blonde pixie cut from the side viewAfter a few days of the stomach flu, I’m happy to report that I’m back to my non-flu-infested self. While sulking and sick, I did manage to find a great treasure trove of magic on the Internet. (Many thanks for my Facebook pals for suggestions and words of comfort.) Part III of my essay, “The Choice of Children,” will go up on Tuesday, May 27; Light Gets In will officially debut on June 2; my birthday is also coming up — June 8 — and I’m trying to whip together some variety of festivities for a small gathering of friends.

I’m also bursting with pride due to this blurb:

In this stunning collection of essays, Esmé reveals how she moves about her days, living with schizoaffective disorder. It is a must-read for anyone, as this beautiful book ultimately speaks to humanity and hope.

I recently watched a talk from artist Lisa Congdon, where she noted that while people will appreciate and love your art, they’ll connect to your humanity. Esmé’s book will stay with me precisely because of its — and her — tenderness, compassion, courage and sincerity. — Margarita Tartakovsky, Associate Editor at PsychCentral, writer at Weightless

And so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Light Gets In is currently in pre-sale mode at $12, with the price going up to $15 on its release date.

As for the links:

Enjoy your weekend, chickadees —