The problem with speaking in public without notes, and trying to say something factual, is that you might just get the facts wrong. That is just what I did at both of my book launch parties, when I tried to tell people about a very round-about source of inspiration for my just released picture book, Two Speckled Eggs! I was trying to tell them about the movie Shortcuts, directed by Robert Altman, an adaptation of nine short stories by Raymond Carver. Instead, I said the movie was directed by Jim Jarmusch (a fantastic director by the way), and was an adaptation of short stories written by Robert Altman. Wow, so wrong. I think my brain scrambled itself under the bright lights. That must be it.
But hey, anyway, if you ever want to know just how round-about this inspiration was, let me know and I’ll tell you over a cup of coffee. The explanation is too long and boring to put here. But the excellent story in question is here, in case you want to read it.