Okay, so I have a confession to make. I actually intended to write a blog everyday of the tour (I know I can hear you laughing at my unrealistic goal!) and now standing here in Penn Station waiting to board the train for the last leg of my trip, I realize this is only the third I am writing! Normally I’d be stressing about this fact…but quite frankly, I am too exhausted to think about much else other than the cool can of Diet Coke in my bag, wondering whether 9 AM is too early to drink it, but then I digress!
I have a good excuse, though. Really, I do! I am proud to say I had one of my children with me for almost the entire trip and if I were to be honest, between planes, trains and automobiles, TV shows and signings, more than my fair share of lego-building and hotel scavenger hunts, somehow the blogs got pushed by the wayside. I have to say, though, traveling to Chicago, LA and Dallas with my four year old was a trip I don’t think I will ever forget and will forever make this book tour something that was not only a professional milestone but a significant moment for me and my family. Taking so many flights in such a short time, seeing the inside of so many hotel rooms and cars, could have been exhausting in a numbing sort of way. Instead it was an eye-opening and humbling experience. Every time we arrived at the airport my Little Man Pope would light up at the excitement of security, of getting on the plane and coloring, of exploring a new hotel, a new city and – the highlight – traveling in the stretch limo that the Steve Harvey Show supplied for our return to the airport. Seeing my little guy’s face, limo lights ablaze, Rhianna on the radio, fist pumping through Chicago (my new favorite city) was an image I will never forget. Thankfully, we filmed a fare amount of behind the scenes footage (available now on Facebook) so you can all be part of this book tour madness
With these new child-like eyes I gained through watching my son experience our trip, I am also reflecting on all the amazing people I have met and to all those that came to the signings or who I bumped into on my travels. You have all touched me and inspired me in so many ways – I think the only thing that is right to do, is to start writing that next book!