As soon as the e-mail arrived from Huntington telling me that my new book, The Complete Cat's Meow had been selected to be today's (Thursday) Book of The Day in the Red Room, music danced through my head. That's not unusual for me since music has always been a big part of my life. But what flashed was a the tune from a local Boston television talent show and the lyrics open with, "Star of the Day, who will it be?" And I thought, It's ME! Okay, corny but such honors don't come one's way every day. And this is a singular honor.
As excited as a little kid I immediately e-mailed the news to friends, posted it to Facebook, Plurk, LinkedIn and Twitter. Amazing. I didn't know I could behave like such a child. I had more decorum as a teenager!
Ahh, but this is the Red Room where I've been "at home" for a long time. I remember, back in the day, when I applied for membership on a whim, fully expecting to be rejected. Why would a place for the likes of Maya Angelou and other luminaries of the literary set accept a pet writer? An animal behavior consultant who has written about many other topics but still was no literary star. The acceptance e-mail stunned me.
I found friends here early on. And then Red Room opened to more and more writers and many of my pet writing colleagues began to join.
I have repeatedly thanked Ivory for creating such a special place and I thank her again for her early acceptance and support. And Huntington for always being there to lend a hand through the jungle that is cyberspace when I can't figure out how to do something. (I'm not exactly an internet maven.) And Gina who has come into my life via The Red Room during the past year. And those who have been and gone. I'm grateful to one and all.
And today my book is Book of The Day and I feel like the Star of The Day. Sharing this with everyone at the Red Room makes me happy beyond words.
This book is special to me in many ways. And I'm so happy that I'm sharing the experience in such a special way with my Red Room "family."
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation