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1 week to go … and no longer counting

Posted on: September 21st, 2011 by admin

 

If I get tears in my eyes when I read a good review of Touch and Go, does it mean I care too much what reviewers say? . . . or that I’ve been trying for success for too long? . . . or that I’m not jaded enough yet? Probably all of the above.

 

This week, Publisher’s Weekly gave Touch and Go a starred review that blew me away. The first line reads: “Nodine’s cinematic novel deserves to be hailed as one of the year’s finest fiction debuts.”

 

I love that word, “hailed.” When I saw it in that sentence, I immediately pictured chunks of ice flung from the sky, pelting me and my novel. When my boys were young, back when it was still an illicit thrill for them to say bad words, they loved it when pings of hail spattered on our rooftop, because we would all scamper to the window, point outside, and say, “What the hail!”

 

And the review’s second word: a “cinematic” novel? The irony! Touch and Go is narrated by a young man with no perception of light. How can a blind man tell a cinematic tale? How can a novel that has no images be filled with imagery? I love it.

 

And finally: “One of the year’s finest fiction debuts.” I’m not just a little humbled by this. To be ushered down toward the front row after not getting into the auditorium for so long — well, I’m not sure I’m wearing the right clothes.

 

As I was reading the review aloud to my wife Shelby, I made it about halfway through before I had to stop and wipe my eyes like a sap. God forbid when Touch and Go receives a bad review. I hope I’ll laugh like a child. What the hail.

 

5 weeks … and counting

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by admin

This past week some anxiety set in. Not the bad sort, uncharted and deep-seated and vaguely disconnected to the world. But the nagging sort that kicks in about 4:00 in the morning and makes me toss and turn and wonder if I shouldn’t be doing more to promote and support my first novel. Underlying it all was the nibbling certitude — gnawing along the edges of my gastrointestinal digressions — that reviewers have received (and thrown away?) their advance copy of Touch and Go by now. They’re reading it (or not) and loving it (or not). Who knows?

 

It took me all week to write a blog post about my connection to blindness. I couldn’t pull the piece together in a way I liked until I saw the review in the NY Times of a new exhibit, Dialog in the Dark.

 

I also spent all week trying to come up with short answers to interview questions, for a taped interview I need to record and post, so that I have *something* on YouTube besides this dorky thing somebody taped at a conference, in which I speak a language vaguely resembling English.

 

I finally got approval to post an excerpt from my audio reading that was aired on True Fiction Radio. I figured out how to grab the excerpt using Audible but I’m still trying to post it on my website. As far as I can tell, Facebook won’t let me post an audio file.

 

I need to make a book trailer too, and luckily my son is on track finding all sorts of photos for it. I haven’t yet organized my email lists to send announcements to all my friends and colleagues who are not on Facebook.

 

Midweek I think I annoyed my publicist with an email that was too rushed and cryptic.

 

Yet all week long when it wasn’t 4:00 in the morning I found myself smiling, thinking: five weeks to go. Yes.

 

And on Friday I received great news: I got a reading in L.A. on October 21 at Skylight Books. I’ll be reading with Andrea Portes, whose novel Hick has just been made into a film that will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in mid September. Yes.

6 weeks … and counting

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by admin

Huge week. Breakthrough week. Well, for this writer anyway. My website and Facebook page for Touch and Go came live, and I was blown away by the well wishes and support of people responding on and offline. And from so many phases of my life: home town, ultimate Frisbee, high school, Japan, family, Oberlin, neighbors, colleagues. Thanks!

 

Sometimes writing is a solitary act (like when stuff is due — or past due). Sometimes it’s not so solitary (like when my teenager and his friends are playing xbox outside my office door).

 

But publishing is anything but solitary:

 

- I’m learning to tweet (@ThadNodine)
- I’m figuring out WordPress (with an excellent web developer, Toni Rouhana, and web gurus Monte Levinson and Lee Glickenhaus)
- I’m learning how to publish and publicize a Facebook page (thanks Libby Jordan at Unbridled Books, and Chris Cobb, the man behind BikeGlow)
- I’m figuring out some event planning (go Rich Rennicks at Unbridled, and thanks Shelby Graham, the dynamic leader at Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC)
- I’m learning what a “road trip blog tour” is (thanks Libby Jordan)
- I now know what to say when people ask why I wrote Touch and Go (thanks, Kathryn Chetkovich)

 

This week I was featured on the debut show (there’s only 1 episode 1) of True Fiction Radio, which is a new kick-@ss 30-minute production of short fiction, with an original sound track, produced by Richard Stockton and Wallace Baine. These guys are fun — and funny. In Episode 1, I read an excerpt from Touch and Go, which you can download for only a day or so more (that is, until episode 2 appears). My bit begins at 20.03. If you miss it, no worries; I’m hoping to post it on this website soon.

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