You loyal Hair In My Coffee subscribers received a post from quite a while back in your inbox today. It is the one post I kept on my new blog. You might want to take a peak at the homepage—things are looking a little different. My life looks a little different these days. When thinking about ramping up the blog again after such a long hiatus, I wondered what to keep and what to weed out of the fray. You know what I came up with? Sometimes ya just gotta wipe the chalkboard clean, slap a new coat of paint on things, and start wherever you are—right at that very moment.
Did you look at the new layout? Can you tell I love Lewis Carroll and Alice In Wonderland? Ha! Always have. Many thanks to Benji Peck for the design and illustration, Paul Gilbert for the photography, and Jessica Kimbrough of Howlin Books for a great location, and also for opening a fantastic independent bookstore in Nashville.
So… what the heck have I been doing during my little disappearing act? Still working at Green Pea Salon, still raising that boy of mine (Kindergarten next year, what?!), and I recently just finished the first draft of my second novel, tentatively titled The Way Things Have Always Been. I’ve been working on the story for three years, and as always, it’s been an emotional roller coaster. I am presently awaiting notes from my editor, with stubby fingernails (sexy, no?) an anxious stomach, and a glass of something close by these evenings. There’s something about the work not feeling “real” until readers interact with it.
I look forward to all of you interacting with the new story. Okay, I chewed another fingernail after I wrote that sentence—sorry, you know how I like to keep it real here. And I look forward to presenting you with an assortment of ramblings on this blog—silly, hopefully occasionally thoughtful, maybe entertaining—but most of all, I endeavor to be present in all of it. I’m working on that these days.
How the heck have you been?!