Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I'm Still Not an Expert

But I am a published author.

Yesterday I received my copies of the inauguaral issue of ""Unbound Press". Both Amy and Charlie had been emailing to see if it had arrived yet and I was starting to get anxious. But arrive it did, in a driving rain storm.

I took it into the kitchen and sat at my desk. I opened it carefully. I held it in my hands for a minute, just looking at it and then turned it over. There was the list of contributors. There, right at the bottom (alphabetical order, don'tcha know) was my name. My name. In print. I opened it up and started looking, leafing through the photographs and poetry and writing of others. I'll get to them later. And there it was, on page 159. My essay.

It's a slim enough volume but it has weight. It has, more specifically, the heft of accomplishment. I wrote something and someone else thought it was good enough to commit to print. I told Charlie that now I was going to be insufferable. (That's apparently my new favorite word). But really what it makes me feel is humbled. And really, really inspired.

Amy, S1 and Charlie did a rocking good job on this first issue. They hope to do more but these labors of love need capital. Please go check out the website and order a copy. (And no, I'm not being paid to say that).

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Blogger Kendall opined...

CONGRATS, I have always said you were the Erma Bombeck of the Blog World!

January 10, 2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Thanks, Kendall. You read the contributors' profiles on the website, didn't you?

January 10, 2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger Kendall opined...

Actually No I didn't, I said that to you months ago in a comment regarding another post.

Now I have read it.

January 10, 2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger jp opined...

Please send me your autograph. And make sure it starts "To Poodle..."

January 10, 2007 2:21 PM  
Blogger Grish opined...

You have every right to be proud of seeing your name in lights!


January 10, 2007 2:25 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

You know how The Spouse describes me, Kendall? "Like Erma Bombeck. Only not dead".

JP: I will but it will have to start "To my bestie Poodle" and Christina Aguilera will just have to deal.

January 10, 2007 2:27 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Thank you very much, Grish. (curtsies)

January 10, 2007 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

As an unbiased and independent reader of Unbound Press, and being only a very distant relative of Charlie, I have to agree that Unbound Press is a fabulous publication and Lorraine the star writer.

January 10, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...


January 10, 2007 3:09 PM  
Blogger Iwanski opined...

Congratulations. Well-deserved kudo vibes being sent now. Please confirm receipt.

January 10, 2007 4:00 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Dear Mr. Iwanski: The vibes you kindly sent were received, in tact, this afternoon. However, I wonder if you meant to include the Brillo pad.

January 10, 2007 4:11 PM  
Blogger Iwanski opined...

Send that back. I need it to clean the spaghetti stains off the cat.

January 10, 2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Roger that.

January 10, 2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric opined...

Yay for you!!

January 10, 2007 5:43 PM  
Blogger Evangeline opined...

Can't wait to get my copy! Should be here any minute. And when I next visit the Emerald City, I will hunt you down for a signing dont'cha know. What a wonderful thing!

January 10, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

R7, tee!

Eva: I'll sharpen my quill.

January 10, 2007 6:55 PM  
Blogger Sling opined...

I'm anxiuosly awaiting my copy!
Dont'cha know I'll be telling everyone that I know one of the contributors..and that as well as being a wonderful writer,she makes a world class applesauce cake! :)

January 10, 2007 8:08 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Aw, you sweet talker. And actually, you can brag that you know 3 of the contributors. Plus JP...he contributed to the Wordsmith bit. So did Gina. And Edy. Damn. You know a lot of famous people!

January 10, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger DariushAlavi opined...

Wow! Huge congratulations from the other side of the Atlantic, Lorraine. May this be the first of many, many successes!

January 11, 2007 4:05 AM  
Blogger Jon opined...

A big congratulations! I'm so happy for you -- you really have been an inspiration in so many ways.
Erma was one of my favorites. I'm so glad that entertainment such as hers still continues.

January 11, 2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Thank you, D. That means a lot coming from a writer of your caliber.

Oh, go on J., you big lovable hunk of Texan talent, you. Y'all are making me blush. (smooch)

January 11, 2007 8:03 AM  
Blogger gina opined...

Congrats! Can't wait for a copy. I did send a contribution way back when. Guess I need to order my copy now. Way to go, L!

January 11, 2007 12:52 PM  
Blogger jLow opined...

I just ordered my copy - I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on it!

Next time I see you I'll be sure to have it on me so you can autograph!

January 11, 2007 2:09 PM  
Blogger Dariush Alavi opined...

Caliber??!?!? Whoa!! Do you know something about me that I don't???

January 12, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Hey, D, I read. (I have trouble figuring out your comment thingy so I rarely leave one, but I read).

January 12, 2007 9:51 AM  
Blogger Middle Child opined...

Congratu;ations Lorraine. I have also ordered a copy and hope that there are many more. They are powerhouses...catalysts...I think Charlie was my first regular when I began blogging in 2005. He led me through the setup of links which I was too dumbish to figure out and in the process opened up a world international world of people wirth knowing... and now a book...He Nicki and Amy deserve a medal.

January 12, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

MC: I'm smelting silverware as we speak to make one for them! They're the best.

January 12, 2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Dariush Alavi opined...

Oh, really, is the Comments section complicated? I'm asking this in all seriousness, 'cause I get very few comments left on my site, and I always assume it's because hardly anyone visits it.

Feel free to send a response to the above to if you don't want your Comments section to turn into a 'Is Dariush's Comments Section Too Complicated' section.

January 13, 2007 9:46 AM  

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