I’m back from Chicago and Stevens Point—thanks to everyone who came out for the readings! I decided to read the opening chapter of my work-in-progress, and the reception was positive enough to convince me to finally grow a pair and send it to my agent. (A pair of what, you ask? Good question.) My friend Manic and I thought it would be fun to introduce the piece I was about to read with an attempt at humor: “I was inspired to write this novel during my stint in prison … *pause for effect* … as a TEACHER!”
Cue relieved laughter.
Unfortunately, several audience members told me later they thought I had actually been sentenced to prison due to some unfortunate teacher/student hanky-panky, not EMPLOYED there. Said one, “We were trying to figure out what you’d really done to land in prison. You don’t look very Mary Kay Laturno-ish.”
Note to self—rework opening humor bit.
So no, I haven’t been to prison as an inmate. I HAVE, however, been to prison as an employee. Which brings me to today’s question: If you were sentenced to prison, what would your crime be? (Or, since we can’t always predict these things, what would you WANT it to be?)
PS: I got distracted before I finished this very short blog entry and wandered outside to putter. In that small timeframe, I was stung on the ankle by a wasp. It now feels like a tiny, rabid child has taken a bite out of my Achille’s heel. Lesson for the day? Finish all blog entries. Do not succumb to distraction.
If you’re in Appleton, Wisconsin tomorrow, I’ll be doing a book signing at Conkey's Bookstore at 226 E. College Avenue from 11 am to 1 pm. Stop by and see the wasp wound!