I’ve met people whose knowledge and everything else will die with them, as Shel Silverstein conceived in this poem:
I’m grateful to report that Jennifer S. Brown is no such hoarder. She selflessly forked over all she learned and endured as first at bat.
Aya explained the “conceptual cover” and convinced me there’s no harm asking contacts for support (after all, the boys all do it).
Louise laid the emotional reality of the process out there for all us, giving the group permission to be real with each other. (Cuz, yanno, we’re decent storytellers.)
Heather showered us with humor and confirmed something I long suspected: bourbon really can solve problems; it’s not just a funny thing to say.
Now this group of talented industry newbies are saying goodbye. But unlike Aya, Heather, Jennifer, and Louise, y’all aren’t getting rid of me. I’m like a rash– or a boomerang if I haven’t been bothering you– I’ll be back the week of January 31st for the launch of I LIKED MY LIFE. Better late than never, as they say.
In between then and now, I’m around! Liking my author page on Facebook is the best way to stay in touch on events and funny/alarming things my kids say. I’m also on Twitter, mostly keeping up with my favorite authors. Early reviews for I LIKED MY LIFE have started to trickle in on Goodreads, where you can also see my bookshelf if you’re wondering what to read next. Oh, and Instagram: I am determined to get on there more. Starting today. Well, starting after Labor Day. (That Tuesday is going to be pretty amazing. Over the past month I’ve said, “I’m going to start that after Labor Day,” about dozens of things. Watch out September 6th– I’m coming for you.)
Thank you, thank you, for tuning in. It has been an unforgettable experience, in the best possible way. Now, as an advertisement for the incoming authors I’ll offer up an adjective to describe each of them (you’ll have to figure out which pairs with whom as you read their posts): CHARISMATIC, BRAVE, UBER INTELLIGENT, DETERMINED, and HYSTERICAL. Readers, be assured, we’re leaving you in good hands.