We got vaccinated! I hope you have, too, or can get yours soon. We are slowly stepping out with our masked selves: farmers market for fresh vegetables (yay!!), breakfast outdoors, and seeing a few vaccinated friends—simple acts nourishing the spirit.
Q & A
There's a Q&A with me online from the folks who published Pages Penned in Pandemic. They did Q&As with several writers, including moi—even though I've no story in their book. You can read the Q&A here. Thank you, Kayla King & friends!
All book proceeds are donated to 826 National, an organization that benefits young writers aged 6-18.
The Q&A was done in November 2020 when New Mexico was in the middle of a scary surge of COVID-19. New Mexico is in pretty good shape at this moment, leading the nation in the number of folks vaccinated.
The seeds of my novel, Reckless Joy, come from several places: living for several years in horse country (aka Kentucky), the 2014 unsuccessful Run for the Roses made by thoroughbred California Chrome, and my California childhood attending horse races with my dad.
I took the photo of Chrome when he was resting in Kentucky in 2015. He was not yet retired. He was known as the "People's Horse" because he was bred by California folks who were industry outsiders.
Reckless Joy is not in any way about California Chrome, but it's about rooting for those no one expects to win.
The road to "reckless joy" is long and—perhaps—somewhat dark because It's a story about loss, the consequences of suppressing our grief, and how animals help us to heal.
To everyone who requested a haiku/senryu postcard:thank you! It was so much fun to send them out into the world. I hope it was fun for you, too.
Mailing out the postcards was so enjoyable that I'm thinking of sending a postcard of an original haiku annually. Maybe the postcard will have a block print gracing it. Yeah, that's my very crude roadrunner there.
Stay kind and curious about the world, my friends! Thank you for reading.
My stories often explore loss, grief, interconnectedness, and how—or if—we come back together after we've been driven apart. I'm deeply interested in life in all its forms (human, animal, feathered, not); concerned about our humanity and our survival both practically and spiritually.—JD Eames
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