What is My Book About?

Have you ever listened to the sunscreen song by Baz Luhrmann? If not you’ve missed out on a fun piece of 1990s pop culture, so I included a video below with the lyrics.

There’s a line in the song which says real troubles in life are not the ones we waste energy worrying over at 2am in the morning, but the ones that blindside us. I like to write about those moments in women’s lives. The day you wake up thinking it’s going to be a perfectly normal work-day and something you never imagined slams you sideways.

How do you pick up and carry on when the unthinkable, the impossible or the unimaginable just tipped your world upside down? In those horrors of a heartbeat something interesting happens. To quote one of my loved ones, you may realize  “you’re stronger than you think”. But, possibly also not as smart.

I chose to set the book in Silicon Valley which, in my experience, can be an empathy-lacking, not-so-subtly sexist world. This setting helps up the ante on the personal challenges faced by the women in my book, but also on a personal level, I wanted to share how it feels to be the only woman in the board room.

The book has a journey yet to travel before it reaches the market, but if you’d like to beta-read, or access to an early copy, please reach out.

Video Courtesy of Sabrina O’Con.

Urban Myth: The True Story of the ‘Commencement Speech’ Behind the Sunscreen Song

Despite an urban legend that says the sunscreen song was written by Kurt Vonnegut as a commencement speech, the truth is that it was originally a column in the Chicago Times.   This piece of tongue-in-cheek awesomeness was created by Pullitzer prize winning journalist Mary Schmich.

From openculture.com:

On June 1, 1997, Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune columnist and Brenda Starr cartoonist, wrote a column entitled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young.” In her introduction to the column she described it as the commencement speech she would give to the class of ’97 if she were asked to give one….

…The thing is, Luhrmann and his team did not realize that Schmich was the actual author of the speech until they sought out permission to use the lyrics. They believed it was written by author Kurt Vonnegut. Read more on openculture.com