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Book Fairy


Book Fairy

            I read a lot of library books. On average, I read about twelve a month. So they are regularly flowing in and out of my house. I came up with an idea a couple of weeks ago and I started slipping little messages into the library books that I have finished before I return them. The notes don’t say a lot, they’re just short messages. I think on the first one I just wrote: You’re really awesome! The most recent one that I wrote said: Something wonderful is going to happen.
            I don’t know why I started doing this, but I’m very glad that I did. It makes me feel good to have the hope that not only might my little messages help to brighten someone’s day, they might arrive on a day when they are really needed. That would be very cool. When I think about it, that’s what I’m doing on social media all of the time and why I am such a fan of it. I love being able to reach out to friends and acquaintances when they are going through a hard time. Why not reach out to strangers.
            It’s just a tiny thing. Actually, it’s a pretty silly thing. Little things can really mean a lot to people though. I remember how a man literally ran up to me once in a Costco parking lot when I was getting ready to lift a heavy case of bottled water into my car. He insisted on doing it for me. My back goes out occasionally and lifting is what always gets me. His gesture meant a lot to me. I swear it made my week! I am still telling people about it.
            I have just started queering publishing agents to represent my novel. It is a terrifying experience for me, terrific, yet terrifying. Agents have to read a lot of these things and they are normally very picky about exactly how an author should submit, understandably. I am shaking in my boots each time that I send one out, worried that I will do something wrong. I got a rejection e-mail today, a rejection, that had me smiling from ear to ear. Here it is:  

Dear Kristin,

Thank you so much for writing me about your project.  I read and consider each query carefully and while yours is not exactly what I am looking for, I would certainly encourage you to keep trying.  I know your work is important to you and I am grateful that you wrote to me.

All best,

Jenny

            Wow! I was totally blown away. I know that it doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a rejection after all. To me though, just starting out, this e-mail was so encouraging. It reassured me that I am actually doing this right, and it might just be me, but I thought it sounded like she believed I could definitely find an agent who is interested. Yay!
            So, I am going to keep playing the book fairy. It is fun for me, and with any luck it will help someone else out when they are having a bad day…someone that I’ve never even met.


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I actually really dislike Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host and television personality.

I was home with my kids when they were babies and I had her show on a lot. Then at one point I remember her and her friend going into a Walmart and just cracking up over the fact that they were so frigging isolated by their current wealth that they didn’t understand how things worked there. Like the way that the plastic hangers operated or something…

I remember being absolutely disgusted at their behavior. Not only that someone who presents her life story as having grown up in poverty would turn around and make fun of the fact that she doesn’t understand how people who are not as well off as her would live, but additionally to think that her audience is so much less intelligent than she is that not one of us would be offended by her behavior.

Well I was, and I haven’t watched a thing that woman has put out in the past ten years.

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