Well, I will tell you.
Everything. Or at least that’s what it feels like. Some days I have nearly no plans whatsoever, and the next I go from meeting to meeting, to work, and then to more meetings. I believed people when they said launching a book is hard and busy work. It’s been both of those.
It turns out that writing the book is only like a 1/3 of the work. The next 1/3 is what I am doing now: podcast interviews (and this podcast interview), radio shows, book clubs, and writing articles for Tom, Carl, and Janey. (These are fake people, but I am writing a lot of articles). The final 1/3? Watching the World Series and wearing sweat pants like a boss.
I don’t mind busy. Frankly, I tend to watch too much TV when I am not busy. But, I will be happy when this season slows a bit.
I have been in a training class with the FBI. It’s called the Citizen’s Academy. We get to learn the basic ins and outs of their work, their reach, and we got a pen. Last night we broke into groups and we were presented a case and asked to weigh in at each stage. The four of us were handed an anonymous tip and asked to dissect the message to decide if any further action should be taken. We deemed yes and we were handed more information. Suspect profiles. It was all quite riveting, and I felt like I had been thrust into a real life “choose your own adventure.” And here is where it gets really good.
They provide us dinner each night. Different members of the team have donated food and we eat together. But this night, someone brought Gluten Free cookies that taste like Christmas and your most favorite parts of fall. There were six cookies left over at the end of the night, so as we were debriefing, I was shoving those suckers right into my bag.
I looked at the guy next to me and said, “I took all the cookies.” Dead pan.
He replied, “You stole from the FBI.” Throws head back in crazy laughter.
It was all I could do to stay put. I wanted to yell, “You can’t handle the truth!!” and take off at a run. But I haven’t earned my certificate of completion, and I am still holding out for a sticker badge, so I am saving that for the last day.