Good morning, Everyone.
Autumn arrived early with cooler temperatures, less humidity, and notably shorter days. Also, the tomatoes are about done, and the peppers and eggplants are not far behind another.
Get your coffee. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that my calendar and the to-do list are filling up with deadlines and tasks to get Daily Bread out into the world. We aim for a mid-October launch date—this October. When the artwork is settled, I will share firmer dates. I finished composing the Introduction and Acknowledgment pages and completed curriculum connections in the form of a glossary, vocabulary flashcards, and crossword puzzles ( both intermediate and primary levels). Book discussion topics are in the works as well. Dates for virtual author visits in the schools are coming in, too. I am getting busy (in a good way).
If we were having coffee together, I would report that I am cooking and taking pictures with a new camera. The companion cookbook for Daily Bread is taking shape. It will be about food and family stories with the family favorite recipes— right up my happy alley. I have been talking to my parents, aunts, and uncles about their favorite childhood food memories. It is amazing how much life, love, and joy were crammed into those tight kitchens and fondly remembered.
If we were having coffee together, I would say that the Saturday after Labor Day is usually the Catboat Rendezvous, the one race Matt and I sail together on the Bella Vela. This year COVID-19 squashed the event. Instead, we sailed across the bay with friends on a blustery East Wind to Watch Hill, a Fire Island National Seashore Park. We docked the boat next to more sailor friends. Keeping socially distant, we had a great day picnicking and getting to the beach. The ocean was a bit too wild for me to swim. The wind did not let up, so we reefed the sails to go home. Our guest, Charlie, an accomplished sailor and Catboat extraordinaire, convinced us we could set the sails in the boat basin and sail out of the channel rather than putt the little engine through it. The thing to know is that the Bela Vela is about the prettiest boat I’ve ever owned, thanks to Matt’s craftsmanship. We made a very impressive and pretty exit.
If we were having coffee together, I would recommend an excellent virtual workshop on October 20th called 5 Generations: Collecting Memories. It will be hosted by the talented Melinda Ferguson Sherman and sponsored by Charlotte Lit.
Also, there is still time to enter the $40 Amazon card to celebrate Hug Everyone You Know 3-Year Publication Anniversary. Loyal fans also sign up with new friends. You know the saying—you got to be in it to win it.
If we were having coffee together, I would have to hurry this up. We are heading to the beach for five days to spend quality time with ocean views and sand at Davis Park on Fire Island—the best place on Earth. Matt hopes to catch a striped bass in the surf, and I will walk the shore and write. We were gifted this retreat by our good friend, Dr. Pam. Logistics to juggle wagons filled with provisions and the ferry is always nerve-wracking, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
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Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.