It’s that frenzied pre-launch time when I’m having anxiety dreams about all my upcoming events for my debut book. I haven’t had the “forgot my locker combination” one yet. Maybe tonight! Last night was a dream in which a bus was coming to pick me and my kids up after a trip, and all our things were scattered around a strange house, and I hadn’t packed a single item. Plus, every time I tried, something would interrupt me, and I’d put it down. I’ve also had dreams where I’m literally herding cats, a gymnasium full of cats, all of which I need to get through a specific door. Same problem–pick one up, get distracted, put it down.
In addition to the anxiety about all the last-minute book details, there’s a unique kind of anxiety when your dreams come true. The impostor syndrome sets in. Why did Penguin publish my book? Why am I invited to this or that event? I’m trying to remind myself to calm down, take a breath and ENJOY this marvelous time! I will only have a debut book once!
One thing that’s making me very happy in these countdown days are the posts from some wonderful bloggers about the book. I’ll be sharing all of these here on the blog, so please check back!
First up is the blog “Lost in Storyland.” This one includes an interview with both me, and my book’s illustrator, Corinna Luyken, as well as a review. I had to dig deep into my memory here to recall times when I told lies as a kid!