My first book Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics was published on January 6, 2004.
We are coming up on the twentieth anniversary of its publication! I was in a state of shock when I realized it a couple of weeks ago.
So much happened in those first few months of publication in 2004. The book made a lot of waves!
I got up to do about six interviews a day for two months straight. (Which resulted in a big insomnia crisis that took two years to recover from, if you want to know the truth.)
That time was a whirlwind of talking with Anderson Cooper on CNN, meeting people who passionately identified with the quirkyalone idea on book tour and then at the launch party in SF at the club, The Rickshaw Stop, that attracted 350 people. The Fire Department came to shut down the party.
Quirkyalone also led to so many future events, friendships and conversations. It led to “quirkyalone” becoming an official slang word on dictionary.com.
I am still in awe and in deep gratitude and perplexity over it all.
I am going to do a kind of appreciation of that moment and all that led up to Quirkyalone, including the publication of the essay in the premiere issue of my magazine To-Do List (where the idea first appeared) in 2000.
This appreciation will take the form of a kind of retrospective on Instagram and in my newsletter. In January, I will do some free online events (TBD) to honor the best of where Quirkyalone has taken me and us over the last 20 years, all I have learned in helping people with identify with the quirkyalone spirit of self-love along the path of finding love, within yourself, with others.
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Time to reclaim January 6.