Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 May 19th: Blase' : No Way! The Book is listed on Amazon.com!!

Front cover of
My Uncle Ralph Never Wrote to Me
I'd like to be so nonchalant and oh, so sophisticated, about seeing the culmination of my work so easily accessible on Amazon.com.  I'd like to pretend it's an "old hat" sort of thing to google my name and to see my name come up with the title of the book on which I have spent hours and hours of work over the past several years.  But no, not the case!  I googled!  Ran screaming with excitement to drag my granddaughter into my office to view the computer screen!  There it was on the screen - my book!  My Uncle Ralph Never Wrote to Me!  Fortunate I am, to have a granddaughter who was duly impressed and only giggled just a little bit at her Gram's weird antics.
As I dance around in glee, I know that I have been very lucky to have had my sister Sue's support and help very step of the way.  She read and re-read letters and edited draft after draft with dedication and love.  Then, when I was stuck with the setup mechinations that would take my notes to reality, along came Lenora, who brought the book to life just as I had envisioned it.  I can't forget the late night transcribing sessions, when my Uncle Ralph seemed to step out of the pages that he wrote long ago.  It often felt like he was indeed sitting beside me and reading the letters to me.  And there would be no book, at all if  my Aunt Verna and Aunt Olive Lorraine had not kept theses letters, these family treasures.  It has been a journey   --- and I traveled in such good company.   

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