Big Book News from Shannon!

Yesterday, Shannon passed a pretty cool milestone for her book, and wrote it up in her usual, wonderful way. As her biggest fan, I say, “Congratulations!” and ask, “Is it time to crack that bottle of Champagne yet?”

Wondrous Life
Yesterday I saw my book, The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos, fully laid out for the first time. On the computer, I mean, but still! The designer sent me a file of the entire thing, every page, laid out how it will look in print, and with the cover mocked up and everything. How cool is that? It was definitely one of the most significant and exciting moments of my life.

Of course, I had that significant moment while also preparing to go volunteer in Genevieve’s kindergarten classroom and fielding an e-mail from Julia’s teacher about the fact that she had cried at school because she was scared about having a substitute teacher for the afternoon. So I couldn’t exactly drink in the moment and reflect on the hard work and events of the past two years that have led to the imminent publication of my book–you know, how it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream and all that? I was a little too busy e-mailing Julia’s 2nd-grade teacher and making sure the soup for dinner was started before I went over to volunteer in kindergarten. Which is the exact sort of thing the book is all about, really. So it’s all kind of fitting and wonderful.

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