...for my friends, at least. If I can't have it myself ("yet" - I haven't given up!), I can at least celebrate and shamelessly promote my friends. Last night I placed orders on Amazon for two books published by friends from high school...
Ann is beyond just a friend to me...our relationship is timeless...our souls have become soldered over the years since we first met (click here for more on our friendship story.) She has poured her heart into this first book, Objects of Reflection: A Soulful Journey of Reflection. Don't be fooled - it's not just another "how-to" art book. It is full of her beautiful, eclectic, original art, yes...but it also includes passages of her thoughtful, poetic writing. It can also be purchased through Etsy on her blog, Isla. Ann will soon be traveling to Haiti with Artisans for Haiti, a group of artists who will use art as therapy with the earthquake victims. (The website is just being developed...keep checking.)
Gina is one of my rediscovered friends, reconnected thanks to Facebook. We worked together on our high school yearbooks, but she was a year younger than me and I lost track of her after my graduation. I think we've become better friends in these last few months of chatting via Facebook and reading each other's blogs than we were in high school. What a wonderful surprise to find out she had written a book! From Gravel to Glory: Becoming a House of God is about her spiritual journey...specifically (from her website) she "digs deeply into her own difficult spiritual journey to demonstrate how every experience we have is related to being a house of God." The book is just part of Gina's Stone's Throw Ministry...plus she's a personal coach, Christian speaker AND writes one of my favorite blogs: simply "Gina Calvert". It's enough to makes me step back and wonder what the heck I've been doing with my time these past 30+ years!
While I was ordering and feeling a little under-accomplished, I was tempted to buy another copy of State Lines - a collection of essays which includes one of mine, "A View from a Catwalk" - but seriously, how many copies do I really need? Instead, I tossed a few Elmer Kelton historical novels and and one on the history of the Texas Rangers (Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers by Robert M. Utley) into the virtual cart to use as references for my book-in-progress.
Yes, I'm a history nerd...on my own journey back into Texas during the 1800's. These friends of mine are giving me the encouragement I need to stick to it...to follow it all the way to the end. So now it's time for me to mosey on down the trail...in other words, get back to writing, so I can see my own book on Amazon! Happy Trails!