Hello, Friday Fools!
Welcome to Friday Tomfoolery and release day! The digital version of The Reluctant Bandit: Lawlessness & the Law, Book 1 is now out! I spent the morning worried because I was hearing crickets and not seeing my book. Now, I'm so excited! What I'm not excited about is saying that title multiple times or my full name. I get tongue twisted on both, which is so sad for me. Originally, I didn't have the subtitle because it was a stand alone. As I wrote it, the other characters started chiming in and wanting their stories told. I realized that I had three additional stories to tell as well as a longer arc to complete. Each story can be read as a stand alone. That was important to me. I don't like things hanging out there, making me wonder. I have enough sleep issues as is.
In the vein of wrapping things up, the final character quote is on Instagram today. Since it's release day, Charlie's featured. I've also posted my "release party" video. It's a silly video of me wearing a bandana. Since I've already made a fool of myself, go ahead and have a look-see. #freakshow. My writing coach said it was a great idea for people to see the "real" me (honestly, that's a whole other long-a** story). The "real" me is debatable because of my discomfort level--the rest of the group knows how I feel about photos and videos (I'm about as capturable as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness monster ). Joking around, Karen said, "Wear a mask." Then she said, "No, a bandana!" Of course I thought that was hilarious and totally doable, until I actually had to do it. Always in theory, right? I spent yesterday afternoon thinking about what to say and spending more time than I would've liked ending videos with single cuss words and "no." (Did I ever tell you my dad used to tease that I was Italian? After all the hand "slicing" gestures I would've believed him.) I was getting a little thin-lipped with myself. At least I didn't level-up to strings of cuss words or mini stories primarily composed of cuss words. So I have that going for me, I think. Delete was my best friend, especially since that misery spilled into this afternoon with the delayed release, and delayed newsletter. More redos. Delete and I tight like that. Sorry, Tatanka.
I'm leaving you with my first completed novel. (Because my book was almost late to its own party, I only have an Amazon link, right now) I'd be thrilled if you bought it and read it. Even more so if you went on to review it. I'll create a little dance if you tell your friends. (I know some of you are--insert your action guess here: I had awesome emojis here, can you guess what they were?--because you know I don't dance when people are watching. That falls into the photo category only up a level (not in the good direction). Singing is one level above dancing...and that's for your own health more than my ego.) At any rate, I'm appreciating all the love, support, and encouragement you've given me along the way. I can't thank you enough. Despite being as loud and bright (hello, purple) as I am, I really do like to hide in the background. But sometimes I just can't help myself. This book represents one of those times. Today's snafu wasn't the last nail in my coffin. I lived to tell the tale. Although this newsletter is giving me grief--notice the lack of emojis? My emojis work hard--I made you do their work just once, above. They were GIANT and I had to delete them (see blog link below--a giant emoji on the newsletter that doesn't present like that on the blog). I'm talking paragraph-sized emojis. I considered leaving them because I'm so attached, but you all put up with so many of my shenanigans that I felt the need to spare you, this time. Super sad, because you know I love my emojis. Sometimes I'll only use emojis, no words. #technologyisforcingmetofigurethingsout.