It's not about what's over the rainbow.
It's more about the Yellow Brick Road, the people we meet
and the friends we make along the way.
*from A Gift of Love, by Linda Della Donna*
There is rain in the forecast today, but weatherman promises blue skies when the rain is done. That said, I have things to do. Week after next is the BEA--BookExpo of America, to be held at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. I am invited guest of my publisher, Archway Publishing, division of Simon and Schuster. And I must prepare for the gala event.
I reserved a hotel. I plan on taking MetroNorth, that is the train from where I live, and arriving Grand Central Station. I plan to check into my hotel, unpack, jump on the queen-sized bed a few times in celebration, then shuttle over to Jacob Javits Convention Center. My plan is to have breakfast with Neil Patrick Harris, and a few other celebrities. I am invited. It is my dream come true, and fingers crossed, I hope it all comes together as planned.
This is a brand new experience for me. Writing a book is a solitary event. After awhile, a writer spends so many long hours doing that isolation thing, she sometimes forgets how to be with people. This writer anyway. I will be stepping outside my comfort zone. I will be meeting publishers, editors, celebrity authors and so many other writers from all over the world, oh my. I worry: is my hair too long, my teeth too crooked, and will this dress I want to wear make my butt look fat. It is as if all the flying monkeys have landed. In my head.
So following advice I give my widow friends, it is time for this widow writer to take a deep breath, time for me to inhale, exhale, and take one baby step forward as I make my way forward in my new journey as author of A Gift of Love.
Stay tuned. I will report daily at BookOrBust. I will take photographs and post them here. I will name names, write specific details about the things I see and the many people I hope to meet.
Wish me luck.
See you in print,
Linda Della Donna
"...And sometime when I wasn't looking, I got a new life."
In your writing journey, be kind to the writers you meet along the way. You never know when you'll meetup again.