What have I been up to? Why do I feel like “I’ve arrived” once more? I’ll tell you! See, last Wednesday, I flew to AsheVOLL (I’ll explain that in another post) North Carolina. I spent Labor Day weekend laboring on Project Stephen and then began the long drive from Buladean, NC to Morgantown, WV where my friend Michele (the one who loves Speak Now) had set up a book signing. It was just over a six hour drive. Mid-route, I stopped in Princeton, WV to meet two readers. Joy and Jan were delightful women who even brought me a little gift! I now possess a hat that says I’m a “Southern Girl” and a mug that no one in my house better touch without permission. Just sayin’.
On Tuesday, I got up, made the drive to my friend’s house, visited with her and her children, and then began the long drive back to Asheville. (Note: I wanted a picture of us together here, but it hasn’t uploaded yet, so … oh well) IT.Took. FOREVER. I wasn’t but a couple of hours down the road when I found myself struggling to stay awake. It terrified me. I had to be on the plane by 9:40 Wednesday morning! So I debated. Should I pull off early, eat, get some sleep, and drive straight through to the airport? As I pulled off the highway to eat, I realized that it was 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday) and I hadn’t eaten since 7:30 p.m. Monday night.
I got online and bugged Michele about it. I was struggling to think, trying not to cry, and didn’t really know what to do. She was amazing. Got me eating, got me thinking, and by the time I was done, I felt confident again. Still, that 7 hour drive back took more like 10 hours by the time I got done eating, stopping to read my next directions, stopping to beg her to look up exit numbers because mine weren’t making sense, and stopping to take pictures of a bridge. Yeah. I’m a tourist. I dragged myself into the hotel around 12:30 p.m.
2016 Update: Who knew this would become an annual trek of meeting readers and fun??? Can’t wait for this year’s trip in October!