What do you do on pub day?

My friend Lauren Acampora asked me what I did yesterday on my pub day. I went to a big Korean spa and had one of those super intense body scrubs. A ritual of mine for new beginnings. Then to the city where I attended David Levinson's launch for his novel Tell Me How This Ends Well at one of my favorite book stores, McNally Jackson. The questions were lively and the audience engaged and then wandered around the store and bought a David Lodge book on writing (which I'm regretting) and Colum McCann's book Letters to a Young Writer, which I nearly finished last night. I got hooked reading his Don't Be a Dick article in Lit Hub and decided I needed the whole book. This, along with the aforementioned The War of Art, might be my two favorite writing books. 

So the book is launched and I'm ready to start writing again. Finally! The night before last I stayed up too late working on off shoots of What to Do About the Solomons. I was happy just to be writing again. There are so many things to do just before a book is published, and writing new material is definitely not one of them, sadly. But when I'd first met with my editors at Grove I told them there was still a lot more to say about the Solomons, but for a while, I put them aside. I wrote an entire new novel about entirely new characters in an entirely different setting--Detroit. A lithuanian auto plant worker, his daughter living in New York, and his southern inner city public school teacher wife. That book is nearly complete, or at least, put on the side for now. I started a third.....

But Carolyn keeps speaking to me. And Marc keeps speaking to me. And Guy Gever has a couple of things to say....