For me, the new year is kicking off with 2 books hitting shelves and me hitting the road on my first major publisher sponsored book tour. EEK!
I mean - hooray. 12 days. 10 cities in various climates. One carry-on suitcase in the middle of winter. What could possibly go wrong?
To be honest, I'm a combination of thrilled and excited and terrified of going on tour to promote INDEPENDENT STUDY. I love that in each city I get to meet readers and chat with students at various middle and high schools who have already read The Testing and are excited about the newest book in the trilogy. That is awesome. And for the performer in me, there is something really excited about getting up on a stage and putting on a show about writing and books. But because I've never done this kind of tour before, I am a little nervous about how things will go. There are so many things I have no control over - planes schedules, weather...you know...travel stuff.
The travel stuff is the reason that I've chosen to heed the advice of authors who have gone on many a tour before me - No Checked Luggage! I mean, why tempt the travel Gods. With that many flights checked luggage is bound to go astray. Hence, for this trek I will be taking with me one small carry-on suitcase and the attache cache that used to belong to my father-in-law to hold my computer and Cold Eeze. (Yes, I will be writing on planes....at least that is the plan.)
Needless to say, 2014 is kicking off with a huge adventure. And really, it is only because of you and your support that this adventure is happening. I hope I get to see a bunch of you on the road. If we haven't met before, please introduce yourself so I can put a face with the name. And while I'm gone, please be nice to three amazing ladies who will be guest blogging in my stead. I have a feeling you're going to love them.
Okay - time to finish packing so I can prepare to get this show on the road. While I'm fretting over whether to pack another pair of pants, let me know what adventures you are planning this year. I can't wait to hear all about them!