Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that my stepdad had a brain bleed yesterday and he's currently in the ICU, with a shunt draining the excess fluid from his head to relieve the pressure. He's hanging in there, can move all his limbs and recognises people. He's still a bit confused and a bit slurry but the doctors are saying that's to be expected. He was having another CT scan today to check on the status of the bleed and plan future treatment. So far, so good.
When I first got the call, after a mild meltdown and a phone hug from my husband, one of the things I did was to post a Tweet asking for good thoughts and prayers. And boy, did you guys really come through. I've often wondered when I see someone sharing bad news or troubling times on Twitter and I've sent a message of encouragement whether I'm intruding or whether it actually has any meaning (this is more a function of me second-guessing myself as opposed to anything else) but I can honestly say, having been on the other end of it yesterday and today, that those messages of encouragement really do mean something. They helped. It's always good to know there are people on your side.
I don't know if other book comunities are like this, if it's just romancelandia or even if it's just *my* book community; but in any event, I love it. I wanted to say I appreciate you guys so much - from the interesting and smart discussions we have such as here, to the support we as a community give when one of us suffers a tragedy (such as a husband being taken from his family before his time as a result of a crime or a cancer scare, etc) and most especially today, to the support given to me. I couldn't fit it into 140 characters so I'm posting here. It's my blog and I can be sappy here if I want to! :)
In other news, I have a review up at AudioGals today of Getting Rid of Bradley by Jenny Crusie and I have a number of other reviews lined up. I'm also planning a giveaway to celebrate the release (on October 15) of Tigerland by Sean Kennedy so watch out for that in the next little bit too.
Sometimes I get down about the reviewing/blogging climate and some of the crap that goes on, but really, you guys (and you know who you are) make it fun and worthwhile. So, thank you.