In the blink of an eye, or maybe it's the eye of a hurricane, everything changes.
And, no, the hurricane is not supposed to hit Austin. We're supposed to get rain and winds and lots of refugees from the coast, and hence, our city is actually preparing admirably.
But, yeah, this does mean what previously was a jammed packed weekend is now way more on the light side.
My son gets out two hours early today.
My daughter's preschool gets out early.
My all-day Editor's Day with Jill Santopolo and Cynthia Leitich Smith is postponed. Not canceled, only postponed.
One birthday party of two is canceled.
So a much less hectic weekend. And it drives home the lesson that it is better to over-prepare, and we should always be flexible. And look for the positive. Am I bummed the writing thing is not on? Sure. But if I believe my own advice (which I happen to), then this is all for the greater good. It gives me more time to work on revisions beforehand. It lets me go to the other party on Saturday afternoon with the kids. It let's me buy Jill's book Alec Flint, Super Sleuth, The Nina The Pinta, And The Vanishing Treasure before the workshop and get her to sign it for my son!
Anyway, I digress. Can all the above count as (1)?
OK, now the rest:
(2) You know you're learning how to market yourself when you pick your husband up at his office for lunch and on the elevator ride down you have an overwhelming urge to hand postcards and bookmarks out to a group of total strangers all trying to avert their eyes.
(3) You know you're learning how to market yourself when you run in to someone in Wal-mart you used to work with in Chicago 10 years ago and you spout off how you quit engineering in April and promptly pull out a bookmark for their 4-year-old daughter.
(4) I've neglected to mention I finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My recommendation? Go buy this book. I loved it. It meshes so well with me and what I like to read. I didn't want to put it down. Thank you Kim for sending me your ARC! Can I keep it???
(5) The Page Flipper posted a fantastic review for The Emerald Tablet!
My favorite line from the review?
"Creativity is something P.J. must have in plenty."
Thanks so much, Chelsea! I really appreciate it!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!