Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Wrong*

It's been exactly one year since I pretty much pulled my pants down in traffic. I feel the need to eat cake. Not so much in celebration but more in that I really freaking love cake.

This has been a weird year. Some good, some bad. I've had some really cool opportunities, met some really amazing people, made some people laugh and found out what some people are really all about (note: it's not the Hokey-Pokey). I don't want to focus on the bad stuff so I'll just say that I have been amazed and humbled by the unexpected. Sometimes the amazement wasn't so much a good amazement as it was the type of amazement that requires therapy and the being humbled is somewhat akin to being horsewhipped. But still, I'm glad for it. It helps me grow as a person or some crap.

I haven't written anything of substance for quite some time (some people would argue that length of time is EVER), but yesterday I figuratively picked up my pen and put some words down on a fiction project I'm working on. A friend of mine inspired me to write again by telling me how he had given my book to someone over the weekend...called it my "fabulous" book. I hadn't felt fabulous about it for a long time. But that helped. Nothing may ever come of it since I sort of suck at fiction, but it feels good to write. It feels good to know that people care, even just a little.

I thought a year ago that my life would change. It did, just not in the ways I expected. I'm still working out if that's good or bad, but today I'm focusing on good.

So Happy Birthday "No Home Training". That's what I called you before I found out that only Southern girls know what that means.

*Alternate title: No one cares.


Little Red Hen said...

**I care.

Happy Birthday to the only book that I have ever read that made me laugh from cover to cover.
Happy Birthday to the only book published by someone I know personally and love dearly.
Happy Birthday to the only book that required me to sit outside to read while my husband was napping because it made me laugh so loud.
Happy Birthday to the only book that made me happy and yet sad in some of the strangest ways because I knew someone had actually had to live through that, and she came out better for it.
Happy Birthday to the learning experience. How I wish it had been a much, much, much better one.

*hugs and smooches*

Leandra said...

Congratulations on one year! I guess? I don't know if you've read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, but if you haven't, you should. It's all about the writing process and how your life will change after you get published, but not necessarily in the ways you think it will.

I'm also going to tell you what a friend of mine told me earlier this week. Some famous writer once said that she was so encouraged when people would tell her she was a good writer. For me, this is very hard to hear, for some reason, but I want to tell you that I think you are a good writer. I like your voice. Don't stop writing.

Intelligent Tool said...

Oh I would love to read a fiction book by you! Really! You are an amazing writter and sometimes I re-read (like 213 times) your old blog enteries just because I like them that darn much!

Tarasview said...

well I loved your book so Happy Birthday Mr. Wrong!

And what DOES no home training mean?

Unknown said...

Loved your book and read your blog religiously, in my house when you have wrote something particularly funny (usually involving boy or girl child), its always, you know Stephanie the really funny lady with the NASCAR reference in her book, still cant get over that one!

Happy Birthday Mr Wrong, cant wait for more from your awesome author.

Have a great evening.

Dawn~a~Bon said...

Happy birthday No Home Training/Meeting Mr. Wrong!

Last year around this time was very shitty for me, and quite honestly being excited for you about the book coming out was the only thing making me happy at that point. So I just wanted to let you know how much your book meant to me - and I'm a little smug that I was one of the first people to get to read it!

I hope this next year brings nothing but the good.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Mr. Wrong! And hell yeah, you should celebrate it. DUDE, YOU WROTE A BOOK! A very funny book, I might add! You're awesome!