Do you ever wake up in the middle of a conversation and realize you have nothing to say that isn’t about your current obsession/project/career?
Or for those of you with a different focus, your child/love life/health/family life/pet?
No functional observations about the news, sports, or even the weather? “oh… did it rain yesterday? Flooding? Really? I must have missed it.” Sure, it sounds absurd – but I actually said that once in the middle of book production.
Now that the book is at the printers (well, actually in a truck on it’s way to me – yee-ha!), my focus has shifted to event planning. Finding that perfect, or almost perfect, or at least available-and-answering the-bloody-phone venue for the book launch. Talking to wine and beer companies explaining why our book launch is an event they really should sponsor. Writing press releases to let the media know about the new book, the launch party and the great team that made all of it possible.
So I find myself incredibly boring. Oh sure, I can turn a witty phrase and elicit an occasional chuckle, and people do ask about the book, and what’s going on. But I’m boring the crap out of myself, and when I get on a roll… well let’s just say the social niceties and my nature curiosity (read nosiness) seem to vanish in a wave of blather about printing, press releases and venues.
I know I’m not the only one who gets sucked into the “Let’s Talk About ME”-flush-spin. I know because I’ve sat through quite a few. But what do you do when you realized you’re about to go down the pipes?
Or is it just me?