April is finally here

I can’t believe April has finally arrived. I’ve been waiting for months it seems and now it’s here and I’m not ready for it. Dang!

This is a big month for me. First, on April 1st I spent my last day in Amsterdam. Many of you guessed correctly yesterday. We had a four-day weekend and decided Amsterdam would be the best place to celebrate Easter. I’ll share more about our trip tomorrow.


Second, the London Book Fair starts on April 15th. Last year I stumbled upon this event just days before it started. This year I’ve had my tickets since January.  I’m hoping it’s just as good or maybe even better this time around.


Caitlin Moran and the moderator chatting before the interview last year.

Patrick Ness, a young adult author, speaking.

Patrick Ness, a young adult author, speaking.

Flying books

Flying books

Third, at the end of this month we leave for our trip to Malaysia. This will be our first time venturing into Asia. Also, we’ll be visiting two of our friends who live there. And many of you who follow this blog know I’ve been training to hike Mount Kinabalu. Time is a ticking now. Last week I didn’t go for a run since I had a cold and wanted to recover for my trip to Amsterdam. I finally went for a run last night. I was nervous about the run since I was dreading finding out how much damage I did taking a week off. Fortunately I realized halfway through my run that the damage was minimal. Yes I was huffing and puffing, but that’s normal for me. I only ran a couple of miles. Tonight I plan to run 3.5 miles. I did come to terms with the pressure I’ve been putting on myself while flying back from Amsterdam. I’ve been focusing so much on making it to the top that I forgot that even if I don’t make it to the top it will still be a wonderful experience. I can only do what I can do. No reason to stress out about it. Just go and have fun.

That’s my month and I’m super excited!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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62 Responses to April is finally here

  1. I still can’t believe you are going to Malaysia!! That is so totally amazing – how are you keeping calm? And as for the book fair, take me, take me!!!! Please :).

  2. niasunset says:

    Oh dear TBM, I am excited as you much as you. I am glad spring is there now… and London book fair seems so enjoyable and nice, I wished to be there… But I can’t move this year… You know my best wishes and my prayers for you, Good Luck dear TBM. But be sure you will take us too 🙂
    Thanks and Love, nia

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    What an exciting month this will be! I look forward to your Amsterdam pics. One question – what happens to Miles during your trip to Malaysia?

    • TBM says:

      Miles and Att have a pet sitter that comes and stays in the flat. Actually, she spoils them rotten and I think they are a little miffed when we come home and have a routine again.

      • aFrankAngle says:

        Ah ha … and sitter who doesn’t forget the ball! ,,, Hope you saw my comment with the Amsterdam pic the other day.

      • TBM says:

        I almost forgot red ball yesterday, but then I thought it would be horrible to be banned from the pub again. Were you in Amsterdam last summer?

  4. i would love to go to the london book fair. it must be a little bit of heaven.

  5. bocafrau says:

    Sure sounds like a busy month for you. Good luck with everything.

  6. “even if I don’t make it to the top it will still be a wonderful experience.”

    yes! but i’m betting you make it to the top 😉 even if you don’t, the pictures you post will be as close as i’ll ever get. lol

  7. Carol says:

    Sounds like a great month. And you’re right, relax and have fun.

  8. An exciting mnth but who is looking after miles and atticus?!

  9. Anna says:

    Wow, can’t wait to hear about Amsterdam! It’s one of the places I really hope to visit this year. And about the mountain, don’t be (too) worried. A week of no running is actually a good thing, it gives your body a rest! You will truly enjoy the hike no matter what happens.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Now dear is it a typo or are you visiting two of our blogging friends in Malaysia or two of YOUR friends?

  11. Beth Ann says:

    I love your closing line—so true! Go and have fun ! That is what we all need to keep in mind instead of stressing out about every little detail of every thing. As I see my summer calendar filling up I need to remind myself of just that—go and have fun! Glad the training is going well. You will be great!

  12. Geez you get around 😛 You make me want to become a traveller.

  13. Wow, big month for sure! Book fairs are so great, but will you be able to buy books? I would have to lift the ban for that. 🙂
    Malaysia is coming up fast! You are right to not stress. This will be fun.

    • TBM says:

      You can buy books there, but most of the distributors are for bookstores so you have to buy in large quantities. That will help me pass them up.

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Can’t wait to see your photos from Malaysia and the hike! Sounds like a ton of fun!

  15. samokan says:

    Looking forward to your photo adventure 🙂

  16. I was in Amsterdam in April one year ago. I just loved every bit of it. We got to see so many tulips in the countryside – absolutely beautiful. I hope they were blooming when you visited. But you know what my favorite part was? We stayed on a houseboat. When in the Netherlands!

    I’m so excited for you with all your big events in April! How I wish I could go to the book festival. Next week I’m going on vacation too, but the location is a secret. I’m having a little contest to see who can guess correctly. More on that soon.

    • TBM says:

      Since it has been so cold not many tulips were blooming. This winter doesn’t want to leave. I think I saw a few snowflakes this morning when I walked Miles. I was amazed by how many houseboats there are!

      I’m pretty excited to hear about your trip. I suck at the guessing game, but I always give them a go. One of these days I’ll get one right.

  17. Guilezilla says:

    Is it really the first time you’re going to Asia? Seriously?

  18. The Guat says:

    Dude I’m so psyched for you. I’m excited about your climb and can’t believe you’re chugging through 3.5 miles just like that … bam. You are going to be badass on that mountain I just know it and I can’t wait to see the pics. Hey! Hope you have a good time at the book fair … the big book fair here is on the 20th/21st. We always have a good time. Annnnnnnnnd……..I’m almost done with our book. So hooray! We can chat it up when I turn the last page 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I got through the 3.5 yesterday, but boy that last mile was rough. I wanted to walk it, but didn’t. Enjoy your book fair! And that’s great about Life of Pi–it will be a fun one to chat about that’s for sure.

  19. Novroz says:

    April is a very busy month for you!
    keep healthy and hope all goes well 🙂

  20. The Hook says:

    Sounds awesome! Have fun!

  21. lizzysiddal says:

    I’ll be at London Book Fair also. Looking forward to it immensely.

  22. pattisj says:

    You lost me at Book Fair…

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