Thursday, October 4, 2007

What a week!

I've been crazy busy. Sunday was Word on the Street, Toronto's open-air book fair; I was there selling books from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (including doing a reading).

Monday, I did four hours of talks at Upper Canada College (above), one of Toronto's ritziest private boys' schools.

Tuesday, it was off to the University of Waterloo, where I gave a talk to physics undergrads, toured the Institute for Quantum Computing (along with Carolyn and fellow writer Pat Forde), and gave an evening keynote in honour of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the department of Physics and Astronomy.

Wednesday was another reading in downtown Toronto.

And today, among other things, was a photo shoot: the Mississauga Public Library has licensed the American Library Association's "Get Caught Reading" poster program, and I'm to be a poster boy for their version.

In the wee spaces between all this, I judged the third quarter of this year's Writers of the Future contest, drafted a guest editorial for a magazine, attended a meeting at the offices of a big pharma company I'm giving a keynote for later in the month, and did a conference call with a Hollywood producer whose got one of my novels under option.

And tomorrow -- one week to the day after returning from 91 days on the road -- I get on a plane for the four-hour flight to Calgary.

And you know what? I'm looking forward to that flight: four uninterrupted hours, with no ringing phones or incoming email or meetings to attend, during which I can just work on Wake, my current novel. And I've scored an emergency-exit row seat with lots of leg (and laptop!) room, so -- yay!

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At October 09, 2007 11:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice! Never a dull moment!

At October 12, 2007 10:52 AM , Blogger Tachyphosist said...

I was at your reading at Word on the Street, and I have to say that I'm jealous. I've never seen anyone exude so much sheer enthusiasm who wasn't on a television screen, or who so obviously loves their job.

Don't ever change!


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