HELLOOO, Mr. Postman! Ain't you sweet, delivering me some goodies? *wink, wink*
Actually, my postman is rather...shall we say...unattractive, but BOY, today I found myself swooning over the guy as he carried this lovely box up several flights of stairs (we live on a mountainside and we have a good 20 or so steep steps to the front door). I was all giddy, knowing full well what the box he carried contained.
And as soon as he rang my bell, I flung the door open, snatched the box like a greedy little child, and tore through the packaging tape. Then I breathed in...the glorious smell of years of hard work come to fruition. It smelled SO good!
This box was more than a box of books to me. It was everything I had ever wanted from the time I was old enough to string words together--an impossible dream come true. In a lot of respects, I still struggle to wrap my mind around the idea of it. Me, an author? It's much like a child playing dress-up in their mother's clothing. It's fun and it feels so grownup, yet there is still so much growing to be done before the shoes, the hat, and the dress fit properly.
The one thing that really amazes me is that a little over two years ago I told a few people that I would love to have my first book published by the time I turned 40--ideal, but seemingly impossible in a topsy-turvy publishing world, especially when I just lost my agent (she quit the literary biz due to the publishing world being upended) and had to start the entire process over. I will turn 40 (yes, the big 4-0) on the 16th of this month. The ebook went live the end of March, and I received this box of books exactly one week before my birthday. Amazing. I want to hang onto this feeling for as long as I can.
My not-so-attractive postman also brought me this lovely piece of happiness the same day as the box of books--->
I'm not one to litter my car with bumper stickers and whatnot (though I REALLY do like reading them--I will speed to catch up and read your sticker) but as a zombie writer, I HAD to have it. I live in Utah. Everyone has the cute little family stickers on the back of their vans (and some families stretch from one side of the window clear to the other--big families). But when I saw this lovely zombie family, I slapped down my money and then slapped it on my car. It brings tears of joy to my eyes, which is a weird thing to say, I know, but it does.
My kids love the fact that they are zombies. LOVE IT! And then look, there's me, with a missing leg--so cool! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the whole zombie phenomenon. Also, anyone who knows me knows I won't make it longer than 10 minutes in a zombie apocalypse. I'm a survival wimp, but I WILL make one fierce zombie, I'm warning you. Anyway, this week has started off amazing, and several days into it, I still feel glorious (just ask the random lady at the dollar store who I showed my book to after she asked me why I had a basket full of brains and body parts--toys for my book launch party at the end of the month. What were you thinking?).
Next week will be pretty freakin' amazing too--I'm going to PARIS! Oui Oui! That's how I'm bringing in my 40th birthday. I'm one happy lady right now! (More on that another day).
I look like a big grinning idiot, and I'm loving it!
How's your week going? Anything exciting? Tell me all about it.
4/11/2012 12:27:24 am
The zombie window sticker is original and shows personality. The books in paperback look shiny and glossy.
4/11/2012 04:46:29 am
There's nothing like the feel you get when you hold a book in your hand with your name on it.
4/11/2012 06:05:49 am
I want to be one of the first to buy an autographed copy!!! I am so happy for you. Loved this book, as you know. Wow, happy birthday. Do they have zombies in Paris? I can not imagine how you are feeling. Maybe bursting at the seams with GLEE? Have fun in Paris!
4/11/2012 07:35:56 am
This is the first I heard of this series. I can't wait to start reading.
4/11/2012 08:22:04 am
Well, you know I still don't get the zombie thing, but I have made an exception for your awesome book! And OMG so exciting, all of it. Can I come to Paris with you? My bday is the 29th, it's only fair! lol Take lots of pictures, I'm so excited for you!
4/11/2012 11:38:23 am
Oooh, Angela, this is one of those wiggly puppy posts where you don't really have much to say in the comments but you have to leave something because it makes you so happy!
4/12/2012 08:51:29 am
Congratulations, Angela! There's nothing like holding your own book in your hands. And have an awesome birthday in Paris. Wow, good choice.
4/12/2012 11:59:08 pm
Congratulations! That's so exciting.
4/14/2012 05:47:46 am
I found your book on that fateful day of March 27th in the free section of amazon. I put off reading it till yesterday. WOW I am enthralled. I absolutely hate that it ended. I stumbled across your blog while looking for the next installment. Thank You Thank You for putting out this piece. I can't wait for the next one!! *please tell me there will be more*
4/14/2012 08:53:49 am
I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks for letting me know. This is the kind of comment authors live for, no joke. I really appreciate it.
4/15/2012 01:24:07 am
Congrats on getting your books. That decal is awesome, I'd put that on my car too.
Rebecca L. Fisk
4/19/2012 12:59:46 pm
Oh my goodness. I cannot even describe to you my exact level of thrill at the spoof sticker !!! I feel so mean and petty every time I see those stinking, annoying stick figure stickers and I TOTALLY WANT A ZOMBIE SET!!!! Also, your box 'o' dreams is truely beautiful, and Congratulations!! :)
2/7/2013 09:42:48 am
Can you tell me where you purchased the Zombie family stickers for your car?
2/7/2013 11:45:12 pm
I bought it off ETSY, but I couldn't find the exact seller, but this one is close:
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