What a Whirlwind!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The last 72 hours have been a whirlwind ... in between driving all across the Mitten to do media and book events, AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM received a great review in USA TODAY and then was selected yesterday as a TODAY SHOW Summer Must-Read.

Here is link to Today Show clip:


All of a sudden, things have exploded.

Including my back. While driving to Ann Arbor yesterday for a book event, and after ingesting a triple-shot latte and then a giant Diet Cherry Coke from Steak-n-Shake (and, YES, I KNOW I SHOULD BE HYDRATING!), I twisted in the passenger seat while working on my laptop and felt something pop. I've had trouble moving ever since. I can barely get down on the toilet (yes, I know, TMI), but still, it's the truth.

I woke this morning to find myself twisted in a ball, two dogs quite literally laying on my spine. I am moving around the cottage today like Benjamin Button (the old years, not the hot Brad Pitt years). I scream when I reach for the coffee; I scream when I try to sit down; I scream when Gary touches me.

Which, I guess, is a nice segue to the book: In the city, if I were in this condition, AT LEAST SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM. Today, here in the woods, only the cardinals scatter. The chipmunks and the new raccoon which ravaged our new "Raccoon-Proof" bird feeder last night, could give a flying crap. I guess when you forage for your own food, sympathy for a gay man's backache doesn't rank highly on your hierarchy of needs.

Thanks to all of you for making SCREAM scream right up the sales charts. And for all of you who have written already to tell me how much the book has made you laugh and re-think your life, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Especially as I sit here on a morphine drip.

But I expect to be back to my old self ... I mean, I have to by Tuesday. An appearance on Chicago Public Radio followed by signings in Chicago, M'kee, and STL. Please check out my Appearances on this site, and come to one of my signings next week. At Least in Your City, I Want to Hear You Scream (preferably for me, and not at me, just to make that clear).

xx for now,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Wade!
I just wanted to drop you a line and say I just inhaled "At Least in the City..." and loved every line of it, as expected. I laughed out loud so many times and am passing it on to all my friends! Thanks for writing such a great, funny, well-written book. I love how you organized it with the Life Lessons and illustrations of each.
At one point I was thinking you and Gary should branch out to more adult two-person games like cribbage, backgammon, Scrabble and gin rummy! I can't believe your grandma didn't teach you those at the cabin. And: do you watch "My Name is Earl?" The "house" next to yours made me think of it. You would love the TV show, which is about "trailer trash" people. There are so many funny lines thrown in that sometimes I can't stop laughing. You would love it!
Good luck with your current writing, your book tour and I hope your back gets better. You might need at PT or a chiropractor...Your groupie fan from Grand Rapids, Deb

June 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Wade Rouse said...

Thanks, Deb. We're going to try next "Eucker" ... (sp?), which I've never heard of before moving to Michigan; however, here, game nights of Eucker seem to be held equally as the hollowed ground of T-giving and Christmas. I'm sure we'll suck. Yes, I'm nursing my back. It's getting better. And I'm so glad you loved the book; thanks for letting me know. (Just make sure your friends BUY their own copies! I'll sign!) Thanks ... I love my groupies! Have a great summer, Deb! xx,Wade

June 14, 2009 at 5:05 PM  
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Spelling = Euchre. I HATE euchre because the highest card in the deck is the Jack of trump and the next highest card is the "bower" -- the other jack of the same color! Then the third highest card is the ace of trump, then on down. For instance, if hearts is trump, the rank of order is: J of hearts, J of diamonds, A of hearts, K of hearts, etc. I can never get my mind wrapped around it. Good luck with that!.............Deb

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