The Eagle has landed. Smiles and Duct Tape has been released. It’s out of my hands and out there for all to see – and read – and judge – AHHHHHHHHH!
I have lived my life trying to keep expectations low. If you strive for an A and end up with a B, you’re disappointed. If you strive for a C and end up with a B, you’re thrilled. I‘ve been a solid B most of my life and proud of that accomplishment. I pat myself on the back almost every day. Even days when I’m making dinner still unshowered in my yoga pants, if my family made it through the day and is being fed, it’s been a successful day!
Smiles and Duct Tape is the first time that people have rather high expectations for me. I do think that my writing has improved over the last ten years, and I’m proud of my 500 word essays on this blog, but the book is 49,000 words – in a row, it’s about the worst 1000 days our family has ever been through, AND I’ve never written a book. I hope people are looking for a solid C performance and give me a big high-five when they discover it’s a B, maybe B+.
If you read Smiles and Duct Tape and enjoy it, I encourage you to write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. If you read it and think I should stick to 500 words at a time, please keep that information to yourself.
The book is currently available at Deeds Publishing, at our beautiful local bookstore WORDS, Amazon (paperback and eBook) and my basement. Please contact me for quantity purchases (i.e. book clubs/super fun holiday gifts for the whole family) and I will give you a deal.
Jesse – you should be very proud of yourself. What an accomplishment! If S & D is anything like your blog posts the book will be thoroughly engaging and very much like life: sometimes triumphant, sometimes heartbreaking with lots of other emotions in between. And just like a great book, I have gotten sucked into all of it: Jacks dog, your beautiful ( and also amazing ) daughter, Block Island, New Mexico … all of it!
Jack is extraordinary. His story is extraordinary. So happy his mama is getting to tell it… God bless you and your family.
I’m going to buy the book at WORDS to support them. Will you do an author visit there sometime? Praying for your book to reach many hands and hearts, Phyllis
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Thank you so much Phyllis. I am setting up a date with WORDS and will let everyone know as soon as it’s set.
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