I am not dead!
Two days of tour down, two to go—I get a break in the middle here to travel to Charlotte. (We’ll see if the TSA comes up with any new excitements…)
So far, it’s gone well! I’m pretty hoarse by the end of the day, usually, but my voice is holding up. All the people organizing everything have been wonderful. (The nice librarians at St. Christopher’s Academy gave me a St. Christopher medal for safe travel! I am quite touched!)
I have few observations to make, except that all-boys schools are rowdier (and right before lunch, it’s Lord of the Flies in there—and right after, they’re very sedate. The teachers are fully aware of this phenomenon, but I sure wasn’t!) and I can hold a room full of kids for 35-45 minutes, but over an hour leaves me wrung out and exhausted.
BBGB Book had an awesome little meet-up in the store, and some fans and old friends came out–great to see you guys! (Hi, Callista!) Thanks to Mark for being so awesome (and you guys can geek out about D&D at one of my signings ANY TIME. Seriously. After a day full of small children, I am delighted to talk about paladins and smiting.)
This morning I got to sleep in, which meant I went down for almost twelve hours, and now I am more or less ready to hie off to Charlotte. Woo!
Tomorrow will be the really rough day–FIVE school sessions, then I get on a plane, get in to Miami fairly late, go to the store, sign stock, eat a very late dinner, go to the hotel and drop dead for about seven hours, then get up and do it again.
And then home! Glorious home! Where Kevin and the Island of Misfit Pets are waiting!