2011 has been one of the most rich and intense years of my life: I published my first book, The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, appeared live on MSNBC, was on the cover of Newsweek, wrote blog and magazine pieces, did countless interviews and Q &As, left a job, spoke all over the country at bookstores, conferences, and schools, learned how to Tweet, sold an apartment, bought and renovated a new home, put “author” down as my occupation on a form for the first time.

Creating an author Facebook community (www.facebook.com/priscillagilmanauthor) has been one of the most meaningful and satisfying things I’ve done this past year.  On the page, I share quotations, provide links to news articles and excellent journalism, give reports on my life and our family, recommend movies, books, CDs, TV shows, websites, and other entertainment and cultural items, ask questions, share music, artwork, and photographs by and of my family, provide and solicit advice on a wide range of issues, and generally offer a place for people to find inspiration, understanding, enlightenment, support, pleasure, solace, & solidarity.

I’ve found the work of developing and maintaining my Facebook page both challenging and deeply fulfilling, and I’ve been repeatedly touched and nourished by the contributions, ideas, feedback, honesty, and graciousness of the members of my Facebook community.  It’s quite amazing how far we’ve come: the page was launched in March 2011 with 150 people following it, and by year’s end, the community has grown to over 30,000 members!

The many advantages and pleasures of my Facebook page notwithstanding, there are some disadvantages and limitations.   First, I sometimes feel inhibited by the space constraints of Facebook.  Second, many of my community members have asked me for more writing and more extended versions of some of my Facebook posts.  Last but not least, many of my friends and fans are not on Facebook!   So to begin 2012, I’ve created a place where I have more room to share my thoughts, recommendations, favorite poems and passages, reactions to news stories, updates about our family, and reflections.

Welcome to my blog, everyone, and Happy New Year!

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”
Neil Gaiman