Nicole C. went to one of my book signings and reported back on all of my thoughts about writing and the writing life. (click here!) All the ideas here are basically my own, but I had terrific mentors along with way who help me stay on track. Just the other day, I scheduled a quick lunch with Pearl Cleage my first mentor. (You know we had to meet on the SW side of town!) She said, “I had to look you in the face and make sure you are handling all of this.” She reminded me how blessed and lucky I am to be on such an extensive tour for Silver Sparrow. And of course she had to tease me about how earnest and serious I was as a seventeen-year-old writer-child. After that shared a great story about how Bebe Moore Campbell came and rescued her when she was on her first big tour. As we ordered drinks, she prepared me for my Costco signings, “They have you sitting at a table like a drop-in fortune teller…” And then she told me how there is luck involved, but also that I should give myself credit for doing the work. Then, she told me to rest up. Drink water. But also remember that this is an adventure. I left her feeling refreshed and fortified, blessed and lucky, too. Not just for the tour or the book, but for the amazing people life has brought me.