I've been staring at the computer for 30 minutes thinking, "Would readers feel ripped off if I skipped this post and just suggested going over to The Debutante Ball to read what I blogged about there?"
I've also been thinking about how much I like wool socks and wondering when I last washed my hair. It's been a busy 30 minutes.
But I just looked at the calendar and realized it's a significant day. Maybe not to everyone, but certainly to me.
One year ago today, my amazing agent Michelle Wolfson called to say Sourcebooks, Inc. had offered a three book deal for my romantic comedies.
It's funny to look back now on the blog entry I posted that day. I wrote about visiting my grandmother (a trip I took to get my mind off the fact that the Sourcebooks editorial board was deciding my fate).
Michelle called a few hours after I got home, and I remember panicking as I saw her number on my caller ID. Did she usually call with bad news or email it? I couldn't remember.
I do remember there was a long pause after the preliminary hellos, and in that pause, I was certain we'd been rejected.
I'm no pessimist – far from it, in fact. But I'd had my fair share of calls that left me nodding and squeaking out, "it's OK," while trying to pretend it didn't feel like I'd just been bitch-slapped with a spiced salami.
But there was no bitch-slapping on February 25, 2010. Just a lot of squealing and jumping around and maybe dancing the cat across the bedroom.
He's still pissed about that.
I didn't get the go-ahead to squeal publicly until the next day, so I settled for calling friends and family that evening.
Then I went out and dyed a purple swatch in my hair (a tradition started by my agency sistah Kiersten White and soon to be continued by our other packmates Linda Grimes and Kimberly Sabatini who both just landed book deals. Have I mentioned how much it rocks to be part of Michelle Wolfson's Wolf Pack?)
Anyway, happy anniversary to all of us. Some of you have been reading since I started this blog a few weeks before the book deal came through, and some of you are brand new within the last few days or months. I appreciate every single one of you, and am so thrilled to have you as part of this journey.
Now go out and celebrate. Hey, we can all use the excuse, right?