Thank you all for your support in bringing Boot Language out into the world. From the launch party in August to last week’s successful radio tour and everything in between, thank you for your part in it. What an outstanding writer/reader community this is!
Here we are at the end of December, and the holidays are upon us. We all know communing with family can sometimes be triggering, so here’s a little reminder. Be realistic about what you think you can handle. Remember you can soften the sharp edge of memories by doing something you love. For me it’s walking through trees, whether it’s our coastal redwoods or in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is where I find inspiration and solace. But for you it might be something totally different such as drawing, photography, singing, going to a museum, or reading the perfect book. Whatever it is, DO that thing. If there ever was a time for self-help, it’s now.
Rosemary & Vanya and KSCO’s 1940s mic!
Finally, whether you suffer from thoughts that flare up during the holidays or experience big hairy memories that seem to have fangs, here’s my list of “Seven Things to Remember” when life gets to be too much:
1. Remember what you’re grateful for.
2. Do what inspires you.
3. Get outside.
4. Find your community.
5. Seek out good news
6. Help others.
7. Believe in yourself.
Pretty Please? Authors survive on reviews. Could you take a moment to leave one for Boot Language on Amazon? Anyone can leave reviews- even if you got the book elsewhere. And all it takes is two sentences. (Seriously, it’s so easy!) It would let more people find out about Boot Language, and it would make my day. Thanks in advance for your help!
Speaking of book lists, through some insane miracle, Boot Language landed on three of them this fall with Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, which is fabulous. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Vanya has spent decades teaching writing and public speaking, as well as mentoring educators in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book, The Magic of Memoir. Her memoir, Boot Language, is now out on the bookshelves!
Boot Language Update:
Boot Language appears in two more “best of” lists!