Write The Damn Book Already

At 5:15 this evening, I arrived home to find this gift on my doorstep.

Here it is, new on the bookshelves.

Some of you might remember that our very own Lyra went to see Mr. Eugenides last week, and now I see she went to the trouble of waiting in a line to get this book signed.  Just for me.

When I opened this gift, I got chills up the back of my neck.  Writing-wise, it’s been a tough year.  Time has been lost.  I’ve been lost.  But no more.  The writing is finally going in the right direction again.  Is it perfect every day?  Uh …. no.  Some days I write and later see I can use none of it.  None.  But that’s okay because other days, I’m getting the wow factor.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve had this, and it feels … well … it feels fucking good.  The good days are outweighing the not-so-good, so I’m moving in the right direction.  Which has to be right.  Right?

Of course, Lyra didn’t just send me any old book.  She sent me a signed, first edition, of the latest and greatest.  (If you haven’t read this article, do it now, right this instant!)  I’m going to start reading THE MARRIAGE PLOT tonight.

I promise to refer over and over again to one particular page.  My page.  Just what I needed to hear, Mr. Eugenides.  I take you at your word.  And I don’t need to be told twice.

18 thoughts on “Write The Damn Book Already

  1. amyg

    shut the fuck up.

    i’m sorry; but really.


    i can barely breathe. what a gift. what a note. what a friend. what a writer. what a book.

    (see you in five days.)

  2. Erika Marks

    Ahhh! I LOVE that. Can we all milk that brilliant advice? Yes, I believe we can. Not only do you get an esteemed book, Teri–you also get a 24/7 writing coach every time you crack the binding to the first page.

    Yay, Lyra!!

  3. Averil Dean

    I’m going to print out that picture and appropriate it for my own. Lyra, you’re a sweetheart.

    (Teri, whaddya doing reading this? Get back to work!)

  4. Downith

    What Amy said.

    And let’s face it, what Mr Eugenides said. For all of us.

    Lyra, you rock, but then we already knew that, didn’t we?

  5. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    Everything about this is such a Win.

    And even though that inscription was written for you, Teri, I’m going to take it to heart myself.

    All we need is a bit of a nudge now and then.

    And a good friend.

  6. Laura

    Oh my god!! I can’t even believe that inscription is real. This must be the best thing that has happened in the blogosphere, ever. (Somehow I am really charmed by the fact that he didn’t end his sentence with a period. Love it.) Don’t you just love Lyra??

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  8. Mary Lynne

    I don’t know why I am commenting. Amy said it perfectly. Words to live by from Mr. E. – don’t you just grin every time you look at it? Nicely done, Lyra.

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