Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy, Happy Personal News To Share and 25 Steps for Writers...

It's a beautiful day and I'm trapped in the work pod during an incredibly stressful week, taking a break to mentally wander away for just a moment to blog and share updates, then determined to leave the grind for a few moments in the sun.

I do have the happiest of happy news to share with you all: Tyler and I are expecting a baby boy this January! Which is excitement doubly, triply wrapped in fear and smiles and all kinds of emotions which no blank blog space is able to hold.

The first few months left me in an exhausted, somewhat sickly, fog. The strangeness of new found ailments, aches and pains had me in a whirlwind but as promised by all articles, studies, and advice-giving mothers, last week, I woke up in the 16th week and felt that I had truly woken up, not only to an incredibly messy apartment, but to this life again. Of course, it left me wondering what I might have been saying or emailing or writing over the last few weeks while in my dazed exhaustion but I think it vacillated between deadpan, exclamation-mark-less statements, and absurd, drama-queen, proclamations. Hope I kept things interesting for all family and friends.

So, that's where we're at. Feeling incredibly lucky.

Beyond that, I hope you will all check out this article: 25 Steps to Being A Traditionally Published Author by Delilah S. Dawson. There is something here for writers who are at every point in the process, whether starting out, finishing a novel, finding an agent or getting ready to launch a book. Warning: the article is pretty no-nonsense and there's a lot of necessary tough-love, but it had me laughing so hard. I thought the advice here was hilarious and, above all, spot on.

12 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS, Melissa! (And Tyler. :) I'm so excited for you. Yes, enjoy the 2nd trimester... it's like suddenly someone injected an energy serum into your body, isn't it?

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  2. Wonderful news, many congratulations, and thank you so much for your kind words. Shall have a look at the book!

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  3. Congratulations! Can't wait for all the awesome mommy posts to come!
    Our Fairy Tale

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  4. Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! That is SO exciting, many hugs to you both!!!

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  5. I am SO excited for you! Glad you are coming out of the fog...it can be so rough! YEA!!!! You will be a marvelous mother :)

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  6. You know how thrilled I am for you and Tyler!! Such a lucky baby. :D And the article was awesome. Like you said. Blunt straight-forward GOOD advice mixed with just enough humor that you don't hate her for it. Good stuff!

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  7. Such wonderful news! Congratulations! Hope all goes well for mom and baby. Get some sleep while you can. :)

    Off to check out that article now. Thanks.

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  8. This is such wonderful news. Even with all of the not wonderful fog like symptoms. And I love all of the steps. Really, the hardest thing has always been just sitting down and letting bad writing come out. It feels like, I'll never get published if the book sucks this bad. I know it's the only way to get to the good stuff. But the feeling still hasn't gone away.

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  9. Yay! You are going to make a wonderful mother, I can just tell! :)

    That was a great article, thanks for sharing. I love it when people tell it like it is.

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  10. I can't believe i missed this! So many congratulations and happy thoughts for the both (three!) of you :)

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  11. I've been away from blogging for a while, so it's fantastic to read this post finally! Congratulations!! I'm really happy for you.

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