It’s really an amazing feeling to have your book published – to be able to touch and feel the paper and love a cover that a creative artist designed to capture the spirit of the book or to spark someone else’s imagination. My latest book (# 4 in case anyone is counting!) is here, and I’d like to share the Preface with you on this New Year’s Eve as my way of saying thank you to all of my friends and followers in cyberspace.
I can actually thank Oprah for this book. I rarely buy a book because my partner Teresa buys enough books for an army of readers. Seriously, we could invite a battalion of readers to live with us for a year, and they could never finish the books we have on the bookshelves and book cases, table tops, floors and any other available surface in our medium-sized home that is not occupied by us or our three dogs. Recently she and I went to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, however, and I bought Oprah Winfrey’s book: What I know for Sure. It is a collection of her most popular essays and is the inspiration for my collection of the best of my I’ll Call It blogs from the past three years. “Best” is purely subjective because no one else had a vote.
Blogging is a way of life for me, and I love my cyberspace friends from the four corners of the earth and points in between. I love what they write if they blog, and I am happy when they become my followers and read my posts on the three blogs I maintain on a regular basis. Blogging is publishing on the quick and cheap, and almost everyone has one these days. I say hooray and go for it. Creativity should be shared, and I much prefer people who are more passionate about words than they are guns.
As I tried to organize my blogs from the last three years, I laughed at how many titles were country music classics. One of my favorites is John Conlee’s Backside of Thirty, Short Side of Time. I have now reached the backside of sixty-nine and what I know for sure, Oprah, is I am on the short side of time.
I hope you’ll order a copy!
Teresa and I wish you a Happy New Year wherever you may be – be safe – we want to see you right here again with us in 2016!!