Post #13–Ultrasound

I've worked for hours on the final post in this little series. It's LOOONG. It feels very cathartic to almost be done. But, yes, you read the title of today's post correctly. Lolly and I have an announcement to make: We are having another spawn!!! This afternoon, we...

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Post #12–Things Fall Apart

I'm back to trying to describe the indescribable. After day nine, came day ten. Then day eleven. And with each day came either nothing, or, a few times, another breathtaking rejection from another publishing house. But still there was hope. There were 16 proposals...

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Post #11–Keep the faith

This is the part that's impossible to put into words. Imagine waking up every day knowing that the most amazing thing that has ever happened in your life could happen that day. And then imagine going to bed that night, having had it not happen, and the...

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Post #10–The Waiting Game

Suddenly, we were "on submission." 'On submission' is short for "on submission to publishers." It's the period of time where your agent is taking your manuscript or proposal and is sending it to their contacts in the literary world. In my case, our proposal was being...

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Post #9–Proposal

Looking back a year-and-half, I can see the warning signs that were interlaced with all the excitement. That's how hindsight works. At the time though, they were undetectable. At the time, this felt like an absolute culmination of all things in my life. It felt...

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Post #8: Snapshot of my life right now

We interrupt this story to bring you a snapshot of my life right now: My sister and her family pulled up to my house two hours ago. The kids are running around the house screaming. Luggage is being brought up the stairs, gifts are going under the tree, there is...

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Post #7–A fun ride.

I could barely contain my excitement. I had trouble conceptualizing what my life even was. I had always known I would break into the literary world… but this? A memoir? A co-written memoir about my marriage? I had never, in a million years, considered that this...

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Post #6–The best possible news.

I was in my office between sessions when I got the agent's first response: I just started it today and am already impressed. More to come very soon. I can't describe the sensation that little email created… two sentences, that meant so much. He had read it. He was...

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Post #5–A draft in the agent’s hands

The work was beautiful. It felt synchronistic. We were both immediately engaged--we got home from that trip and felt ready to pounce on the project. We didn't tell each other what we were doing--there was little-to-no prep work--we just sat down and started writing....

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Post #4: Memoir

Isn't the thought of a (then) 32-year-old writing a memoir hilarious? That's what I thought. I spent the next few days saying things like "Sorry, Lolly, I can't come and help with dinner right now. I'm too busy writing my memoirs…" *puts hand to forehead in a dramatic...

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Post #3–Timeline

So, here's the sequence of events, kind of. 2009--I wrote a novel. It about killed me. Queried, got a positive response, but realized I hadn't edited the manuscript and that I'd queried prematurely. (For the record, it still sits, unedited, rotting in my hard drive....

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Post #2–Back Story

In its earliest iteration, this blog was a writing blog. Actually, no, scratch that. In the earliest iteration, this blog was about ADHD. But even then, the whole idea was writing. The year before, I'd written my first novel. I knew I needed to build a platform...

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