Hello once again from the road. Yes, I am on the LUCKY BASTARD Shameless Self-Promotion Tour….still. The whole thing started on May 1st–I’ve spent one night at home since then, but I’ve learned a lot and been reminded of more.
Here’s a sampling of wisdom gained, observations made, and heart-warming moments experienced:
1. There is no excuse for Pinot Grigio, ever….except it might be the only wine available, then it does have some merit.
2. Never let a man (first mistake), educated at Dartmouth (second mistake), navigate (I know, what was I thinking?) on the rural roads of North Carolina.
3. Never assume that the local watering hole will actually have the NBA game on the television–even though we are in the heart of the ACC, Michael Jordan, Dean Smith territory, where basketball is the state religion.
4. There really are subtle differences between Marriott Courtyards, Holiday Inn Express properties and everything else…and they have to do with the availability of a waffle-maker.
5. Every rental car is silver.
6. Hotel room keys without room numbers can complicate life in very interesting ways.
7. You can indeed find rare Ahi on the menu in Apex, NC…and live to tell about it.
8. Never stay on South Beach over Memorial Day weekend unless you are seriously into hip-hop and can dress-up a bikini with fishnet and heels so you can simply segue from the beach to the night club.
9. Stop and absorb the incredible diversity and grandeur of this country and the kindness of those who share it with us. We really do live in an amazing, wonderful place. But, the American people make it the place it is.
10. Savor, and hold in your heart the special moments that being a writer can bring:
The honor and joy of meeting the couple who drove 120 miles…each way…to come talk with me;
The young woman who, upon reading a scene where two of my characters get married in the drive-thru wedding chapel, called her husband and had him take her to Vegas to renew their wedding vows in the very same drive-thru:
The reader who told me she liked my last book, but what she liked the most was how she felt when she read my stories.
I’ll never forget any of those experiences–they brighten the toughest days at the keyboard.
11. While doing this promotion gig solo is fine, it’s much more fun to share the love with friends…unless you let that guy from Dartmouth navigate:)
11. Life is a party, put on a silly hat and join the conga line.
What does travel teach you?