I'm back from Salem, Oregon, where I visited my daughter, Jojo, for the first time since dropping her off 5 weeks ago. It did my heart good to see her sister Jess and little brother Jacob run up to her on the pristine green campus lawn, wrap their arms around her and squeal with joy. She is healthy and happy and a natural in her new setting. She participated in Midnight Madness for her basketball team which sealed the deal for me as I witnessed the high fives, team cheers and customized team chants. She is exactly where she belongs. All this to say, it feels good to be home knowing she is thriving in the North West. Now, it is time for me to catch up on some important author work.
I think I have detached myself from the task of being, as my friend, Barbara Abercrombie says, the "marketing whore", because I really hate this part. It is tough pitching my story. I've sat at tables with vendors selling everything from jewelry to medical stints and I've seen passers-by look at the cover of BLOOD Brothers, nod, read a bit and keep walking. It's not like I can dangle a glimmering necklace or dazzling earrings to lure them in. Mine is a story, a story which needed to be told. It's not pretty, unless you get it, care about inner beauty and the joy which can come with sorrow. I am the new girl on campus and feel every bit a stranger but, like my daughter, this is where I belong.
That said, I have several events coming up:
Flintridge Bookstore in La Canada, Ca. on 10/20 at 7:30 pm. http://www.flintridgebooks.com/index.htm
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light The Night, Woodland Hills, Ca. on 10/22 from 5-8 pm.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light The Night, Valencia, Ca. on 10/29 from 5-8pm.
Legacy Leadership Conference in LA on 11/3
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, on 11/19 at 4:00pm.
I haven't quite figured out how to post these events properly on my website but I'm learning.