24 Apr Spilled Paint and a Reading
Yesterday: I spilled a gallon of paint onto a parking lot, moved my mom to an assisted living, and in an effort to be efficient I made a quick run to Costco for groceries and Locked My Keys in my car! I was rescued half an hour later by my daughter, so the efficiency was sorely lacking. But the paint got cleaned up. (Believe me that was a fun chore) The keys got unlocked. And mom got moved and half unpacked. I got home (almost) from the assisted living and noticed her pill case in my back hatch. Turn around. Retrace my steps. Home by 8:00 p.m. Hungry.
Thankfully, supper was ready. Then I did a quick email check. Greg from Zandbroz Variety said, “Hey great article in the paper. But, the paper changed your book signing event into a reading event. Are you up for a reading?” So I went on line and found the article by John Lamb.
Fargo Forum Weekend Watch:
#2. Jill Kandel Book Reading. Saturday April 25, 1:00 – 3:00 Zanbroz on Broadway
I’m apparently the number two attraction/pick for the Forum this weekend! I was seriously surprised by the article and happy. A great ending to a LONG day. Thank you John Lamb!
So what’s it like being a writer? I’m painting my mom’s apartment – the one she moved out of – Saturday at 9:00 a.m. I’ll run home by noon. Clean up and go to Zandbroz for a reading. Then back to painting. I have blinds to put up, pictures to hang, and carpets to clean. A writer’s life is, after all, just a life. It includes groceries, locked keys, frustrations, and joy.
So now, instead of a signing – sitting and signing books – I have a Book Reading to plan. That means choosing passages to read, talking about writing and the book, and being up for a Q&A. It all sounds good to me. And I’m thankful. And just like anyone else alive and breathing on this planet, my life is full of ups and downs and crappy days and beautiful hours. Hoping a few people come out to the reading. Hoping I don’t spill anymore paint.