The Authors Show
As a stay at home parent, it is often hard to find time to write. While the kids are napping, I can usually get a little bit of work done, but my three and a half year old is phasing out her afternoon nap, and getting up earlier and earlier, and staying up later and later. By the time she’s finally asleep at night, the only thing I have enough physical or mental energy to do is drink myself into a stupor, but I usually fall asleep before I can finish doing even that.
So when I was contacted by one of the nation’s top rated internet radio shows, The Authors Show, to discuss my book Life in Pieces on their program, I of course accepted, but in the back of my mind I wondered how the singing and giggling children in the background would get edited out, and if I’d really be able to intelligently discuss my book over the delightful din of doodie jokes.
It turned out that, for quality and editing purposes, they needed me to call in from a land line. Since, like most people my age, I have not lived in a house with a land line since the early 2000’s. I made arrangements to go to my parents’ house to call into the show. This didn’t solve the problem of what to do with the children, however, because my parents were on vacation, sunning themselves on the peaceful sands of retirement in south Florida.
Arrangements were made for the interview to start at 2:00 on Friday, so when I called in from the land line at my parents’ house only to find out that the interview was not to take place until the following Friday, I wrestled the kids back into the car and began the thirty minute drive back home. Luckily, when Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is mixed with the constant hum of the highway, it puts my kids right to sleep.
It all worked out for the best, as the following Friday my parents were back home and able to watch the kids while I put on my intellectual airs and discussed writing, politics, and the publishing industry with the good people at The Author Show. It’s interesting how the chaos of watching two small children always has a way of resolving itself. Now if only I could remember that when we run out of milk in the middle of the day.
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How annoying, but you got there in the end. Thank you, Chris!
Chris teaches writing at Macomb Community College and Davenport University. He has had various works published in the Foliate Oak online literary magazine, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
He attended school at Wayne State University where he was awarded two Loughead-Eldridge Scholarships in Creative Writing, and at Michigan State University where he was a winner of the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award.
He lives in Clawson, MI with his wife and two kids.
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