The other day, I decided to do a quick google search for myself. There's a very practical reason why, but it's a rather long and convoluted story (and we all know how much I like to be concise ;), best kept for another day.
So I'm skimming down through the choices, and sixth one down was a listing on New Society Publishers.
"Wait," I thought. "That's my publisher." And so I clicked on the link, and whaddaya know! There it is.
My book! New Society Publishers has put up their spring catalog, and I'm in it ;).
So, then, I went back to the google search page, scrolling back through the options, and ...
Number two listing, after the YouTube videos (none of which are related to me, by the way), is an AMAZON-freakin'-dot-COM listing of *MY* book!
What a day!
So, for all of my friends and family members who have been wondering how I spent the last year, wondering why I wasn't returning phone calls or email messages or sending Christmas cards - here's my excuse :). I was writing a book :).
And for those of you who have always wondered if I wasn't, perhaps, just a bit crazy, now you know. I've written a book on "surviving the apocalypse."
The answer is clearly *yes* ;).
It has been an amazing and exciting and wonderful ... and oh, so humbling experience ;).
Langston Hughes ponders the question of "what happens to a dream deferred", and if this dream of mine (of becoming a published author) that has (finally) come true can be said to have been "deferred" for these past thirty-plus years, then I can say, with complete assurance, that a dream deferred doesn't dry up or turn rotten and stink or sag or explode.
For me, it was more like a caterpillar in a cocoon. It wrapped itself up, and hibernated, until the time was ripe to hatch, and now, it's wriggled its way out of its silk wrapping and is flapping its dazzling, colorful wings.
There's sure to be a book giveaway ... or something ... where I give away not just my book, but *my* book, and I can honestly say that this will be one book that I will be thrilled to share ;).