Saturday, December 15, 2007

finis

In case you don't know, finis means "finished or done" in french.
I know this because I took one year of french.
I also know how to say I am 15 years old.
J'ai quinze ans. (the age I was when I took french)
And we are going to the beach.
Nous allons a la plage.
I am writing this post because my first ever book,
Confessions of a Tired Supergirl:
Revelations of Grace, Imperfection and Daily Living
,
is finis. It really is.
Except for all of the millions of hours of editing left to be done.
But the creative process, the soul searching, the banging my
head against the laptop and beseeching God for words to fill the pages,
that part is done. Gloria Dios! (Glory to God in Spanish)
I also took a semester of Spanish in college.
My niece, Alyson, flew down here this past Tuesday and has
been taking care of my little ones so I could hole up at Starbucks
and finish the book. And can I tell you that I love her?
Several times this week I have told her she is magic.
She is. And somehow it seems fitting that my first children's
story I ever wrote, was written 16 1/2 years ago, when I went
to meet Alyson for the first time. She made me an aunt.
Her birth inspired me to weave the tale of Nysola,
a trilly (fairy type person) and her escapades. We've come full circle.
Because now here she is all these years later
helping me realize my dream.
As she built a fort with my kids, I penned the last of my 43,000 words
and let out a yell in Starbucks. Yep, a yell. Like this.
WHOOO-HOOO-HOOOO! Along with a fist pumping the sky.
Because it is finis. And I gave a few people in Starbucks a chuckle.
So today we are packing the kids into the car
and taking off to Santa Cruz to celebrate. Oh, ya!
Nous allons a la plage.

14 comments:

Lindsey said...

Ahhhhhhh! So exciting, I am so happy for you, proud of you and excited to see the finished product!!! Good job friend, I hope this is only the beginning!

Erica said...

WOO HOO! I would have been right there with you cheering in Starbucks. Because that is something worth cheering about, Sue! And you made me a little teary with your comments about Aly...but could you send her home now? I miss her!

julie said...

Aww, Sue, I'm all emotional hearing this story. What wonderful timing - it's Christmas and another dream has come true.

BIG congrats and hugs to you!

And apparently I get to hug you for real soon, too. I talked to Jason this week and he said you and your sisters are coming to his wedding, so we'll see you there.

deezmath said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You go, girl. Can't wait to read it!

Jekissa said...

Dear Sue- I know I speak for all of us Modesto tsgs who read you blog faithfully when I say "YIPEEEEEEEE!!" I can't wait to read your book!! And hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, I will actually get to see you! Congratulations and we love you the most!

Jessi said...

Way to go. You are really an inspiration to me to press in to the things God has called me to do...even when what I really want to do is put on some sweats, pull a blanket over my head and regress to my soap-opera watching days!!

Anissa said...

Congrats, that is awesome!

emilymr said...

WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!! Awesome!! And remember, I'm still happy to edit. :)

megsnbigd said...

Congratulations! I can't wait until the editing is "finis" so I can BUY it! Enjoy your time of celebration, you deserve it!

Jodie said...

You are such a great writer! I so enjoy reading your posts, and I found this one particularly funny! You're so clever and have a way with words that I admire, b/c I love love love words.
And what an awesome undertaking - writing a book, and you're a mom! That's really the part that stuns me. I don't always make it out the door with my teeth brushed, so go you!! Félicitations on your feat well done! (Congratulations)
Enjoy la plage. :)

Alys said...

Sue, you did it! I am so happy for you. I had to figure this crazy blog stuff to tell you (even though you signed me up it is still difficult!) Love you.

Aly said...

Good Job...and can i say that fort was the "BOMB" :)
Love,
Nysola ;)

upwords said...

whoo double hoo! Can't wait to read it!

Lisa said...

I am really enjoying reading your posts this morning. I would love to read your book! How long now til we can do that? Woooo hoooo from me tooooo!!!