This past Saturday, I asked Laura to marry me. She said yes.
I didn’t see this coming a year ago when Laura found me on match dot com. I wasn’t planning anything or expecting anything, just finally let things happen naturally and they did.
I was nervous about proposing. I kept going back and forth on how I wanted to do it, when I wanted to do it, and where. Eventually, I figured out the best place to do it was her place, as we’ve created a lot of great memories there, and to do it away from our upcoming anniversary. It worked out to be a really beautiful, personal moment.
Sunday, Laura and I manned the table for There Will Be Words at the Locally Grown Words Book Fair over at East End Market, which was a kickoff event for the independent bookstore that will be there, Bookmark It!. We sold a good deal of product and the turnout for the fair was terrific. I didn’t realize though how exhausting working a book fair table was. It was the most intense four hours I’ve experienced in awhile, more intense when I’m training people in a classroom at work. The event was proof that Orlando’s lit scene is growing and we have strong community support.
If you haven’t bought a There Will Be Words chapbook, do it. Part of the proceeds go towards paying our writers because we believe writers should be paid for their time and for also funding cool projects. Check out our store here.
Poets & Writers wrote an article about the cool things YesYes Books is doing in their latest issue, including my forthcoming collection The Bones of Us. They also put up a slideshow of some of the YesYes Books projects, including three excerpts from the forthcoming collection.
Lastly, MungBeing Magazine published the latest installment of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective, which you can read here.