Whew, I finally made it back to the blog... when a week and a half goes by and I haven't posted, I feel awful. about it. Sometimes life just gets in the way though.
My dad went back to work yesterday for the first time in months. Since he works at Magic Kingdom and I work at Epcot, I'm sure things will be a little different when I return to my location, but at least he was able to give me the rundown on some of Disney's new safety protocols. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when we reopen. I didn't even opt to do the Cast previews of the reopening because I have no interest in hanging out in public areas for longer than absolutely necessary. It's bad enough that I'll have to be around everyone when I'm working.
The only good thing to come from this pandemic was the fact that I have been able to touch so many lives through my book. "The Way the World Changed" has been available for a little over a month now, and copies are still being sold every day. It honestly makes me so happy to hear from parents whose children connected with the main character, Mari, or who asked to read the book over and over again. Multiple teachers have read the book over Google Meets to their classes. I feel like I've finally been able to use my writing to help others!
Last week, I was contacted by a staff member at my alma mater, the State University of New York at New Paltz. She wanted to feature an article about me and "The Way the World Changed" in the college's alumni newsletter. This digital newsletter is sent out to all of the alumni who receive email communications from the university, which meant that it would be widely read! I jumped at the chance to discuss my book in further detail and sent in some photos.
This afternoon, I received the email with the link to the newsletter. There are always a couple of headlines within the email itself, and my book was the very first article showcased after information about the school itself! The article came out beautifully and I was so honored to be featured. It touches on my feelings about writing the book and Ashlynn Lilly's incredible illustrations, even linking back to the Amazon page so anyone reading can purchase their own copy!
I was absolutely floored when I was interviewed for our local news station, but this interview meant so much because it came from the school where I spent four years learning and growing. When I was first freaking out about being accepted to my top choice school, I never could have imagined that I would be showcased in the alumni newsletter five years after graduation!
You can read the full article by visiting the SUNY New Paltz site here.
Thanks for reading!