it is finished

The book is done. I sent it to the publisher last night (well, this morning) at 1:00 a.m. I actually sent it yesterday afternoon, but long story short, it needed a lot cut. So, after my hot birthday date (more on that in a sec), I spent three hours cutting, moving, revising, tweaking, cutting, cutting, cutting. I got it down from 71,000+ words to 62,000. Exactly what the publisher ordered. And I feel a lot better about it, because I cut a chapter that I just wasn’t thrilled with. Before I know it, it’ll be a real book. That makes me smile. I’m excited for you guys to read it–especially since most of the words are yours!

Kimberly came over at 6:00 last night and watched the girlies while Gabe and I went to Carrabbas, a couple bookstores, Old Navy, and Target. Thanks, Kimberly! But next time, would you mind staying out of our bedroom closet and all of my desk drawers? I don’t care WHAT Gail asked you. Boundaries, girl.

I might blog more later. Just wanted to give all of you room to leave birthday wishes! (how’s that for brutally honest?!)

Have a Happy Halloween! All Saints Day EVE for you non-heathens!

23 thoughts on “it is finished

  1. jessyomama

    happy birthday to you! happy birthday to you! happy birthday dear aunt marla! happy birthday to you! (i really will have my kids sing that later, but we always lose your phone number and can’t call and leave cute happy birthday messages like you guys always do!)

    happy birthday! maybe instead you can have the most exciting november of your life, now that your book is finished. =)

  2. gsowell

    Happy Birthday! I hope it is every version of fabulous you can muster!

    I am NOT responsible for what Kimberly decides to do. So excited your book is done. Thrilled for a date for you.

    And isn’t tomorrow All Saints Day? Making today All Saints Eve, or All Hallows Eve, or Halloween?

  3. YoYoYoder

    In honor of your birthday, I’m sending a virtual cupcake your way…….did you get it? I’m a nerd.

    Did Gabe buy you any fun things on your shopping spree? What’s Carrabbas?

  4. ch1pch0p

    Happy, happy birthday!!!

    Honestly, Ava tried to get me to go in your closet because she said that’s where dirty clothes go, but I just asked if we could throw them on the floor in her room with the rest of ’em…. I figured I would stay out of your room!

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