February 27, 2006

Inderal

Doctor today. Blood taken. Sitting for hours in the fluorescent waiting room, no book, no magazine, with dozens of other people waiting to be poked with a needle. Listened to two women talk in great detail how to make Jerk Chicken. The world is a fascinating place.

Got a prescription for precious, precious Inderal. It’s a stage fright drug that I learned about because it’s taken by half of the NY philharmonic. It’s a perfect stage fright drug because it doesn't act like a downer like Valium. Motor coordination is fine, it just cuts the nerves. I took it on my book tour most nights. I have three readings in March in Portland, L.A. and Berkeley. It’s been a while since I’ve done a reading. I’m older now, maybe I won’t be as nervous, but I’d like to not take the chance on being an embarrassment. My heart could end up in my throat and I won’t be able to speak at all. I’ll mention the readings as the day draws closer. Maybe I’ll meet a blogger or two. Another reason to take stage fright medication. I don’t want to end up like Andy Partridge.

I’m days away from releasing my novel.

4 comments:

Spiral Stairs said...

Any chance of an East Coast jaunt?

Henry Baum said...

The moniker is back! I don’t think there’s going to be an east coast trip this time around. We’re driving everywhere. Even Portland. I think, not sure yet. Incidentally, inderal isn’t strong enough for my horrible nervousness on planes. Once I took inderal, valium, and xanax during a plane flight. That was stupid. But I didn’t exist for four hours.

Natalia said...

It's a shame you're not headed East any time soon.

Good luck with everything!

Stay cool.

Spiral Stairs said...

I'm going through an online identity crisis. Maybe a general one, too. I don't know. The other name embarrasses me because I've decided to let that blog go fallow. I can't possibly point people to it. I'm more comfortable with this one anyway.

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