Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Yesterday, a surprise package landed on my doorstep that contained two finished copies of THE TRANSFORMATION OF THINGS! First, I have to say the book is even more gorgeous in person than it appears from the gorgeous cover you (and I) have been looking at online. I found myself dropping my writing for a little while and just holding the book in my hand, staring at it, flipping through it, admiring the front and back covers.

And I'll admit, I got a little teary eyed. It's one thing to sit in my office and type and imagine my way into a fictional world, to think about plot lines in the shower, or to dream about my characters when I'm sleeping at night. But it's quite another thing all together to hold all of that in your hand, something tangible: a book wrapped inside a stunning cover. A book that, two weeks from today, will sit on book store shelves waiting for readers.

It occurred to me that this was a moment where something I'd dreamed about and hoped for and wished for was actually happening, and I was holding that in my hand. It was kind of the way I felt after each one of my kids were born -- where even though I knew for nine very long months that there was this person living inside of me -- I didn't actually really, truly believe it, or understand it, until I held a baby in my arms.

Have you ever had a moment where you got to hold a physical representation of something you dreamed about in your hands?


  1. Congrats on the book! I would have been super excited too. I can't wait to get my copy and see the new cover.

    The one moment that sticks out like this for me is when my son was born. He was my second child, so I had been there before but his birth was different for me because he was born four weeks early after a severly troublesome pregnancy. I was constantly sick and in and out of the hospital every week. I even had some preterm labor arouond 32 weeks. But I just couldn't believe it when he finally arrived four weeks early with a clean bill of health after all the trouble he has caused :) It is a very overwhelming feeling.

  2. Thank you, Tiffany! So glad everything turned out okay with your son. I was in a similar situation (not quite as bad) with my youngest, and I completely felt the same way!

  3. Thanks Jillian! I shouldn't say completely clean bill of health, because he does have some developmental delays, but nothing physical that can't be helped. He is making amazing progress and we have high hopes for him to catch up to where he should be. It really is amazing how much love and complete awe just flows out of you from that day on. I'm glad your youngest arrived safe and sound as well!