Whhhhhhew! What an exhilarating week it's been! Between getting the mention from Lisa Kudrow on the Tonight Show and my launch party, my head is spinning and it's been nearly impossible to focus. But it's the weekend now, which means my mom duties are in full force, and so I'm coming back down to earth. (Make that scorched earth here on Long Island. The record heat has sucked every bit of moisture from the ground, turning the grass brown and brittle. My flowers look like they were set on fire.)
Anyway, I want to send along huge thanks to the very generous friends who have blogged about me and my book these past days, including Myfanwy Collins, who devoted an entire week to me (what a friend!), and Patricia Parkinson, who took the time to call me for an interview, and then spent hours transcribing (how generous can you get?). Other friends who helped include:
Pia Z. Ehrhardt
Ginger Hamilton Caudill
Melanie Lynne Hauser
Susan Henderson (tk)
Theodore Q. Rorschalk
The only motivation these people had was to do something generous for a friend, and I'm so very grateful and so very touched!
In other news, I did my first drive-by signings this week, which means I popped into bookstores with pen in hand, found my books (on the new fiction table! yay!), and asked a staff member if it would be okay if I signed them. Without exception, the bookstore folks have been kind and welcoming and generous. Not sure I'm supposed to say which stores I visited, as I don't want to ruffle the feathers of those I haven't gotten to yet. But I do plan on hitting nearly every bookstore in Nassau and Suffolk counties before the summer's over. So if you live on Long Island and want a signed book, drop me an email at ellen (at) ellenmeister.com and I'll be happy to tell you where you can find one.
More happy stuff? Last night, for about five minutes anyway, my Amazon ranking was in the five-digit zone. Please, no lectures about obsessing on these numbers! I can't help myself.
Anyway, I think the temperature is supposed to drop to a crisp 85 today, so we might actually do something outdoors, like take the kids to miniature golf. Have a great weekend!
P.S. Can anyone tell me why my links are now appearing all the way down on the bottom of the page, and how I can fix it? Thanks.