I seem to have lost momentum, after the big push to get the corrected page proofs for Accordion Dreams back to my publisher last month. Or maybe it was the week long vacation that followed. Late July is not the time for a trip to Florida, but we were overdue for a visit with both sets of in-laws (conveniently located on opposite coasts.) A pretty good visit, but oddly ennervating.
Since I was away from home (and my computer) during the change from July to August, I lost track of the promised "monthly contest." Matthew Biberman and Eric Nichols tied for the last one. (Thanks, guys! Hope you like the CD!) Guess I'll wait until September to figure out the next installment.
It's a strange thing, waiting for a first book to appear. It seems like such a long way off. Not till January, in my case. But it turns out there is plenty to do, in preparing for launching my "baby." Every step of the process fascinates me, and it's exciting, because it's all so new.
Good things are happening, for sure. The official launch event is set for January 23 at The Booksmith, a great indie store in SF. A couple of other events are in the works. My band's first post-publication gig (at Ashkenaz in Berkeley) will also be a book party. Next month, we're playing for the annual trade show of the NCIBA, the local independent booksellers association. And yesterday I got my first request from Louisiana to do a book event.
Just one problem: It's not writing.
So it's time to get back in the saddle and write something new. I have a couple of projects I'd started, then set aside when I had to do final edits. Fortunately, I'm in a writing group, so I can't put it off forever. I agreed to submit something for our next meeting. A week from tomorrow! Wish me luck...
Causes Blair Kilpatrick Supports
Louisiana Folk Roots, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Habitat for Humanity/Musician's Village New Orleans, Doctors Without Borders