Inspired by the group SHE WRITES, I've decided to start this: My personal countdown to the publication of THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS.
Today, Sunday, February 21st, there are 50 Days to go. No big book news today. I had your standard worries: first, my son's five-year-old friend, who had a sleepover last night, was crying because our hermit crab Purple Wurple pinched her. I washed her finger and got her a Band-aid, not realizing that poor Purple Wurple, who can't break skin or do much damage, was loose in my office! So, the next hour was spent down on my knees searching for Purple Wurple, who we adopted this September in Hatteras. Now, these are the first hermit crabs I've ever owned. I'm the only person I know who doesn't seem to kill them, probably because I don't let anyone else touch them (then again, no adults want to handle them), and because, I spent like $200 on their fancy digs. These guys have a humidity gage and a little heater. (I also have living Sea Monkeys: since Christmas!) Pretty nuts.
Then we were off to Toys R Us and then to the river. My son's recent concerns are that I love everything else compared to him. "Do you love Daddy more than me?" "Do you love Georgia (his friend who had the sleepover) more than me? "Do you love Purple Wurple more than me?" "Do you love writing novels more than me?"
"No and no and no and no... I don't love anyone or anything more than you."
So, 50 days to go. I hope you'll join me for the next 49. I don't know what to expect. Most recently, I was invited to attend and be on a panel at the James River Writers' Conference (October), which, being a native Richmonder, I am elated at the invitation. The first year of the conference, I was honored to meet Tom Robbins. I adore him. Other than that, things are good. I celebrated my birthday with friends on Friday. Felt blessed to have so many cool people in my life. Excited that in less than two months, I'll finally see my book in hardback form. It's still hard to believe. Thrilled about having a book launch party at Gallery 5 on April 18th. All is well. I hope it stays that way. I'll be in touch tomorrow, and I hope that if you have any questions or comments, you'll post them.
Also, remember that Chop Suey Books will be selling my novel at the launch party on April 18th. I'll be signing books too.
Thanks for all your support.