Monday, November 10, 2008

Kiersten's 200th Post of Glory and Awesomeness (and Announcements)

First of all, thanks everyone for participating in my ridiculous contest. I was half expecting a) no responses at all, or b) people cussing me out for being so lame. But look at you, wonderful readers! You came through for me and then some. Anyone interested, please see the comment section of the previous post to see just how generous people offered to be.

Among my favorite offerings were:

Chocolate (notice nearly all of the chocolate offers came from my male readers. They clearly have it figured out)

Natalie's offer of an internal organ transplant (I'll let you see the comments for the specific organ, since I already get enough google search hits for it. I was both touched and creeped out)

Lindsey's offers of things that were going to happen anyway

TAMN of Seriously So Blessed's offer to let me pick the gender of her unborn twins, OR one of her great t-shirts

And finally,

Cindy Pon's offer of one of her Chinese Brush paintings

Not to mention all of the other great things (Dr Pepper! Naming puppies! Partially used gift cards!) people were willing to contribute in an effort to win the contest to give me a prize. After my initial excitement I started feeling bad--I mean, come on, am I really going to make James mail me Smarties all the way from Australia, much as I would love to try them? I may be ridiculous, but I try hard not to be a jerk. So I was going to magnanimously turn them down in some grand gesture, saying something along the lines of having your love and readership is the greatest gift of all.

And then I was like, wait a second, what am I thinking?? I've been coveting Cindy's artwork since I very first saw it! So I officially declare Cindy the winner of the giving Kiersten a prize contest! (Everyone else breathes a huge sigh of relief, while Cindy ponders what on earth she was thinking.)

As far as the poetry contest--well, honestly, I didn't expect you all to be such great poets! Seriously. I'm going to have to deliberate and announce the winner a little later.

Speaking of winners, I've got one other announcement.

For a while, querying felt like this:

Then that whole pregnancy-nearly-killing me thing I tried out in September gave me some perspective, so querying felt like this:

Then, out of the blue, I got the BEST PHONECALL OF MY LIFE last Thursday:

Now, thanks to Michelle Wolfson, my agent, I look like this most of the time (it's true--Michelle got me to smile showing my teeth!):


(Coming tomorrow: my very long thank-you list, gushing about Michelle, and more fun details!)

49 comments:

Sarah Laurenson said...

Woo Hoo!!!!!!

Who cares about the contest (Well, I suppose you do). An agent? This is wonderful news!!!

Love the photo montage.

Renee Collins said...

WOO-HOO!

This is a great day for the MoMo's! :) :) :) :)

Kiersten, love the photo essay. You look so happy. (And your hair looks really shiny.)

Whirlochre said...

This is fantastic news.

I knew it was only a matter of time.

Congratulations.

Wahey!

Renee Collins said...

I wrote a shout out to you on my blog. This is news that has to be spread. :)

Kiersten said...

Thanks, all ; ) I'm very, very, did I say VERY? excited.

Natalie said...

Ahhh, now I can finally call everyone I know and tell them. I was bursting, I tell you!

You know how I feel...you know that I cried.

Love ya, Kierst. If anyone deserves an agent, it's YOU.

Aunty Em said...

That is the prize I was going to give you. The real agent beat me to it though.

Congratulations - I'm really excited for you!

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Em!

And Natalie, I can think of several other people--all of whom have commented in this post--that are equally deserving of an agent ; )

Tracy Marchini said...

Congratulations -- that is SO fantastic!

You rock! :-D

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Tracy ; )

fairyhedgehog said...

Congratulations! I am so pleased for you.

JaneyV said...

At last! I was nearly blue from holding my breath!

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
(Jane is now jumping up and down, punching the air and generally acting in a manner befitting her euphoria)

Congrats! Kiersten the news is fabulous because you deserve it (and it also gives hope to the rest of us)! I, for one, cannot WAIT for Flash to be in print. Because it will be in print!

And bally brilliant that you've got to the big 200 too!

Break out the Dr Pepper!

JaneyV said...

And if I didn't mention it - I am so HAPPY for you. Your news has made me really happy. I LOVE being happy!!!

Kiersten said...

FH--I can just picture you saying that in your lovely voice, smiling and holding a cup of tea. It's a lovely image ; )

And Janey--I love you. And I'm very glad to make you so happy!

*MARY* said...

I don't even know what to say. This is even better than that time I washed my hair with sunscreen.
Congratulations!
I'm so happy and excited for you.

Kiersten said...

Even better?? Wow! Thanks!

Kayleigh said...

YAY KIERSTEN! Hahaha, I literally said, "Whoa," out loud to myself while I read that. I'm so happy for you!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! That is the coolest thing I've heard today so far. It's awesome to see how your perseverance paid off, and that nobody should ever give up on things. Fan-freakin-tastic.

AC said...

I just came over from Tracy Marchini's blog to say congratulations, and then stayed to read more of your blog posts. LOVE your blog, and a major congratulations!! (And congrats also to Michelle Wolfson, who signed up a very talented writer!)

Kasie West said...

That is so awesome!! I had a feeling. Congratulations!! This renews my own hopes! Thanks for the inspiration.

*MARY* said...

Once, Meici got a hold of the desitin and rubbed it all over her face. She looked like a little geisha.

Please don't publish this comment, it will make me look weird...er. I just wanted to comment on your comment, but I didn't want to do it in my own comment box because you'd probably never see it, and I really, really wanted you to hear my Meici-desitin story.

And if one more person joins your cult, I will be bumped of the screen. (>_<)

Stephanie and Co. said...

Hooray! Congratulations, and I'm sorry I missed the contest. I would have offered a free front door.

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Kayleigh! I'm liking the fan-freakin-tastic.

AC, thank you! And welcome!

Kasie, it's true--it actually happens ; )

Mary--I'm sorry, I know I directly violated your wishes by publishing that comment, but I just thought it was so awesome. I mean, come on, I admitted on your blog that I accidentally brushed my teeth with desitin, and that's a lot more disgusting. Also, no worries, I can always get rid of a few of my imaginary followers if you don't want to get knocked off. OR, you could quit following me and then start following me again, which would put you at the top of the list!

And Stephanie, too bad. It was a great contest. Maybe next time! ; )

cindy said...

awwww, kiersten!! i can't express how proud and thrilled i am for you. i truly can't! and WOW i WON the give away (er, take away? chinese brush painting take away? ha!) contest!! do email me your addy and i'll send the little painting your way. it's nothing fancy, alas, but i'm glad to gift it!!

YAY! kiersten, agented!!!! /bootay shake!!!!!

Kiersten said...

Thank you thank you, Cindy! I'm so excited, both for the agent and for the painting!

And I'm joining you in the bootay shake. I've been doing a lot of that lately!

McKoala said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic!

Kiersten said...

Thanks, McKoala!

Kim said...

I wanted to add my HOORAYS to the list of well-wishers! It's so awesome and I look forward to reading it since I'm not one of your beta readers but I do get to hear how brilliant it is!!

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Kim ; )

Anthony said...

Congratulations! I am sooo happy for you!

The last photo looks like you are about to burst into tears.

ZOOM down the highway ZOOM down the Highway ZOOM down the Highway STOP!

Kiersten said...

Ha, thanks, Anthony! Yeah, that's why I don't usually smile with my teeth in pictures. I've got great smiley eyes that close up.

Kristina P. said...

This is fantastic! Congrats!

I will say I am a little bummed that my offer of the Twilight book I already gave away didn't quite make it into your blog post.

Kiersten said...

Kristina, that offer was just so special, I had to treasure it privately in my heart rather than displaying it for all to see.

Robin S. said...

Hey Sweetie -

Congrats! Just saw the note on Whirl's blog.

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Robin! It's nice not to have to toot my own horn all over the place--I've got friends to do it for me!

Crazy McWife said...

Yay!!! What a great 200th post! That's awesome news!!! I'm so excited! I'll still send you the almost-full box of See's as a congratulatory gift, you deserve it! Well, it's like a 1/2 box now... and I don't have your address... but I really will!

jchart said...

Congrats, that is so fantastic! I came over from Anthony's blog to read all about the awesome news and am thrilled for you :-)

Kiersten said...

Thanks, JC!

Alex Moore said...

brava, kiersten. i am so happy for you...can't wait to see Flash in print!

Kiersten said...

Can I say it again? Yes, I can.

Thanks, Alex!

Ken Kiser said...

Looks like I showed up late for this party... but I brought a bottle of champagne... can I still come in?

Congratulations. I'm jealous.

Ken Kiser said...

BTW: How many submissions did you send before catching the big fish?

James Klousia said...

Congratulations! This means you've moved to 'Step Five' of your Guide to Trying to Get Published. Only one step to go!

Looking forward to hearing about the post-agent-getting (?) process...and very jealous too!

Whirlochre said...

I notice Arnie hasn't stopped by yet. Some Governor.

Kayleigh said...

I'm still way excited for you. It was definitely the coolest thing I heard yesterday. I tell my mom about my blog buddies (haha, that sounds so lame) so I'm excited to tell her you got an agent.

freddie said...

OMG!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This is great news!!!

See? I told you things would work out. Now you have to tell me: Was it when you least expected it?

Was I right, or was I right? ; )

freddie said...

I'm not sure my previous comment came through. I suspect blogger ate it.

But CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! OMG - That's great news!!!!

Let's see . . . new President . . . Kiersten gets an agent. Coincidence? I think not.

Kiersten said...

Ken, the party never stops around here. Of course, Dr Pepper is my drink of choice. Thanks though, and no need to be jealous ; ) I'll post on the stats later this week.

James, I'll definitely keep everyone posted!

Whirl, you just missed him. But, good news, he said he'd be back. He always says that...

Ha, thanks Kayleigh ; )

Thanks, Freddie! It's true, I credit the whole "Yes we can!" mentality, lol. And you WERE right--I didn't expect it at all.

sylvia said...

*SCREECH*

Oh my! That is AWESOME! I am so so so so happy for you! It could only be a matter of time for you to find a good match, of course.

GREAT news! Congratulations! Wow!

Kiersten said...

Smiles VERY happily.

Thanks, Sylvia!