Hello, beautiful people!
Today is LAUNCH DAY!
Yep, today is the day my new book, A Pair of Miracles, the story of my twins’ journey with autism, ventures out into the great big world.
Okay. Maybe a bit too much coffee this morning???
Since so many people think I lead a glamorous life as a writer, I thought I’d share the run-down of my day so far. (Okay, so most people know I don’t lead a glamorous life, but it makes good copy, so bear with me.)
6:30 AM — Hit snooze button
7:30 AM — Finally walking upright. Make coffee. Stumble through house looking for the house phone.
7:31 AM — Forget I’m looking for the house phone. Forget I made coffee. Do hygiene stuff.
7:35 AM — Take laptop to office, look for interview confirmation, get out notes for the radio interview, get distracted by email and forget I’m setting up for a radio interview.
8:00 AM — Look for house phone. Again. The radio stations always want you on a land line, not your cell phone.
Time out. Let me explain something.
Our house phone is cordless. There are two of them. I can’t find either one. I never, and I mean, never talk on the house phone. I think the last time I spoke on the house phone was 1999.
8:15 AM — Panic. Wake up the twins. “Where’s the phone???”
8:20 AM — Find the phone. Go to office with it. Set the red flashing light outside my office door so twins will know I’m on an interview/recording.
Yes, I actually use this outside my office door. No one in my house understands the words, “Do not disturb, or bang on my door, I’m recording/interviewing.” This visual signal works for everyone but the two cats.
8:31 AM — I suddenly realize the ringer is off on the phone. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO TURN THE RINGER ON! This is not a smart phone. This is a clunky land line phone that has no icons. HOW DO I TURN ON THE RINGER! I don’t know how to check to see if the station has already called me. HELP!
8:32 AM — Yell down at the twins for help. “I don’t know how to turn the ringer on, why is it off?? HELP!”
8:33 AM — Isaiah turns the ringer on. I run back to my office and shut the door, and try to slow down my breathing.
8:35 AM — The radio station calls. On the air. Do I sound ridiculous? Do I sound like a know-it-all? Do they like me? Huh, huh, huh, do they, do they, do they???? Man am I thirsty. I forgot to bring water into the office. My mouth is full of cotton. Breathe, Karla, breathe. But not into the phone. Do. Not. Heavy. Breathe. Into. The. Phone. People do not want to hear heavy breathing in their car on the way to work. Breathe sideways. Smile. Put a smile in your voice. They can hear the smile…Slow. Down…
Somehow I survived the first interview of the day. I hope the radio station did. And the listeners. Especially the listeners.
I have to be honest. Interviews are hard for me. I think they are for most people. Writers, especially, would rather write words than say them out loud. Okay, maybe not all writers, but this one is much more clever when writing.
What? Still too much coffee?
After the interview I sent the twins to McD’s on their golf cart. They love doing this. We celebrated with a launch day breakfast and (more) coffee. Okay, fine, frappes. We had caramel frappes. There. I said it.
And here we are. I have more interviews today. I have located the phone. My papers are all lined up in a row so I don’t miss a call.
Problem is, living with autism as I do, the phone could disappear in a heartbeat. And I could still be doing some heavy breathing.
Life isn’t glamorous. But it’s certainly never boring.