The Book Tour – Part 3

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.

19 Responses to “The Book Tour – Part 3”

  1. Wow Gail!!!! That is a LOOOOONNNNNGGG day! And kudos to you! I don’t function well if I don’t get enough sleep so I am amazed you could manage to do all that! It’s not like you were dragging your butt to sit at a desk either – you had to be ON to present in front of all those people and media!
    Hope you get lots of well deserved rest now that you are home!

  2. You are one tough cookie girl! Glad you had an amazing time. I love my ipod, it’s like coffee to those of us who hate coffee. Gives you a jolt listening to upbeat tunes first thing in the AM. Glad to hear it went so well.
    Loved meeting you! Come back to Edmonton soon.

  3. As the wife of a Limousine Service Owner – I am pleased to hear that you had a good experience with a Limo company – that they monitored your flight and stuck around for you to arrive.

  4. Long day, but was very productive.

  5. Nice people in Winnipeg. The longest consecutive “pay it forward” Tim’s drive through “buying the coffee for the person behind you” happened in Winnipeg, and it went on for hours and hours.

    Freakin’ cold though!

  6. I certainly hope you don’t have too many of those days. Not good for the health. Congrats though on your popularity and success.

  7. It’s so wonderful that the limo driver was there – a long day for sure but had she not been there, it would have been much longer! Kudos to her and to you for doing such a great job with so little sleep!

  8. As one of your faithful fans I thank you for your passion, dedication, and, of course, your stamina!

  9. What a day! I can’t believe how ‘on’ you were when you met us ‘blogger-girls’ for tea that afternoon. Loved meeting you in person. Thanks for the Gail hug.

  10. avatar psychsarah Says:
    February 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Glad you had lots of positive people to keep your energy up! I did a day similar to that on my “residency interview tour”-left Thunder Bay, flew to Ottawa, flight delayed, couldnt get a taxi to the hotel, finally got there, couldn’t sleep due to nerves (two interviews the next day). Did two interviews, headed back to the airport on the bus (broke grad student trying to stay on budget), flew to Edmonton for two interviews there, was too wired from trying to find a taxi to hotel there to sleep until about 5 am. Thank goodness I slept for a few hours there before my first interview there-I would have been positively nonsensical otherwise! I can totally picture you hugging the limo driver because a) you’re a good hugger and b) it would such a relief to know you didn’t have one more hurdle to overcome to get to the hotel!

  11. The time difference between Calgary and the Toronto is 2 hours, not 3 😉 Just saying 😉

    But I agree, it was a long day! 🙂

  12. Wonderful presentation!

  13. You *are* Wonder Woman, Gail!!

    …By the way, what is it with you and front desk clerks? I’m going to get you your own reception bell you can carry around with you. You can “Ding!” it like mad and hopefully wake them up in the back.

  14. Hi Gail,

    I have to say, I thought I would be the tired one heading to your book signing in Winnipeg. I was in London, Ont that week and flying home (just in time) to go to your book signing. My plan landed at 6pm and I went strait from the airport to McNally Robinson, I had planned to not have any checked bagages so that I could skip waiting at the luggage wheel. The taxi was just unloading my lugage when my girlfriend whom I was meeting up with was walking into the store. I quickly put my lugage in her car after seeing the SEA of people there. I didn’t get a chair, but I didn’t care, I went up as close as I could and sat on the floor. I know you were tired as you mentioned your adventure, but I have to say, you were so professional and pleasant. You are a trooper and my hero!

  15. Strikes me as just like being a mom. Ridiculous exhaustion but the people (kids) make it worthwhile

  16. Gail, it sounds a lot like Labour!! We all appreciate your bearing down and pushing yourself and thank you for delivering, yet again!!

  17. Gail….was so excited you were coming to Winnipeg. You Rock! My daughter and I just love you and your books. Very often we say to each other “would Gail approve?”. Saw you at the U of M Bannatyne campus. We thought you were great! Thank you!!

  18. Thanks for going through with that crazy day, Gail. It was fantastic to see you, you had so much energy for someone who skipped on a night’s sleep and some.
    The atmosphere in McNally was amazing, it really shows how much people adore you. If you wanted, you could create a huge fan book made out of the hundreds of photos you took with people during your tour. Now that would be something to pull off the shelf in a few decades!

  19. avatar marlene maschke Says:
    March 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Just think of the money you’re earning. Work hard now and retire earlier in life.

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