Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

I don't even know what to say.

How does one put the Snoopy dance into words? Pure shining, spastic joy :-)

Yesterday morning we were getting ready (running late) to take Clementine to her two-month appointment at the pediatrician when the phone rang. Now, we're great non-phone-answerers. We tend to glance at the number and if we don't recognize it, we usually don't answer. But this had a NYC area code, and what's more, the caller was identified as "NATIONAL BOOK--" (the rest got cut off). So . . . yeah, this was a call we answered!

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!

The National Book Award was not on my radar at all. I'd forgotten it even happened this time of year. Not in my wildest hopes . . . seriously. It never once crossed my mind to hope for this! My hopes for this book were much more modest. I can't say I've never imagined getting one of these kind of phone calls, but it was not in my thoughts yesterday morning in the scramble to get out the door to the doctor's office!

I will write more, but Clementine is not having a good morning. I think she's catching my cold :-(

Thanks for all the wonderful good wishes!

*Smiley spastic happy dance*

:-)

70 comments:

Holly said...

hooray, hooray! So very exciting! :)

Suzanne Young said...

WOO HOO!!! I shall blog it!
Congrats!!!!!!!!!

Marissa said...

Happy dance, indeed! Congratulations to you and Lips Touch!

Steve Brezenoff said...

HUGE congrats! Lips Touch is amazing and deserves all the praise it gets and more.

Megsie said...

Congratulations!!!

Jimmy, Jennifer and Evelyn June Bradbury said...

Congratulations! So thrilled for you and the book.
Jen

Myrna Foster said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news!

Annie said...

Over the moon for you. Can't wait to read the details.

xegbp said...

That is fantastic! Congratulations!

Katie said...

What'd I tell you :) this is well deserved. That book makes me yearn to be a better writer! I am so happy for you!!!!

S R Wood said...

Holy cow, congratulations!

lizardek said...

WOW! Laini! That is SO awesome!!

brittany said...

Yay!!!!! You deserve it, Laini. I can't stop thinking about lips touch. I waited a couple days in between the stories and I loved every second of it. And Hatchling is still stubbornly wandering around my subconcious popping out at random moments. SO GOOD!!

I'm a fan. cheering for you!

Q said...

Congratulations! That is so amazing.

Vivian said...

This is such fantastic and well-deserved news, Laini! Congratulations!

cindy said...

too awesome and exciting for words. i still remember when you were talking about this book as goblin fruit in the baby stages of the game. CONGRATULATIONS! what an achievement!!

bluepoppy said...

Fantastic!! Fantastic!!! Fantastic!!! BRAVOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!!

Bisous, Elizabeth

Jessica Day George said...

How wonderful! You deserve it, darling!

Sapersteins said...

Congratulations,Laini!:) Sammy

Wow!!! Can't wait till I'm old enough to read it! Infinity congratulations!
Miriam

Shannon Messenger said...

Wow, congratulations. I saw it all over twitter and was grinning from ear to ear for you. You SO deserve it--it's an amazing book!

Shelf Elf said...

OK. AWESOME!!!

You must win.

You deserve to win.

We will all vote for you.

*Snoopy dancing in Toronto*

Shelf Elf

Lexi said...

OMG YAY!!!!! SO awesome! And really, no surprise! You so deserve it and Lips Touch is amazing.

ReadingTub said...

Congratulations, Laini. Now I am REALLY happy I got an autographed ARC at BEA! Yeah me. Got. To. Read. Soon.

--jenna said...

But of course. I work at a library and picked up Lips Touch to leaf through but found myself instead standing spellbound for a good half hour on company time...and felt positively cheated when I realized they were short stories. I could have read forever. Congratulations!

p.s. Was thrilled to realize your Sunday Scribblings connection...thanks for that website, as well!

Molly H said...

Congratulations! I saw the announcement on another blog and had to scurry over here to hear it from you! Yippee! The snoopy dance is such a perfect expression of giddy joy! Hooray!

Tricia said...

Happy dancing with you. I'm so glad I can say I've read it. I'm going to take it with me to Kidlitcon and re-read. Congrats!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

!!!! You must be dancing on the ceiling. That is beyond even Snoopy. Woo-hoo!

Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL NEWS !!! Congratulations!

topangamaria

Alysa said...

WOW! Fantastic! That's big news. Keep us posted!

Jenn said...

I am new to your blog but wanted to say congrats. Big news!

Jenneralissimo said...

Cool beans!

lkmadigan said...

I feel very au courant because I'm reading LIPS TOUCH RIGHT NOW!

I approve of this nomination.

Hee!

Congrats to you both!!!

Lisa

P.S. Aw. My capcha is "wings." :-)

suzie said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic :) LIPS TOUCH is one of my favorites.

Joanna said...

YAAAAYyAYAYAYYAYAYAY!!!

Congrats!

Shveta said...

Oh, wow, sooooo wonderful! Congratulations! I was already dying to read the book, and now. . .

Word verification "sunked"? No, more like "aloft," I'd say!

holly cupala said...

I am far beyond excited for you!!! Absolutely thrilled!

Amber said...

Wonderful news! Happy dance for you!

:)

a cat of impossible colour said...

Congratulations! :D

Robin said...

Congratulations! Amazing!!!! Can't wait to read it!
Hugs,
Robin

Karina@Motherhood and the Creative Life said...

Congratulations! I'm so looking forward to reading the book soon! :D

Rosanne Parry said...

The whole household is doing a very LOUD hard shoe version of the Irish snoopy dance for you!! So exciting! You are exactly the sort of person I'd like to see representing young adult literature on a national level--talent + heart.

Shari said...

Wow! You are amazing. Your life is a shining example of success on every level! Thank you so much for being an inspiration by sharing it with us.

PS: I am reading Shopaholic and Sister, and one of the babies in the book,is named Clementine! "Our little Clemmy."

Sara Virtanen said...

Congratulations, you deserve this so much!! :)

Amber Lough said...

WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!! Congratulations, Laini and Jim!!! It's a BEAUTIFUL book. (I read the first part, Goblin Fruit, last night and dreamed all about it.)

WOW. You must have been shaking at that ped appt!

I'm going to blog about this, if you don't mind. :-)

persnickety_jen said...

YAY! *happy dance*

It was only a matter of time before the awards committees came calling - I hope this is the first of many! And, as everyone else has said, LIPS TOUCH is incredibly deserving.

storyqueen said...

Wow!! Easy to believe, though. I am loving this book!

FrecklesandDeb said...

Congratulations! This is such wonderful news and I'm so happy for you!

Sarah MacLean said...

So so so so so SOOOO happy for you, Laini!!! YAYAYAY!

tone almhjell said...

Oh! Oh! OH! WRITE MORE! HURRY!

Laura Resau said...

Congrats!! Can't wait to read the book-- it looks and sounds gorgeous!

amy said...

Fantastic!! Congratulations!!

Elise Murphy said...

Congratulations Laini! I can't think of a more deserving book or a more deserving author. I was over the moon when I saw the announcement.

johanna said...

My heart is just exploding for you and Jim. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! So well deserved!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Carrie Harris said...

Yay yay yay!!!! I hope Clementine is feeling better so you can bask in earnest!

Heather said...

Holy cow! That's TERRIFIC!

Hope the little one feels better fast! :o(

P.S. My husband bought a bag of clementines the other day and just looking at them makes me smile thinking of her!

Deirdra Doan said...

This is so wonderful!!! What a honor!

I love your Pink hair too. I saw this on the Oregon SCBWI yahoo group!. I think we met once. I am finishing the illustrations for my author illustrated pic book.

Anonymous said...

Yipeee!!! Good for you!!!

Congratulations!!!

:-)


-QZQ

Debbie Faith Mickelson said...

Woo Hoo! This is wonderful news!

Lenore said...

I am THRILLED for you two!!

I just finally saw a finished copy of Lips Touch at the Frankfurt Book Fair (they are even signed by you...) and it is gorgeous!!!

Granny Smith said...

Congratulations! What else can one say? Except that you deserve it!

justsomethoughts... said...

i haven't read your book yet, but i intend to.
and there is nothing in the world that says unadulterated joy better than the smiley spastic happy dance.
nothing.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

davesap said...

What fantastic news. Isn't it amazing what happens when you can create whole new worlds?

Liz B said...

Brilliant news!

Realm Lovejoy said...

Congratulations to you and Jim! I was so excited when I saw it announced and it happened to be when I posted your interview! So happy for you--what a great year you're having!

Anonymous said...

I'm doing the happy dance with you guys! ~Susi Watson

Tinker said...

Congratulations!!! Sounds like a call for celebratory cupcakes.
Hope you & Clementine feel better soon - though that call had to have helped!

Amanda said...

Saw the National Book Award news and felt so great for you. You deserve the recognition and like WOW! Don't think I didn't mention to friends that I'd been on a Cybils panel with a real National Book Award finalist. I feel like with Clementine and now this - you've got a good heaping of joy. good things to good people feels right.

Cynthia Valero said...

Laini, having so far read Goblin Fruit, you deserve this nomination and the award! Congratulations!

Marilyn said...

Laini, I was sitting in our room at Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland on Saturday morning*...finally reading Friday's Oregonian...when I saw the article. I was SO excited for you reading about your big news! I thought back to our breakfast meet-up at Doug Fir 3-1/2 years ago (how time flies!) and all that's happened in your life in the ensuing years. I've been mostly away from blogging for a bit, so haven't been stopping by to comment...but I do try to keep up-to-date on your happenings here. Wishing you well and congratulations on a much-deserved award! xo

[*We were in town because J was inducted into the OR Music Hall of Fame with bandmates from 20 yrs ago.) ;)