I won’t pretend this Pandemic has been good. However, for writers, it’s meant more time to, well, write. I used to have weekends crowded with gigs and social activities. Now I have two clear days to do some of the other things I love. I’ve written a third book. It’s only a first draft right now but has that ever stopped me from blabbing about my work?
Drive All Day (Because I’m Too Old to Drive All Night) is a memoir like my first book, Drive All Night. Like that one, this new one has tour stories. Thing is, though, I’m not touring much these days, even before the Pandemic, so this one features a few essays — like why Spotify is evil — and chapters about my students, embracing winter, and why I love Dollywood. There’s also some goofy stuff like “Things You Should Never Say to a Musician.” Number one is “Do you have insurance on that?” If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an influencer on YouTube — yep, I’ve been called that — there’s a chapter on that, too.
Right now that first draft is with a few first readers. Those are the people who read it and tell me what they think. Is it boring? Entertaining? Was that list of things you should never say to your guitar teacher as funny as I think it is? Do I whine too much about Spotify? You know, regular stuff. I’ll make some edits based on their recommendations.
The next step is to find a publisher, then get this puppy out, hopefully before the end of this year, I’ll keep y’all posted. Maybe this one will be out at a time when I can do in-person book events. Or maybe the fools who don’t wear masks will ruin it for us and I’ll have to do virtual events. However it happens, it’ll happen. Meanwhile, you can pick up one of my other books, Drive All Night, and An Army of Lovers: Women’s Music of the Seventies and Eighties. And remember, if you’re my age, don’t drive all night.