Oh, my darlings. My dear ones. I have been far busier than I have ever been. Last night I laid everything out for my writing group, whose eyes grew wider and wider and I continued without taking a breath.
“And I’m almost caught up on anthologies, but of course I still have the main novel and the book launch and volunteering for Killercon and I’m behind on putting my blog tour together but I have some signings scheduled and then there’s school and Niko’s bus takes him to THE WRONG SCHOOL and tomorrow are cardiologyappointmentsandthenwehaveimmunizations…”
Do you know what my group said?
“They shouted, ‘Mercedes, you’re nuts!'” you shriek with glee. And you would be right, if they were ordinary people. But, ah, they are quite extraordinary.
They offered to watch my kidlets. They offered to fill out paperwork if necessary. They are wonderful, and if it weren’t for Mason, Ryan, and billie, I would be curled up in little ball about now. Thank you, my dear, dear friends!
So for a quick update:
Niko’s bus will finally start taking him to the correct school next week. It’s been crazy trying to drop two children off at separate ends of the city when their schools start 10 minutes apart, but soon it will be manageable! The cardiology appointment, which I was dreading, was a four hour ordeal, but both Niko and Lilia have good, stable hearts. What a relief!
The book launch for Beautiful Sorrows will be a wonderful, low-key event at Killercon. Not only will I be doing a reading, but I’ll be meeting several friends (and the Shock Totem staff!) face-to-face for the first time. I’m delighted!
I hope you can come. I also invite you, if you so desire, to help me spread the word about Beautiful Sorrows. I can’t express how excited I am! I love the cover. I love the illustrations. I love the stories, and the preface made me swoon. Shock Totem Publications put such care into this book, and it shows. If you can tell your friends, or surprise them with copies for Christmas, or possibly share pictures of the cover (below), or put the banner above as your Facebook cover (just click on them to bring them to full size) I would be so pleased! So many trials and tears to get to this point, and now I look around and think, “I think that I am very, very happy.”