Yesterday was not a good day. I went to bed Sunday night with a sore throat, and spent most of the night tossing and turning, semi-conscious. You know how it is, Dear Reader. Youâ€™re not asleep, but youâ€™re not awake enough to get up, take something, do anything to help yourself. I wasnâ€™t able to drag myself out of bed until 9:30, feeling like the dogâ€™s dinner. I went with Don to his cardiologist appointment. (Everything is very good, heart-wise), then we had a little lunch and tried to get some exercise. I didnâ€™t get home until close to 3:00, and by that time I had about had it. I ended up flat on the couch, sniffing, napping, moaning, and generally blowing the rest of the day. I didnâ€™t even turn on the computer, and I canâ€™t even remember the last time that happened.
That was kind of nice, actually.
Anyway, I feel better today, though I wonâ€™t be running any foot races. At least I can try and catch up on some of my correspondence.
Sunday, however, was a great day. I got to speak to a book club, which is one of my favorite things to do. This particular club consists of several young women in Chandler, AZ, who had gone to school together. Like most American adults, theyâ€™re all now involved in careers, family, and children, but after one of the women read Lorna Landvikâ€™s Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, she contacted her friends and strong-armed them into starting the club as a way to keep in touch. And, as one of the women said to me, â€œItâ€™s wonderful to get back to reading.â€
Their selection for January was my first book, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, and for the occasion of having the author come and speak to them, they invited their mothers to come, and all the participants cooked something from the recipes at the back of the book! I thought that was the best book club idea EVER. It was really interesting to hear their adventures in cooking old-fashioned food. If youâ€™re not used to cooking like that, apparently it isnâ€™t that easy. Iâ€™ll have to do an entry on this on the Fatal Foodies blog this Saturday (click on the link above or type http://fatalfoodies.blogspot.com).
I tried very hard to spend as much of the month of January flogging away at the new book, and by Jove, I think Iâ€™m making some progress at last. I have no events coming up in February that I have to prepare for, so Iâ€™ll continue the push, and hope to at least have a first draft done by spring, Send me all your good and inspiring thoughts, Dear Reader.
And last, I do want to mention that all four of my books are now available on Kindle, for those of you who like that sort of thing.