Yesterday was a BIG day in the Stevens-Parkhurst van-hold...the proof copy of the book arrived from the printer! Initially, I saw it on the porch of my cousin's house, where The Monster is parked currently, and was going to rip open the box it came in, but then I decided not to.
I have NO idea why.
Instead, I took the package inside to show Nate. Then I decided I didn't want to show Nate. I didn't even want to know that the package was there - I became VERY nervous that the printer sent the wrong book and I didn't want to be disappointed. Nate, noticing that I was acting foolish, asked me why I was acting foolish. I couldn't hide the 8.5" x 11" box in my hands.
I held up the book.
We both looked at each other and smiled. Nearly 9 months of work, banter, joviality, arguing, discussions, and mulah have all gone into this tiny little package. What if it was the wrong book? What if it was the right book but it looked wrong? What if...
I love using ellipses...
I tore open the package as my cousin watched and my husband photographed. I felt like Charlie as he unwrapped his chocolate bar with the Golden Ticket in it.
The book is beautiful. It is so colorful and the story is just plain funny, if I do say so myself. I cannot wait to get it into the hands of families, friends, dentists, and especially kids. Writing children’s books is a lot of fun!