“Another year over! A New One just begun…” – John Lennon
Happy 2011 everybody! I assume everyone had a wonderful night and did not feel guilty for sleeping until past 11:00 a.m. as I did this morning!
Today is a time of recollection in which to examine where we were last January 1st, 2010 compared to where we are today. One year ago, I was inundated with relief after a very exciting, but frightening year with my family. Nobody ever warned me how difficult it would be to write a book! Those moments of euphoria last only a few days after learning one of the largest publishing companies in the world wants to grant you (a struggling writer) a book deal. 2009-2010 had been twelve months of haggard writing, editing, re-writing, and constant Writer’s Block. My book was created out of desperation and fear of miserable failure. But the start of last year finally produced a long-awaited sense of relief. My book was completed and all that was left was checking for typos. It was not perfect, but perfect enough to let go and wait patiently until its publication last April 6th, 2010.
I have had nearly an entire year of knowing what it feels like to be a published author. These days I am treated more like a celebrity as opposed to the more common-psychopath/stalker. It is now my job to ensure others have the chance to be successful who share my unique challenges. Perhaps when they read my book they will start to extend this newfound admiration toward others just like me. My goal is to give them a fighting chance…
My incredible publicist, Victor is still working with me even though all of his contractual obligations have expired at least two months ago. We are turning my book into a philanthropy campaign in which thirty-five percent of my royalties shall be given away to support services for families affected by autism. Right now, there is absolutely no money to give away, but hopefully this will dramatically change in the future. I am also inundated with an anti-bullying campaign riding on a YouTube video created at my old middle school. My beliefs have never centered around “letting go.” I cannot let go of embedded scars and have never believed in “letting go.” I believe in returning to a house of torment and fixing something that could still be broken. This is why I returned to Arlington Middle School to confront the bullying I experienced fourteen years ago and stop the torment that continues today. Who is going to stand up for all the Jesse Saperstein’s of today? Here is the link to my YouTube video and please pass it on to as many people as possible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDBjMW35wX8
I am one year older, but feel like I am looking in the same mirror as last year. Last New Year’s Day I was nearing the 200-pound milestone and did a great job of losing over ten pounds before springtime. My sedentary lifestyle of answering e-mails all day has certainly taken its toll, however. Now I have surpassed 200-pounds and must reverse the damage as soon as possible. I am sure I’ll fight to get my body back and will sit back with accomplishment when it actually happens. But this year, maybe I will not be quick to sit back and assume the problem is fixed forever. I won’t let it creep back up again! And I have already come up with copyrighted lines to say to people who are shocked by the future weight loss. How about, “I am back, baby!”
Thank you to all the friends, family members, and supporters who have made 2010 so incredible for me! I love receiving your e-mails and will try to respond in a timely fashion. Just be patient because I sometimes receive more than I can keep up with! My special appreciation goes out to those individuals who were with me from Day One…well before I saw my dream come to fruition last year. I hope all of us have SO much to look forward to in 2011!!