Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ellen Degeneres Said It All

From the dust jacket of her book, My Point...And I Do Have One:

My motto has always been "If you're going to read, it might as well be a book ...." So, as you might imagine, I was awfully excited when I was asked to write a book myself. But after the celebration was over and all the champagne was gone, I realized I had to actually write it ....

And that, dear friends, is where I am now ... I have to actually write it ... my book, I mean ... not Ellen Degeneres' book, because she already wrote it (her book, I mean, not mine - which I have to write), and it's actually pretty funny.

I hope I can do as well, or at least half as well, because, well, my subject matter is a little more sobering than hers, and I'm not quite as funny as she is, which is why she has a television show, and I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom living in the suburbs and trying to figure out a way to survive and teach my children to survive while the world-as-we-know-it comes to an end.

And as you might guess, that's what the book is about ;).

The first draft is due in August. The book is scheduled for publication next Spring.

As Precious would say, "Oh, mySELF ...!"

You know how it feels when you've wanted something your whole life (since I was twelve, anyway), and then, it's finally happening, and ...?

Now I have to actually write the book.

20 comments:

  1. Oh Wendy, I'm just so excited for you! My return to knitting seems so, well insignificant in the light of your new venture. May your writing go smoothly and may enjoy the experience as much as you enjoy your life. Congrats!

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  2. Thanks, Hope!

    And for the record, given what you went through and how much your knitting has meant to you, I don't think it's even a little insignificant that you've been given the opportunity to return to doing it. I think it's BIG!

    Thank you for the well wishes. So far, it's going pretty good, and I am, very much, enjoying the process ;). I mean, it's what I do, right? I mean "write" :).

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  3. Wow, congrats! Can you share any more details? (Or did you already and I missed it? Seems like I would have noticed that!)

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  4. Like, what kind of details? :)

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  5. YAY!!!!! How exciting! I can just imagine myself picking up your book at the local bookseller and telling everyone that will listen that 'I "knew" you when'!

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  6. Barefoot - Will it be something like this? "Wendy ...! I know her. I know her! *grin*

    Thanks for the congrats ;).

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  7. Congrats!!!! That's awesome! Wow. Next spring...that's a little longer than a baby incubation. Better get crackin!

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  8. Thanks, Bezzie. I have to have my draft to the publisher by August, and the plan is to publish it next spring. It is pretty fast, though ;). I need to get crackin' ... indeed ;).

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  9. What fun news! I always enjoy your thorough posts and I'm really looking forward to reading your book. Congratulations!

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  10. Thank you, Farmgirl! I hope I don't disappoint :).

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  11. I am proud of all you do and all you will do. Now ... type like the wind!

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  12. Deus Ex Machina - The typing is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out what to type ;).

    Thank you for your support. I don't think it would have happened without you ;).

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  13. Wow! That is SO COOL!...And I KNOW you.!!

    Congratulations and of course I will by it a local bookstore!

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  14. Thanks, fleecenik ... so when I email you or call you in July because I'm freakin' out because I've got writer's block, you'll bring locally picked strawberries with fresh, whipped cream from raw milk and a couple of big bottles of home brew, and help me get back on track? *grin*

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  15. Congratulations! That is so very exciting! Don't worry about finding the words. You're an excellent writer, and they will come to you.
    Blessings,
    Nikki

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  16. Thanks, Starcat ;).

    When I'm writing and thinking about my project, I often think of you and Blacklion. He made a comment to me a while back that inspired me to just going for it, and I did, and now it's really happening! :)

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  17. Congratulations Wendy! Will be excited to read about your progress over the next several months. Enjoy the journey!

    Darcy

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  18. Thanks, Darcy. It will certainly be an experience ;).

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  19. Yeesh, where did I miss this post and realizing you're writing a book? Is it a novel form or a how-to-survive book? I can't wait to read it...go, Wendy, Go!! I'm working on writing as one of my goals this year, but so far can't seem to organize myself into anything resembling a book. I'm so happy for and proud of you!

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  20. Thanks, Robbyn. The book is about preparing for "surviving in the suburbs" - basically my obsession for the past four years ;), but I think there's a novel (or three) in here.

    I think writing as a goal is a good one. Your most recent stuff puts me in mind of Naomi Wolf, and I don't think it will be too long before your organize your thoughts into something that's print worthy ;).

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