This is a big one for me. I've spent the last month planning the first half of my 2018 tour, and it's finally kicking off this week. Tell your friends you're going "on tour" is always a little strange when you're an independent, self-published Internet Human, so I wrote about what it feels like. It's a phrase most folks seem to associate with rock stars and penthouse suites. The reality is often a lot messier, but also (to my mind) a lot more fun. I've been so humbled by the friends who have volunteered couches and contacts as I've thrown this thing together, and I think every single one of these stops is going to hold something unique and magical.
Last night I cut up 500 of these name tag stickers. I also bought a big guest book. I'm going to have everyone stick their labels in at the end of each event (and draw their own demons, if they want to), hopefully ending up with a physical artifact that proves we're all in the same boat.
When I asked people this question at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last month, about 80% said their demon's favorite phrase was "nobody likes you." Imagine, just for a minute, being at a book event and realizing that everyone else there is just as scared as you are. And then knowing there's something you can do or say to put those other people at ease (and maybe even, in the process, go easier on yourself). I think there's a lot of power in that.
Of course, this is all hypothetical right now. The thrill of doing something like this is not knowing exactly how every stop will go—so let's find out together. Without further ado, here's...
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