Jealousy. My most hated feeling. There's a monster inside of me, one that looks at other people's success and points to it while accusing me of failure, ineptitude and laziness.
That said, let's congratulate Stephanie Kallos for the success her debut novel has garnered. It's been chosen by the Today show [at linked site, scroll to bottom] for their book club selection, which guarantees Stephanie a national readership. This is, for a writer, hitting the big time. She will be the toast of literary clubs all over the country, and join the rarified ranks of the Name Writers: Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Sebold, Julia Glass.
Stephanie used to be an actor in Seattle, and worked with me on a production of The Comedy of Errors at the Tacoma Actors' Guild many, many years ago.