Day 12 – Kalamazoo – evening & Day 13

This Road Trip has been amazing. I’ve been an incredibly lucky author. I figure I traveled about 5,000 miles, talked to 4,000 kids, visited 10 school and 25 bookstores, stayed in 8 hotels, shook countless hands and signed countless books. (In 13 mornings, I received 12 wake-up calls. See previous post for details.)

I will be thinking about the people I met for months, especially the teenagers.

But I’m here to tell you, a trip like this can leave you feeling like yesterday’s gum stuck on a subway platform.

And then, a miracle happened.

Like I said, Terry Truman and I went to Kevin K’s house (and the house of his terrific wife, Kathleen) for a family dinner after the conference. Kathleen and Kevin are the parents of Abigail and Rachael. Along with feeding me, they let me play with their daughters, carry them around, pretend to be superheroes, and draw. Hanging out with little kids is the best medicine in the world. By the end of the evening I was still tired, but I felt whole again.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Happy, happy author.

The King family joined us again for breakfast, so I got another dose of little kid-goodness before I had to step on the plane. It was heavenly. The French toast was pretty good, too.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com This is what I look like to a 4-year old.

More tomorrow, including the freaky coffee cups story. And maybe a writing prompt, if any of youse need something to write about.

15 Replies to “Day 12 – Kalamazoo – evening & Day 13”

  1. That second picture is fantastic.

    (Umm, I wrote you an e-mail earlier today. It was before I realized that you were on LJ. I should really learn to do my research on these things.)

  2. That second picture is fantastic.

    (Umm, I wrote you an e-mail earlier today. It was before I realized that you were on LJ. I should really learn to do my research on these things.)

    1. I loved, loved your email. Thanks so much for sending it. I’m still pretty beat (got home a few hours ago) and it made my day to read it.

      1. Oh, wow. I am so… actually, I’m not really sure what you would call it. Just, well, my day is also made knowing that I could have an effect like that.

  3. That second picture is fantastic.

    (Umm, I wrote you an e-mail earlier today. It was before I realized that you were on LJ. I should really learn to do my research on these things.)

  4. I loved, loved your email. Thanks so much for sending it. I’m still pretty beat (got home a few hours ago) and it made my day to read it.

  5. I loved, loved your email. Thanks so much for sending it. I’m still pretty beat (got home a few hours ago) and it made my day to read it.

  6. Oh, wow. I am so… actually, I’m not really sure what you would call it. Just, well, my day is also made knowing that I could have an effect like that.

  7. Oh, wow. I am so… actually, I’m not really sure what you would call it. Just, well, my day is also made knowing that I could have an effect like that.

  8. Hi Laurie!

    I have a question: Do you happen to know when Speak is being released? I’ve been looking for awhile now. Back in December on one website it said that Speak was coming out on December 31, 2004 and never did. I’m hoping this movie comes out soon. I’ve been dying to see it! The book was amazing and I could relate to it really well!

    I have also read Catalyst, another great book! Now I am half way through PROM! You are amazing! Your books are so hard to put down!

  9. Hi Laurie!

    I have a question: Do you happen to know when Speak is being released? I’ve been looking for awhile now. Back in December on one website it said that Speak was coming out on December 31, 2004 and never did. I’m hoping this movie comes out soon. I’ve been dying to see it! The book was amazing and I could relate to it really well!

    I have also read Catalyst, another great book! Now I am half way through PROM! You are amazing! Your books are so hard to put down!

  10. Hi Laurie!

    I have a question: Do you happen to know when Speak is being released? I’ve been looking for awhile now. Back in December on one website it said that Speak was coming out on December 31, 2004 and never did. I’m hoping this movie comes out soon. I’ve been dying to see it! The book was amazing and I could relate to it really well!

    I have also read Catalyst, another great book! Now I am half way through PROM! You are amazing! Your books are so hard to put down!

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