I flew out to EWTN on Monday afternoon, arrived late that evening, met Sandra Miesel for the first time, taped two shows Tuesday morning, left that afternoon, and arrived home at 1:30 this morning, a mere five hours late. Today I'm trying to recover, something I didn't have to do a few short years ago, but cannot avoid now.
It's rather humorous that Sandra and I wrote a book together but didn't meet in person until two days ago. The wonders of technology and all of that. Several readers have asked how we wrote The Da Vinci Hoax together and if it was difficult in any way. Actually, it went very smoothly; the tough part was getting the book written quickly. But we never had any problems in working together; in fact, we are talking about writing another book together. I simply created an outline and asked Sandra if she would write on topics A, B, and C; I wrote on topics X, Y, Z. The rest of the alphabet was ignored. It took about four months or so to have a finished first draft ready for Ignatius Press.
Anyhow, the two shows we recorded at EWTN were "Bookmark" with Doug Keck and "Living His Life Abundately" with Johnnette Benkovic. They will air sometime this fall. As usual, it went very well and it was a delight to be there, even if it was only for a few hours. I hadn't expected to see my former prof and friend Fr. Mitch Pacwa—he was supposed to be in Lebanon—but we ran into him in the cafeteria. Turns out he leaves for the Middle East today; he'll be there for twelve days shooting video footage for a future Ignatius Productions release (btw, there is no business connection between Igatius Press and Ignatius Productions). Fr. Mitch told me that he just finished work on a commentary of Ecclesiastes he has been writing for Ignatius Press; I'm not sure of when it is supposed to be out (next year, I'm guessing), but I'm looking forward to it.