Usually my writerly life is pretty quiet. I get up, exercise, sit down at my desk, push away distractions, and get to work. Those sweat pants I work out? Yep, wear them at my desk. But this next two weeks, I am doing a four or five part juggling act, which challenging, but incredibly fun.
Tonight I'm keynoting a wonderful evening in the Appoquinimink School District in Deleware. WISE Women: Women in Science and Engineering. You're wondering why me? Because. The radient hot core of science and engineering is creativity, which kids lose sight of as they are filled with statistics and math and formulas. All of which they need to know, but that hot moldten core has to stay burning hot. Especially the girls lose heart in the process of holding on to their science and engineering dreams. I'm going to do my best to throw shovelfuls of hot burning coals their way.
On to Minnesota where I'll interview a Vietnam vet for my upcoming book. He served in the early sixties, when, as a country, we were convinced we needed to stop Communism from spreading around the world. I'll also hang out with Lisa Von Drasek at the Kerlan Collection... can't wait.
Then Road Trip! I'm jumping in the car with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, as they move from Minnieapolis to Atlanta. This is right up there on my Grandmother Contract: love 'em, do anything you can to help.
Meanwhile, a few days ago Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning hit the bookstores, and I've started a very cool run of radio interviews. Minimum to do these is a landline (trickier than you might think while on the road), or a studio visit, either patched together station-to-station, or in person. I'll post a few of these soon.
Luckily, I sleep very well in hotel rooms. I find them peaceful and empty of distractions. If I'm lucky, I'll get some transcribing done on the interview, or even a little writing.