This is not a proper catch-up post, because that would have thoughtful things and links and artfully curated photos.

This is a post to say miscellaneous things with miscellaneous photos and possibly links if I have time.

Firstly, I am very sorry that my appearance at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville this weekend was cancelled at the last minute. This whole touring thing is extremely difficult and new and I am only one often undercaffeinated person. There were personal issues involved that the whole internet doesn’t really need to know about but I do feel badly and I hope I’ll be able to visit the Nashville area properly sooner rather than later.

I had my very first trip to the UK last week, there will be a proper adventure recounting post at some point with photos (took the real camera, hurrah) but I had an absolutely lovely time and I get to follow through on that whole “hope to come back soon” thing since I’ll be back in November for the Galaxy National Book Awards because I am nominated for International Author of the Year amongst some mind-blowingly impressive company. Am honored and humbled.

In general, I am mostly a whirlwind of forgetting what time or day or month it is and assuming it must be autumn because of crispy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. I am off to Texas soon and then Toronto for the International Festival of Authors at the end of the month. It is still strange to be considered an author. My apartment looks like an explosion of laundry and cardboard boxes. I am dreadfully behind on emails and anything else that involves proper communication. I have been on more airplanes in the last month than in the rest of my previous life combined. I oscillate from giddy to exhausted and happy to sad so fast it’s nauseating.

I don’t know how to do this. I’m trying to take one day at a time.

Half the time I can’t even manage to straighten my hair anymore. Proof:


I took that photo sitting on the floor because that’s where the mirror is in the office because I haven’t managed to hang it yet.

Really, let’s move on to photos before I get all philosophical and maudlin with the typing.

I have visited so many beautiful bookstores on my tour with very little (if any) time for proper browsing, it’s such a tease. But when I do have time I’ve been shopping and having things shipped to me, so I am accumulating a pile. This is what has made it back to Boston so far, with more on the way:

(I have already read The Shadow of the Wind, of course, but I only had it in paperback and I found it at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi in glorious hardcover and simply had to have it. And there are some other ones that have wandered out of the pile. Bel Canto is missing, likely because I’ve been reading it.)

And at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee I also bought this adorable raven mug, because how could I not?

So that is the rather short version of Erinland at the moment. I hope I will have time for proper London photos and tour catch-up at some point, but it may be a while.


Joanna · October 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

One day at a time is good, sometimes one breath at a time (maybe over a pumpkin spice latte) is better and all any of us can do!

Much love…

    erin · October 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I have been remembering to breathe for the most part!

DeNice · October 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Dear Erin,
What is the book on the bottom of this pile? The size and shape say that it is something other than literature, a picture book perhaps??

alexis · October 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thinking of you lots.

Also, since you probably haven’t seen it, my book came out and it looks amazing!

    erin · October 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh, I hadn’t seen it and it looks splendid! And still, of course, my favorite number. Congrats, lady!

Zora · October 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

Erin, so very sorry to have missed you in Nashville. We were told you became ill during your UK tour. We drove up from Fl with a (me) broken ankle to see you. Bought four books to have signed. Is there a way for me to send them to you? I’ll be glad to pay the postage. Terribly disappointed. Hope you feel better soon.

    erin · October 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I suppose “ill” is a good blanket statement for exhaustion-induced near nervous breakdown. I’m very sorry for the short notice & the long drive, I believe you can send things to Doubleday for me to sign but let me make sure, and I’m going to try to set up a PO Box soon for such things.

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