Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pretty Much Sums It Up

Text from me to husband: I'm going to the library tonight. The kids are being NIGHTMARES today.

Text from husband to me: I think it would be better if you stood up to them instead of hiding in the library. In fact, it's best if I go to the library instead.

This heartwarming spousal exchange brought to you in equal parts by Supernaturally Edits and Grouchy Children.

But in actual heartwarming news, there are moments. Moments on this whole crazy path when I think I'll explode with happiness. Yesterday as I was sitting on the couch editing Supernaturally, my daughter asked if her name was going to be in the book. At SCBWI I had several authors sign books to my kids, who were thrilled to see their names. So I said, "Actually, your name is already in Paranormalcy! Do you want to see?"

Both kids squealed with excitement and I showed them the acknowledgments, complete with their names, officially INSIDE a book. My daughter read hers, giggling, and pointed out my son's to him. And I had one of the happiest moments of this entire journey.

Not to leave Hot Stuff out, he also gave me one of my happiest moments this week. He finished reading Paranormalcy (having not read it since the first draft) and said, "So, did you mean for the two main characters to be such good metaphors for teenage life?" And then proceeded to point out the ways in which he felt my book had deeper meaning than just the storyline and asked if I did it on purpose. (Answer: yes. Mostly.)

And I already knew he was the Best Man Ever, but this was a nice reminder. I'm still not letting him to go the library instead of me, though. Not even metaphor praise can keep me in the house tonight.

18 comments:

lora96 said...

How wonderful that he responded so thoughtfully to your novel! I can't wait to read it. And the giggly joy of your kids seeing their names in your book made my day.

This is such a splendid time for you. Enjoy it.

Stephanie McGee said...

Awww...So cute!

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Yes... Paranormalcy was a great teenage metaphor. =) Its part of why I loved it. Along with a million other reasons but hey, you read my review so you know.

Hot Stuff does get major points- even for trying to go to the library instead.

Enjoy YOUR time at the library though... and yay for finding someone like Hot Stuff =)

Kristan said...

Aww. :)

Btw, I'm loving the teasers on Twitter!

Jenna Wallace said...

This almost brought tears to my eyes. You are so blessed.

And I really admire the balance you are able to strike between talking about your writing and talking about your personal life. It's what makes you so real and accessible to people (plus you guys are just funny!). I am rather paranoid about mentioning personal things, thinking "No one wants to read about that." But I love reading about YOUR life.

Kaela said...

I count my blessings every time Diz starts a sentence with "So we were talking about your post in the lunchroom today...." because he forwards my post to all his coworkers. He also stays on top of if it's published to Twitter and Facebook in case something has gone wrong. And when we're in a crowd of people and I overhear him saying "She's a really good writer, have you read her blog?".

But if I ever heard him deriving deeper meaning from something I wrote, I would probably faint.

You have so much to celebrate, Keirsten.

Dara said...

The metaphor praise is awesome :) I love when my husband praises my writing too--gives the warm fuzzies inside.

Anyway, hope you're able to take some time to go to the library!

Kathryn said...

Aww...

Also, Hot Stuff is hilarious. And logical. ;)

sraasch said...

Your family makes me smile :)

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

That's sweet. Your kids must be so excited to see their names in your book.

Anita Saxena said...

How exciting for your son and daughter to see their name in print. As they get older, I'm sure their pride for their mom will exponentially grow.

Marsha Sigman said...

I think my husband is still in awe that I can string more than three words together.

Claire Dawn said...

Can I clone Hotstuff?

SM Blooding said...

Oooohhh!!!! That's awesome!

I still can't WAIT for this book! The good news is, there are fewer days to wait now. GAH!

That's awesome!

Frankie

Madeleine said...

That's supercalifragilisticexpialidociousnaturally! (Whoa.) If only you had secret cameras hidden in the corners of the room to record the moment! :D

Samantha Bennett said...

Yay for those bursts of happiness!

Whirlochre said...

The big question is: how much longer can we refrain from giving thanks to giraffes?

I mention this because the whole Paranormalcy phenomenon could be the tipping point for the moment when those long-necked African quadrupeds say, "hey! We never get a look-in in any of the hip literary reviews, yet our sheer numbers, if deployed tactically, could wreak all kinds of havoc on mankind — and maybe, just maybe inspire the dolphins to do that weird thing with their fins that they gotta, just gotta get out there and do!"

So I implore you! Mention the kids, the A list amigos, yes — but ignore the giraffes, and this whole planet is a spotty yellow necky leggy kind of doomed leggy thing. On toast.

Kelly Hashway said...

Wow, not only did Hot Stuff read your manuscript, but he made insightful comments. Getting real feedback like that is amazing. The first time my husband read my work he said, "That sounds like a real book." I said, "That was kind of the point."