Monday, March 13, 2017

March Madness


My book comes on 3/21, and so blog tour begins today. YaY! I’ve written a variety of posts--from how music influenced me to how the collection came about to the challenge of writing in our new political reality.

Dates and links are listed below. Please visit. If you comment on them, you’re automatically entered to win 1 of 3 prizes.

And if you scroll to the bottom of this post, I’ve written a poem. It’s my birthday near the end of this month, so I figured it would be fun to write something that is also in theme with my book, Time & Circumstance.
  

3/29  My Memories of a Future Life 

Previous:

3/13    Nas Dean
3/15    Wendy McDonald 
3/16    Judy Mintz 
3/17    Kid Lit Universe 
3/18    Iris Blobel 
3/19    Sharon Mayhew
3/20    Jemi Fraser 
3/21    Denise Covey 
3/22    Marcy Hatch
3/23    Janet Buttenweiser 
3/24    Jessica Haight  
3/27    Alex Cavanaugh
03/28  Unicorn Bell



Thank you to everyone who has hosted me! xo



Middle Age March Madness

My regrets shadow me—
long in dusk.
And like a bewildered toddler,
try as I might,
I can’t outrun the damned thing.

Is this middle age madness
looking back?
If a groundhog sees his shadow,
we’re all screwed.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda.

Why didn’t I get grandma’s recipe
for brown bread
and those creamed turnips too?
Better yet,
let’s dish about the speakeasy.

Then all my dumb fear decisions.
Pathetic.
Landed, stranded, instead of airborne.
Practical.
Confidence wasn’t on sale, I guess.

Why didn’t we do this or that
way back when?
Would it have killed me to try?
Seemed so then.
Whatever … it all worked out, I guess.


64 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Theresa! And what a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Nas, thank you so much for hosting me and kicking off my tour! :)

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    2. I'm enjoying your posts all around the blogosphere!

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    3. Glad to hear it! I tried to mix up the content a little.

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  2. Hi Theresa - Happy Birthday for the month end ... Middle Life comes upon us ... but the young genes stay around (in our heads anyway!) ... great poem and reminisce about the now ... and the whys - but no regrets ... still so much to do ... take care and good luck with the tour ... Hilary

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    1. Hilary, I'm holding onto those young genes in my head! :) Thank you.

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  3. Happy birthday! You should celebrate with a book release or something...
    Looking forward to hosting you.

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    1. Alex, getting a book released for my birthday is a pretty cool present! I look forward to being on your blog. Just have to go see those movies to review. (Small detail.)

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  4. Happy Birthday, Theresa! Congrats on your book release. Sounds like you have a great month planned.

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    1. Natalie, thanks. It's sure going to be a busy month!

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  5. Happy birthday month. Congrats on the release.

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  6. See what a great salesperson you are? After reading this post, I popped over to Amazon to pre-order your book... and I already HAD! :) (You musta convinced me last time around, and I'm far enough past that middle-aged stuff that I plum forgot!) LOVE your poem.

    Happy birthday! I can't think of a more exciting way to celebrate than with a new book release. Best wishes for much success with it.

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    1. Susan, ha ha! I'm glad you didn't order the book twice by accident. Yes, this is an exciting month for me--a year older and a published book. :)

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  7. Happy Birthday.

    Yep, all the shoulda woulda coulda's can ring on in, but then we are where we are and if we did one of those woulda coulda shoulda's we'd be wondering about the woulda coulda shoulda's we did do that got us where we are now. Can't win.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. Just got to live in the present and look forward, right?

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  8. Congrats on the start of your blog tour! So exciting! This will be a whirlwind month- especially with your birthday too.

    Hindsight is 20/20. I think when we were younger (I am in my 40s) we thought we had all the time in the world to get those recipes and hear those stories. Not the case. Someone recently reminded me that at the time I was doing exactly what I wanted to do, so I can't be too upset about the things I didn't want to do.

    Wishing you a happy early birthday!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess! This month is going to be crazy. That's a good way to look at it--we were doing what we wanted to do at the time.

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  9. Congratulations on your upcoming book release, and happy early birthday! I think it's natural to feel regret as you get older; I know I definitely do, especially about the fact that I was (and still am) a workaholic. I used to think it was okay, but now I realize that I should have let myself have fun more often.

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    1. Thanks, Neurotic Workaholic. I was just telling myself I need to have more fun. I spent my winter break and snow days doing work. Taking a grad class isn't helping. Neither did the Master's exam, which I took last weekend. I need to stop taking classes!

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  10. I guess it did - although I wish I could have bought some confidence too. Heck, I STILL wish I could buy some confidence! :)

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  11. Hello Theresa, I loved your poem, although I found it rather sad. It feels as if you need a big hug – so I’m sending one! Congrats on your book and Happy early Birthday, now I'm away to Nas Dean’s blog.

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    1. Barbara, I always feel a little sorry for myself around my birthday, but I'm trying to make fun of myself for it. Thanks for the hug!

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  12. Such awesomeness! I can't believe it's here already. *tosses cheese confetti* Here's wishing you the most epic month of all time!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! Cheese confetti!
      And congratulations to you.

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  13. Looking forward to hosting you and hope your birthday rocks!

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    1. Thanks, mshatch. I look forward to hosting you and hope your birthday rocks.

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  14. A book birthday and your own birthday! Congrats! Hope both are happy!

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  15. Happy Birthday, Theresa, and many more. Meanwhile, congratulations on your book release. I'll peek in on your tour to learn more about it. Have a great day.

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  16. BTW: I just ordered your book. Looking forward to reading it.

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  17. Wow, congrats. It's been awhile. And Happy Birthday too!

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    1. HR Sinclair, it has been a long time. I was on another blog and thought, I know that name!

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  18. A big congrats, Theresa!!
    Great way to celebrate your birthday!

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  19. Woohoo! Good luck with the tour and have fun!

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  20. That's a very impressive book tour list. I've never done one for my books; I relied on book-bloggers. But you're inspiring me to try to set something up. Wishing you an awesome release!!

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    1. Lexa, I would love some tips on how to set up reviews with book bloggers. Thank you!

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  21. Congratulations and best wishes for the book, and the birthday! Wish you joy, good health and much success. Thank you for your words.

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  22. Hope you're having a fun tour! Looks like a busy time.

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  23. Congratulations Theresa! Wishing you much success! :)

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  24. Congrats on publication and happy birthday month!!

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  25. Much success with the book
    Happy Birthday and a nice poem on a bad
    case of the guilts. ha

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    1. Thank you so much, Belva! Glad you enjoyed my guilt poem. :)

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  26. Loved the poem. It captures many of the feelings I've experienced as well. Best of luck with your new book.

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  27. Great poem Theresa. Wow. Right to the heart. So many memories and thoughts of the same nature came back to me. I miss my grandma. Good luck with your book and keep shooting for the stars. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Erika. I'm sorry about your grandma.

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  28. Congratulations on your new release. It's been nice to see you around the blogosphere. Wishing you all the best!!

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    1. Thanks, Nicola! It's been nice bumping into you around the blogosphere.

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  29. Happy Birthday, and congratulations on your book release, Theresa!

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  30. It must be so exciting for your novel to be the one going on tour soon! I hope your tour goes well and that it brings a lot of attention your novel, and the right readers end up with your book in their hands.

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    1. Oliva-Savannah, it is an exciting time. Thank you for the nice wishes.

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