Back in December, days after I received my first copies of Underlife, I sent a copy to The White House. What can I say, I was feeling giddy! And, I believe in aiming high.
I sent a copy to The First Lady in the hopes she might enjoy the book. Of course, I don't think Underlife ever made it into Michelle Obama's hands (maybe White House Staff donated her copy to a local library), but it was a nice surprise to receive the note with the raised White House seal on heavy card stock.
I also sent a copy to Gayle King. No word yet.
Today Alex, Ella, and I are headed to NYC for a reading in Jackson Heights. This is my first trip to New York with the kids, and I’m nervous as hell. I’m comfortable being in Manhattan, but the venue is in Elmhurst, which I don’t know at all. I’m hoping the kids are not to weary or bored by 7 p.m. Fortunately, my good friend Suzie is traveling with us. What a huge relief it is to have another
grown up with me to help out!
Join me tonight at FIRST TUESDAYS Open Readings, Terraza Café, Elmhurst, NY, 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday is Ella’s 5th birthday, so after tonight's reading I can relax and focus my energies on both kids. I’ve got a big, New-York sized surprise for her big day. She and Alex will lose their minds when I spring it on them!
Ella shares a birthday with President Obama. Happy birthday, Mr. President!
and happy birthday sweet Ella! how exciting to celebrate it in NYC.
also, here's my tuesday confession: morning scribbles
I noticed the way he writes the first letter of his name has a big swoop forward - if I remember my handwriting analysis right, that indicates a person living toward the future.
I debated sending my book to some crazy places (like Oprah) but kind of short on copies right now. I did give one to the NC Poet Laureate and I handed a post card to Kay Ryan when I met her, that was about all my introverted self could handle! :)
If you hear from Gayle, ask her if she got Conquering Venus, too. lol