midst of it all.  I spent a therapeutic hour cleaning it out last night, and now my soul feels a little cleaner, too.  

But...now, I have papers to grade that I can no longer put off.  I love those student papers, I really do.  So looking forward to sitting down with them and a cup of tea.

See you tomorrow night, I hope!  I'll do my best to entertain.

4 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed your reading at UTD. Literary Fiction has never been my favorite genre to read but the more I am exposed to it the more I am open to the world of possiblities that are evoked in that type of writing.

    Sorry I could not buy your book, I had no cash on me. But i will (if I dont win it for commenting on that interview heh heh).

    It is very encouraging to see writers getting their work out and published. Thanks again.

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  2. Lori-Thank you so much for being on my blog! I really enjoyed interviewing you!

    I'm also a fan of Malbec and have dreamt of winning the lottery...a lot :-D

    Good luck on grading your students papers, I was also a huge a fan of that (cough) when I taught a freshman seminar!

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  3. Thank you, Stephen! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book--I tried not to venture into spoiler territory with the reading.

    @ Brittany, Thank you for the interview! Cheers with a glass of Malbec, and don't be afraid to share a good label with me if you come across a spectacular one.

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  4. Thank you, Stephen! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book--I tried not to venture into spoiler territory with the reading.

    @ Brittany, Thank you for the interview! Cheers with a glass of Malbec, and don't be afraid to share a good label with me if you come across a spectacular one.

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