Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's A Book!

The first of two amazing July deliveries arrived just the other day, leaving me proud, awestruck, and totally wiped out.  I had been given a mid-July date for its expected arrival, but you know, sometimes The Fates have other ideas. In this case, the bundle came early.

So anyway, here are the vitals...

Birthdate: July 5, 2011
Height: 61 inches
Weight: 72 pounds

One day I will read them all!
And as you can see from the photo, this bundle is a little literary monster that's already trying to leave home.

Here's the thing. It would have been more than enough seeing just one copy of my first novel, Thank You For Flying Air Zoe. This was a project that spanned about four years between inception and fruition, so I'd grown attached to its fate. Yeah, if I had been given even a single copy of this, I'd have been ecstatic.

But I didn't receive just one copy.

I received 96 copies. All at once.

So I did what any author would do when presented with such a rare opportunity. I stacked them on top of one another so I could see which one of us was taller.

Three-quarters of the way through the stacking, things got serious. Kind of like when you're deep into a game of Jenga, and you realize upon surveying the unstable wooden tower in front of you that physics will not allow you to extract this next piece. To be sure, the game is just about over.

Yes, at about 85 books, my tower started to topple. However, just as I did when I was bogged down while writing the novel, I swore, pouted and stomped like a two-year-old, swore again, then blindly pressed on. Rome wasn't built in a day, but this book tower would be.  Never mind that it was closing in on 11PM, or that my 38 weeks pregnant wife was staring as though she was just then realizing that all adult decisions regarding parenting would heretofore be made solely by her. My wires had crisscrossed. This tower needed to be completed.

Apparently publication itself was not the end game.

The end game was a five foot tall book tower that needed to be raised, at any cost to the collective household sanity.

So... You wanna know what happens when you see your book in print for the very first time? Or analogously, what happens when you achieve something that's been on your to-do list for one hell of a long time?

You completely lose your mind.

But you know what?

My kid is totally gonna have a dad who can build towers out of pretty much anything!

So I think it was all worth it, don't you?



  1. Absolutely! :-) So, Erik, I'm almost half way through your book, and I'm loving it. I'd be done if it weren't for the silly little work thing that keeps getting in the way. But, when I finish your book, I'll be sad because it will be done. So, when is your next book coming out????? I'll already be ready for it as soon as I finish this one. I know you're going to be busy changing diapers, but you also better keep writing!!!!!!!

    All the best!

  2. Cool! I didn't see that it was out. Got it :) My TBR pile is thick but I'll sneak you in ASAFP!

  3. Lisa - Say what? You mean I have to write a SECOND novel? ;) Fortunately, I've been practicing typing & changing diapers at the same time. Sure I'm changing diapers on a stuffed bunny, and it's taken me 45 minutes to type this comment, but I'm optimistic!

    Bug - I so appreciate it - thank you! I think I need to do a better job of shouting from the rooftops :) And FYI, I got a kindle for my b'day, so once I figure out how to fire the thing up, I'll absolutely be digging up your work!

  4. CONGRATS!!!! So happy to see this :D Just read through the blog - looks like you are doing amazing :) Very happy for you, congrats on everything :D