Sometimes, life gets overwhelming.
I haven’t had much time to blog lately for a couple of reasons:
1. I’m working on my next manuscript. And yes, it’s going really well… so far. It’s only February and I’ve already written about 100 pages, which is amazing for me, since it’s not due until December. I’m just waiting to get hit with writer’s block.
2. I’m doing what I can to keep my mom healthy, happy, and fiscally up to date since she’s moved to our town. At least one day a week is devoted to a medical or dental appointment of some kind. Yesterday we drove her to Portland for an eye doctor visit, and later we walked her through the Maine Mall to get a look at some of the shops. Because her vision is fading, she held my hand the whole time. And she made a bemused statement: “I guess I’m the little girl and you’re the mother now. I just follow wherever you go!” And it’s true. With age, my mom has gotten so tiny that I do feel like the parent.
3. I’m getting mentally geared up to leave for my UK book tour this weekend. I love the process of packing, laying out the clothes, figuring out which shoes to bring, how many pairs of socks, which galleys I might be able to read on the plane. On US tours, I can get away with jeans and oxford shirts for most stops. When I head overseas though, I think they expect a bit more formality so it’s slacks and sweaters and nice shoes. I am so looking forward to arriving in London again. It’s back to the British Museum for me!