In the same way that a memoir is more of a personal distillation of a life and not a community work or forum, so it is with our book’s online Journal. It’s a continuation of f the book itself, more or less a solitary journey, It s a chronicle of how this book steps into he world, meets others in the foster care community at large, reaches publishing milestones. It’s also about the continuing journey and perspective of someone who has been in foster care and how they reflect on the road traveled.
The discovery we made, as soon as we set about burnishing some pixels to page, was that the Journal is a personal continuation of the life of the book, or how the book steps into the world.
It’s meant to cover the most noteworthy occurrences of a book’s life... imagine the appearance of the book in a stack of newly published works on display in some small town bookstore’s display window.
We hope that the book’s cover evokes the importance that the story has been told and deserves a considered solitary read, just as the girl on the book’s cover had the most important thing in the world to say about a young life scrambling for a footing in the world.
Then there’s the very grownup approach, the progress of the book in its cycle of publication and distribution in the world, such as experiencing the positive reaction reviewers have in reading the story.
Then there are friends found along the way. Mainly, these are friends of the book, or they are members of the foster care community, those who provide support and help for displaced youth. These friends may be invited for a guest column or. essay
And so, we welcome you to the Journal, and to the book, the story of a girl’s growth and learning as she grapples her way through six years in a foster care group home.