I've got a secret. Well, maybe it's not a huge secret. But the way I feel about it? Now that's a secret. Really. I'm sure it's ...um, or not. No, now that I think about it, it's probably no secret how I feel about my not-so-secret secret.
And I'd thought I was keeping mum.
For anyone who hasn't seen me bouncing around like a child who's waiting for Santa, I'll let you in on what's apparently the least well-kept secret around. I've got a book coming out next week and I'm over the moon about it. Really, really, jumping up and down excited. Almost sleepless over the news, to tell the truth.
Why? Well, there's some measure of excitement with every publication, at least for me. I'm thrilled by the idea that I get to share my thoughts and ideas with readers. It just makes me happy. So whether I've got a story coming out in a magazine or journal or anywhere else, I'm tickled during the countdown to publication days. Just one of those grinning fools, I suppose.
But this particular book has me grinning so broadly my face hurts. I kid you not, that's the honest truth. Last night I grinned myself to sleep. :)
Oh, right -- you're still waiting for the why to be answered, aren't you? Oops! Sorry! I'm thrilled over this release because it's my first mystery. That's right! A mystery! I love mysteries, and to think that one of mine is coming out is enought to -- there, it's happening again. The uncontrollable, unstoppable grin is back in place.
When I was a child I loved mysteries, loved figuring things out and solving puzzles. Now that I'm an adult I still love them. Maybe more so, even. I've always been intrigued by the idea that someone, somewhere, is behind every mystery or puzzle. Someone dreamed up the mystery for us to solve, and I've always marveled at the making of the mystery.
My upcoming release is the realization of a dream in that I've finally become part of the group I've always admired, those who provide the puzzles that need solving.
Realizing a dream is a good reason to grin, I guess. Thanks for being here to share this moment with me. But beware. Next Friday is the day before my book comes out...I could be singing by then and that, I assure you, could get scary. Maybe you'd best bring earmuffs!
Have a great weekend!