On my website and social media, I’ve been talking about my partial blindness and the condition that caused it. Yeah, it does suck to be launching a novel when I lack my usual bullheaded energy. I thought readers might like to actually see me and hear me say, “I’m okay.”

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Elly Lonon and I met some of the Hamilton cast. Enjoy our photos, and follow Elly’s writing journey HERE.

Hamilton, Daveed Diggs

Here we are with Daveed Diggs. He’s nominated for a Tony, and he should be. His dual performance as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson is one of the best I’ve ever seen on a stage. He hung around and talked to a group of kids for almost an hour after the show and still took time to pose with Elly and me.

christopher jackson, hamilton

Christopher Jackson rules the stage as George Washington, but I was even more impressed with him as a person. He’s devoted to his family. During Tony voting season, he got up at 4am to take his kids to school. He sat for several interviews, gave a knock-out performance, and still lingered to talk to us. When he followed us to the stage door, screaming fans awaited him, meaning he ran the gauntlet of autograph-signing before he stumbled home to do it all again the next day. We don’t often consider the toll success has on the famous. When we see someone of note, we want to say we met them. If I’m ever anybody special, I hope I’ll be as gracious as Chris Jackson was to me.

hamilton, lin-manuel miranda, andra watkins, elly lonon

And then there’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’ve admired this man for years. He’s talented, sure, but his steely determination, his belief in his hip-hop history concept, that’s what I followed. People talk about Hamilton like it’s an instant sensation, but it took him ten years of development, a decade of testing the concept and courting the right people to help him realize his dream. He didn’t give up, even when people told him nobody would buy it. AND THEY TOLD HIM HE WAS CRAZY. But he kept working, kept refining, kept trying. Determination and grit are big parts of the story of Hamilton: An American Musical. He’s a genius-talent, sure, but Lin shows us what’s possible if we never give up on our dreams.

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