Bright lights, big cities

Busy days. (Note to self: why is “busy” spelled this way but sounds like “bizzy”?) I know, I’m addicted to busy, but life is full and there’s always a lot to do. Indulge me, will you?

April and May were full of Tongues of Angels adventures, because Indie-Visible released the novel as a 10-year anniversary edition, and I was all over the place online, in several blog-carnations. It was good. It was busy, but it was good. That firmly under way, I turned to finishing off the second of the volumes of collected diaries, and all the proofing, indexing and final approvals needed.
RFTM Cover for internetAll to good ends, friends, because the second installment of the Doris Diaries is here: Reaching for the Moon. Yes. It is finished, and ready for your approval and delight (click that little link and it will take you to Amazon, or print the page and take it to your indie bookstore and ask for them to order it special via Ingram.) And if you read it and like it, why PLEASE do go to that Amazon page, or Goodreads, and post a review? Because it is fresh and new, there are zero reviews yet.

And lord knows, I love a review.

I’m in the midst of planning what’s next, that is — book tour! I have a handful of dates in the Bay Area this fall, and a week in Portland set for September. Southern California and Arizona visits are also in the works. Very exciting events coming this way:

  • Sept. 3-9, a giveaway on GoodReads (5 copies of Reaching for the Moon)
  • Sept. 7: Neptune Beach Festival, Alameda — I’m reading (in costume) 1-1:30 onstage, between bands!
  • Sept. 8: Art Deco Society’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon (costumes required! hosting a table, signing books)
  • Sept. 21: Sonoma County Book Fest (at Santa Rosa Jr. College), all day; Indie-Visible book table (signing books)
  • Sept. 22-28: Portland via Coast Starlight train
    • Sept. 24: Architectural Heritage Center: speaking on “The Works of Luther R. Bailey,” Doris’s father (my great-grandfather) – 7 pm
    • Sept. 25: Hollywood Theatre, Sandy Boulevard. “Wings” silent movie featuring the accompaniment of the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society. Complimentary Champagne and book launch, brief reading before film. Book signing, 6:30. Film at 7. $10/general; $8 seniors/students, $7 members of the Hollywood Theatre.
    • Sept. 26 (tentative): Cocktail reception at Heathman Hotel, featuring no-host bar, costumed reading.
    • Sept. 27: Eugene, OR: Tsunami bookstore reading, with other women writers. 7 p.m. Book signing after.
  • Oct. 6: Sonoma County book launch, Occidental Center for the Arts, 4 p.m. Slide show, author interview and Q&A.
  • Oct. 25: Doris in San Francisco; The Rabbit Hole, 7 p.m. Featuring costumed bartenders, reading, music of the Jazz Age.
  • TBA:  Books Inc. Alameda reading.
So there you have it. A busy schedule, with travel, meeting far-flung friends and more. Watch for updates….those TBAs and Tentatives will turn to solid gold soon.

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New (Excellent) Review Posted for I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do!

BWW Reviews: Party Lines and Party Dresses – A Look at New Work from Julia Park Tracey
by Karen Biscopink

“I’m beginning to rebel. I crave adventures. I want to live. Not merely exist.”
So writes Doris Bailey, a fifteen-year-old diarist living in 1920s America. Editor Julia Park Tracey has compiled a portion of her great-aunt’s journals in her newest book, “I’ve Got Some Lovin’ To Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen.” Doris’s documentation of her teenage years does not, in terms of the above, go on to disappoint: rebellion, adventure, late-night rendezvous and borrowed (sometimes wrecked) vehicles. Tracey has painstakingly transcribed her ancestor’s passionate recountings from a series of diaries, and having access to such a blunt portrayal of Doris’s day-to-day is a valuable historical voyeurism.

In writing this review, I keep fighting the urge to use words like “honest” and “legitimate.” Of course honesty is at stake. We are, after all, granted viewership into the private thoughts of an intensely romantic young woman, living in a remarkable and (from my standpoint) relatively mysterious decade. Every experience, from taking late-night suitors’ telephone calls to navigating social mixers, is described with an ultimately contagious enthusiasm. It’s so redolent of my own journals from this period of life that I can’t help but feel a distinct kinship with the young woman, despite the fact that a century has very nearly transpired. Blunt and aggressively invested in detangling her identity, Doris’s voice is entirely familiar.

“I’m in love. But it’s one-sided and he doesn’t even know my name, so what difference does it make? I see him on the street car every morning. His name is Frank Norris. He’s a Secret Sorrow if there ever was one.”

It’s this overwhelming sense of passion that serves as the book’s greatest strength and biggest drawback. Tracking the names of numerous infatuations, trying to navigate the fleeting and fickle attractions that comprise the majority of Doris’s entries, can become monotonous at times. However, I feel this is a result of Tracey’s light editorial hand and again appreciate the stark reality with which the reader is presented. The diary has not been sensationalized to fit the criteria of linear, historical fiction, and to splice Doris’s account to this end would seem, somehow, a great disrespect.

According to Tracey, “I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do” is merely the first book in a larger project to be called The Doris Diaries. In fact, she’s been documenting some choice snippets (from both this book and those to come) on Twitter. In addition, Tracey has agreed to do an interview, providing a closer look into her experience and process, so check back soon for a deeper dive.

Getting ready for Tongues of Angels
Available soon!

I have just one more event in April, and that’s a Doris event at the Alameda Library (see sidebar for calendar info!). But in my hands I hold the proofs to the new edition of Tongues of Angels, and that means the new edition is just days away from uploading to Amazon. Days, like 10 days, not like 2 days. But days, not weeks or months. Days.

That makes me glad.

Watch this space for more news, soon.