next time, try the train

Apologies to everyone who came out for the group reading at Jefferson Market Library last night hoping to see me read from Quantum Coin. Due to circumstances entirely out of my control, I missed it by that much.

I was on the Greyhound bus from Philadelphia which normally takes two hours—two-and-a-half tops—to reach New York City on a weekday afternoon. However, a fatal truck crash set the NJ Turnpike and an overpass on fire, requiring significant diversions. So I got on the bus at 1 p.m. and arrived at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:15 p.m., like some horrible kind of time warp that I hopefully will not do again. The reading began at 6 p.m. As inconvenienced as I was, I’m still alive (though half-asleep), so I feel I can’t really complain about it all too much. My condolences to the family of the deceased truck driver.

Despite valiant efforts to draw out the reading and Q&A, I arrived just after it had finally ended. But I can tell you this: It was wonderful to see a room full of my friends waiting for me! They said I should read anyway, but I figured the library would have preferred if we were all gone. And I was hungry. At least I had time for dinner and made some new friends before I had to get on public transit again—a train at 10:05 p.m., which thankfully brought me back home right on schedule.

It was also nice to have people on Twitter to keep me company and root for me during my not-quite-epic journey. I am not the whiny sort, but I was really bummed to miss the reading. Still, there will be other readings, and hopefully other books. But next time, if I’m at all in a hurry, I’m taking the train.

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