The night before the launch of Ready for Air, I drove downtown Minneapolis and parked along 2nd Street. Then I texted Angie Mizzell saying, “I’m here!” A few minutes later she was in the lobby of her hotel and we were hugging.
We had never met in person, yet she had flown across the country to be at my book launch. When she initially mentioned her plan to me last summer, I was like, “You’re crazy! You don’t even know me!” But that wasn’t exactly true. We had begun emailing last October when one of my blog posts hit a chord with her. Then we worked together on her wonderful memoir manuscript. More emails and phone calls, and more blog posts that gave us windows into each other’s lives, and well, we actually did know each other. (Which doesn’t make it any less impressive that she flew across the country to celebrate with me.)
That night before the launch, Angie and I sat across from each other and clicked our glasses together, shared a meal and talked and talked. We talked writing and blogging and family and religion even. We celebrated more on Thursday night. Then on Friday she was back on a plane to South Carolina. But somehow that doesn’t feel so far away anymore.
Angie writes about following your dreams, about taking risks, about saying yes and meaning it. I’m so happy to be over at Angie’s blog today as part of the book tour. She interviewed me on Skype a couple of weeks ago, so go listen to that–not to see me and my wet hair, mind you, but to “meet” Angie and hear her wonderful accent. (Also, you will see why she was a natural on television.)
And I’m humbled by her words about Ready for Air:
This theme—living the questions, the uncomfortable, scary, lonely not knowing—carries the book. Ready for Air takes us into the depths of uncertainty clouding Kate’s first year of motherhood and Stella’s first year of life.
Ready for Air does what all the good stories do: It takes you there, and it makes you care.
Thank you, Angie, for your bravery and strength, your generosity and warmth, and for your story, which will be out in the world before too long. I know that.