I've been overwhelmed by so much in the past month.
From my book tour -- which I will write about, but have yet to fully process (spoiler: it was a delightful whirlwind and resulted in huge and exciting life decisions) -- to life... just... happening... it's been nonstop.
The sensation of being swept along, as my mom says, 'by the seat of my pants', is constant and intense, these days. But I'm getting a grasp on it. I'm getting to love it.
Because I met incredible people last month; I did things I never thought I could do, emotionally, physically. I've endured the kind of grief I haven't had to feel in years, and I've been trying to live up to the word I have permanently inked on my forearm.
I'm going to get another tattoo, soon. Because life, sometimes, can use some markers along the way; for a sense of stability, joy, remembrance. For mourning and hope.
And something that's been buoying me, even as I scrape my way back to a steady routine? (Something, that is, aside from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and old episodes of Grey's Anatomy?)
Fan art of LUNAV.
I can't even believe it's out there, in the world. The book, and the beautiful pieces that incredible artists are bringing into the world to go with it?
It's still surreal saying it, so I'll try it again:
There's starting to be LUNAV fan art out there in the world -- much of it by the wonderful solaert, whose delightful depictions of Evelyn and Sadie are available on all kinds of merch through redbubble (LUNAV sweaters and tanks, anyone?) -- and I have to say, I'm overwhelmed.
I'm especially overwhelmed, this week, by a beautiful piece of high school AU art by the brilliant cassiebones (whom, I know, is available for commissions!!!).
Like I said on my Instagram, Cassie has an uncanny knack for capturing Sadie's Utter Gayness™ and Osley's quiet patience for her shenanigans.
And what a way to bring Osley -- a rabbit in LUNAV -- into human form! Que (genderqueer pronouns like they/them!) is speaking in ASL to honor the fact that que communicates nonverbally as a rabbit. I absolutely love that: I think that kind of creativity and earnesty with representation (especially in visual art) is so gorgeous, and I'm tremendously grateful to Cassie for that. And, by the way, Osley's shirt says "save the forest."
Because of course it does ;)
I'll write more, later, about things I've learned on tour, and I'll get back into the swing of writing tips and youtube posts.
But for now?
I'm leg pressing 728 pounds and I'm letting myself ease back into the rigor of the writing part of the writing world. It's a rigor that I love, that I miss; and that I'll be fully immersed in again very, very soon.
And I'm enjoying the heck out of LUNAV fan art.