Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Some favorite old China pictures

Anna with local Tibetan girls, "Shangri La" Yunnan province. Gyalthang as our Tibetan friends call the area.
The kids in Ritan Park, our first week in Beijing. This remained a favorite spot throughout our stay.

Very first visit to Tiananmen Square. People followed us around taking pictures of Anna.
Very first photo of Woodie Alan, taken at Stone Boat, after our second rehearsal, before our first gig.

Gyalthang, Shangri La, DeQin -- many names for this area of Yunnan province. Beautiful and a bit magical, by any name, in any language.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Website is updated

I did some pretty significant on the www.alanpaul.net homepage today. Let me know what you think.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Facebook Fan Page

Thank you to everyone who has "liked" my Facebook Fan Page, set up to get ready for the release of Big In China. If you have not done so, please click the handy button on the right hand side of this page and get busy. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's a book

A couple of weeks ago I got word that bound galleys were in and went into Harper Collins to tag a few and write notes to send some friends who may be able to help with coverage and people I have asked to write blurbs. Stupid me, I didn’t quite realize that a bound galley was, you know, a book.

A friendly publicist walked me into the conference room, where a pile of books were waiting for me and I gasped. I waited until she left and then I just sat there and stared at the books and felt a huge surge of emotion, even tears forming in my eye. I had been thinking about this book for four or five years and very actively writing it for a year and now here it was. all those words I had typed, read, edited, rewrote in pixels and on printouts were now... a book.

Writing can be pretty lonely and pretty unnerving and to see my book as a book was just an overwhelmingly wonderful sensation.

When i got home and started reading it, I had some different thoughts and emotions: “Oh my God, this is real. I am really putting this out to the public. I had some doubts and insecurities -- not about the writing but about putting my private self and family life out there like this. And lines that I always thought I’d get back to and tweak or fix, well now they were going to be in the book. But that was okay. I just kept looking at the thing and thinking, "It's a book."

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