I don’t often go on drunken rants, but the one time I did in recent memory, it was about how much I hate libraries. Whoa there. Put down your pitchfork. I don’t really hate libraries. I love libraries, same as the next nerd. But what got me going on this particular night a couple of […]
CONFESSION: I do not read as much as I should.
It’s a shameful thing, for a number of reasons. First, it’s an incontrovertible fact that writers must always be reading. It’s part of the deal. You can’t grow your craft without any outside influence. No one’s brain can improve upon itself. You have to feed it.
When you want people to click on links you make a meaningless list of items that are vaguely funny, right? Right. OK, so here is my Buzzfeed-esque reminder that it’s Swedish Lessons Bok Klubb Month, y’all! You know you want to do it.
One of the things I miss most about the job I left to become a freelance writer is how social it was. I love people. And though my work life is nothing like the stereotypical writer, sitting alone at a typewriter, gazing through a window in deep thought, there is a certain amount of isolation involved. That’s what makes reading events like the upcoming “Swedish Lessons and Champagne” event at The Eyrie in Ypsilanti so exciting for me. Humans! Humans with me! Doing things! Saying things!
What will make it exciting for those humans? Besides getting to spend an evening with me and my book? Swedish Lessons readings are actually quite a bit of fun (if I do say so myself). Besides doing the reading itself, I like to share some Swedish foods that are mentioned in the book, and at this very special event at The Eyrie, we’ll also be enjoying some champagne, because what better reasons to celebrate is there than the fact that it’s a Friday and we’re eating Swedish snacks together?
Another super cool part of the reading experience is the question and answer session. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this initially, nor how to properly phrase the question, “OK, go ahead and as me questions about me and my book about me. Because I very interesting, I know.”
But the questions I have been getting have been really fascinating, and I’m really excited to see what people ask next. Some of my favorites have been:
Are you okay? (I’m fine, thanks.)
Who would play you in a movie? (This actually has a really interesting answer that I won’t include on the internet, but does actually involve Brad Pitt. Not playing me, but you’ll have to ask me in person for details.)
So, was there anything good that happened in Sweden? (I still sleep on a Tempur Pedic pillow, so my neck is pretty happy about that.)
So join us! “Swedish Lessons and Champagne” is taking place next Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town at 7pm. There will be books, friends, champagne and knäckebröd – and two gastronomic items have never been better paired.
So as it turns out, running a crowdfunding campaign is pretty much a full time job. This would be no big deal if I didn’t already have one of those. [giggles nervously; hopes none of her editors are reading this] The work as all been fun, however, especially this week, during which we passed 50% funding and celebrated with this ridiculous video.