I am so relieved to be done with working on the twelve essays in this book. Today Emily Books sent the manuscript into Coffee House so I don’t ned to wake up and look at it every morning which I’ve done since last January. My favorite line from GIRLS popped in my head today….”Oh hello…..YOU FUCKER!” It is stressful working on a book! The more I worked on these personal essays the more self care I needed to do. Good food, a massage here and there, lots of sleep. I got cystic acne I needed an antibiotic prescription for and I was prescribed 800 mg ibuprofen for my awful menstrual cramps and lower back pain. I was prescribed folic acid for something else I will keep a secret. Point is, this shit isn’t easy, but it’s what I love. And I’m feeling better already, and proud. I hope people enjoy it!
Emily and I did a fun thing at our workshop last weekend where we showed the students 2 different versions of an essay in this book called Hungry Ghost, originally titled The Celebrity. The first version from last Feb was 8 pages, and the new version in the essay is 24 pages. It was cool to see the progress and fun to read from the book for the first time.
Galleys in May! Pub date November 2016.