My weakness is marketing myself, but it’s something I’m working on. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

I went to the dentist last week. Dr. Longlet walks in…

Dr: What’s new since I’ve seen you?
Me: Nothing.

Yep. Luckily, I recovered a moment later.

Me: Wait! I wrote a book! That’s what I’ve been doing every spare minute from July to December minus family vacation on Hilton Head Island and working a bike ride in Idaho. Plus working my usual jobs at Touchmark as a caregiver, slinging tickets/season passes at Mt. Bachelor, and working for a traveling chef. Phew.

I told him about the book, and he asked about the restaurants I interviewed. Turns out, he loves Sunny Yoga Kitchen! Hooray! Me too!

So, in my little bit of spare time, I’m brain-storming about book-signing events, marketing ideas, and trying to remember what I did for fun before I delved into writing. I’m back to reading cookbooks (I love the library for their awesome collection!), making new recipes like pickles from Tasty & Sons and almond granola from Cooks Illustrated, and spending time with Emil (napping together totally counts).

The weather has been quite agreeable, and I walked with Terese up to Overlook Butte and then to Sunny Yoga Kitchen for lunch last week … Karen joined us! Today, Michele and I enjoyed lunch at 123 Ramen … she’s never been there before and absolutely loved it! Then, we huffed and puffed our way up Pilot Butte. I’ve restocked the freezer with cookies and muffins, so I’m ready to shower my co-workers with goodies once again.

I’m also participating in a 12 minute Marketing Challenge through Hometown Reads. Today is day one, so I better get on it! Looking forward to the writing prompts and ideas!

P.S. Cover reveal for Bend Food is coming soon! Stay tuned!