OHMIGOSH! Okay, this is the very most DELICIOUS timing, Lovelies – Jessica is being released on NOVEMBER 1st, so pretty much AS WE SPEAK! And I am SO excited. LOOK AT THIS!
The first and most obvious (and yes, you’re probably sick of hearing about it by now, but stick with me) is BEING IN A BOOK! Not *me* but my writing, which I made up with my brain and submitted to Helena when she offered me the opportunity to audition; now woven into a glorious, creepy, perfect-for-Halloween tale, and AVAILABLE IN AN ACTUAL, IN FACT BOOK, WHICH YOU CAN BUY NOW!
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In October 2014 seven writers came together to create a meta-fiction project entitled JESSICA.
What was it all about? Here’s what Helena had to say:
“There are rumours that I keep a writer trapped in my basement… but I assure you… Jessica is and always was here of her own free will. Until one day she disappeared, and I began to realize that everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. Everyone has a terrifying story about Jessica B. Bell. Some of them are even true.”
It first appeared on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, beginning HERE.
If you read JESSICA, you may have noticed that there were pages torn from the journal. The complete JESSICA (with over 50 pages of new material – THE MISSING PAGES) can now be found on Amazon in PAPERBACK, or as a Kindle e-book.
There’s also a special, Deluxe Edition exclusive to iTunes (you will need an iPad or iMac/iBook to read – sorry, won’t work on your iPhone).
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Good GRIEF I’m psyched about this. I even told my colleagues today, and they were very excited for me, too (2), which was sweet of them. I think they reckon I’m a bit of an oddball (they’re right – I am) but it’s nice to have something to my name, having made mention that *ethereal voice* I write… [sideways-linked thankful – a colleague brought in her 6-week old daughter to show us. I thought I was going to have a rough time of it, but in fact, after sitting back for a while and not joining in, I asked for a cuddle with the teenytinybeautifulperfect little girl, and snuggled her for ages while she fell asleep on me, and it was a lovely, lovely moment, and I didn’t break even a little bit – it was just NICE. Which is a huge relief and also rather wonderful]
The third is simple – I’m thankful SO MUCH for Helena. If you don’t know her already, then (darlings) you really should. She is probably my absolute favourite unreliable narrator and Dilettante, and her storytelling is magical – it just *grabs* me, every time, and then she’ll do something awesome and daring like break the fourth wall and address her readers directly. I tell you, it’s an altogether different experience than I’ve ever read before, and I LOVE it. Her (first) book, ‘Memoirs of a Dilettante‘, sent me into absolute raptures. BUT, I’m thankful for more than just her writing – I’m thankful for her friendship and for her encouragement and support as I try to better myself as a writer. I’m also enormously, massively grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Jessica project (which she has worked TIRELESSLY on, and has masterminded absolutely BRILLIANTLY, corralling authors and managing publication and formatting, all with consummate professionalism (and coffee, I expect)), and it’s turned out so beautifully…it’s an honour to be part of, and a delight indeed to be given the chance to ‘piggyback’ and be published for real.
SO. To celebrate, I’m having ANOTHER giveaway (4).
You might remember that I did one last week, and congratulations to Roshni Aamom, who wins a copy of ‘Jessica’ signed by me and Helena, and THANK YOU to everyone who took part (5), sharing the promotional pic, and telling other people about the book.
But now it’s available, we’re going to need reviews, because books work off recommendations, and what I’d LOVE is if you write a review for it once you’ve read it (and remember, I have pieces in the ‘missing pages’ at the back, too…) and let me know, I’ll put you into the draw for a FOR REAL Jessica poem, written by my own fair hand and included in the book. I will send it TO YOUR HOUSE, and you can keep it forever and know that you were a part of the awesomeness which is the Jessica project.
What else, then?
I’ve had some wonderful little moments with people this week (6) – people who are (or who are rapidly becoming) part of my little hardwired heart world, and who matter. Those off-blog interactions and chats and messages and texts…they all count, and they all make this so very much more tangible as a ‘way of doing friendship’, and they are quite, quite delightful. I should really list them all, but that would take me FAR beyond Ten. Those people just need to know that the exchanges we’ve had have MATTERED, have filled up my heart, and have made my soul all *twinklysparklyhappy* because FRIENDS.
I’m thankful for poetry tag games, friends who write poetry and tag me in said games, and for the very true-to-me aspect of friendship where I WILL get alongside people and help and encourage them if I can (7). I will fight demons with them, combat sadness, listen to frustration, try to soften hurts, offer perspectacles, and always, always, always try to help them find the Silver Linings. Because they truly are there, those glowy bits around the edges of even the darkest clouds, and I know that they don’t make the Bad Stuff go away, or any less bad, but they do help when borne in mind. And if not – if all seems dark and desperate, I will be there. Because when it comes to ‘my’ people, it matters HUGE to me to be able to offer support and as much of a dose of love as I can offer.
I’m SO HAPPY that OctPoWriMo is done (8). Not because I’m thrilled and relieved it’s over (like I was with the A-Z in April challenge, because that was HARD GOING) but because I’ve had such a gorgeous, brilliant time over at the Well Tempered Bards with Zoe, and we’ve created some *lovely* poetry, and met some wonderful, amazing people, and I’m pretty sure I’ve made a couple of new friends, who will be the sticking-around types, which is always a glorious thing.
TWO GLITTERBOMBS HAPPENED (9), which was wonderful. I love weeks like that. Gretchen’s arrived for #KickCancersAss, and also, Jen put up the ‘considerings’ post I wrote for her, for the same project, and I’ve been thinking about doing something else for Christmas, because the uptake and support on this one was so delightful, and I love that together, we’re MAKING A DIFFERENCE. That matters.
And tenth, which is rather a delight to share with you, just because timing, and because it’s FUN – this right here is my 600th post. BOOM!
YOUR GO! 😀 And don’t forget to let me know if you do a review of Jessica – Amazon, Goodreads, your own blog – I don’t mind where, I will just be HUGELY grateful, and I want to send this poem to someone who will treasure it.