Although it has been cold and raining for a very solid week, I have the following trike news to report:
- A friend is making a special trip over here at 9:15 am on Saturday from three towns over, so that she can take the trike out for a ten minute spin. I let her sit on it, locked to a post at night in the rainy dark, and it was that exciting.
- A woman who was walking down the bike path talking on her cell phone today, started calling urgently after me when I passed her. When I stopped, she ran to me. Turns out the she never learned to ride a bike, but is raising her grandson, who just turned 4 and has his first bike, and she's been thinking of getting a trike to keep up with him. At her request, I let her give it a very brief try.
- Also, I have seen the following writers on their bikes while out on my trike. (No stopping and chatting, just a rolling wave). In the order in which I encountered them:
- Andrea Hairston who has a science fiction novel, Mindscape, due out from Aqueductpress in February.
- Jerry Epstein, editor and economist.
- Kelly Link, who wrote the strange and wonderful short story collection, Magic for Beginners.
In other news:
- Only three more days until my birthday. It's Monday. What oh what will it be like to be forty-five?
- I won't be joining the ghost of Katherine Anne Porter at the Yaddo mansion. Didn't get in.
- Lambda Literary Foundation has a new director in Charles Flowers, and evolving plans (check the link if you'd like to know more.