Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dreams Deferred

The other day, I decided to do a quick google search for myself. There's a very practical reason why, but it's a rather long and convoluted story (and we all know how much I like to be concise ;), best kept for another day.

Anyway ...

So I'm skimming down through the choices, and sixth one down was a listing on New Society Publishers.

"Wait," I thought. "That's my publisher." And so I clicked on the link, and whaddaya know! There it is.

My book! New Society Publishers has put up their spring catalog, and I'm in it ;).



So, then, I went back to the google search page, scrolling back through the options, and ...

WHOA!

Number two listing, after the YouTube videos (none of which are related to me, by the way), is an AMAZON-freakin'-dot-COM listing of *MY* book!

Holy cow!

What a day!

So, for all of my friends and family members who have been wondering how I spent the last year, wondering why I wasn't returning phone calls or email messages or sending Christmas cards - here's my excuse :). I was writing a book :).

And for those of you who have always wondered if I wasn't, perhaps, just a bit crazy, now you know. I've written a book on "surviving the apocalypse."
The answer is clearly *yes* ;).

It has been an amazing and exciting and wonderful ... and oh, so humbling experience ;).

Langston Hughes ponders the question of "what happens to a dream deferred", and if this dream of mine (of becoming a published author) that has (finally) come true can be said to have been "deferred" for these past thirty-plus years, then I can say, with complete assurance, that a dream deferred doesn't dry up or turn rotten and stink or sag or explode.

For me, it was more like a caterpillar in a cocoon. It wrapped itself up, and hibernated, until the time was ripe to hatch, and now, it's wriggled its way out of its silk wrapping and is flapping its dazzling, colorful wings.

There's sure to be a book giveaway ... or something ... where I give away not just my book, but *my* book, and I can honestly say that this will be one book that I will be thrilled to share ;).

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations. How exciting for you!

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  2. Woo hoo!! How exciting, and how fulfilling to see your dream realized..although it does sound like a collective family dream, with respect to the lifestyle changes you have all made.

    At Deus Ex Machina's prompting on his blog, I have pre-ordered a copy for myself.

    May your publisher struggle to keep up the demand for your printed book copies required ;) What a fabulous way to end one year and start the next. Heartfelt congratulations to you, Wendy!

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  3. Happy Day! And sign me up for the book giveaway. ;-)

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  4. What can anyone say but… WOOHOOOOO!

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  5. Wowie wow wow. Well done. I'm super impressed. You not only wrote a book, but also published it. Way cooler than Christmas cards :)

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  6. Congrats! I am sooo happy for you! Looking forward to adding it to my Amazon wish list! :)

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  7. Congratulations!!! It must be a great feeling!!!:)

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  8. Awesome! That's quite an accomplishment. It must feel really good. Cheers~

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  9. That is GREAT! How exciting to see your work on amazon :)

    Congratulations!

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  10. Congratulations!!!! That's truly awesome!

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  11. That's great! Congratulations.

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  12. Congratulations, Wendy! I'm looking forward to reading your book when it's published.

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  13. VERY excited to get my hands on your (first of many!) book, and very excited for you.

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  14. Congrats, I'm impressed. Well Done and enjoy the glory.

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