Elton Sherwin is set to launch his book upon the world, and I am now the proud possessor of my own autographed, pre-release copy. Just another of the fringe benefits of being as awesome and well-connected as I'm (as Foghorn Leghorn would say). Really though, if our recurring energy crises and conservation interest you, check it out. After reading Cold and The Weather Makers and being partway through Physics for Future Presidents, I lump myself in this category.
The book party wasn't all about saving the world one CFL at a time, however. I got to do some on-the-fly research because it just so happens two of the guests had children enrolled at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley--the very place (albeit fictionalized) where I am sending Mica Warren, the lovely protagonist of my in vitro twins story. And when I told the crowd about the contest judge calling my IVF plot "ridiculous and convoluted," another friend had a great anecdote about women she knew in a support group. They were all raising children from the very same sperm donor. When said superman died an untimely death, the group was coming together to grieve him! There's a book in there, for sure. Maybe I could do a whole series on crazy birth situations.
Thanks to all again for love and readership. I need to do another post on various comments and reactions to the books, but it'll have to wait because my family is waiting impatiently for me to get off the computer!