Everyone except me, that is. I’m a shade in this space these days. Offline writing consumes my time and energy. I’m thrilled with the results: not one but TWO books launching in January (surprise!!), with another on its heels in March.

Word Hermit Press selected another writer’s novel for publication. I can’t wait to help the promotional charge for Lisa A Kramer’s feminist YA story P.O.W.E.R., coming December 1, 2014.

A new website is in the works, with the awesome Cheryl and Bill Smithem guiding my techno-challenged steps. After months of data analysis and evaluation in the wake of my first book’s birth, I’m shaking some things up, and I’m looking forward to seeing results in coming months.

Enough excuses about my whereabouts.

Nancy Teixeira and her husband won the To Live Forever: Journey to Charleston Contest back in April. Remember that one? Where one lucky reader won a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, a Travel+Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler Top Destination? Airfare. Luxury digs at Zero George. Meals at Fish Restaurant and Lana. A private Charleston stroll with MTM and yours truly.

Nancy and Ed redeemed their prize. From September 12 – 14, they showed Charleston how Canadians get things done.

I have to admit that the prospect of giving a prize to a complete stranger horrified me, especially one with a value of around $2,500. What if the winners landed and we hated each other on sight? Maybe the conversation wouldn’t flow, or the people would be weird. Or scary. Or obviously insane.

Meeting Nancy and Mr Enthusiasm validated why I’m here. Again. In recent weeks, I’ve met several readers I previously knew online. Every time, you reaffirmed what remarkable people you are. Nancy and I swam through Charleston humidity and gabbed like old girlfriends. Coming off a whirlwind tour of Massachusetts, I expected to want some me time, but as soon as I met Nancy, I vowed to spend every possible weekend second with her. She’s charismatic. And funny. And enthusiastic about Life.

We all need more people like Nancy in our lives. I’m grateful to have found her, to call her my friend.

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