I celebrated last Saturday, as I said I would, the release of the e-Book version of Lessons from Pond Scum, along with my first year anniversary of as proprietor of Homeostasis Press.
So much of community with a capital C went into this event.
There’s my husband, who believes I can, whatever it is that I set out to do.
There’s my nephew, who let me tag along for the printing of the wonderful shirts his boss at Brainless Tees created for me.
He also brought my sweet mother-in-law to stay for a visit after the party. He’s tops that way.
There’s my dear daughter, who quietly steps up whenever I ask her for help. She is always an enthusiastic contributor to my community, and one of my greatest cheerleaders (as well as my copy editor!).
There’s my Soundview School community, which has supported me for so long, not only by providing the space for the event (many thanks to Head of School Chris Watson for this partnership), but also former colleagues and families who came to cheer me on and made me feel so right in my world.
That’s a pretty big community, but I’m not done yet, because I also got much love from my SCBWI family, virtual writer friends who came to my event, who have congratulated, validated, cheered, and who are now become real, true, in-person friends.
In addition to experiencing the strength of community, I learned a ton. Six dozen cookies: too many, though we’ve enjoyed them this week. 8 pounds of grapes: crazy (I just wanted variety…); 5 pounds of carrots, also crazy. And for future reference, order your coffee totes in advance.
Next time, I’ll have someone else do the actual selling so that I can mingle when I’m not signing.
Though I did enjoy talking to everyone individually as they came to me to purchase books, I didn’t get to introduce my family and friends to each other, and there were a couple of people my husband was very sorry to have missed.
So, yes, this week, I’m grateful for community, in so many ways.