Remember Me?


“Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”
~Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”

Well, well, well … hello there. Remember me? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. I think this just might be the longest I’ve gone without posting since I started this blog back in 2009. The universe hasn’t exactly been my friend as of late, and even though there were times when I really wanted to hang out in this space for awhile, other things took precedence. I do want to say thank you, though, to those of you who reached out — whether on here, through email, Twitter, text, etc — because your kindness was, and always is, so deeply appreciated. One of the things I adore most about writing is that it has such a cathartic quality to it, and truly, your sweet words have been like a hug for me. I’m so lucky to count you all among my friends.

Even though things have been rough lately, there have been some bright spots, too, so I thought I’d focus on those today. Because that’s what we have to do. We have to choose optimism and let our hope grow wings to lift us back up when it feels like we’re falling. One of the things keeping me afloat when everything seemed like it was going wrong? My new book. It’s been five weeks since I started drafting the story, and, one hundred pages in now, I’m so happy to say that I’m loving every minute of working on it. I’m trying out some different things this time – weaving in a mystery and writing half the story from a male’s perspective – but that’s just making it more of an adventure. Politics has been an interest of mine for a long time – I actually wanted to include political science as a major in college, but with two others, it just wasn’t feasible – and so I am having a blast incorporating that into this book, too. Experiencing that unique kind of life with Melina and Bradley, my main characters, has been eye-opening. Exciting. Enlightening. They both have very different approaches to politics, and to life in general, and that makes it such fun for me to hang out with them. It’s funny – every time I start a new novel, I feel like it will be impossible to grow as attached to the new characters as I did to all the previous ones. And then, every time, I’m proven wrong. I’m so looking forward to continuing on this journey with Melina and Bradley. They’ve already taken me by surprise quite a few times, and I can’t wait to see what other tricks they have up their sleeves.

Last weekend was also sunshine for the soul. On Saturday, I had the chance to see one of my favorite singers. Rachel Platten writes the kind of music that inspires. Encourages. Motivates. I always love her live performances, and this time was extra special. One of the songs in her setlist, Lone Ranger, is what I like to think of as Melina’s theme song in my book. The lyrics fit her so, so perfectly. And then there’s Fight Song, which Rachel wrote to get herself through a tough time. It’s her first single with Columbia Records, and I am thrilled it’s turning into a hit. The song deserves it. Rachel deserves it. Seriously, if you have a spare few minutes, go look it up and be inspired. I can’t even tell you guys how many times I’ve listened to it lately. It’s just what I’ve needed.

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Then, on Sunday, I met Genie Francis. GENIE FRANCIS. Anyone who’s ever watched General Hospital will understand my excitement at meeting such a true television icon. I’ve been looking forward to her fan event since last summer, and it absolutely exceeded every one of my expectations. Genie is so, so sweet – hands down, one of the kindest and most genuine celebrities I’ve ever met. She sat with us at our table for a good ten minutes, asking our names, shaking our hands, and talking about anything and everything – and even telling me at one point that I must have read her mind! It was such a wonderful experience that I’ll always treasure.

Genie

And, of course, there’s my Jasper Jellybean. This past Thursday marks six months since I adopted him, and I am thankful every day for the joy this furry little love has brought into my world. I truly can’t imagine life without him.

Jasper Jellybean

Okay, I think that’s it for now. I’m really going to try to check in here more often again. I miss it. I miss you all, too. Tell me: what’s been going on in your lives lately? What bright spots have you gotten to celebrate?

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10 thoughts on “Remember Me?

  1. I know that things have been rough for you so I am so happy to see that smiling face! You just keep on pushing through and I am so proud of you !

  2. I’ve been a blogger-slacker recently as well. We can get back into the swing of things together!

    So happy to hear you got to meet Rachel and Genie! Sounds like both of them are sweet and kind and inspiring. <3

    And I can't wait to hear more details about your new book. 100 pages already?!?! WOW! Glad it's bringing you so much joy!

    • I know … it’s crazy how fast it’s going. It feels like I just started, but I’m up to page 125 already. It has definitely been my escape these past few weeks, and I so look forward to my time with it each day. I have lots of details to share in my next email! And, as always, thank you!

  3. So, I had heard “Fight Song” on the radio once, and I kind of liked it but didn’t pay much attention to it. After reading your post (which I actually did like a week ago, just haven’t had time to respond, sorry!) I heard it again and this time was like, OH HEY SHARI LOVES THIS WOMAN, I SHOULD LISTEN MORE CAREFULLY. So I did, and I loooove the song now! I think we writers can just identify so much with other artists who make art about the struggle of making art and pursuing artistic careers, haha.

    Anyway, thanks for always having such a bright spirit and sharing it here on your blog. I mean, life comes first, so always take the time you need and don’t feel guilty for being quiet here. But I’m always glad if/when you pop in to chat. :)

    • Yay! I’m so glad you love it! I’ve been a fan of Rachel’s for years and so admire her determination. She did the whole thing on her own for something like a decade before she got signed to Columbia Records a couple months ago. Her songs – both old and new! – are such a good reminder to keep pushing and never give up on our dreams.

      Aww, and thank you! Things have been so tough lately, it’s been hard to find that brightness. I refuse to let it slip away, though. Sometimes we just need to make our own sunshine, right?!

  4. That is SO COOL. She still looks great, too! I’m sure she’s grateful to have such loyal fans. She’ll be featured fairly prominently in my “S” post later this month (S is for Soap Operas).

    • It was surreal! She did her M&G differently than most of them – she came around to every table to talk with people in a more relaxed setting – and at one point I just looked at her and thought ‘holy cow … Genie Francis is sitting right next to me.’ Ha! She is super sweet and gracious. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts about her/soap operas when it’s time for your S post!

  5. I’m proud of you, Shari! You always keep your chin up no matter what happens, and I know this year has been very trying for you so far. Hurray for keeping your focus on the positive things and for writing a new book. Here’s hoping for more rays of sun for you!

    • Thank you! I’m trying really, really hard to do that. As you know, it hasn’t been easy, but I’m doing my best. Thank you for always being there to lend an ear and words of support. It’s so appreciated!

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