Contact! Intelligent life form responds to signal!

One of the hard things about writing a book is that you have to spend a lot of time alone, wondering whether the story you are dreaming up will ever be read by anybody and, if so, whether they will like it at all. 

One of the nice things I about writing a book is that, after people start reading it, some of them let you know what they think. And sometimes, they are really nice about it.  

 (Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

(Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

That's a note from my new friend Trinidad. I had worked with his mom a few years ago, but I'd never actually met him. So when she sent me this photo of his letter, I was totally blown away. 

We decided we had to get together. So he stopped by to see me at the building where I work as a journalist. 

 (Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

(Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

It turns out he is not only a generous critic, he is a sharp-eyed reader as well: He noticed something about the cover that I had not. Which is -- the little astronaut there is wearing actual Moon Boots! 

 

Trinidad and I had a good conversation, wherein we discussed what Moon Boots were -- they apparently have not been worn hereabouts recently -- and other important subjects. 

I don't know whether I will be able to have lunch with every person who writes a nice note about my book -- at the current pace, it would not be a whole lot of lunches, but things could change, you know. But anyone reading this should know that if you've ever wondered whether the people who write your books actually care about what you think, the answer is: Yes. And they appreciate hearing from you.  And they are really happy to hear that you liked what you read. Thanks, Trinidad!
 

 (Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

(Credit: Mei-chun Jau) 

Michael Merschel