As a matter of fact, I walked out onto the porch yesterday to see THIS shocking sight (you may need to click on the photo for the full effect):
Anyway, back to plans for spring travel. Ever since my first book came out (in 1999), I’ve spoken at education conferences. In years when I have a book coming out, I also have other publicity work to do (interviews and so forth), so I try to keep the conference-travel to a minimum. This year I’m travelling to Cincinnati, March 22-24; Orlando, May 24-26; the Philadelphia area, June 15-16; Northern Virginia, July 13-14; and Sacramento in September.
In non-conference travel, I’m also doing a presentation at the Smithsonian in DC on April 14 (this is the second time I’ve been invited to the Smithsonian); I’ll be at BookExpo in New York May 31-June 2; and we’re trying to decide whether Peace Hill Press can manage a table at the American Library Association conference in late June.
That’s actually quite a bit of travelling, especially since I don’t yet know what kind of publicity I’ll be doing for Norton (although I don’t anticipate that travel will be a big part of it–radio interviews, more likely, which I can do from home in my pajamas).
I’m viewing this schedule with a little bit of trepidation, as I have a few other things to do this year. LIKE WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE ENTIRE MEDIEVAL WORLD, for crying out loud. Why did I say I would do this? (Oh, yeah, I remember. “History of the whole world? Sure! That sounds like fun!” A classic case of “It seemed like a good idea at the time….”)
By the way, I guessed who the barefoot snow-walker was, on my very first try.