Both girls were up at 4:30AM this morning. First Vera woke with a nightmare (something about me being on a stage with her best friend Zoe) and only wanted me, not Greg, to lay down with her. I was sleeping with the baby, who of course woke up the moment I departed our bed for Vera’s. I snuggled with V and sang to her, all the while listening to the sounds of Greg trying to soothe a chirping J. Finally Vera fell back asleep and I made my way into the living room where Greg was bouncing Juliette while watching the early morning news on television.
By 5:45 we were all back in bed, but of course I couldn’t sleep. We leave for Australia in 5 days — FIVE DAYS — and it seems like there are eight thousand things to plan and fret over. There are so many components to this trip. First and foremost I have a ton of author engagements. I have workshops to prepare for and books to read, panels to mull over and radio interviews to get ready for. Then there is the fact that we’re taking a ten week old baby and a three year old toddler with us. I’m not even going to bother outlining everything there is to worry about in regards to this situation. On top of that I’m working hard to plan out all the things we want to see and do in a country I’ve never visited, and also making sure that my mother-in-law and brother-in-law are included and taken care of every step of the way. Greg is in charge of downloading movies for Vera to watch on the eight million flights we’re taking and he’s also getting the house ready for our two batches of house guests while we’re gone. Throw in our regular life of work/preschool/writing/4:30AM wake-ups and my brain is officially fried.
However, all that said, I’m sooooo excited about this trip. Greg and I keep punching each other in the arm (lightly and sometimes just figuratively) and saying, Holy sh*t, we’re going to AUSTRALIA next week. We both know it’s going to be one of those trips we think about for the rest of our lives.
Anyway, for any of you following along on our adventure you’ll be able to keep up with us on Twitter and Instagram (I’m hoping to blog a bit too). And for those of you in Australia, here’s the itinerary again, with a couple of additions, including a meeting spot in Sydney. Also, for those of you in Brisbane, I would love for you to come to the Meet the Author Night on September 5 (see poster below)! Everyone else just wish us luck on this crazy trip!
Claire & Family Australia Events & Meet-Ups
Wednesday, August 29 — Arrive Melbourne
Friday, August 31 at 10AM — Reading & Signing (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
Saturday, September 1 at 1pm — Memoir: Fact or Fiction (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
Sunday, September 2 at 10AM — Seminar: The Art of Memoir (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
Monday, September 3 at 11AM — Sydney Meet-Up (Botanic Gardens Cafe, Botanic Gardens) Come meet and my family for coffee. I’m happy to sign books and just chat!
Wednesday, September 5 — “Meet the Author Night” Brisbane Writers Festival (rsvp to alourigan@
Saturday, September 8 at 10AM — Seminar: Dark Themes (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
Saturday, September 8 at 2:30PM — Seminar: Mothers and Their Families (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
Sunday, September 9 at 12pm — Workshop: The Craft of Memoir (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
(9/9 – 9/14) Sunday evening through Friday morning — Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef (if you’re in this area and would like to meet up, please email me!)
September 14 — Return to Los Angeles