"There are turkey-makers and turkey-eaters," said author Alison Krupnick today at EPIC. In Krupnick's metaphor, the turkey-makers are the ones who roll up their sleeves and get things done while the turkey-eaters are waiting for dessert.

Krupnick is the type who travels the world as a Foreign Service agent, learns a few languages, cares for an ailing mother and raises two daughters, all while taking charge on Thanksgiving -- clearly giving her turkey-maker status. Today Krupnick gave EPIC folks a slice of those experiences and more from her book, "Ruminations from the Minivan: Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," which she self-published in January. She used Create Space, and recently did a KDP free day, which brought in over 750 downloads.

Krupnick apologized for one thing -- driving her husband's Audi today because the minivan's check engine light landed the vehicle in the shop. After the talk, she sent a note: "The required repair for the Famous Minivan was minor and inexpensive." Whew! We look forward to updates from the road, wherever it leads her.

To purchase a copy of Krupnick's book, get in your own van -- or coupe -- and head to or . And check out Krupnick's to stay up-to-date on her travels and turkey making. --Janette

There are some things you can't help but look forward to -- like hearing about author Alison Krupnick's minivan travels. Krupnick will visit EPIC in the Edmonds Library on Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m., after the 10 a.m. writing group. Here's Krupnick's promo to get your engine revving:

"Alison Krupnick, author of "Ruminations from the Minivan:  Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," visits EPIC on March 18 to talk about why you should write that book you’ve always wanted to write, and her experiences with self-publishing and book promotion.

"Alison is a former world-traveling diplomat, turned minivan-driving mom and writer. As a Foreign Service officer with the State Department, she served in India, Thailand and Vietnam and in Washington, DC on the country desks for Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives.

"Her writing has been published in Harvard Review, Brain, Child, the magazine for thinking mothers, Seattle magazine, Crosscut and a variety of news and trade publications and literary journals and anthologies. She is also the author of the blog . Alison lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters."

Krupnick's talk will be followed by a board/general meeting at noon at Coldwell Banker Bain on Fifth Avenue. Everyone is invited to the writing group, talk, and meeting.