Twas the night before the book launch, when all through the house
All the creatures were stirring, except there’s no mouse.
The clothes are all hung in the closet with care,
In hopes that they’ll fit and no one will stare.
The husband is nestled all snug in his chair
Watching a home run derby that isn’t there.
And Rocky with his chew bone and me with my book
Have just settled in to have one last look.
When out in the Twitter world there rose such chatter,
About Cynthia Kraack at Magers and Quinn. Such clatter.
Down to the basement I flew like a flash,
Practiced once again, swore to make it a smash.
Enough fun with words. I should be practicing the readings from Leaving Ashwood one more time. Book and notes on a music stand with the timer on my phone tearing through seconds and minutes. The fourth launch will be totally different than any of the others. For one thing, this book is being launched in Minneapolis, not St. Paul, and on the same night as the MLB All Star Game which starts at the exact same time as my reading. Strike six friends who have tickets to the bigger show.
As a writer you have to hope there will be another book to launch. Maybe that was part of the reason behind selling your publisher on a trilogy. But there are no guarantees in the arts. While my next book will be released early in 2015, I’m going with an indie publisher. I expect the experience will be different.
So we’re partying July 15 at Magers and Quinn with a guest reader and music by The Patience Band. Steve McEllistrem is playing hooky from KFAI Write On! Radio to read from his new book. Speculative fiction meets dystopian fiction with musical accompaniment.
If only I say “incantation” and not “incineration” in the last reading. One more practice.