Instead of a photo this week, I'm bringing you the book trailer for Running: A Love Story (it should show up as a video above, but I'm a tech idiot and can't get it to work in the preview, so thanks for pretending if it's not there). Thanks to brother Mike Miller for doing this. Make sure to check out his company Right Side Up Productions. He does good stuff.
The question I'm getting most these days, just over two weeks before book launch, is how I'm doing. For the most part, I feel like I usually do when in the thick of marathon training: tired, and hungry. But there's a big added layer of anxiousness mixed with excitement mixed with nervousness – what most authors feel before a book comes out, I think. It's normal. I spend a lot of time trying to moderate the worse parts of those feelings (naps, cooking, cross stitch) while trying to get my regular work done. Perhaps training for a marathon during this wasn't a good idea, but it's too late for that now. Ten weeks down, eight more to go.
As you know if you subscribe to this newsletter, a excerpt ran in the New York Times on Thursday. A lot of tension about knowing the stuff in the book was coming out and the stuff int the book coming out has been relieved. It may be a bigger relief than when the book itself comes out. But we'll see.
Oh and I got a box of books too – this happened on Friday. I opened it up, looked at it, drove a copy over to my mom (when then read it in four hours), put the box on the floor, and went back to work. Work rolls on.
If you pre-order the book from Amazon, you may be getting it before March 22 (which, as a former bookstore employee who was instructed to never ever break the shelf date, is odd to see), but I'm still treating March 22 as the date. If you pre-order – from anywhere – don't forget to enter the pre-order campaign! I hope to be announcing the spring book tour in the newsletter next week (though I'm still finalizing dates, so it may need to wait another week).
"Running for the Wrong Reasons" for The New York Times
What I'm Reading
My American Duchess by Eloisa James. Don't want anything too heavy right now, so very good genre fiction is perfect.
What I'm Watching
Doc Martin, which I'm streaming through Netflix. See comment above. It's medical/fish out of water comedy, but fun. I'll be putting it on hold, though, once I start my taxes. Then I'll flip to House of Cards.