Here we are in November and I have so much to be grateful for. Over the past nine months you have showed up for TWENTY-FOUR different events, shared countless meaningful stories on social media, left reviews, introduced friends, and made the entire launch of 100 Demon Dialogues a smashing success. Thank you, thank you, thank you for believing in this book and continuing to support me through this wild year of travel.
My last event of 2018 is taking place at 6pm this Friday, November 9th, right here in Portland at The Cleaners. (Details and RSVP here.) I’m partnering with a string quartet from the Oregon Symphony Orchestra (I know, what?!) for an evening of music and conversation about Imposter Syndrome in creative fields. We’re also going to make use of the Guest Book from the tour and try an experimental collaborative exercise that I’m super excited about. The evening is free and open to the public as part of Lit Crawl, a delightful roster of events kicking off this weekend’s Portland Book Festival. Let’s go out with a hug and a smile and some Dvořák.
To get topical for just a moment: I’m re-sharing this demon in today’s update because I think it’s been a loud one for many of us in the run-up to the US miderm elections. I wrote a brief post to explain that the fears I dissected in 100 Demon Dialogues were coming back to haunt me as I tried to get more engaged in political activism. If this also applies to you: it is okay if your efforts are imperfect. It is okay to start small. No single person is going to change this. We have to remember that we’re working in community, that we’re not alone, and that our voices matter now more than ever.
And after the election on Tuesday and the event on Friday? Well. There’s always a strange sense of emptiness that follows any undertaking of this magnitude. Lots of people on the tour have asked me what’s next, and as the months wore on I got in the habit of just saying “sleep.” The truth is I don’t know, but I’ll be talking about whatever progress appears on Patreon.
As we approach the holidays, it seems wise to remind everyone that books, plushies, and prints are still available in my shop, and books can also be ordered from your local bookstore or (if you must) Amazon. To impress upon you what excellent gifts the plushies make, here is a very adorable baby.
With that, I’m off to help get out the vote in the last hours before Election Day. If you need a helping hand getting involved—whether with something low-key at home or people-heavy in the field—please message me or reach out on social media. I’m 100% available. I’ll see you on the next project!
With gratitude and solidarity,