I was honored to have lunch with Darlene Foster today! Not only is she the cover designer for my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” she’s also a very good friend!
Last fall when I was nearing the finishing stages of my book (which is now available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X) I gave Darlene a photo of me taken in the mid-1990s by my friend Ed O’Brien at a club called Cake in NYC. I felt the photo truly represented what the book was about, being on the guest list in the punk rock circles. And Darlene truly nailed it — where I was coming from and where I wanted to go with the cover — which received tons of compliments!
“On the Guest List” cover design by Darlene Foster
Darlene Foster also designed the back cover which includes endorsements for the book and a recent photo of me, taken by my husband last June.
“On the Guest List” back cover
I’m now writing my second book, which is my first attempt at fiction. And of course I’m going with Darlene once again to do the job! You can check out more of her work here: http://www.darlenefoster.com/
I had a fabulous interview earlier today with Tekneshia Day.
In addition to promoting my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and my company Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com) we spoke about so many great things and I mentioned quite a few people who were positive influences to me in school, the music world and in publishing — as well as anti-bullying! What a great show, what a blessing, life is good!
It was in the 60s today in New Jersey! Spring is my second favorite season, after Autumn and we really deserve some good weather. I normally don’t mind winter, but this year it was way too long and too cold.
I went to lunch with my great friends Nick and Vinnie. We favor “It’s Greek to Me” where the service is excellent (they let you hang long after you’ve finished your dishes) and the food is very fresh!
Afterwards I went shopping for some sunglasses. I found three pair I loved!
I was so sad to learn that my favorite uncle and his wife were moving away to Arizona very shortly, so I took the opportunity to visit them today. Luckily they said they were going to come back and visit often. And I was glad I told both of them that I loved them.
One thing I’ve learned in life — and I’m a work in progress as to making a change in this — is that you never see the people you love enough. Over the past several years I’ve really made an effort to reach out to family members I love most and friends I love most.
Every Saturday I set aside as “friend day” where I have lunch with my favorite people. I’ve been following loved ones on Face Book to be able to visit as many people as I can when they are having special events and also going to every funeral I can to be supportive.
By doing this, my life is filled with so much love and positivity.