Breaking the First Leg of my Journey

John and I headed for the airport this morning only to discover our flight had been cancelled. We’re supposed to be in New Jersey right now, where I’m to speak at a private event tomorrow and visit family. Then we’ll travel on to New York for the Book Expo. We couldn’t get on another flight today, so we came home and we’ll try it again tomorrow. I hope I make it in time for the event. I’ll feel so bad for the organizer if I don’t, plus I’m looking forward to talking about books and writing and The Midwife’s Confession. (Okay, I don’t mean to brag, but have y’all seen the reviews?? Do a Google search on The Midwife’s Confession and check out the blogs! So heart warming to me.)

Anyhow, I was thinking about what I want to say to the audience tomorrow (fingers crossed…) and I remembered how I used to plan my speeches and thought I’d share my crib notes with you. This sheet of paper (or one similar to it) is what I’d take to the podium with me. This one is from a long-ago event (mid-nineties) on Marco Island, Florida. (Wow, did I get lucky landing that engagement! What a fabulous place!) Honestly, I don’t remember what some of these little pictures represented, but they had meaning for me when I stood up in front of the audience and that’s what counts. I’d always start in the lower left hand corner and work my way around the circle. Now I just use a little note card. How boring! Maybe I’ll draw some pictures for tomorrow. . . in the hope our plane gets off the ground in time.


  1. Linda Linares on May 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Your “crib notes” is really a work of art and tells a good story. It should be framed!

  2. Margo on May 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Love the artwork Diane! (-O:
    I hope by now you’re on your way…both events sound wonderful…be sure and let us know if you make it!

  3. Betty on May 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I spent my honeymoon on Marco Island…

  4. Diane Chamberlain on May 21, 2011 at 12:06 am

    i made it just fine. The group I spoke to was big and wonderful! I’ll share some pix soon.

  5. Margo on May 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

    So glad you made it Diane…can’t wait to hear all about both events and see pics!
    My bookplates arrived yesterday…thank you so much for signing them and for taking the time to do this…it means alot to all of us who signed up for them (=O:

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