Blessed, humbled, and gratefully astonished. I have been all of those things since the Please, Pretty Lights launch party last week. Here are my six favorite moments of awesome in chronological order:
Awesome moment number six: The day of the party, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers arrived from my mother-in-law Lynne who lives in Arizona. My husband’s family has been extremely supportive. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous — more than nervous — knowing relatives were reading some of “those” scenes. As it turns out, they seem okay with my dark, twisted sense of story.
Awesome moment number five: An hour before the party, I had a mascara-is-smearing-but-oh-well realization when I saw my brother Gil round a bookshelf and come at me for a hug. He had flown up from Arizona to surprise me. He’d booked his flight six weeks prior and never said a word. Having him there meant the world to me. I spent much of my childhood following him around. He was kind of my hero, and he still is.
Awesome moment number four: When I had to figure out a creative way up to the podium because it was so packed with family, friends, neighbors and people who I didn’t even know. It made me think of that scene in This is Spinal Tap where the band gets lost on their way to the stage. It made me laugh, and so I approached the mic with a calm, sincere smile.
Awesome moment number three: How cool was it to have a live band kick of my launch party? The Seattle School of Rock House Band nailed it, killed it, owned it. They played The Shins, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and the Violent Femmes. Perfect set list. Nick and Matt would have been proud. If they were real people, that is, and not figments of my imagination.
Awesome moment number two: Being able to publicly thank my family and my editorial team at Booktrope. When it was time to sign books, my seven-year-old daughter and her two friends stood next to me. At first, I wasn’t sure what they were doing, but soon realized they were playing “author” and signing a piece of paper and passing it back and forth. It was so freakin’ adorable that I didn’t have the heart to tell them to scram. I simply moved over toward the edge of the table. Later, I realized they were photo bombing as I was posing with guests. I’m still laughing about it as I write this.
Awesome moment number one: The day after the party When I was told Please, Pretty Lights sold so well during August that it could make the Third Place Books 20 best sellers list. Today I learned it made the top 6. See pic. Isn’t that a pretty cover?
Thanks to all of you who have supported Please, Pretty Lights. Your encouragement means more to me than you’ll ever know.