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February 22, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I only wanted one blurb for the new book and boy did I get it. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, I only wanted one blurb for the new book and boy did I get it. I knew Rupert Holmes would “get” the book and I hoped he’d like it, and apparently he did. I could not have asked for a better blurb than this and it will proudly adorn the back cover of the book. So, here is the blurb – he walked a tricky trail with this because I asked him specifically to write a blurb that essentially gave nothing away and he did it beautifully.

“How can a novel so utterly funny, charming and endearing be at the same time so searingly poignant, spellbinding and uplifting? I would tell you in a tidal wave of praise why this is truly a Magic Book, one that seems to have materialized before us from a parallel universe… but I dare not ruin the joy you’ll have in uncovering its mysteries. Where it begins and where it ends you may not be sure until its final pages. But it will evoke feelings you’ve had about the lost loves of your life, and dreams you’ve always known to be true. Sorcerer Bruce Kimmel plays Three Card Monte with a deck of Tarot cards and reveals all that is other-worldly in our everyday world. I urge you to open this book and read it this very moment. Don’t pass on the chance whatever you do. It might never come your way again.”

Rupert Holmes

Tony and Edgar award-winning playwright and author

Isn’t that a lovelier than lovely blurb? I tell you, it made me want to read the book. We’re going to put the book up for pre-order tonight at midnight, I think, and I’m hoping everyone will get it and tell all their friends and friends of their friends as well as the friends of the friends of their friends’ friends. And that is a whole mess o’ friends.

Yesterday was a day of nothingness. The alarm worked and I arose after about seven hours of sleep. Once up, I did all the usual things one usually does in the usual morning hours. I answered e-mails, made the first half of the show order, then went to Ralph’s and got some pinwheel things for my meal o’ the day – I got about eight hundred calories’ worth – four hundred for the first meal, and four hundred for the snack. I came home and ate the first four hundred. Grant sent the final PDF of the book to Doug Haverty and I sent the final version of the front flap cover copy, which I’m very happy with now, thanks to the good ideas of several people. Here is that flap copy.

“GEE is the story of a headstrong, willful and most peculiar girl who navigates her way from the early years of the twentieth century, through nine decades of living. It’s a life filled with the history of those decades, a life filled with wonder, sorrow, happiness, fate, unrequited love, and all the rest of it. She’s a girl with an indomitable spirit, humor, strength, and a unique perspective of the world and life.

It is also the story of another young woman navigating her way through life in the early twenty-first century. It’s a very different world and a very different kind of journey.

GEE is the tale of these two women, a tale told with warmth and humor. It’s a portrait of lives connecting across generations in ways that are sure to surprise and enchant readers of all ages.”

Other than that, I did some work at the piano, tried to watch a bad motion picture on the Flix of Net and failed, watched a few things on the Tube of You and listened to music. Then the blurb came in and I got that to Doug Haverty and he now has all the elements of the book so I’m hoping that can all go in on Friday. Once that happens, it should be about three weeks until I have my test copies of the book, then another week-and-a-half until I have copies to ship. Very exciting.

Today, there’s a short rehearsal here for the Robby Awards show, just two people, then the Shermans come and we shall then be on our way to the editing room where we shall watch a two-hour video. After that, we’ll go have a nice meal to celebrate. After that, I’ll finish doing the show order and begin writing the commentary.

Tomorrow I think there’s a lunch thing happening, and I’ll write commentary and perhaps even finish it. The weekend is unknown to me, but I’m sure something fun will happen, at least I hope so. I could really use something fun right about now. Then Monday is the Robby Awards ceremony, so I’ll be dealing with that all day and evening.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a short rehearsal, have a video viewing with the Shermans, eat, and then write commentary and make the book live at Kritzerland. Today’s topic of discussion: What was the first pet you ever owned? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, thrilled with the one and only blurb for the new book.

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