Dec 05 2011

That’ll Be Me. In a Book. A Paper One, Even

So, I’m in the midst of a frantic day of playing catch-up, I glance at my email, and I see this thing that says “Welcome to Open Lab 2012.” And for a moment, I’m not really absorbing that. I’m like, “I didn’t sign up for any conferences yet. Oh, hey, there’s an email from the folks who’re doing that pitch workshop tomorrow night that work doesn’t want me to go to because poor planning on their part constitutes an emergency on my part, and… ZOMG WTF?”

Oh. Right. Open Lab’s not a conference, it’s an anthology. One that Chris Rowan nominated me for (yeah, saw right through that innocent whistle, buddy). So I open the email, and it’s got all this verbiage about how “Adorers of the Good Science of Rock-breaking” has been accepted and here’s a contract and some edits and professional author stuff. Oh, and we need these rights so it can be published world-wide.


They are going to chop down trees and make them into paper and print my words on it, and then bind that paper together with paper that has got words from rock-star quality science bloggers on it, and they’ll put all those pages in a nice cover and release it to the world next fall, and I still can’t quite believe that’s actually taking place. I’ll probably be clutching that book, looking at my by-line, and still not believing this is actually taking place. I’ll have to find a good psychiatrist before then. That way, I’ll have a professional specializing in the treatment of psychiatric disorders assuring me that I haven’t had a psychotic break.

On the assumption that I have not, actually, had a psychotic break, thank you! Thank you, Chris Rowan, for nominating me. Thank you, my friends in the geoblogosphere, for inspiring me. Thank you, my readers, for giving me a reason to write words down and post them. Thank you, Open Lab, for briefly taking leave of your senses and choosing that post of mine for inclusion. Thank you, everyone who believed I wrote words worthy of this.

Now, if one of you happens to live in the Seattle area, would you kindly drop by and give me a rather large pinch?


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  1. 1

    Consider it a congratulatory pinch from afar.

    Looking forward to transformed trees with your words upon them….

  2. 2

    Dana, that’s wonderful! Can I have an autographed copy????

  3. 3

    That was a wonderful post – definitely belongs in an anthology!


  4. 4
    susanvan sant

    WOOHOO! great news!

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  6. 6

    WOOHOO!!! i can’t think of anyone i know who is more deserving than you dana.

    darling — you are a soon-to-be published world-wide author. *snoopy happy dance*

    have you picked your jaw up off the floor yet? i would be totally gobsmacked and my arms would be black and blue from my pinches that make sure i’m not just dreaming…

  7. 7

    Yeehaw! A bit much? Well, you deserve it anyway.

  8. 8
    Ryan Brown

    I know it said before, but congratu-fucking-lations on getting into Open Lab! Yet another notch in your belt of awesomeness!

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    Chris Rowan

    All I can say is that I obviously have excellent taste and judgement ;-)

  10. 10
    Atheist Chaplain

    I always knew you had it in you :-)
    Now get some of your other works transformed, the World needs writers like you to pinch their brains a little bit :-)

  11. 11
    Ron Schott

    Congratulations, Dana! Richly deserved!

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Hey, that’s fantastic! And well-deserved. Congratulations. :)

  13. 13

    Congratulations doesn’t begin to cover it, but for lack of a better word… Congratulations! You’ve earned it!

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    Silver Fox

    Congratulations, Dana! :)

  16. 16

    That is awesome! Many congrats!

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