October 16th-New York City book signing at 12:30 pm
October 16th-New York City book reading and signing at 7:30 pm
October 18th-Ridgewood, New Jersey signing at 6:00 pm
October 24th-Hollywood reading and signing at 7:00 pm
October 25th-San Francisco reading and signing at 6:30 pm
October 26th-Austin reading and signing at 6:30 pm
October 29th-Toronto reading and signing at 7:00 pm
October 30th-Chicago reading and signing at 5:30 pm
To say that I am surprised by all of these events is an understatement. I honestly didn’t think there was any chance that more book events would take place for three simple reasons. First, the first New York City event was announced a long time. When there is a long break between event announcements, I just assume that is all that would be happening. I suppose that I should know better after seeing the long break between the first announcement of some summer shows last year like Durham and Chicago and the rest of the tour, but habits are hard to break. Second, the only locations mentioned when John appeared in Second Life was New York City and LA. Yes, perhaps, he mentioned that he hoped for other locations, but hopes are very different from reality. Lastly, I assumed that I wouldn’t have any luck and that he wouldn’t come anywhere near me. In general, though, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that he is going to as many places as he is. I’m also glad that he isn’t just going to the coasts. Now, of course, there are COUNTLESS more places that could be picked for a spot. I know this. Everyone knows this. I’m sure that John Taylor and the publisher knows this.
So, what does this mean for me, the insanely over-scheduled and lucky to get 5 hours of sleep person? I’m not sure. Obviously, I would LOVE to get to the one nearest me. Who wouldn’t? It does mean missing other things, other commitments. Here’s where the real test of fandom comes in, right? Do I skip other things and possible risk consequences? If so, does that make me a bigger, better fan? If I don’t keep my real life commitments, does that make me too obsessed of a fan? Will I totally regret not going or will I feel guilty if I go? I am totally over thinking. I know this. Another thing I know and have been living for awhile is how much I HATE being pulled into 3 or 4 different directions. I would love to just be able to commit to one thing and one thing only, but I can’t give up any. For example, I can’t give up my paying job (as much I would really like to, at times) because it is what pays the bills. I won’t give up fandom because it brings me the most joy. As far as campaigning goes, I only have 24 days to go. I just wish that I could worry about one at a time. I wouldn’t feel so very torn and guilty all the time. So, readers, I ask you. What do you think I should do? Do I allow myself a day of John Taylor and screw the consequences? Ignore my other responsibilities?