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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

THE END OF AN ADVENTURE...
The end of an adventure is simply nothing more than the point at which another adventure should begin...
However, the current American Saga draws to a close. Through New York, Nashville, Miami, Indianapolis, Atlanta, yesterday in Philadelphia (where Jack and I had Philly cheese stakes at Pat's down on Passyunk, where we saw the Liberty Bell and the station at 30th Street...and well, so many other things on a flying visit through a remarkable city), and now back in New York where there was an event last night at B&N in Tribeca, and afterwards Manhattans at the Harrison, and this morning a whole bunch of radio interviews with KTOE-AM, WOCM-FM, CRN, and Knucklehead Radio out of Maine, and tonight there is an evening with Overlook at the Mercantile Center for Fiction on 47th Street, and tomorrow morning more interviews with 'Where World Leaders & Thinkers Come To Chat', WDIS 1170 AM, KCMN-AM, WASN, The Frankie Boyer Show and Mountain Public Radio...
And then home to England...
What can you say? What words could be used to describe what I have experienced, the people I've met - my dear, dear friend George Easter, and Ali Karim, David Gulli, Larry Gandle, Mike Bursaw and Steve Warne who did so much at Bouchercon to get people buying my books...
And new friends like Laura Caldwell and Marcus Sakey, and Melissa von Siegel at the Gene Casey 'Lone Sharks' gig we went to down at Hill Country...and hell, it's endless...
These are once-in-a-lifetime things that you wish would happen more than once in a lifetime.
Like John Lennon said, 'Life is the thing that happens when you're making other plans'. It's not a rehearsal. It's living. And sitting in Barnes & Noble in Tribeca last night, talking to people I've never met before and more than likely will never meet again, and talking about the long haul back of me and how many years it took to arrive at this destination, just puts it all in perspective.
It's been something else. Next year I'm going to do the other side of the country, and we'll have to wait and see what happens there.
Until later, best wishes as always,
Roger.

2 comments:

Michael Malone said...

I've enjoyed reading about your transatlantic travels and your US success. All well and truly deserved, dude.

R J Ellory said...

Just arrived home. Unpacking, and then a drive down to Surrey to do the Waterstones event in Kingston-upon-Thames. I'm gonna sleep when I get to Valhalla!