What a crazy week!
FIRST: I get home from three fun and fattening days in Nashville with Pink Martini, then immediately have to slap on some makeup and head to Dante’s with the band to film a scene with Geena Davis for TNTs as of yet untitled new show with her. (PS…she is delightful AND flipping gorgeous!) We shoot all day, we are all wiped out, then I start getting some pings on my phone : “So excited to see you tonight!” “Good luck tonight, Storm!!!” then a few…”Hey…where are you??”s
I was nominated for an Oregon Book Award for creative non fiction, and the big “and the winner is…” to-do was happening, right then, as I was mopping sweat off my half naked, Dante’s dirty self.
“I’m not gonna go. There’s no way I won. I’m beat. I’ll send flowers to the winner.” My little chorus went. Everyone agreed, sympathized, even.
“Actually, it’s kinda rude if you don’t go.” James, my best friend, music partner and hugely annoying moral compass chimed in. “It’s an honor that you were nominated, you should go and congratulate your peers.”
Of course I went. I was late. I tried to hide backstage to cheer the winners as they got off the stage, but the organizers from Literary Arts weren’t having it. So I was THAT GUY bumbling my way through the crowded VIP section of the theater to sit in my VIP seat…in the front.
Immediately I was happy to be there, I got to sit with Larry Colton, my friend and mentor, and the reason for the book even happening. He got a lifetime achievement award and gave a hilarious speech that ended in homage to teachers. Bless that blustering man. Then my category was next:
….and I won.
Now, most of you know full well, I am an all around wordsmith. Metaphor and allegory drop from my lips like half eaten cheerios from a toddler…but I was stunned, literally to silence.
I shook, I started crying, I had absolutely nothing prepared except what I was going to say to the author I and EVERYONE was convinced would win. I remember standing at the podium,
calling Larry an A-hole, thanking….somebody….crying and attempting to make sense of what had happened. Then being led away and given a drink.
Here’s a sweet recap from Portland Monthly: http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com
Wow. So thank you, everyone, for this huge and unexpected honor.
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!!!
TWO SHOWS THIS WEEK:
April 19th at the gorgeous Sunset Center, in Carmel-By-The-Sea.
April 20 at the new version of my old favorite, Sweetwater, in Mill Valley.