I am reflected in Baby Horse's gaze and as he watches me, I see the world through his perspective. I become him. I see who he is.
How about you?
Do you see who I really am?
6 am and 79 degrees.
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Interviews. Reviews. Features. Answering questions about why I write and why I wrote LOTTERY. I wake up to my hometown paper:
THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER
I am touched and gratified but is this the person I really am? What do I look like to the outside world. Will a reader want to know me. Read what I write? Do I seem normal or larger than life?
I read about this person and it feels surreal. Do I know her? She seems familiar.
Next week at this time I will be on my way to Portland.
CONVERSATION I HAD LAST WEEK WITH UNNAMED OFFICIAL SEMI REPRESENTATIVE OF UNNAMED BIG CHAIN BOOKSTORE:
So I thought. Gee, I can call bookstores, introduce myself and maybe arrange to sign a few copies of stock. This is what other authors recommend as a good way to make connections.
ME:"My name is Patricia Wood and my book is coming out next week. LOTTERY, Maybe you've heard of it?
(I wait for an excited OMG! "I saw you on TV or in "Redbook" or in "Good Housekeeping" and am rehearsing my humble but grateful response)
UNNAMED OFFICIAL SEMI REPRESENTATIVE OF UNNAMED GIANT BIG CHAIN BOOKSTORE: "um uh you know we can't have you do that because on POD's we can't return signed copies."
ME:(only slightly deflated) oh, but my publisher is Putnam. LOTTERY released by Putnam?
UNNAMED OFFICIAL SEMI REPRESENTATIVE OF UNNAMED GIANT HUMONGOUS BIG CHAIN BOOKSTORE: (insert sigh and probable eye rolling but of course you can't see that through the phone - consider it physical head hopping) "Hmmm...they don't usually do POD. It doesn't sound familiar. What did you say your name was again? I don't think we're ordering your book..."
ME: (voice becomes squeaky)"but...but...but...I'm an author from Hawaii!"
UNNAMED OFFICIAL SEMI REPRESENTATIVE OF UNNAMED GIANT HUMONGOUS GARGANTUAN BIG CHAIN BOOKSTORE: "Now dear...we can't order EVERY book now can we?"
ME: (in very small voice) "ok then..." (hangs up phone and slinks away chastised)
So even though articles about me may be appearing in papers and magazines. I am still the same...taking out the garbage, sticking those yummy microwaveable meals into my oven and cleaning kitty litter off my floor.