Dear TCL Readers, The Real Lolita publishes in less than two weeks. I’ve done well for months to stay chill and enjoy the pre-publication runup, but the closer to publication I get, the more the jitters want to insert themselves into my brain. It’s normal, I know. And those jitters are still superseded by excitement and a feeling, every now and then, of utter breathtaking amazement that I am publishing a book, this book. I don’t want to lose that feeling. It’s too precious. It’s a link between me, the writer working alone, and me, the author about to meet her public — and express more gratitude than I can possibly convey.