I am sitting in a hotel room in Canada and have an hour until I need to get my kids, so I thought I’d post a few quick Friday things.
First, for any Canadian readers, I’m excited to be speaking at The Art of Leadership for Women conference in Toronto on April 13. I’m particularly getting a kick out of seeing my face next to Malala’s in their marketing materials! I am really, really looking forward to hearing her speak. But anyway, if you’re in the Toronto area, please consider getting a ticket to the conference and coming to see me! (And Malala. Because I’d rather see Malala than me. But if you’re coming to see Malala, you could see me too while you’re at it…)
I am also speaking at the upcoming Watermark Conference for Women in California, but I know that one is sold out. If you happen to have a ticket, please let me know – would love to try to meet up.
I’m meeting with the publicity team at my publisher for Off the Clock (out May 29!) next week. Publicity is much the same as advertising in the sense that you don’t ever entirely know what is working and what is not. So if you feel like sharing how you found me I would really appreciate it. An article you read — by me or someone else? Through another blog? A friend’s recommendation? A bookstore display? If you don’t want to post a comment you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com . I’m always trying to figure out what is effective and what is not.
A reading update: I am approximately a third of the way through Moby Dick. I’m still enjoying it — though I kind of need to take it in small chunks. Ahab does not make an appearance until about 25 percent in, and the white whale is not named until 30 percent in. Talk about a build-up! This is after a whole set piece on cetology, and a description of about a dozen different kind of whales. And yet, all this randomness is kind of fun. I can see why people didn’t know what to make of it when it came out (and it didn’t sell all that well at first).
My 8- and 6-year-olds made a robot together this week. They pretty much did the whole thing themselves, with Daddy downloading the instruction app to his phone. Then they made it run around the house, and go through obstacle courses. It was cool!