Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rachael In Her Own Words

Rachael is the baby of our group. I don't mean she's the youngest. I mean she was latest to the game and came in alone.

Sophie and Lisa practically came from the same womb and brought Lynn with them. Sophie, Julie and Gigi are long-time Boucher Buddies. Adrienne and I are such soul sisters that Sophie assumed we were best friends the first time she spotted us (which, incidentally, was the first time we spotted each other.) While Sophie may have Clooneyed us together, we came in rag tag assortments.

Except for Rachael.

Rachael walked into our lives (and Sophie Clooney's sights) at a San Francisco Area Romance Writers meeting where she announced her recent sale - a three book deal, at auction no less, to Avon even no lesser so.

Could we bring ourselves to like this sparkly-eyed stranger strolling into our midst with such fanfare? When Rachael fisted her hands and jiggled her booty while telling her auction tale, I think we all sat back and decided: yes, yes we could.

But like her or not, Rachael's still a bit of an enigma. A yarn celebrity. The kind of person people literally call when their lives are in danger. A shoo-in to star as an extra in any glamorous 20's film.

I don't have the words to describe her. But she does. So I stuck her website into Wordle to see which words would pop out.

Wordle: rh

GOING: As in, this chick is going places. Big places. High places. I have a comfy spot right on her coat tails, and you will need to rip it from my cold, dead hands.

THOUGHT: As in, Rachael doesn't just think. Rachael has thoughts. Have you had a conversation with her? In the midst of announcing recent good news about her distribution she tucked in a happy anniversary to our Adrienne and a witty rejoinder about an individual's price on integrity. You need three brains to talk to her sometimes.

LACE: As in, well, I'm not sure but I assume it's knitting related. The girl can knit, didja know?

BACK: As in, girl's got your back. There's not a lot of people I would take into bar fight or to stalk Kristin Higgins. But trust me. Rachael's on that list. Have you seen Ben Affleck's The Town? When he walks into his friend's apartment and says, "I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people" and his friend responds, "Whose car we taking?" Well, Rachael would already be starting the car up.

KNOW: As in, she's one to know. If you don't know her yet, don't worry. You will soon.


Rachael Herron said...

Martha, I love you. (This made me teary. I'm up way later than I should be, and now I'm glad I am.) xoxoxoxoxoxo

toni in florida said...

Oh, Martha, you *so* need a "love" button on this post!

Sophie Littlefield said...

i don't know how i'm going to get through this week!!! gah the love button should come with kleenex :) I love this post because it is *exactly* rachael and *exactly* in marthat's voice. and damn, great idea with the wordle, why didn't i think of that?

Adrienne Miller said...

I think this is going to my favorite topic ever. If for nothing else, then for the moment in this post that "to Clooney" was born as a verb. :-)

This is perfect snapshot of that moment we all were introduced to her at RWA. I think after the announcement you and turned to each other and said something like, "damn, who's the new girl, and why aren't we sitting with her?" Yay, Rachael! We loves you.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Wow...I'm off the internet for a few days and y'all turn on the frickin' LOVEFEST! Yes, yes, this is Rachael brought to lovely, glittering, kick-ass life. *Major* girl-crush...but don't tell ;-)

Martha Flynn said...

If Webster's doesn't add "to clooney" by year end, I will be shocked. It's a perfect word!

Cat's out of the bag - I have a big Rachael girl crush! And I still do remember that first moment we saw her and the little booty shake! I even remember the outfit she wore at Nationals in DC. I have lots of Rachael visuals tucked away! Tee hee.

Rachael Herron said...

BLUSHING. And so happy. I love you all.

Lisa Hughey said...

Love this :) It's *PERFECT*....

ps. I certainly love our Love-Fests even if no one else reads them. :)

pps. A secret: we weren't sure if Rachael would say yes to being in the blog as she was already so THERE--but then we figured, what the hell, we have to ask. Our lives would be so much LESS if we hadn't. xo

L.G.C. Smith said...

Martha. Perfect post. Sniff.

Rachael, you are a joy. Your writing. Your heart. All of you. :)

Gigi Pandian said...

Wow, I never knew the full scoop of how everyone else met Rachael until today! But knowing Rachael now, this makes such beautiful, perfect sense :)

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