Holy Freakin’ Crap - Guess What I’m Holding?!?!?

Sharon August 7th, 2008

My book.

 I’m holding an actual copy of my book in my hand.   Holy Crap.

 It wasn’t supposed to arrive for at least a week.

 Holy crap.  There’s an actual book.  It has my name on it. 

People always say writing is like having a baby, and frankly, I’ve always thought that was complete and utter nonsense.  I hate being pregnant - hate it. I kind of like writing. 

 But this part is, actually, like my experience of having a baby - after all this time of abstractly knowing that there was this thing coming, but not really believing it (’cause I was too busy throwing up or trying to find some way to sit that wouldn’t create heartburn or writhing in labor in the one case, and writing other stuff and starting up crazy projects I have no time for in the other), I always found the actual arrival of the baby to be wonderful, but kind of mystifying.  How on earth was it connected to all that other unpleasantness again?  But…wow.  Look at that!  A baby

This is kind of like that.  Wow. Look at that.  A book.

I wish I could show it to you, but I don’t think it ships to bookstores for a few weeks.

 Ok, I have to go stare at it for a while.


29 Responses to “Holy Freakin’ Crap - Guess What I’m Holding?!?!?”

  1. Jeanon 07 Aug 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it!

  2. Davidon 07 Aug 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Congratulations! Cheapass that I am, I hardly buy any books at all anymore. But I will be buying this one. Can’t wait to see it!!

  3. Meadowlarkon 07 Aug 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Woot! Woot!
    You GO!!!

  4. Roseon 07 Aug 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Oh yeah! Congrats! Lookin’ forward to getting my hands on a copy.

  5. homebrewlibrarianon 07 Aug 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Wheeeeeeeee! So ex-CITING!

    I preordered so now I’m waiting impatiently!

    Kerri in AK

  6. Karenon 07 Aug 2008 at 7:26 pm

    wow - congratulations - doesn’t even require nursing (anymore!)

  7. Laurenon 07 Aug 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve had it on order at the local bookstore for well forever now so I guess I will be getting the call to come pick up my “baby” soon. How exciting!

  8. nicoleon 07 Aug 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Yippeeee! and Congrats!

    I can’t wait to read it! When’s the book tour? (and please say the NY metro area wil be on it!)


  9. Jimon 07 Aug 2008 at 9:39 pm


    I’ve had that experience (a book not a baby; my uterus is vestigial). I know exactly how you feel. May you have the feeling many more times.


  10. Anonymouson 07 Aug 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Ah, how wonderful. :)


  11. Tracion 07 Aug 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Yay, you! And yay, us! I can’t wait to read it. Do you prefer direct order from you or the bookstore?


  12. Julieon 08 Aug 2008 at 1:00 am

    Yay! Congratulations Sharon! I pre-ordered my copy, and now I *really* can’t wait to have it in my hot little hands :-)

    Cheers, Julie

  13. Sue in the Western Great Basinon 08 Aug 2008 at 1:15 am

    I went to the big city last week to visit my parents, and found myself in an actual bookstore, the kind that carries new books. I asked them about your book, made the guy look it up on the computer, until he found it and said “it will be here in September”. “Cool, thanks!” I said, not mentioning that I don’t live there and will buy my copy elsewhere. Just stirring up a little excitement; when they go to place their orders, maybe they’ll remember they already had a request for it… :)

    I will probably defer buying a personal copy and instead persuade my library to buy one, or perhaps I’ll buy one for the library myself. I’ll repeat the question an earlier commenter asked: what is YOUR preferred route for us to buy?

  14. Delpasoredon 08 Aug 2008 at 1:53 am

    Dream: vision, fantasy, delight, aspriation

    Congratulations! I feel like a friend has achieved all of the above. Enjoy your success!

  15. Dan Kershawon 08 Aug 2008 at 5:51 am

    Congrats Sharon!

  16. Liseon 08 Aug 2008 at 6:34 am


    Congratulations! How exciting. I’ve forgotten how you said to go about pre-ordering a copy from you, but of course Andi and I want one, and would love for you to sign it.

    And…I wish I were taking your adapting in place class, too–learned so much from the food storage one–but don’t have the time to devote to it right now. I’m reading along, though, and wanted to let you know how grateful I am…

    :-) Lise (1st food storage class)

  17. Patriceon 08 Aug 2008 at 7:19 am

    Congratulations!!! Aren’t surprises nice? I bet this one made your week.

  18. Rosaon 08 Aug 2008 at 8:11 am


  19. Nancy, aka MILon 08 Aug 2008 at 9:29 am

    Mazel tov, Sharon!!!!!!!!! That is very wonderful. I can’t wait to see (and maybe even read) the real thing myself, although if I’m brutally honest I’ll probably be a tad less excited than I was when each of the boys arrived ;-) . Seriously–I’m thrilled, on my own and for you.

  20. P.Priceon 08 Aug 2008 at 9:30 am

    Yay for you.

    Ugh, I hate being pg, too…but, ah, the rewards.

    Savor this moment of new-ness!

  21. DEEon 08 Aug 2008 at 10:26 am

    Congrads on your birth….guess I better go check at Amazon since I pre-ordered a copy and don’t remember if I deducted it from checkbook!!! Looking forward to a good read that I can make everyone I know read,too…I love being pesty about peak oil and preparing for the hard times a-comin’….DEE

  22. Wendyon 08 Aug 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Dude! Congratulations! As soon as I survive my “Buy Nothing August 2008″ month, I’ll order my own very special copy from my local, independent bookstore ;).

  23. Kathyon 08 Aug 2008 at 1:21 pm

    More prolific than a baby, at least immediately. This is the first ‘clone.’ May thousand and thousands, or even millions, go forth and spread your message of hope…The Ground is GROWING! The Ground is GROWING!


  24. deweyon 08 Aug 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Those four-year “pregnancies” will kill ya… At least you know your publications will never embarrass you by getting arrested holding a beer bong, right? Nothing but pride, all the way! Congratulations a dozen times over! (And don’t be in a hurry to read it carefully. There will always be typos or mistakes. Don’t find them.)

  25. Lewruon 08 Aug 2008 at 4:52 pm


  26. Mrs. Greenhandson 08 Aug 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read it!

  27. Frogdanceron 09 Aug 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Ooooo, there you go, living the dream….

    How fantastic!!

  28. Robyn M.on 11 Aug 2008 at 10:51 am


  29. Colleenon 12 Aug 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Congrats!!! I can hardly wait to read it!

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