May 3rd, 2007
Evidently you can come home from Vancouver, BC, so replenished and relaxed that you forget to blog. Now that I’m plugged in again, I’d like to report on the trip. Two things made this jaunt oh so much easier than my Cally trip: I had my badass new laptop and zippy Internet access at my hotel, and I stayed downtown, where I could walk to every meeting, event, and media spot. So much better than driving all over creation.
I love a city where you can get your ocean, mountain, and sushi fix at almost every dang turn. While there, I took in the swans at Stanley Park, the conveyer belt sushi at Tsunami, and the shimmering English Bay. Some other highlights:
- Chowing down with fellow Seal Press authors Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears of Boss Lady. (Their book is due out in 2008.)
- Watching the Vancouver Canucks (yeah, people — hockey) win in double-overtime in a sports bar with reader and blogger Laura. (Hi, Laura’s mom.)
- Soaking up the one day of sun with life coach Candice Bowles, on the swings in Stanley Park.
- Meeting the fabulous, hilarious owners of Sophia Books (they carry this highly entertaining book, which I had to buy), where I had my first Canadian reading, and where fellow Seal Press author Ariel Meadow Stallings has a reading-slash-offbeat-bridal-fashion-show this Friday night (May 4).
- Speaking to a crowd of 75 or more hopeful cubicle expats at the Vancouver Public Library, thanks to co-sponsor Banyen Books.
Then there was the media blitz. I did these four live shows in 48 hours. Web clip for the CBC spot.
- CityTV, “Breakfast Television” (first time I’ve had my “makeup done” by a station)
- 940AM Radio, “Montreal Today” (we talked about Rosie, the Donald, and Hil)
- CBC Radio, “B.C. Almanac” (complete with call-ins!)
- CFUN 1410AM Radio, “The Nik & Val Show” (we dished about self-employed screw-ups)
Happy to be home, but not for long. DC, Baltimore, and NY beckon.