November 18, 2004

A Goat Deferred

Goats yesterday, Goats tomorrow, but alas! Alas! Never goats today…I cannot write about Kimmi Hearts Goats because I am SO busy preening. And I have to preen FAST --- I am on a tight preening schedule that will end tomorrow.

Remember I was on tenterhooks all week because my agent was reading my new MS….well, wait.

Between us monkeys? This book, the new one? I freaking love it.

But what does THAT mean? Not much. I mean, I wrote the dern thing. It is my especial pretty bunny I like to pet and pet and pet. Asking me is kinda like asking my MOM. Who, by the way, thinks it is a GREAT book. But … she would probably think it was great if it was 100K words of musings on love and the single hedgehog because SHE IS MY MOM! Her high opinion of her children’s art and four bucks will get you a small latte at Starbucks.

But my agent – he is NOT my mom. He has always played it straight with me and if he thinks things aren’t working he says so. He says it gently and with exquisite manners and with regret DRIPPING from his kindly voice. But he SAYS it. And then he makes me fix everything, and he won’t send the book out unless he LOVES it. Not just likes it, but ROMANTICALLY KISS-FACE loves it.

I respect the CRAP out of that man.

And? Let’s just say he is over-nighting it to my editor. We talked for quite some time, and words like ORIGINAL and ASTOUNDING and PROGRESSION AND GROWTH AS A NOVELIST were bandied about, and for the record, *I* was not the one saying them.

In my usual PRETENDING TO BE COOL manner I was saying “mmm-hmmm, that's an interesting take” and “Ah, I am so pleased you think so,” into the phone and then I hung up and screamed and went leaping from the sofa to the armchair and back again, hooting and whooping until I banged my head into the ceiling fan and had to sit down.

Beautiful Maisy Who Is Mostly Still Two watched me spasm all over the family room with mild interest. She said, “Mommy! Are you pee-tend to be a monkey?”
And I said, “No, baby, I am pretending to be Harper Lee. On cocaine.”

CLEARLY I am going to be UNENDURABLE for the duration.

I spose it is lucky for everyone that the duration will be about 20 hours.
Tomorrow, my editor gets it and I will be revisiting LUNATIC SPIRALING OF FRAUGHTNESS that will require all manner of mental shenaniganisms to keep myself distracted until she finds time to read it. In other words, the goat story WILL happen.

But today? Fugeddaboutit. It’s WOOTY time.

Posted by joshilyn at November 18, 2004 2:00 PM

Let me be the first to say YEEE-HAW!!! I am dancing around the living room in happiness for you. But I'm NOT surprised! And Harper Lee ain't got nothin' on you, babe...she only wrote ONE decent book! Congratulations!

Posted by: Amy at November 18, 2004 2:18 PM

DECENT??!?!? DECENT??!?!

OMG! You must now SMITE your own tongue, redheaded wench! Lee wrote one BRILLIANT, PERFECT JEWEL of a you WELL know!

For more on Amy and Harper Lee, see this entry:

Posted by: Joshilyn at November 18, 2004 3:01 PM

Okay, monkey, no more high-fiving the ceiling fan for you. But preen, preen, preen! You've earned it! Oh, and btw,*ahem* I TOLD YOU SO. :-)

Posted by: David at November 18, 2004 3:29 PM

Geez, and I thought *I* got to be your day-brightener. Sheesh.
Congrats, dear. You rock.

Posted by: Kira at November 18, 2004 4:07 PM

Hee hee. Reminds me of the day I got a letter from TCW accepting an article on spec. Haydn was about 2. I started doing the monkey thing, scremaing, jumping, laughing out loud. He tried to copy me, thinking it was a game. The article was rejected after a million rewrites, etc... but my GOODNESS that excitement felt good. Reminded me why I write.

Why can't Gods in Alabama come out now? I want to read it now. *pouts*

Posted by: Heather at November 18, 2004 4:29 PM

SHEESH! All right, already - Harper Lee wrote ONE amazing book. YOU, beautiful tulip, have written TWO. Therefore, you are more amazing in my book. Besides, YOU are my friend. I don't know no Harper Lee! So preen away!!

Posted by: Amy at November 18, 2004 5:51 PM

You're so pretty when you preen! The goats can wait! ;)

Posted by: Mir at November 18, 2004 6:15 PM

Heee! Congrats! :D

Posted by: Klint at November 18, 2004 7:08 PM


Ah, I'm so excited for you!! Cloud 9 is lovely this time of year, innit? :)

Posted by: ViVi at November 19, 2004 3:47 AM

Hey, I don't even know you but I'm HOOTY-HOOWing for you! Congrats.

Just dropped by courtesy of BlogExplosion. Am subscribing.

Posted by: Alyx Sandborg at November 20, 2004 6:07 AM


Sheesh.... you were only in NYC for a total of maybe 10 days and you're already speaking like a local.
*takes a sip of his cawwfee*

Posted by: Matt at November 20, 2004 11:34 PM

Good work.

Posted by: Terry at December 4, 2004 12:56 AM