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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Meanwhile, back on the farm…

Writing is a weird job. You find yourself looking foward to each publication milestone–the book’s appearance in the publisher’s catalog, the arrival of the first galleys, the first industry review, the first finished author’s copy, publication date–and each one proves to be less than satisfying. The truth is that the real satisfaction of the work […]

Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

This is it, folks! Publication day! (Balloons and streamers?….Hello?…..Hello???) Actually, with your first book you discover that “publication day” is a total bust. The real action happens before (prepub reviews) and after (general media reviews). The day itself goes by without any particular fanfare. However, in honor of Publication Day, I’ll post a new link […]

Quick Addendum

Dear readers, I would NEVER tell you to go rearrange the shelves at Barnes & Noble. No, I would not. Oh, no, certainly not.

Time for carbo-loading

Although everyone keeps saying, “You must be thrilled!” I’m suffering from serious post-dissertation-defense limpness. (My good friend Lauren says, “Doesn’t it feel hugely anti-climactic?” Exactly.) Yesterday I went to bed at 10 AM (courtesy of my wonderful mother, who offered to do grammar and music lessons with the little ones while I collapsed) and didn’t […]

“Congratulations, Doctor”

That’s really what they say when you pass the defense. Yes, it’s all done. Whew. Actually too tired to feel elated, right this minute…but I’m getting ready to meet Pete and the kids at a restaurant for a really huge celebratory dinner, and once the blood sugar is up, I’ll run in circles whooping (and […]

Oh, good grief.

Until this very moment, I did not realize that I have actually scheduled my dissertation defense for the Ides of March. SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March. CAESAR: What man is that? BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face. CASSIUS: Fellow, come […]

Deep breath in. Deep breath out. Deep breath in. Deep breath out…

There haven’t been any updates to this blog because I’ve been on family vacation. Just to prove it, here are husband and second son playing chess: and just to prove that I WAS relaxing too, here I am: Now I’m back, with two things to worry about. First, I still haven’t found out just why […]