May 15, 2008

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

I have asked this question before but I think it bears repeating. Throughout one's entire life, actually.

In early 2006, my good friend Rita Arens had a dream. Her dream was to gather a selection of mommybloggers and bundle some of their best works together in a book. Folks, it was hard-going. I have learned from watching her that getting a book published is most certainly not for the faint of heart. It requires someone to have an incredible Will of Iron. To be able to face rejection time after time after time. To explain your concept to folks who may not "get" what mommybloggers are about or may have never even seen a blog. Or the Internet, for that matter.

So, there you have it. The book. It be here, folks.

sleep is for the weak


(Note: It's also available at Barnes and Noble and the indie bookseller, Booksense.)

Mostly, I am excited for Rita (editor and contributor, you can find her at Surrender, Dorothy - check out her post today about the entire story of how Sleep is for the Weak came to be.) To see a friend achieve something of this magnitude after several years of dogged determination is amazing and at its most fundamental level, inspiring. When folks said "No", Rita said "Think again, mister." Oh sure, I will admit that I am more than a little exited that a few words that I wrote my very own self are being hawked on Amazon, but I am simply thrilled for my friend achieving her dream.

I hope I never stop dreaming. I am thankful that Rita did not.


Sleep is for the Weak - the List of Contributors
I am very humbled and honored to be included with such an awesome list of gals (and a guy!) I know the hope for many is that this book will simply be Vol. 1 of many volumes so that other parent bloggers can be featured in the future. The one and only thing I do not like about this book is the superlative in the title. I do not like superlatives, particularly the word "best" because it discounts what else may be out there that we have not yet discovered - be it anything...... food, books, or writers.

Amalah
Binkytown
Birdie's New Mexico Time Machine
CityMama
Finslippy
Friday Playdate
Fussy
IzzyMom
Laid-Off Dad
Mom-101
Mommy Needs Coffee
Mommytrack'd
Motherhood Uncensored
Not Calm (dot com)
Paper Napkin
Rancid Raves
State of Grace
Surfette
Surrender, Dorothy
Sweetney
The Modernity Ward
The Naked Ovary
Three Kid Circus
Woulda Coulda Shoulda

9 comments:

dorothy said...

Yes, my friend, you were there encouraging me all along. And X was also inspiring to me. You deserve all the credit in the world. Thank you for sticking with me!

Cagey said...

Rita,
I love you more than my luggage. :-)

caro said...

Congratulations!

(And thanks for putting your title question out there again .,, It's a good one to think on.)

Rayne of Terror said...

That's wicked awesome Cagey.

MANOJGEORGE said...

very cool, maybe I will show up at Barnes & Noble to buy a copy with your (and Rita's) autograph on it.

Moderndayhermit said...

Congratulations!

Stephanie said...

Congrats Cagey! (And Rita too!)

CPA Mom said...

I saw this over on CMP and was like OMG, I thought Rita was going to email me....I've been waiting and waiting for this....I've ordered it - can't wait to read your prose!!!

p.s. Did you see the book I contributed to and was published on Mother's Day? (http://www.motheringheights.net/manual-for-motherhood-volume-1/)

whoot! we're both PUBLISHED!

Anjali said...

That's so cool. I can't think of a blogger more deserving.