Monday, March 17, 2008

Holy Ms. Potato Head!!



Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm proud AND REALLY relieved to report that the first draft of the second I So Don't Do book is done, done, done! And my revisions are coming along nicely too. Tonight I celebrate with warm sake and a rainbow roll.

Trivia: Did you know that "saki" (not "sake") is a South American monkey with a brown-to-black shaggy coat and a bushy tail. Who, by the way, will not be invited for sake tonight.

I think putting up the spud has made me giddy!

So, if I'm somewhat MIA, please understand it's because I have to rewrite/polish and get this baby to the editor.

And onto proud parent news:

Huge congratulations to Child #3 who won FIRST place in FIVE events at this weekend's swim meet!!!!! (The number of exclamation points is no accident.) What about the sixth event, you ask? He was disqualified by an overzealous official. Okay. Fine. The truth: Child #3's turn on the backstroke MIGHT have justified the DQ. And, I was only MOMENTARILY tempted to push Mr. Official into the pool.

I'd also like to mention how delightful it is to see Child #3 flying off the block, with that familiar look of determination on his face and know that it's not directed at, say, his little sister.

Random thought: It may have been a mistake to teach Child #4 my cell phone number. You cannot even imagine how many calls I'm getting when writing at the coffee shop. And I can't bring myself to not answer...

In other big news, we have a new book launch over at the Class of 2k8's blog. Elizabeth Bunce's debut Young Adult novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, is now available in stores. If you have a sec, click on over and congratulate her.

33 comments:

Family Adventure said...

Woo-hoo....lots of accomplishments in one post. Congrats on being DONE on book no. 2! Amazing! And equally amazing to hear about child # 3s feat!

Hope you have a good week,

Heidi

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Congratulations to you and #3!!

And mmmm... Sushi.

Laura said...

WOW - lots to celebrate!!!

CONGRATS AND KUDOS!

Mary Ann (Moanna) said...

Wow wow wow. Congrats to you and child #3. Here's hoping #4 gets bored with the cell number.

PJ Hoover said...

Congrat, Barrie! I love the first draft stage and I also love the early revisions!

Mrs. Annie said...

I send many bravos to you hours, for you and for #3!

Cell phones - it's a love hate relationship, isn't it?

Becky Levine said...

Congratulations. I can't wait to read BOTH your books!

Sarakastic said...

Congrats!!!!!!! That's amazing! (The number of !'s is no accident)

Beth said...

Congratulations to you and #3! Sometimes I think officials forget that these are children but then it can also be used as a good lesson. I imagine placing 1st helped take away some of the sting though-good job buddy!

Chantal said...

Congrats to both of you. Must feel so good. I wish I had a book in me. Who knows, maybe some day.

Kellan said...

Congratulations on completing your manuscript - that is great! ANd congratulations to Child #3 on the big win - WOW!!! You all have a lot to be happy about this weekend - that is great!

Have a good week - see you soon. Kellan

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Yay! Congratulations on getting that first draft done and on your revision success! And big congratulations to Child #3--I so wish I was a better swimmer.

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Patti said...

dang, good news done spread itself all over this post!!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Congrats on passing this milestone, and hope you have a pleasant celebration!

Mac and Cheese said...

Enjoy your well-deserved sake.

brian_ohio said...

Give Child #3 a high five from me for taking first place. That is wonderful.

Give yourself a high five from me for getting through your first draft.

Give Child #4 a high five from me for driving Mom batty while she's at the coffee shop.

Congrats to all of you.

Cameron Williams said...

Hey! Any word yet on whether you can have a fifth grade class preview the book with a read aloud?

Cameron Williams said...

Any more child #3 swim meets during break?

Bill Clark said...

Yay for you and child #3!!

Kelley said...

WOW! Congrats on the first draft. I have yet to get that far on one book. I am in awwwwww

Elizabeth said...

Major congratulations for finishing your draft!
50,000 words is very impressive.
I find editing more fun than actually writing.........
Also congrats to child #3.
i sometimes think the parents get more joy than the child.
All best wishes

rochambeau said...

SO HAPPY for you Barrie, about your book! This is a big, big deal! Congratulations! I admire you greatly.

Congrats to to child #3 too!

Constance

keri mikulski :) said...

Kudos to you and child #3!

christine mercer-vernon said...

Congratulations Barrie...on all accounts! The book is exciting but nothing beats the pride you have for your children!! :)

Eileen said...

Tons to celebrate!

Yay you!

~Virginia~ said...

that's wonderful! congratulations! thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

barb said...

Wow, kudo's to the potato. But really to you and to child #3. My child #2 was sick and totally missed said swim meet due to strep throat. yuk! I can't wait to read both books.

booklady said...

Congrats both on getting your draft done and on #3's successes on the swim team. Have fun with the edits. :-)

Angela said...

Sounds like things are going great. A book, a proud parent, and a child that calls so much because they love you.

Christina Phillips said...

Congrats on finishing the draft of book two!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Hi - I came up with a pretty good marinade for the sea-bass and have just posted it if you're interested!

Mary said...

Congrats on finishing draft one!

Sushi and sake -- yum, yum!!