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Today Is The Dollop Book of Frosting's Official Release!

September 18, 2013

The Dollop Book of Frosting official release is TODAY! You thought this day would never arrive, didn’t you? Well guess what? Days always arrive. September 18th has been listed on my calendar for quite some time now as the birthday of The Dollop Book of Frosting. My book has a birthday. You know how on your birthday (at least on mine) you expect to wake up to a living room filled with balloons, breakfast in bed, and everyone you see (including gas station attendants, Starbuck’s baristas, and grocery store clerks) wishing you a happy birthday? Because they just know it’s your birthday. You’re that special. And then that never happens because really, how could they know it’s your birthday? Well that’s how I felt this morning. I walked downstairs and… no balloons. I had to make my own coffee. Donald wouldn’t let me spray the steroid spray on his hurt armpits. And my phone textbox was empty. No book birthday text wishes even. I thought about having a book release party. Because that’s what authors do, right? I even started planning it. Actually, it was going to be TODAY. I just remembered that… The party was going to be at this uber hip restaurant/bar and there was going to be live music! It was going to be awesome. And you were going to be invited! But then I recalled how uncomfortable parties make me. The small talk burns my brain. If I could have deep, meaningful, authentic conversations with every person at a party then I think maybe I would enjoy them more. But no one else wants that so I’m stuck talking about the weather and the town you grew up in. The bigger problem though with having a party was that I refused to hold a cookbook release party without providing samples from said cookbook. Wouldn’t you be expecting samples? You would. Don’t lie. And since I no longer have a certified commercial kitchen and I’m a law-abiding citizen, I couldn’t in good conscious provide you with samples. No samples = No party. So I called the whole thing off. I’m sorry. There’s actually one more reason why I canceled the party. A couple months ago when I envisioned this party I also envisioned everyone asking me “what’s next” because no matter whom I run into they ask me “what’s next”. Guy at the grocery store recognizes me: Hey, you’re that cupcake girl! Congrats on everything! Me: Yeah, hehehe, thanks! Guy: So, what’s next? Does something always have to be next? Truthfully, I’m the worst culprit of this against myself—putting constant pressure on myself to answer, “What’s next”. And again truthfully, (I’m a big proponent of truth) I’ve been internally panicking because this time I don’t know what’s next. That “unknowing” is like needles prickling the heart. I have so many awesome sticks in the fire right now that truly anything could happen any day now. Just one balled up piece of newspaper and my whole world could be alight. Which is a really cool feeling and a testament to my hard work. But it’s also so crazy difficult because it means waiting. That dreaded waiting. The lack of complete control. The unknowing. You know what I’m talking about. But you know what I’ve realized? You don’t always need to know the “what” of “what’s next” because you know that something will always be next. And when you keep throwing those sticks in the fire, the “what” can’t ever be anything less than truly brilliant. So for today, I’ll celebrate the day of birth of The Dollop Book of Frosting and let whatever’s next be just that—next. Happy Birthday to The Dollop Book of Frosting! Have you already nabbed your copy of The Dollop Book of Frosting: Sweet and Savory Icings, Spreads, Meringues, and Ganaches for Dessert and Beyond? Click on the link to leave your review! I love reviews. 

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