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As 2013 comes to a close, I wanted to send out a heart-felt thank you to all my family, friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and others who supported (read: tolerated) me through the long throes of promotion for The Other Room, my first novel. Though I know my writer-friends understand what it takes to launch a book these days, I also know that to the uninitiated it may just look just plain unseemly. That’s certainly the way it feels. For me, it has simply been something to get through. But if the book had to be written (and for some reason it did), I felt that it at least deserved a few months of hard work to help it get out to some readers — and that some of these may have found it meaningful and important in some small way. For the vast majority of us, launching a book means almost nothing in terms of dollars earned. What it does mean is that somewhere out there, someone is closing the loop — truly hearing what we needed to say — and that is why we do this in the first place. As we move into January, I feel that old sense of quickening deep down in my belly that signals a return to what is for me the true ecstasy of finding the right words…