After my trip to Eugene, I came home for the weekend then headed up to Swift Forest Camp on the Lewis River for a few days of camping. I had a great time, but boy did Portland seem big, noisy, and overcrowded after being in the wilderness. I’d forgotten what real quiet sounded like.
Between my trips, Bob and I headed out to River City Speedway in St. Helens to do another promotion. This track is more laid-back than Sunset, so they let me bring my books in and sell them. The announcer, Marty Colville, used to work at Portland Speedway, and he remembered me from my racing days there. He did an awesome job of promoting my book. I wound up selling seven copies. One of the highlights of the evening was seeing a boy reading Running Wide Open while the racing went on in front of him.
It’s been a challenge getting caught up after being out of town for two weeks. I have a lot coming up, including a table at Wordstock, an appearance on a cable access TV show, and author visits in Portland, Beaverton, Corvallis, and Vancouver lined up for October. I’ll provide more details as the dates get closer. I’m fighting with myself over whether the vacation was a good investment, since I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d hoped to. But I learned some things about my writing process and stress triggers (the internet and email—who woulda thought?) and I got a chance to recharge the ol’ batteries, so it wasn’t a complete loss.
Since I’ve got a lot to take care of, I’ll keep this brief. If you’re interested, however, here’s a guest post I did on Amy Rose Davis’s blog regarding the double standard some folks have about the business of being an indie author. Now I just have to remember where I was before I left town. And plow my way through the 124 emails I got between noon Monday and 4 PM Thursday. Good thing my computer has a delete button. 🙂