Good morning from the Jersey Shore! I feel like I just got back here after my trip to Minneapolis aaaaaaaaand I'm leaving again. I would normally type "sigh" here, but I'm headed to NYC for meetings, a conference and HAMILTON (!!!!!!!!!!!!) I am very excited.
My trip to Minneapolis and St. Paul was fab. I did book events at book Mill City Running and St. Catherne's University to somewhat big crowds – at least bigger than I'm used to, so thank you to the Twin Cities. I also walked all over Minneapolis, a place I hadn't been to since 2010. It's a great town (if a bit cold at the time – it snowed when I was there).
Speaking of my book, last time I checked, the paperback and Kindle editions were both about $11 on Amazon if you're looking for a deal. Someone asked me recently, as a kinda response to the piece I wrote about Oiselle where I said I buy a lot of running clothes on sale, if it bothered me when peole bought discounted version of my book. No, it doesn't. Of course I want as many people to support independent bookstores as possible, but I don't mind it when people buy from Amazon, or get the book from the library, or borrow it from a friend. Hard copies of books are meant to be shared. I share some of mine and borrow them from friends. I am a big fan of my library's app, which allows me to borrow audio books. So share/borrow away.
Anyway, after I go back from Minneapolis, I zipped back down the shore and on Sunday ran the Wild Half Marathon. It ended up being a humid day with some surprise sunshine – probably the only time you don't want surprise sunshine in a beach town. I struggled in part becase of that heat and also that I hadn't trained all that much. My baseline fitness pulled me through, though my legs hurt as much yesterday as if I'd run a marathon (better today). I expect the same to be the case in Sunday's Broad Street Run. I'm going on the tee vee for that one – I'll post the link to the interview in next week's newsletter.
I rarely run with music in races, but this time I brought the Hamilton soundtrack with me. I listened until people started dying. Good call.
I'm working furiously on a couple of stories that, in typical fashion, will probably all be published at the same time. No new clips this week, but that's the way this freelance coaster goes.
What I'm Reading
H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald. I bought this from Word in Jersey City when I got stuck there during my car debacle in December. A few weeks later, my dog died. I couldn't even look at the book, which I knew was about grief. I'm glad I waited because it is such a crushing story. I might have benefited by waiting a bit longer, but it's a stunning read. It makes me wonder why I even bother (but I do bother because I think at least some of what I write matters). If you are interested in falconry, may I suggest following Jenna Woginrich? I visited her farm as the last stop on the trip I eventually took after the car debacle. Her bird was so quiet I didn't even know she was there until about right when I left (she got the NYT treatment – but not by me! I asked to meet her because I think she's cool – if you want to read more). Also she makes soap and is currently selling skull shaped options. I know a few of you would be into that.
When I moved into my temporary beach condo, I brought a milk crate full of books with me. I have been trying to read from the crate and not bring new books into my life, but it's hard! Especially when there's an independent book store, a Little Free Library, and a store that does give/take a book all within walking distance, plus publishers still send me preview copies of books. I'm trying though.
What I'm Watching
Movie round + one line review time:
- Jurassic Park III – …why?
- Thomas Crown Affair – It was only on this viewing that I realized the movie isn't about him…it's about her.
- Skyfall – Probably my favorite Bond movie, and the last sequence in Scotland is movie magic.
- 42nd Street – I get why a lot of high schools put on this musical.
I know the next season of Feud is about Charles and Diana, but please please PLEASE do Liz Taylor/Debbie Reynolds next, Ryan Murphy. Please.