So, getting this guy in the mail was incredible. Spencer and I have worked so hard to make Could You Hug A Cactus? a reality, and finally getting to hold it is pretty special. The fabric-wrapped cover is amazing, the art looks amazing on the page, and we are really, really proud.

So… now what?

Something funny happened after I held the advance copy for a few minutes. I slowly realized that I have a whole lot more of these coming. Sure, I’ve had visions of signing copies for people, reading it to groups of kids in school, and even trying to sell them to local stores – but I never envisioned the process of moving a pallet of books to a local storage unit and writing checks to pay the storage fees indefinitely until they’re gone. I never thought much about what kind of table-covering I should buy to dress a 8-ft table for an expo or how expensive packing materials become when you’re buying them by the thousands. You know, the real stuff…

It’s exciting, and frightening, but mostly exciting… I think…

Really though, as I sit with this nervousness a little, the reality of what kind of efforts this undertaking will require, I’m more excited. All of the nerve-wracking, laborious, and menial work that will go into making my new endeavor a reality are precisely what make it real. And that is what is exciting.

I’m anxious about my new path. I’m excited to put in the real effort, and I have a feeling  in the pit of my gut that this is what I should be doing. Thank you again to everyone who believed that this was possible, to all the wonderful folks who helped make it happen, and to all of the people I’ll meet in the near future that will help make it real.

Bye for now, friends.

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