If you haven't had a chance to read it, HERE YOU GO.
And if the article brought you here for the first time, WELCOME to An Inch of Gray! So glad you are here!
I was honored to have a chance to talk about Rare Bird and grief with Washington Post writer Nora Krug. She spent a lot of time with me and was thorough and kind. The photographer was delightful, and she took a variety of photos.
I know they wanted the photos to match up with the somber nature of the story, but I would have loved for them to choose a few of us smiling.
For one thing, if someone who reads the article is in early grief, I want him or her to see a smile and think, "Maybe I'll smile again someday." I want people to see laughter and realize that you can laugh even in the hardest times. I know we do! And, if you have met me in person, you know that I love to laugh and I smile a lot, if only to keep my jowls at bay, or because I have a really bad case of "Angry Resting Face."
In all, the article did a wonderful job of introducing people to our story, and to the upcoming book, and I'm so grateful.
Thank to all of the readers who signed up for the Thunderclap campaign last week.
Below, I've listed some additional suggestions of how YOU can help launch Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love. Please do only what you feel comfortable with. I don't want this to be stressful for you, and if I find out my Aunt Betty is trying to figure out "The Twitter" for my sake, I'll feel terrible.
1) Pre-order the book online or through your local bookstore.
2) Share this video trailer with your friends :
3) "Like" the An Inch of Gray Facebook Page so you won't miss out on launch events/news.
4) If you are on Goodreads, mark Rare Bird as "To Read"
5) Ask your local library and/or church to order the book.
6) Once you have read the book, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
7) Read the book with your book club, Sunday School, or grief group (Discussion guide is coming) soon)
8) Hold loosely to your copy of Rare Bird-- keep an eye open for opportunities to give it away to someone who would benefit from it.
9) Let me know if your organization would like to learn about Rare Bird or have me come speak.
10) If you refer to Rare Bird on Social Media, use the hastag #rarebird (BTW, my twitter handle is @aninchofgray)
Thank you so much for your help!
You make me feel smiley: