Hers is a riveting saga of a life transformed through heartbreak, and excruciating loss, into one of profound purpose. For Cali, serendipity is much more than mere happenstance; it bespeaks a willing release of expectation, an anticipation of opportunity, and a willingness proceed however she is led.
So, in this vein, how is it, that Echoes found its way onto the shelves of many branches within the San Jose Public Library System? How, indeed, did Echoes ever even come to exist in the first place?
Emily Thompson wrote and self-published an adventure novel, titled Clockwork Twist. Having accomplished that, she turned to me and said, "Mom, it's time to publish your poetry now, too." Done.
That year, I applied to work with ESL students at my local library branch. During a tour of the ESL area, I was introduced to the very person who was in charge of preparing and conducting that library's very first Author Fair ...
... who then informed me that the fair would showcase local authors. Right away, I let her know that I,and my daughter, had recently self-published a book each. She seemed very interested, so I handed her our business cards.
Very soon, we were invited to participate in the Author Fair. We sold and signed our books, spoke at the podium in front of a live camera, and were afforded an opportunity to donate our books to the library system. Voila!
In essence, one thing has led to another, in a straight and unanticipated line, that I find myself following to some as yet invisible point. As Cali might say, it's all in the journey, and allowing the details to come as they may.