Thursday, September 02, 2010

Housekeeping


I have a book due next month and last weekend I printed out everything I'd written, checked in to a hotel, read the manuscript start-to-finish, cut it up with scissors, put it all in a new order and stuck it back together with Scotch tape. After about seven hours of this fun, I stood up and was so stiff I could barely hobble to the minibar to extract the $12 bag of cashews.

Diabolical minibar aside, the hotel turned out to be a fantastic idea. I worried I'd feel just as unfocused in a rented room as I do at home, but it was astonishing how much more easily I could concentrate without internet, children, cooking, dust bunnies, goats, chickens, garden, books, phone calls, bills, Lost DVDs, et cetera. Let me repeat that first part: It was astonishing how much better I could concentrate without internet.

About the book. I got the contract early this year, just before my mother died. Later, I put off posting about it because I didn't want to jinx the writing, about which I was extremely anxious. Now I feel coy not posting about it, like I have to explain why I haven't been chatting about the book cheerfully and self-promotionally for months. Two word answer: nervous wreck.

The book is about food, of course. For some reason, the publisher was not interested in using my photography. More details to come. Fall 2011.

19 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read it! Congrats!

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  2. Congratulations! Looking forward to pre-ordering already.

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  3. Fantastic!! Excited to hear more.

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  4. Awesome and congratulations. I love your writing.

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  5. My monkey thought translator is saying, "Excited! Excited!"

    Plus I love your strappy black shoes.

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  6. wonderful! an old fashioned cut and paste!

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  7. Great you are making the deadline. I found out about your book through eatmedaily.com (now out of business it seems), and yes, did not bring it up because it was during your mother's illness. Congrats.
    Oz

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  8. Hooray! That's great news, I can't wait!

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  9. I can't wait to read anything you have written! You are a terrific writer. I'm sure the book will be great. Congratulations.

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  10. Need an illustrator? Also, congrats. :)

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  11. Congratulations. Look forward to more of you.

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  12. Georgia Jewel9/2/10, 5:54 PM

    This is fantastic. I will be honored to buy your book. I can't wait. Congratulations!

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  13. How wonderful! Congratulations!

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  14. Oh boy, a book!

    I used to do that cut and tape thing in college with my way too long philosophy papers. Usually I had a big bag of Cheetos and a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke to keep me company. Ah the memories!

    I did learn from those days that the best way to eat Cheetos is to use chopsticks. No cheesy orange dust on the keyboard!

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  15. Wonderful! Can't wait to pick up a copy!

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  16. Congratulations! So happy for you !!!

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  17. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it! You're such a talented writer.

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