My Book is Officially Out in the World.

Posted on
May 3, 2017
Posted in: Book, Site News

My book came out yesterday. It is out there floating in the world, while I sit at home in my pjs eating cake and repeating the words “I am an author” to myself over and over again. To be fair, I have been doing this weekly since I was 8, but now it carries with it a sort of veracity it did not have before.

I say these words again. I want to shout them. There is frosting in my hair and I am not wearing a bra and this is the uniform of a woman who is ready to conquer the world and who also hopes that the UPS guy does not judge her for looking like she just escaped from a sleep study.

My inbox and social media pages have been flooded with messages from my friends. I’ve tried to keep up with them and can’t. They are wonderful and supportive and utterly unhinged. I love them all. I want to run from the attention and bask in it and also eat cake. It is like my birthday. In a way, it is. It is my book’s birthday.

A few months ago, my friend Mike told me he was going to buy 50 copies of my book and spell my name out with it. I laughed, and figured he was joking, and this is my fault because I’ve known Mike long enough to have guessed that he was not. If Mike and I were in grade school, the teachers would make us sit across the room from one another and then send notes home to our parents saying that we are a bad influence on one another. The last time we were left to our own devices without Rand or Mike’s beloved calmly vetoing our plans, he and I ended up fully dressed and soaking wet in the middle of a pool. There were other victims, but we were the instigators.

Yesterday, Mike posted this to Facebook.


HE BOUGHT 50 COPIES OF MY BOOK AND SPELLED OUT MY NAME. I cackled like a fiend when I saw it.

And then my friend Pete made this.

And Tim and Alyssa did this (which is super cute but I’m putting a SEIZURE WARNING on it. High five to my neurologically temperamental brothers and sisters.)

And Melanie made this.

And Chrissy and Skye sent me this:


And Charlene tweeted this:

And Brad (who also bought way, way too many copies of my book) took this silly photo of himself and put it on the internet for everyone to see.


It went on and on. Basically everyone in my entire life started emailing me or tweeting at me or posting to Facebook and Instagram and a bunch of new social media platforms that I’ve never even heard of. And then people who I didn’t even know in real life started doing it. I just kept seeing photos of that bright coral cover again and again.


And then an excerpt of my book appeared in The Globe & Mail. And tomorrow I’m speaking at Town Hall in Seattle (*cough-cough* tickets are still available).

It’s been overwhelming and crazy and wonderful.

To everyone who has supported me, and this blog, and now the book: thank you. If you left a comment, or followed me on Twitter, or visited the blog, or BOUGHT WAY TOO MANY COPIES OF MY BOOK, then you helped make this happen, and I can’t begin to tell you how much all of that means to me. This has been a very strange and wonderful ride and I’m just trying to enjoy every single minute of it.

I have cake in my hair. I am not wearing pants. I am living the dream.

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  • I bought the audiobook version because I want to pretend you are riding in my car and talking just to me. (This comes off more stalkerish than I had intended.)

    • Miu

      Omg, this is such a good idea!

  • My husband and I have negotiated a book budget for me (truly a necessity), but I WILL be buying this when I’m allowed back into my Amazon account. I can’t wait to read it! This must be such an incredible feeling — congratulations!!

  • Sarah McKeon

    Received my copy yesterday…NEVER EVER HAVE I BEEN SO EXCITED TO TEAR INTO AN AMAZON BOX LEFT ON MY PORCH!!!! Super excited to read this book…I just KNOW it is going to be amazing! Ordered them for all of my sisters as well (I have 4 of them) I think they’re going to love you as much as I do! Congrats!!!

  • Charlotte Peck

    I got mine on Tuesday and can’t wait to read it!

  • I read what you were telling yourself as “I am author” at first, which still has a bit of a ring to it.

  • Veena

    My copy arrived at my parents’ house, and I cannot wait to pick it up from them this weekend. Congrats to you!

  • All About Sana

    Please, Please come to Bay Area for a book signing!!!!

  • Kellyeh

    Just got my copy through Kindle. Have a fight from Kinshasa to Brussels in a few weeks – would be perfect for it, but can I wait?

  • Still anxiously awaiting my copy from Amazon! Then I will add to the internet chatter as well! Congratulations!

  • Rod Shepherd

    you forgot to mention it’s already in the pirate community, welcome to the big time.

  • My copy is on my phone and I can read it anywhere! Unfortunately, I can read it anywhere(!) so not much else has been getting done – anywhere. Fantastic job. Be proud – you are an AUTHOR!

  • Ruth Frank

    Just got your book from the library and enjoying it immensely. I like your style. Not to be critical but the scene you reference about Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker he is his father and then cutting off his hand happened in “The Empire Strikes Back”, not “Return of the Jedi.” There, I have just outed myself as a Star Wars nerd. Thank you for writing this book and for your blog.

  • I’m LOVING it. Though savoring it like a favorite TV show so I don’t reach the end too soon.

  • Sheri Alsguth

    so funny! people in Salata were wondering about me … when i laugh i involve everyone around me… even at a restaurant! love it!

  • Hello! So I am trying to order the book from Spain and there are so many different sellers that it gets me confused a bit ( )

    What is the best way for a Spain based stalker of yours to order the book ? 😀 Thanks!

  • Just ordered it today. Can’t wait to read it.

  • I knew it would be great, Geraldine, because everything you post is awesome (hell, I’d probably pre-order a collection of your grocery lists, if you said they’d be getting published later this year). But I was completely unprepared for how thoroughly enjoyable, funny-yet-deep, revealing and intriguing it is. Congrats, kudos and I can’t wait for the next one!

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