The publication of my book was only the beginning. The hard part for me is the trek into marketing. When Seuss promised, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, he described my experience from first to last.
Today is your day.
The journey began with a celebration at my cousin’s home in the Oakland Hills of California. I had memorized my thirty-minute presentation and outfitted myself in black-and-white with super-cool sandals. Surely I fit the description:
Your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet
My audience, in turn, was a group Seuss would recognize in a minute as both brainy and footsy. The Q & A brought forth stories and questions of spiritual journeys and nun memories, of the 1960’s power and disillusionment, of promises made and kept and broken, and of the desire for something greater than ourselves.
At Ashland’s Bloomsbury Books and All Saint’s Church Hall in Portland, I felt like the high fliers Seuss describes. Whispering Winds and Forest Grove’s 55+ communities welcomed me. The audience at Cortland Village Apartments preferred discussion to snacks. What a surprise to reconnect with high school classmates, former students, Franciscan friends, and my family, both immediate and extended. But the seduction of success tricked me into claiming Seuss’ tongue-in-cheek lines:
You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t.
because, sometimes, they won’t.
Ah, well to remember Seuss’ advice and make my way through the rubble. Among the bricks and mortar, though, I end up having to wait. Maybe, just maybe, book sales will rise; book reviewers will call; Amazon, Goodreads, and The Oregonian will praise my memoir. And those contests I entered? First place is too much to expect, but wouldn’t it be nice to be among the chosen ten?
In the meantime I need a head full of brains and shoes full of feet. One last admonition (a variation on the good Doctor’s words) as I practice my talks, don my paisley, and pull on my leather boots:
Be careful, nimble, and cleverly deft
so you’ll never mix up right foot from left.
Oh, the Places I’ll Go:
- July 9: Laurel Parc at Bethany
- July 18: Mary’s Woods, Marylhurst
- August 17: Art Accelerated Gallery, Tillamook
- September 9: Beaverton Lodge Retirement Community
- September 12, Book Group, Portland
- September 22: Hillsboro Library Book Fair
- October: St. Mary’s Academy Creative Writing Classes