Countdown to Publication (the last one): 3 Days

Dear SheWriters,

It is now a matter of hours, of breaths.

I am about to start on my journey, bearing Oleander Girl to her readers.

Yes, I’m elated.

Yes, I’m terrified.

Above all, I feel a strange quiet. I’ve done everything I could. I've written the best book I knew how to write. It’s now in larger hands than mine. The hands of the Universe.

In the coming months I will depend on the kindness of friends—and sometimes strangers. And on all of you.

Through your comments I’ve come to know you a little bit. And you’ve come to know me. Because we’re involved in the same crazy, glorious enterprise: fashioning words into stars.

I’ll need encouragement as the reviews start coming. I’ll need positive thoughts to wrap myself in as I stand in front of people I don’t know and bare my heart—because our books are our hearts. I hope you’ll keep me in your thoughts, so I can keep believing in my work.

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions through these weeks.

I wish you the very best as I set off on my adventure. Many of you have books coming out in the next few months—may all your wishes for them come true.

And here’s mine, which Chaucer pronounced beautifully and timelessly in the beginning of his Troilus and Criseyde:

“Go, litel bok . . .

And red whereso thow be, or elles songe,

That thow be understood, God I biseche!”

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Tags: Book-tour, Chaucer, Divakaruni, Oleander-Girl, book, novel, reviews

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Comment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on March 27, 2013 at 10:53am

Thanks, Valerie! It's a lovely quote, and quite timeless, isn't it. All of us writers can relate to it, I think.

Comment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on March 27, 2013 at 10:53am

Thanks, Pamela--you have a great book tour, too.

Comment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on March 27, 2013 at 10:52am

Thanks, Kathleen. It is yours--Chaucer would want you to have it!

Comment by Valerie Brooks on March 27, 2013 at 10:30am

So excited for you! Love the Chaucer quote. Go, litel bok!

Comment by Kathleen Kern on March 27, 2013 at 5:40am

Good old Chaucer! I'm totally going to steal that.

Comment by Pamela Olson on March 26, 2013 at 4:09pm

Best of luck -- I'm right there with you! I saw one of your signed books in one of the book stores I spoke at last week in the Bay Area. :) Take care, and try to enjoy it all despite the hectic-ness...  (Advice I'm trying to take myself!)

Comment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on March 23, 2013 at 11:17pm

Thank you, Ilie!

Comment by Ilie Ruby on March 23, 2013 at 10:43pm

Congratulations! :)

Comment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on March 20, 2013 at 10:04am

Thanks, Shannon!

Comment by Shannon Vest on March 20, 2013 at 10:01am

Congrats!!! Fashioning words into stars...I love that. 

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