At Maker Faire, my friend/co-worker’s daughter asked my husband to draw me so she could get both our autographs. This is what Patrick made for her. I like the paint smudges on it, it fully demonstrates how crazy busy our booth was. Everyone left with some kind of craft supply stuck to their body!
Tonight is a different story. I’m here in Fresno at Duncan headquarters until Wednesday. All alone in my hotel room. I should be savoring the peace and quiet, but I miss the chaos of home. My Chihuahuas are usually licking my ankles right about now.
Hey, wanna read something totally TMI embarrassing?
*Sits on middle of bed with legs folded storyteller style, and clears throat*
Everytime I come to Fresno (once a month), I always stay at the same hotel. Maybe it is because I’m all alone in my room, and I know I don’t have to worry about bothering anyone – but I end up snoring louder than usual.
Know how I know?
A few months ago I was dead asleep in my hotel room. I had been super tired, and I konked out. In the middle of the night, the phone rang. It scared the crap out of me. I fumbled and quickly answered it, I thought maybe it was an emergency. Who would call me in the middle of the night on the hotel room phone?
“HELLO!” I said, my voice jumpy from being so startled.
“Yes, this is the front desk. The room next to you has requested that you please lower the volume on your TV.”
“Um, OK, sorry…” I replied, confused.
I didn’t have the TV on. I was so embarrassed, I must have been snoring so loud, the neighbors called the front desk to help quiet me down! Eee-freakin’-gads!
The next morning, I went to get the complimentary breakfast and the morning manager goes, “Hello, sunshine! Sleep well?”
I wondered if he knew (likely), or was being genuinely kind.
Fast forward to the next month. I go to check in and the clerk is all “Hi, Mrs. Murillo, welcome back!” He clicks on his computer keyboard for my info, pauses – and reads something on the screen. He goes, “Hmmm…”, and then he glances up at me with a courtesy smile that makes me feel weird.
What the heck does it say??” I’m thinking.
“OK!” he says, “Let’s get you a room!”
I take my key, go to my floor and then my room without incident. I’m so goofy, I realized I need to stop being so paranoid! But just when I was about to go to sleep, I remembered the TV phone call from last time. So I mentally charged up the anti-snore forcefield, and just as I was about to close my eyes, something dawned on me.
My room was at the very corner of the top floor of the building, my headboard butted up to the wall closest to the parking lot.
THEY FRIGGIN’ GAVE ME THE “EXTREME SNORER” ROOM!
Oh, you think I’m being silly, do you? Let me just say that ever since, everytime I come here, I get the same type of room. Patrick calls it the ruckuss room.
But I’m the kind of person that looks for the positive side. At least I don’t have to worry about bothering anyone with my snoring!
On to other things:
This week at Duncan, we are mastermining world domination promo plans for the Crafty Chica line, which comes out this July. I’m also entering phase two of the Safe Sparkle Glitter Campaign. By this time next week, I’ll have more details. I’m on a mission, people. I am not stoping until Ellen notices!
I’m finally getting my novel contracts to sign this week!!
It’s all so new to me, and it’s great. I love that feeling of entering uncharted waters. In a way, it kind of feels like reinvention, or like I’m about to present a new side of myself. Kathy Cano-Murillo the novelist! I can’t tell if it has a ring yet. For now, we will say YES.
Where was I? Once I sign the contracts, I re-open my manuscript and work on revisions with my editor. I don’t know yet if they are big middle-of-the-night-for-months revisions, or just-a-couple-weekend revisions. Either way, I’m sooo ready. I’m going to be fine-tuning my characters and part of the plot. More drama! More crafts! More glitter!
And then I have to do it all over again because my contract is for two fiction books!
Also this month, I’m filming 5 new webisodes for LifetimeTV.com that will begin to air this summer, plus organizing DeAngelo’s graduation party, and developing projects that show off the Crafty Chica product line. Throughout all of this, Patrick and I are busy making art for our upcoming Heard Museum gallery exhibit that opens this fall.
These are busy times! No wonder why I snore!Love & light,