On our last anniversary, Scott had to be in the hospital. The frustrating part is that he FELT fine, but his immunity was so low that being home could make him terribly sick. Instead of taking our kids to a local play and out to dinner to celebrate our 11 years of a (mostly) happy marriage, we were hanging out, together in the hospital.
Needless to say, our spirits were less than high. We were so grateful to BE together, but still frustrated that cancer cancelled the fun, AGAIN. That weekend, I read the anthology, I Just Want to Pee Alone, published by Jen from People I want to Punch in the Throat. It was a brilliant compilation of essays about motherhood and life. Scott watched a lot of sports, and I read this book. About every 5 minutes (or less), I laughed aloud.
Upon my laughing, Scott said, “Spill it, what’s so funny?” I then read a line, paragraph or page from the anthology aloud to him. This book provided us with lost of laughter that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.
As I shared this book with Scott, I was also a little sad: I heard about this book a few weeks before Scott’s diagnosis. They were looking for writers to contribute. I had an essay ready to send in. I THOUGHT it was funny. However, I procrastinated, so once our lives turned upside down, I ignored my calendar updates reminding me to submit the essay. Would I have been chosen? I have no idea, but apparently, it wasn’t meant to be.
A few months ago, I heard that Jen was collecting essays again. This time, she wanted FUNNY stories about husbands. My first thought, was a HUGE NO. I’m not funny anymore and I’d never get chosen so why even take the time to try?
Then, I remembered. Our life together was FULL of laughter. It was FULL of funny stories, epic fails, and crazy misadventures, despite the obstacles thrown in our way. Scott and I together, could joke through any situation, and were more comfortable laughing together than crying.
Surely, I could write a story in my voice to submit to this anthology. I MADE myself try. Tomorrows are NOT guaranteed. Live for today. Did I really want to let another chance go? 2014 is the year to try, to make mistakes, to fail, and sometimes succeed. Life will not get better without risks, so I was determined to take a risk with my writing.
One night, I started writing stories about our life together. At first, I was sad, and the words wouldn’t come. But after a few mediocre ideas, some real memories came flowing out of my fingers. Some were serious, some were funny, and some just were. As I wrote, I laughed for the first time in a VERY LONG TIME.
Instead of sadness, I felt comforted by these stories, by my memories. It felt so good to write about happiness instead of grief. I felt like me, someone who doesn’t come out often enough anymore. The challenge was making sure the stories I told about Scott would be funny, but also ones he would agree to let in the book. He HATED men being portrayed as stupid in all things domestic, so I had to make sure I was respecting his memory.
I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, that I was selected! I have wanted to be published since I was writing for fun, in elementary school. This book is a dream come true, and it’s making my bigger dreams feel more like reality and less like big dreams.
This hilarious book, I Just Want to Be Alone, is going on sale TODAY, however, it won’t actually be released until March 22. (The irony of this whole anthology, with the timing of my life, has not escaped me, if you were wondering.)
Ordering from the links on the site, will ensure that you get a copy mailed to you on March 22.
This book is full of funny stories, from other lady writers. It’s only to be read by those with a sense of humor, who can see the funny, even in not so funny situations.
The other women in this book have written books, been on TV, performed stand-up, made parody videos that have gone viral, been featured on NickMom, Mamalode, Huffington Post (to name a few), and have been a part of so many other amazing feats.
I’m excited to have my essay in a book, with these amazing, smart and talented writers:
I’m honored to be in this book, that will probably be a #1 best seller, just like its predecessor. I can’t wait to HOLD it in my hand, and I’m literally counting down the days until it gets delivered to my door. (I hope it gets delivered to you, as well!)