Lovelies, let me introduce you…

When one of the biggest, fanciest and most undeniably cool bloggers in my acquaintance decided to allow a post to appear on her website, explaining the development of the writer’s pen-name, I *knew* it was going to be good.

What I didn’t know is that it was going to be utterly, utterly exquisite, and written in a style so elegant I felt as though the writing dripped with Tiffany’s jewellery, vintage-catwalk fashion and fabulous shoes. It held a cigarette (in a long, silver holder) between its perfectly manicured fingertips and looked out from haughty-yet-bemused half-closed eyelids, then with a twitch of its perfectly-arched eyebrow, instructed:

“Come here, darling…”

I tripped on over, stumbling slightly and feeling ungainly in the presence of such compelling style. I tugged at my shirt, wishing it hadn’t so many wrinkles or food stains, before quickly spitting on the tip of each shoe, polishing them on the backs of my calves so that I could at least *try* to appear presentable as I stepped into this boudoir of fine writing.

I. Was. Stunned.

It was better than I could ever have imagined it. And I have returned again and again and again, and I kid you not, I leave astounded every. single. time.

From the inception of her name, to the colour of the cracks of light showing through the walls in the shattered parts of her heart, to the right course of action to have taken when her niece (a Countess, by the way) suddenly died of wink-murder in the middle of McDonalds, Helena Hann-Basquiat writes with deft opulence, disarming honesty and runs a gamut of emotions and stories which leave the WriterSoul writhing and wanting more.

Truly I tell you, it took only one delve into ‘Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiqat, Dilettante’ for me to fall utterly and irrevocably in love with the writing.

But you know me, my Lovelies, and as much as I love blogs, you know that the thing which really makes my heart beat faster is a BOOK – a Real and Actual, In Fact, BOOK.

So you can imagine how very excited I was when I learned that there was a Kickstarter campaign to get Helena’s Memoirs published and available to hold in my hand and place on my bookshelf (and smell the new-book glorious smell of fresh ink and unsullied pages and…wait – everyone does that, right? RIGHT?)

Helena’s good friend Jim has launched a Kickstarter project on her behalf to raise enough funds to do a small print run for a softcover release. The goal is to get the book into some indie-friendly bookshops, libraries, and bring it to small press expos, literary events, and self-publishing friendly gatherings like Word on the Street and Toronto Indie Arts Market.

It will also provide the physical copies needed to deliver the book to those who can help spread the word best – reviewers (a.k.a You, if you jump at this opportunity, and ME! (I’m so jumped…))

The Kickstarter project is a pre-order campaign, plain and simple. The book is finished and ready to go – LOOK:

Kickstarter for ‘Memoirs of a Dilettante, Volume One

And Lovelies, it’s so SIMPLE to get it. There are even e-copies for those of you who are less hung up on BOOKS than I am. I’ll even allow that your having a Kindle is a Good Idea, if you buy this (blackmail is such an ugly word…).
Not to mention, there are different levels of ‘package’ you can buy, with more and more and more goodies at each level.Β 
I strongly, thoroughly and completely recommend that you whizz on over and spend some of your hard-earned cash, if not for the writing (which is perhaps the written equivalent of strawberries and champagne on a balcony overlooking the Champs Elysees) then because one of us, a blogger, has made it.
Let’s get behind that.Β 
(I cross my heart and swear half-blind to next Tuesday that it’s nothing to do with the fact that I’ll feel like the luckiest girl alive if this campaign works and I get my personalised, Actual, In Fact copy of ‘Memoirs…’ in the post one day later this year…)

33 thoughts on “Lovelies, let me introduce you…

  1. OHMIGOSH!!!!!

    OHhhhhhhhhhh my heart actually LEAPT inside my chest when I read this! I'M SO EXCITED! Ohhhhh that means I get my BOOK OF YOUR WORDS!


    And yeah – I went for the personalised option (duh!)



  2. Lizzi — I wanted you to know…. KICKSTARTER FUNDED!
    What does this mean? It means that it's locked in — it's happening. It also means that there's STILL 10 days left!!!!! That means a 10 day victory lap, where anyone who hasn't yet pre-ordered can still do so. This is still the only way to get a personalized copy — and you still have ten days to do it — AND IT'S A SURE THING. (Yes, I'm yelling. I'm excited, darling!)


  3. Sandy – it's BEAUTIFUL. I think (and hope) that you'll love it πŸ˜€

    (I'm assuming we're talking about Helena's – mine is neither pretty nor funny (most of the time)) πŸ™‚


  4. I am? Wow! I don't think I've ever been described as a patron of anything before *grins* I hope that's a good thing.

    I can assure you, Helena's book will have NO dust mites.

    But I shall be careful when inhaling from second-hand books, you can be sure.


  5. Oh THANK YOU! For promoting and pimping but also FOR LOVING NEW BOOK SMELL!

    I tellya, that's the scent they should make for car air fresheners, instead of 'cotton breeze' or 'new car'


  6. You're such a patron of the arts, Lizzi. I hope Helena meets her goal. And don't inhale too deeply when you sniff books – you could get a dust mite stuck up there.


  7. My dear, the problem (and challenge) is utterly clear. it's an iPad. This is a Blogger blog.

    We enter the realms of the whole Google/Apple dance of the Montagues and Capulets.

    Just watch as they bite their thumbs at each other…

    (thanks for the link)


  8. Oh HELENA πŸ˜€ As if James Patterson could come close! (never read him, by the way – Lee Child, I like, though, but there are no elegant, champagne-and-strawberries phrases: it's far more camo-paint and kick-ass)

    I sincerely hope that a few more of my Lovely People show up around here to discover you and fall every bit as much in WriterLove with your words and your style as I have.

    And I hope they all pledge!

    Thanks for the tidbit about the sample chapters! That's awesome.

    You are, without a doubt (and not even by default, though it's also the case by virtue of your being the only one I know) my very favourite dilettante.


  9. Thanks SO much, Liz! I really hope it does, too.

    There's something really, really special about a For Real Book, with the feel and the smell and the sound of the pages as they whisper past…I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would give them up for featureless plastic…


  10. I really, REALLY hope this is a win-win, Jennifer. I WANT THAT BOOK! A lot.

    Hey – will you help splatter this around? The more notice this post gets, the more (potential) pledgers for Helena…and then we get our BOOKS!


  11. I love fresh book smell as well. That's why I have way too many of them and can't switch to digital. I Tweeted your link – I hope the KS campaign does fantastic!


  12. HA! Well at least Countess Penelope died of wink-murder, rather than their food!

    Which reminds me, I meant to link those…

    Thanks Mike, and THANK YOU for sharing it πŸ™‚


  13. Do it! Do it! Do it!

    It's entirely your fault, because you INTRODUCED me to her, and NOW look – I am head over heels into Kickstarter and things which are really, quite honestly out of my depth, and I've NEVER done a book promo before and ohhhh I WANT that book.

    All. Your. Fault.

    THANK YOU πŸ˜€


  14. Kickstarter seems fascinating. I've only come across it once before, but essentially, no-one pays until there are sufficient amassed funds to make it work. And I so want this to work!

    I yearn for that book.

    HUGE love for books. (And I really hope I'm not the only one who smells new ones…)


  15. Oh, I agree with you, there's nothing like holding a BOOK in your hands. I love how you are supporting her! Plus, I've never heard of this kick starter thing. It seems very interesting


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