One year and change ago, I was convinced there was NO WAY I was going to be able to finish my book. One year and a month ago, I was pretty much going insane, trying to edit the final draft, keeping outrageously late hours, tossing and turning like a tormented weirdo! But, behold, one year ago to the day, Unnaturally Green finally burst forth from my womb-brain, like a giant, aggressive alien that was also a book and also my child.
The point is: 'Twas born!
(Self-doubt, get offa my stoop!)
Since then, I've had the great pleasure of getting to know the coolest darn bunch of readers this side of the Mississippi -- which is every side, because y'all are from around the globe. (How cool is that?)
AND YAY I AM HAPPY ABOUT IT.
So. That being said, let's celebrate U.G's bday by getting down to business!
1) THANKS ARE IN ORDER! If you've been a fan/reader/blog-participant for the past year (or even before that) THANK YOU again for being so supportive and for making my job incredibly fun and rewarding. So many of you have left thoughtful Amazon.com or Goodreads reviews, emailed me your thoughts (side note: if you've emailed me in the past couple of months, I *will* write back; just takes me a while), tweeted nice things at me -- and I can't tell you how grateful I am.
2) I had a blast reading all your contest entry limericks! They were incredible! Thanks to all who entered! Random selection from the pool came up with these three illustrious winners --
Hooray! You each get a signed and personalized copy of Unnaturally Green! Double hooray! (Be sure to email me your contact info so I can get that book to you ASAP!)
3) Please enjoy this OUT OF CONTROL video I filmed with my friend Sam (perhaps you remember him from our Snood video? or as the guy in Unnaturally Green who Facebook messages me about almost buying me a Wicked Witch doll, or something...).
(WARNING: Do not operate heavy machinery while watching.)
And thus we conclude a very exciting post on a very exciting day. I feel wistful, nostalgic, proud...and, as always, grateful to have all of you as my readers.
May the journey continue...