I just received the strangest email. It's from Joe in Africa, and has all the trappings of the usual, "send me your checking account information, as you've won the Nigerian lottery..." But Joe doesn't want my bank statement. Instead, he wants me to move to Africa, marry him, and take care of his two children. He gave me his phone number, as he'd like me to call.
The sad thing is, there was a day when I might have considered this...
Which leads me to the next thought (or thoughts) that occurred to me last night:
Thought #1: There are actual dates on my book tour! This is real! It's going to happen!
Thought #2 (Prompted by an email exchange with Manic Mom): Omigosh, I've kissed a frog in every single city I'm scheduled to visit! ACK!
Even more embarrassing was the realization that I can share these stories without giving away a single thing you'd read in my book...I kissed so many frogs that dozens were edited out of the manuscript, just to keep the thing to 300 pages. (I wonder if I could score some publicity in some Amphibian News Magazine with this angle???)
Anyway...Here are the dates we've firmed up so far. And in anticipation of this tour, I'll be featuring frog kissing stories from each of these fine cities on my blog. This should make sure I'm still humble when I get the call from Oprah :)
BOSTON Saturday April 26, 2008
The Muse and the Marketplace Writer’s Conference
Workshop on Memoir: Behind the Scenes
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street, Boston
ITHACA, NY Sunday April 27, 2008
Ithaca Vineyard Church
335 North Plain Street
9:45 & 11:30am
CAMBRIDGE, MA Friday May 2, 2008
The Coop at Harvard Square
1400 Mass. Ave
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE Saturday May 3, 2008
430 Gorham Road
WASHINGTON DC/NORTHERN VA Tuesday May 6, 2008
5871 Crossroads Center Way
PHILADELPHIA, PA Wednesday May 7, 2008
NEW YORK CITY Wednesday May 21, 2008
Joint reading with AJ Jacobs, author of The Know It All and The Year of Living Biblically
NEW YORK CITY Thursday May 22, 2008
Redeemer Presbyterian Women’s Book Club
CHICAGO Saturday/Sunday June 7-8, 2008
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
NEW YORK CITY Thursday August 7, 2008
Backspace Writers Conference
Memoir Panel with Gail Konop Baker, Jenny Gardiner, and agent Elisabeth Weed
My hidden theme for this tour will be a celebration that I'm no longer tempted to respond to internet proposals!