Friday, April 10, 2009

It's a girl!


Well, she's about three months overdue but she's finally here, in full. I am so proud. I must admit that it was my most difficult delivery. But finally she has arrived. A 66,610 word bundle of energy. 

And you know what? It's really good. I get giddy just thinking about it. It's not the story I imagined writing ten years ago. But it's definitely a lot of fun. 

I can only relate it to the birth of my first child. For nine months I imagined Jacob's curly hair, dark eyes, and Italian olive skin. After the initial shock that my daughter was going to be wearing blue home from the hospital. I realized that you can't pin expectations on your children. Oh she was gorgeous, still is. But just different than I'd imagined. She was herself and when I first clamped onto those tremendous blue eyes, I knew I couldn't have imagined anything better. 

This book has been such a surprise. Romantic, Exciting, Funny--sometimes bitterly so--but it keeps holding on and doesn't let go. I'm so grateful my characters were so strongly themselves and sometimes fought with me on where they wanted to go. They are themselves and I wouldn't change a thing, blue eyes and all. 

It's not where it needs to be. Yet. It needs trimming and color and a complete wardrobe. But it's alive and well. And that feels really good. 

As a little gift to my readers who might be wondering about this book. Here's a video by The All American Rejects. During the writing process, this video proved very, very useful. Enjoy.



11 comments:

kimg said...

WOW! Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

Jill Ann said...

Woo-hoo! Do they throw showers for the birth of books? They should. Although you'd probably only receive notebooks and pencils. When do I get to read it?

Laini Taylor said...

Wow, HUGE congratulations!!! A truly momentous occasion :-)

Melinda said...

Yay!!! Congrats again, I'm so happy for you!!! That is a great accomplishment.

(Hello, did Laini Taylor comment on your blog?! Wow!)

Kristi Stevens said...

Thanks for the support.

Jill- I think books should get revision showers. With gifts like highlighter pens and chocolate.

Melinda-Yes. Laini Taylor did comment on my blog and now I'm feeling a little giddy. I didn't think this day could get any better. Thanks Laini for the encouragement. I hope I get to meet you someday since your robot blog has some of the best writing advice on the planet. You truly rock!

Mary Campbell said...
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Mary Campbell said...

That is so awesome Kristi, congrats!
I too am way impressed that Laini Taylor commented on your blog. I agree that her "not for robots" essays are very helpful. I have never listened to the All American Rejects before - I think I could be a new fan of them as well.

Pink Ink said...

Congratulations, Kristi. *checks out cute little toes, fingers and nose* She looks beautiful!!

Suzy Toronto Studios said...

WOW.. CONGRATS...so when do we get a sneek peek at it???

BTW...what is your working title?

Kristi Stevens said...

Suzy, I'm running through one more revision then I'll share more. My working title is Freaks, Geeks and Superheroes. I'm terrible with titles. It works for now.

Mary Campbell said...

I like it!