A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: My So-Called Fictional Life

By Rick Kaempfer

In my day job, I'm the publisher of a boutique Chicago publishing company named Eckhartz Press. Our company has been readying our next book for publication. It's called "Down at the Golden Coin" and it's written by the author of this blog, City Mom herself, Kim Strickland.

Tomorrow is the big day. We plan on turning in the finished file to the printer, which means the press will start printing the first edition by the end of the day, and we can begin accepting pre-orders at our website, www.eckhartzpress.com

But here's the ironic part of the story, as far as I'm concerned. Kim's book takes place at a rundown Laundromat called "The Golden Coin". The main character only goes there because her washing machine broke unexpectedly.

So what happened to me less than a week before this book's printing? My washing machine also broke unexpectedly.

And with three boys, the dirty laundry has been piling up at an alarming rate. This morning I was sniffing clothes just to make sure they were dirty enough. Unfortunately, two of the boys are teenagers, so anything coming within six feet of them is instantly dirty enough. (Wow, is personal hygiene is a low priority for them.) And the little one dives into mud puddles for sport, so he's even worse.

But because I've been too busy working on Kim's book (about washing machines) to do washing machine research, we're not very close to getting a new washing machine.

So, more than likely, I'll be heading to the laundromat in the next few days, just like the main character of "Down at the Golden Coin", Annie Mullard.

Maybe I'll meet my Messiah there too, like Annie did.

That would really come in handy. He or she could help me make a decision. Front-loader or top-loader? Whirlpool or Kenmore? Warranty or no warranty? New or used?

But even if I don't meet the Messiah, "Down at the Golden Coin" will still go to press tomorrow. If you're a reader of Kim's blog, I'm sure you'll enjoy the book. I've decided to make it available on the website today for any of Kim's "City Mom" readers that want to take the leap a day early (On Leap Day).

If you want to find out more about the book, click here.

If you want to pre-order the book, click here.

If you want to keep up with the latest news and information about the book, click here. (Tomorrow also begins our extensive "Countdown to the actual release date" tease campaign).

And if you've got some washing machine suggestions for your poor overloaded (as opposed to front-loaded or top-loaded) publisher, click on the comments section below.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Looks like a good book. As a suburban dad, I wrote an update for dads to prepare their family.

    http://www.thehomeforsurvival.com/dads-read-this/

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