4/3/14 Prepping for the Trip

I’m sitting in my office getting ready for the road trip/book tour. First order of business – road trip music. Queens of the Stone Age, some Lovage, Alt-J, Tom Waits, Rush (what? I like me some Rush, so what). What else? I’m trying to think of all the little things so I don’t leave anything behind. The biggest-little thing being a card reader for my iPhone. When I did the last book we would go to open mics at bars all around Portland and I would sign up on the list and read a few chapters between bands. As it turned out that probably wasn’t my target audience, but I had a great selling point. I would announce that our 280 page book cost less than a pitcher of beer. I don’t know if it was a miracle or just misplaced pity but I would sell 5-7 copies a night, but I would have sold much more if I had one of these card readers. Of course this time I’m not selling books when reading at a place that does it for me. Anyway, I spent an hour today setting up the Square App and it was an hour well spent. I’ve been to my very last reading where people afterward want to buy a book but can’t because they have no cash.

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I’m packing my Wonder Balsam because when do you not need that? Swag for the book – check, Johnny Cash stamps – check, digital voice recorder for the long trip, GoPro, flashlight, and all my phone/camera stuff. I’m excited to head out. My first stop will be to Kase and Mary’s house where I’ll have a day or so to get the workshop piece together before a night pub reading. So, drinking and ambient noise to me means I start with funny, go sad in the middle, then end funny again, and they’re mostly civilian so I may do a post war chapter.

The workshop has an hour and a half slot at University of Wisconsin. I came up with the name “Art and Ares”, but it’s far from finished. I have the outline, but I wanted to show some pictures too. The hope is that a 12 hour drive will serve as inspiration, and the deadline will promote brilliance. If not I’ll just do what I always do and ask Mag for help. Ha.

This morning I may have picked up another reading date in Green Bay after the Fox Valley Book Fair and before Des Moines.

I also picked up another box of books from Ooligan. So, I’m packing my clothes, emailing all the stories I’ve been working  on so I can continue them on my laptop, and I’m just about gone. I’m having a small dinner tomorrow night with good friends and my amazing in-laws, and then I’m on the road Saturday morning.

Wish me luck.

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By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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