Lee Woodruff

SPEAKER – AUTHOR – MEDIA TRAINER

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April 2010

Book Stories Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 6

(cont) This last flight leg is a small prop plane. We are delayed an hour and by the time almost everyone has boarded, a family straggles on. They are Pakistani from what I can tell. They are exhausted, two kids in tow, one an infant and the other about three. I silently close my eyes and recite the airplane mantra. “Please don’t let them sit near  ...

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Book Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 5

Flying to San Francisco from LA, the security guard takes a little too much extra time examining the X-ray picture of my bag and asks to see my liquids. As the man prods my bag I can feel my butt cheeks clench together, my muscles tighten and I hold my breath as if that extra oomph might help the bag pass inspection. Please don’t unzip my tightly  ...

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Book Humor Stories Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 4

I have misread the schedule in Detroit.  There is no down time before events and I have not arrived in my “media outfit.”  I have not even showered as I had thought we were going to the hotel. The girlfriend-like media escort appears excited to see me.  The book business in Detroit has slowed with the economy and the automotive downturn. We stop for  ...

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Book Friends Stories Travel

Book Tour Baby – Part 3

Despite all the challenges of being on the road, there are amazing moments, incredible people, who will give pieces of themselves to me without even knowing it. There is the arresting sound of Tricia Thompson’s trach tube clearing as she sits, dignified in her wheelchair during a brain injury fundraiser in Kansas City.  The story I heard of the Vietnam  ...

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Book Friends Humor Stories Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY = Part 2

After a slight delay, I board the plane and begin the mantra uttered by seasoned travelers and solo mothers throughout the world …………..”please don’t let me sit near a child, please don’t let me sit near a child…” I have already done my time. Over and over again, the Gods of Airport Seating get it backwards. They see me and think “she has four kids,  ...

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Book Stories Travel

Book Tour Baby

I originally wrote this piece as an essay -- and it has sat on my computer for months now-- since "Perfectly Imperfect-- A Life in Progress" first came out. So on the eve of heading out to tour and speak for the paperback--I'm going to share the essay in installments. If you've ever been on the road for a period of time or wondered what it's like to  ...

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Book Stories Travel

On The Road

So my book, Perfectly Imperfect, is out in paperback. Release the confetti. I’m on the road, doing my author thing. I’ve patched together a series of speaking gigs and I packed my bag, my cooler of food, my metal water bottles and headed out on the open road. The point is to sell books. If I sell enough books then maybe someone will want me to  ...

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