We’ve planned today’s post all week and are going ahead, but we cannot go forward without a mention of what’s happened in Japan today. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected and we send you strength and love. If you are concerned about someone in Japan who you haven’t yet heard is okay, Google has provided this Person Finder page that may help. This page has a roundup of places where you can help financially.
This wraps up the week of LooooVE, celebrating the release of Rachael Herron’s new book. We’ve never done this before, and we’ve had a blast. We hope you’ve had fun too!
Business first:Â TheÂ lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your fictional heroine’s job” contest, chosen by Rachael and Amy, because this one was too hard to judge alone: Brenna, who wrote, “Elementary school teacher by day, professional roller derby star by night. Her roller derby name can be Miss Take, because every good teacher loves word puns, and every woman over 40 probably would feel roller derby is a Miss Take after the first injury.” Congrats, Brenna — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book,Â HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME!
Although there are no prizes to go with them, Honorable Mentions go to these three entries:
Katy Rose:Â My fictional heroine is a medical librarian; sometimes she runs across journal articles detailing a brain injury due to knitting needle puncture, but thatâ€™s not enough to deter her from her hobby. 746.1! (thatâ€™s Dewey Decimal for â€œYarn preparation and weavingâ€)
Anne: My heroine would get to do all the wild stuff I havenâ€™t done. She worked with a vet at the zoo, and as a tight-rope walker at a small traveling circus, and as a fire dancer at a RenFaire. When the book Iâ€™ve been thinking about writing starts, she is actually desperate to find a position as far from her familyâ€™s occult store as possible, and waitresses at a roadhouse in a podunk Southern town, and sings karaoke in her spare time.
Liz in Ypsilanti: My fictional heroine would be like me: A middle-aged administrative assistant who knows a gazillion things off the top of her head, but is able to stop everything, close the door, and let someone have a good cry.
So we promised you two things today: a present for everyone and the biggest contest yet. Ready?