A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On and Why I’m Getting Drug Store Reading Glasses Today

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First ever book contest was a success and we have a winner!!!!  Woot!!!! 

I haven’t mastered the on-line entry form yet (tutorials welcome) so I went with the next most high-tech plan I had.  Here’s how it went down…

I wrote everyones name down on a piece of paper.  (Went green and used the wrap from the last pack of paper)  *takes little bow*  

This is where the Whole Lot of Shakin’ was going on.  I may have gotten some exercise.  Sorry, Linda Grimes,  I know that you expected more from that title.  I’m a sad excuse for a Romantic Comedy Writer. *sniff*   I’ll leave all the fun stuff to you.


–the Mater of Ceremonies pulled a name.  The Winner is….*drum roll please*

Logan E. Turner!!!!!!  Logan chose I AM J by Cris Beam.  I’ve already got it on my to-read list and I’ll be getting that copy out to Logan ASAP.  Lucky me, later I’ll get to read her wonderful blog review of the book. Thanks Logan!!!

So, why am I getting drug store reading glasses you ask?  (I see you have the attention span of a flea.)  It’s a long story.  Well, actually it’s not that long, but the first half is boring so I’ll speed through it.

Went to eye doctor recently.
Eye doctor asked if I was having trouble seeing things up close.
Of course I denied it vehemently.
Then got home and had a light bulb moment–was that why I was putting everything on my computer into a larger font???
*head thunk*

So I figured that I’d ride it out to my next visit because that’s why God made flexible font.  Right?  That plan of attack was working great for me until I got the first seven chapters back on my first round of revisions.  Anica RIssi writes the BEST editorial notes EVAH!  And…She has the cutes, tiniest, most adorable hand writing you could imagine.  It’s like getting notes from Arrietty Clock of the Borrowers.  

*squints* But I totally don’t care that I’ve been outed by my editor and forced to admit that I have body parts that are betraying me.  What I care about is that Anica gets me and my writing.  In the places where I need improvement, her guidance will get me through the tough spots.  She says things in a way that doesn’t make me feel defensive or stupid for not seeing it myself.  She also does this absolutely beautiful thing where she makes everything feel like a wonderful collaboration.  I like this so much because this book isn’t just my dream anymore.  Michelle and Anica are as deeply vested as I am in bring this book to life and making it the best that it can be.  I don’t need special glasses to see that.  I can feel it.  *heart squish* 

I can’t show you my favorite comment from Anica’s notes because it would be a spoiler.  Just know that it’s written on an index card and is sitting on my bulletin board where I can see it.  But I’ll give you my second favorite…

Yes, I’m lucky and I know it.  I’m also grateful and determined to soak in every moment of what I’m experiencing as it happens.  I have a feeling that happiness isn’t about getting what you want–it’s about wanting what you get.  I love what I’ve got.  

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  1. Kim, thank you sooooo much! My luck surely has to run out soon now. 🙂 I can't wait to read this book!

  2. Aww, love it! Not surprised about all the smilies and hearts. 🙂

    Besides, they make the cutest little glasses now…promise. 😉

  3. Woo hoo!!!! Logan and Jodi-picked up a purple pair and their BROKEN!!!! Gah!!!!

  4. Ha! Yeah, you got me all excited there for a second. 😉

    I've been terribly nearsighted most of my life. Then middle age hit me with a sledge hammer, and decided I couldn't see things up close, either. Now I wear progressives. One prescription for distance, one for reading, and one for mid-distance (computer screen)–all in one pair of glasses. I love them. 🙂

  5. Congrats, Logan!!

    And K-pop, can I just say that your son is so CUTE!!
    Anica sounds awesome. You're really lucky to have found each other ;D

    I've worn glasses all my life. And I hate that… so my sympathies to you, sistah. <333

  6. Thanks Monica-Logan, Aidan and Anica are Awesome!!!!

  7. Lovely! Wonderful!

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