Two days ago, I went to sleep with a book forthcoming, and woke up the next morning with a book out in the world. It’s surreal.

Of course, these lines are blurry: people had already read advance review copies, and a few even had hardcovers we’d sent out for press coverage; bookstores had copies ready and waiting in tidy shipments; libraries too, or so I assume. I’d been writing and revising this book for several years, but suddenly it was actual. For everyone. Not just me.

So I got on a plane and flew to Los Angeles, where the jacaranda trees are blooming, and the June gloom is hanging heavy in the mornings (thank god; it’s 106 in Tucson), and I ate sticky rice and fancy little petit fours with one of my very best friends in the world, and today I will read at Book Soup with Edan, and we will celebrate my 9th wedding anniversary, even though Dave had to work, so he’s not here. (Last time I remember missing our anniversary, I was in Singapore, and my dear friend Rachel and I went to a jazz bar; on the way, we had to walk through an enormous underpass, and because we hadn’t been in Singapore very long we got a little nervous. But unlike the sketchy Chicago underpasses I have known, this one was clean and brightly lit and full of teenagers practicing for a dance team—they were pretty much holding an extremely wholesome dance-off—and it was beautiful and we laughed.)

So forgive me if I boast about a few of the things I’m really proud of right now, having written this book and sometimes cried about it, and being here now, eating room service in my pajamas; I promise that very soon I will be back to talking about my dog (who is, of course, featured in this week’s comic, because what could be more soothing to a person whose brain feels like sloshing gelatin than to draw the little animal they love best in the world?).

And ok, ok, I’m sorry, just a couple more things, because I actually made these ones with my human hands, and I’m proud of them:

Now I think it’s time to drink my coffee.

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PS: Please come see me at a reading if you can! Buy my book!