Quick update

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The book I edited, Minus the Imple, is in many online stores in the US and internationally, and it is in some physical stores locally. The author, Robert Chandler, has been doing a great job of promoting the book, and he recently did a one-hour radio interview with Tony Kay. I listened to the interview from start to finish and really enjoyed it. There were some good anecdotes in there and some really great advice for anyone itching to write a book but who wants to do it simply (well, relatively) and inexpensively. Additionally, he said some very nice things about me (toward the middle of the interview), which was fun to hear. That being said, probably the only people who would really enjoy this are Bob’s friends/family, me, and possibly my mother, but, hey, if you’re so inclined, here is a link to the archived interview.

In other news, there was a great, yet heartbreaking, story in yesterday’s Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester’s local paper, for those of you not in the area). It features an interactive class picture of the 24 students from a 1995 kindergarten class at School 9. This is technically the year they should be graduating from high school. Sadly, only one-third of the students are actually graduating. The remainder have either dropped out of school or are still in school and plan to graduate at a later date. It was amazing to see that most kids were tracked down, some even being found wandering the streets on Joseph Ave, Clifford Ave. Their stories range from horrifying to hopeful. As an added note, because I can’t help but think about myself at all times, one of the things I found most shocking is that these kids were in kindergarten in 1995, some of whom are graduating this year, which is the same year I graduated high school. HELLO!?! I feel old.

In other-other news, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love. I loved the Eat part, of course, because I love food – eating it, cooking it, thinking about it, talking about it, and apparently reading about it. The last two nights I’ve been reading the Pray part, and, boy oh boy, all of a sudden I’m having a hard time concentrating. Apparently I’m not as interested in prayer as I am food. (Shocker!) The last part sounds promising. Hopefully it won’t get all Harlequin romance novel on me.

Happy Friday.

Fran

Comments

#1

The Eat part was easier to read through, but the book on the whole is a wonderful experience. I slowed down a bit during the pray part too, mostly because it was so much new information thrown at me at once. I hope you enjoy it too!

#2

Mom thinks it's very cool.

#3

Listening to the interview as I type. Love hearing the accent and he seems thrilled with your editorial input. And, may I say, you've made me feel very old indeed!

#4

Fran,
I enjoyed Love and Eat much more than Pray. I also enjoy saying "atraverserria"- am i spelling that wrong?

#5

I LOVED that book! I can't wait to read it again!

#6

Shelley...I read that last night. I am in shock. Absolute shock.

#7

I'm reading Eat, Pray Love too! I like it so far. I makes me hungry.

#8

I was just reading the article about the girls at Gloucester High here in MA who made a pact to all get pregnant and have babies together. There are 17 sophomores pregnant by a 24 year old homeless guy.

I really, really wish I were kidding.

#9

How did we graduate 13 years ago? In a bid to prove that I can still hang like I did when I was 22, I was out last night, drinking my face off, dancing to an Irish band who was playing John Denver (yes that is an oxymoron if there ever was one) and hanging out with some guy from Iron Maiden (not kidding, he really was). When I woke up on my couch this morning, with a half eaten pizza on my chest, I realized that I am NOT actually 22. I simply can not co-exist with the living on 3 hours of sleep.

#10

You'll have to let me know how your book goes. I was curious to see what it's all about. There's a pretty big wait at the library for it.

I'm a 95'er too. What do they say about you're only as young as you feel?

#11

I thought the same thing as I read your blog today... 1995?? That's the year we graduated in!!!!! YIKES