Thursday, November 8, 2012
NEWS OF THE DAY
woo-hoo, folks: as of Nov. 7, we have hit the half a million pageview mark!
More news: the proposed New Zealand speaking tour, which was to have taken place the week after Easter 2013, has been shelved. Turns out the folks could bring me over and put me up but could not pay me for speaking which as I told the good Lucy O'Donoghue, is not in my budget.
Let me make abundantly clear that the thing falling through was through no lack of trying on the part of Lucy, who put forth well-nigh superhuman effort, enlisting the aid of the Bishop of Auckland, every other Catholic luminary in the country, and I'm not sure but what the Pope himself. Seriously, if you ever want an event organizer, let me know and I'll put you in touch with her. She was simply phenomenal, and I want to give a huge shout-out as well to faithful reader/supporter Stephen Sparrow of Christchurch, and to Jo Fielding, of I believe Dunde. All three went way out of their way, devoted time, energy, and effort way beyond the call of duty, enticed me with photos, links and places to stay I am sorry to miss, and fought mightily on my behalf. I am deeply humbled and deeply grateful.
I have worked myself into a state of semi-catatonia by trying to be all things to all people and am thus saying no to just about everything that is not essential to my own convalescence for awhile.
Meanwhile I'm applying to MacDowell, the artist's colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a month or two or however long or short they'd have me next summer. A cottage in the NH woods. Solitude. Quiet. Writing time. Oh please, God.