Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for being so supportive of my book, and for getting excited with me! I'm so glad I had my blog community to share the experience with; I'd have felt very isolated without you -- it's funny to think that a year and a half ago I had never blogged; the world seems so much bigger now, and more full of smiling faces!
Thank you to Liz for calling excitedly from Barnes & Noble with a copy in her hands!
Thank you to Kim for braving the ferocious clerks at Powell's (and I'm not kidding here -- the scowls!!) and asking them to bring forth a copy from back room, and for putting up a post about it!
Thank you to Mardougrrl for the flowers!
Thank you to Amber and Deidre for both using dark chocolate metaphors for the reading of it!
Thank you to Jone for planning a book party for me!
Thank you to "Davesap" for buying the 15 copies pictured in this stack, as gifts for friends! (And I'm wearing the same T-shirt as in the last post because it was the same day!)
Thank you to Chary for staying home all day the day after the release to reread the book!
And of course, thank you to Alexandra for having a release-night party for me! There was an interview and there was a silly questionnaire for guests to fill out. Here's a sampling of responses:
One word that describes Laini is: daydreamer; creative; artistic; perfect (submitted by my dad); amazing (by my mom); hot (by Jim); tall (by myself; I was wearing my 6-inch platforms); pulchritudinous (by Chary, who out-vocabularized us all); blueberry (from Maggie, and I love it); and lastly, from Alexandra: criminal.
One word that describes Jim: affable; solid; hot (from me); caring; sweetest; sweetheart; lucky (from Jim); kind; perfect-2 (from my dad); high-fallutin (from, of course, Alexandra) -- overall, can you tell that this guy is a good guy?
If Laini wasn't an author she would be a: artist; artist; llama herdress; artist; illustrator; zookeeper; veterinarian; travel series host; reader; polka dot (yes, this last -- Alexandra). Interestingly, a few posts back, I actually said exactly what I would be if I wasn't a writer and no body got it! Don't you read my blog, folks? ha ha!
If Jim wasn't an illustrator he would be a: superhero; superhero; superhero-ninja-FBI agent; barber (ehh?); inner-city youth counsellor; movie critic; doctor; cyclops rabbit (you can probably guess by now whose this is)
Wasn't that fun? I totally recommend that as a party game! Again, thank you to everybody, to everyone who has left encouraging comments along the way -- this writing process feels very much less like, I don't know, dropping pennies into a void, with kindred spirits out there for commiseration and cheerleading. Thank you.