The Book Tour – Part 3
Posted by Gail | Filed under Thinking Out Loud
I’ve now experienced the longest day of my life. I’m not speaking metaphorically, as you would if you were waiting to hear important news. I’m actually talking about one day that lasted 41 hours.
Don’t let anyone tell you that the life of an author on book tour is glamorous. Maybe it looks that way from the outside – jetting here and there, eating in nice restaurants, meeting with adoring fans – but it just ain’t so. Except for the fans!
On my 4th day on the road I was in Calgary. I started early. I was heading out at 6:25 to do my first media hit on BT Calgary at 6:40 so that meant waking up by 5 to scrub up and get pretty after climbing into bed at midnight the night before. But I was awake at 4! It was actually 7 EST so that’s got to be why. Hey, that’s 4 hrs of sleep… nothing to complain about as you’re about to see.
Two hits on TV followed by a radio interview, then off to Mount Royal University to speak, then to CBC radio for another interview then to the airport to catch the 6:55 flight to Winnipeg. Okay, so this is where a long day turns into a ridiculously long day.
First, the plane was late leaving Calgary. Weather. Damn flying in the winter! We get to Winnipeg to find that the runway is covered in ice and planes are refusing to land because the sanders haven’t been out, or so the story goes. So our pilot reroutes us to Regina where we must get fuel before we head back. Apparently Jack had just taken off his pants after a long day because he had to climb back into them to bring fuel to our plane. Seriously.
We finally land in Winnipeg at about 2:30 a.m. And you know what? The chick from Global Alliance limos was still there. She had waited. Or she had gone and come back. Whatever. She was there to take me to my hotel. I was so tired and relieved I threw my arms around her and hugged her.
By the time I’ve collected my luggage and arrived at the hotel it’s about 3:15. Then I stand around in the lobby waiting for the desk clerk to show up. Fifteen minutes later when dude finally appears I’m checking in. Up to my room.
But now I’m faced with having to get up in 2.5 hours to do my next media stint. To sleep or not to sleep, that is the question. I know if I lie down and sleep my whole system will shut down. So I choose to take a very long, very hot shower. I listen to my ipod, play on my ipad, and keep myself awake until it’s time to get ready to hit the road again. BT first for two hits. Then CTV. Then U of M’s Fort Garry Campus. Then U of M’s Bannatyne Campus. I have about 45 minutes for lunch before I have to be at Red River College (you can watch the presentation HERE. After that I meet with a couple of my Other Voices bloggers based in The Peg and then I head off for a book signing at McNally Robinson. Oh, did I mention the radio hit I did in the middle of meeting with my blogger-girls?
The whole day I was buoyed by the energy of the fabulous people I was meeting. The students and faculty at the various colleges/unis were fantastic. They laughed when I wanted them to, and they were willing to listen to a woman rant about money and personal responsibility. Thank you all for being such great audiences. And thank you for the positive energy you sent my way.
There was more to come at the bookstore. Imagine a bookstore so jammed with people you can’t even move. The ones who arrived early got to sit. The rest stood. And they welcomed me so warmly that I was infused with the energy to keep going. It took until 9 p.m. to sign all the books, take all the picts, hug all the huggers. Back to my hotel by 9:30.
Okay, count it up. Awake at 4 a.m. on Tuesday in Calgary. To bed at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Winnipeg. Thems a lotta hours. My longest day ever.
I was up Thursday morning at 3 a.m. to catch my 4 a.m. ride to the airport to catch my 5:30 flight home. I slept all the way. That’s almost a whole night’s sleep, even if in two parts. And for that I am grateful.