Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Wow, I mean just … WOW!

I’m guessing if you’ve read here more than twice you’ve probably realized that the thing I like second only to spanking is writing. There was a gap in my writing. It stretched from the time of my last college assignment  until I was forty-nine and suddenly found something I wanted to write about. I found Bonnie’s blog, found my ‘people’ and immediately wanted to tell Cassie’s stories. They had been in my head so long.  As a teenager all the way through my forties, I ‘allowed’ myself to daydream with the excuse, ‘maybe I’ll turn all this into a book some day.’

I guess today is ‘someday’.

The fine people at Lazy Day Publishing accepted my first Cassie book for publication. It’s been a long time in coming. I could date it back forty-five years to when Cassie first came into my head, seven years ago I began her blog, three years ago I put the first stories together for a real book, and then for the last two months, with the suggestions and help of so many friends, I got it ready to send off to a real publisher.  Well almost ready…

If anyone what’s to know the true identity of Ana, of GoverningAna, I have her fingerprints – they’re all over my back! Yes I was ‘almost’ ready to send it, but she most definitely shoved me over the cliff, and I thank her most sincerely.

As soon as I hit send that afternoon I sat here and cried. I had a similar fear to what I had when I sent the children off to school. I knew my children were prepared and could call if they needed me. Not so Cassie, what if they didn’t understand her, what if they didn’t like her or Tom or Sue or… But I guess they did.

I don’t know exactly what all happens now, but I’m very excited and anxious to  find out. The expected release date is December and I won’t be talking about it much out here until it get’s closer – but trust me, when it comes out you’ll know. Oh boy, will you know.

This whole process, which is really just getting started, has all ready given me two surprises.  The first, no book will ever really be ‘ready’. You will never be able to read your work with out finding an error or something that you’d like to change just a tiny bit. I’ve had advice and suggestion from so many people and each one made the book better – I won’t list them because I would miss some, but I will tell you Bas’ suggestions really helped to get the first chapter pointing in the right direction and I thank him for that.

My second big surprise?  Many of you know that I always wanted Cassie to be a series.  In my mind I was hoping for maybe four or even five books.  Last night I began in roughest form to see how much material I had, stories wise, knowing many would be discarded and other expanded as well as new material.  I broke them up into bookish length. So how many do I have - between eight and ten! I was shocked. I wouldn’t tell LazyDay that right now, don’t want to scare them off. Can you imagine the amount of work it takes to rewrite and smooth these stories into real books?  It’s an enormous amount – and I’ve never looked forward to anything more in my life!

Just had to share my news!


Written by PK at 7:00 PM



At 12:29 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Oh PK! How exciting...CONGRATULATIONS! I love Cassie, Tom, Sue, and the rest of the gang so am going to love reading a book about them. And a series of 8 or more...awesome! Please keep us informed.


At 12:40 AM, Blogger grace said...

I am so proud of you!

Although Cassie and I got off to a rocky start....I am secretly her biggest supporter!

Love you!

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Rogue said...

Finally! I am THRILLED for you, PK! :) Whatever you need, proofreading, whatever, I'm happy to help.

Can I have your autograph? (I'd really prefer to meet in the mountains in person. Just saying. ;)

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Irishey said...

Thank you, Ana. How wonderful of you! You are so amazing! You've been such an inspiration to so many...

Oh, PK, your blog... guess I should say something to you.


I'm so happy for you! Let's do the Happy Dance! And the Bunny Hop, Macarena, Electric Slide... Wait, where's the bubbly? What kind do you like?

I'm still so thrilled about Sunny going to be published, and Emily doing better and dreaming bear hugs, and now you are going to be published. I think I'm just plain giddy. We really needed more good news about good people around here!

Who's next to launch their first new book? Minelle? ;-)

Big hugs!


At 3:15 AM, Blogger Fondles said...

CONGRATULATIONS! hurray hurray hurray!!!!! this is wonderful news! i'm glad you're excited about it :)

At 3:29 AM, Anonymous Anastasia Vitsky said...

FINALLY you share the news! Geesh. Do you know how hard it's been to keep this quiet? :) I've been checking your blog every day and waiting (not so patiently). Irishey, I'll join you in the Bunny Hop and Macarena. Phew, two dances I actually know how to do!

It's a long hard road to publication, PK, and it may not always be perfect. Every road will be bumpy at some point--but (as you can learn from Sunny and everyone else who has published) the sweet success of your first published book can only be experienced once. Savor this. The day I got my first acceptance letter, I was as shocked, happy, and excited as you must be now. Since then I have had many acceptance letters, but nothing has been quite as amazing as those first few days and weeks. Savor them. Enjoy them. Pat yourself on the back and tell yourself you did a great job. You did!

Oh, and LazyDay loves books that are a series. :)

At 4:51 AM, Blogger an English Rose said...

Oh PK , how EXCITING, That is so brilliant. You need to retire now and write full time!!
love Jan.xx

At 5:15 AM, Blogger ronnie said...

I loved Cassie from the moment I found and her and even more so when I knew it was my friend behind her.

Congratulations and well deserved. Don't forget I want a signed copy:)


At 6:02 AM, Blogger Roz said...

PK, this is such wonderful and exciting news. I'm so thrilled for you! Wow 8 - 10 books up your sleeve, that's fantastic!

Thanks to Ana for her .. err .. encouragement.


At 6:02 AM, Blogger Belle L said...

Congratulations. I look forward to the release of your first book. I do enjoy reading Cassie's Space, but I haven't been in blogland long enough to know all the beginning. God bless you and yours, Belle L.

At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Love Cassie stories!!
Can't wait to buy your book!!!

At 6:52 AM, Blogger DelFonte said...

Congratulations! - it's a lot of effort to create a book ready for publication and you deserve a big pat on the back (instead of Ana's shoves :)

At 6:59 AM, Blogger abby said...

I am so proud of you and SO happy for you! congrats....there are lots of people of there who are going to fall in love with Cassie and her friends.
hugs abby

At 7:17 AM, Blogger SirQsmlb said...

Wow, this is a dream come true! What a gift to be able to share Cassie with so many more people, YOUR Cassie! I know it's scary to put her out there, especially when she's such a part of you. But she will be great and we're all her (and you!)



At 8:14 AM, Blogger Paul said...

such brilliant news, congratulations, I knew that you could do it.
I hope that I live long enough to collect and read the entire series.
Love and warm hugs,

At 9:08 AM, Blogger sunnygirl said...

I'm so glad it's out. I almost outted you yesterday in my comment to you on the FIKA. So proud of you, my friend. I am as thrilled for you as I was for myself.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Mona Lisa said...

A big, big congratulations, PK!

Your post made ​​me cry .. Now I sit here and tears are flowing down my cheeks .. you managed it.

First, Sunny and now you.

It makes us 'others' desire to put forward and realize that dreams really do come true. DESPITE EVERYTHING!!
Once again congratulations, PK !!!!!!!

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Ami Starsong said...

As you know I think this is sooooooo wonderful PK! I am absolutely delighted for you and can't wait to have Cassie on my Kindle! Many congratulations!

Many hugs


At 10:09 AM, Blogger Daisy Christian said...

Wow that's so exciting..I hope to publish some day but barely have time...love the stories

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anastasia Vitsky said...

You can, Mona Lisa! Your dreams will come true, too. :)

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Terpsichore said...

As you know, I am so incredibly happy for you! Congratulations on all your hard work! Big giant hugs, Terps

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Tara said...


At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, I am just hoping Cassie doesn't disappear from blogland as I enjoy her so.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

Gosh I feel like I am at the end of the LOOOOONNNNGGGGGG line here! Just look at all the support you have. Wow, we are wonderful people here aren't we?
I have loved Cassie since I found both of you many years ago! Yee ha! I join Irishey in her dance...
I am glad you finally shared!!
Ana is such a sweet and sometimes stern task master... isn't she?

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Cheering for you ( quietly tho, don't want the nurses to think I have completely lost my mind ).


At 8:30 PM, Blogger PK said...

People telling me they like Cassie is like telling me they think my kids wonderful, there is no better compliment.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Grace,
Yep there have been ups and downs along this path. But it really makes me feel good that you're a supporter.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger PK said...

I'll appreciate the help! I would love to meet in person, but I've never figured out how to autograph an ebook.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger PK said...

Irishey! You make me smile, I'll dance with you anytime. There is lots of good news out here right now and there sure is a lot of writing going on these days. That's making lots of folks happy.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thank you! It really makes me happy that so many people are excited for me.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger PK said...

Everyone needs a friend like you to do a little friendly bullying. I had to keep it to myself a few days just for the savoring. I see tons of work ahead and all I can think of is how much I want to quit my job and do it.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger PK said...

Just the very thing I just told Ana! Oh if only I could!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thank you so much, maybe we will find a way to do autographs. You and Paul will get some of the first if I figure it out.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger PK said...

Cassie has been talking to me for most of my life. She's told me lots of stories. Ana... oh, Ana!

At 8:54 PM, Blogger PK said...

Then definitely wait for the book, the basic story was how the blog began, but boy is the writing better now!

At 8:54 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thank you for stopping by. I really do appreciate your support.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks, I thought Ana was going to beat me!

At 8:56 PM, Blogger PK said...

Oh I do hope you're right. I don't worry about people liking me, but I really want them to like Cassie.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger PK said...

Cassie is as close to me as my family. She's been with me longer than anyone around except my sister. I'm so glad that other will get to know her.

At 9:45 PM, Blogger PK said...

You're Cassie's own brother and you know she would be most upset with you if you don't stay around long enough to read every single one of them! Truly Paul you have been with me from the first word, your support means everything to me.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger PK said...

It's hard to keep a happy secret and this is a very happy one. I sure am happy for both of us too.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger PK said...

You are really sweet. I certainly never thought this day would ever come, I mean I've wanted to write a book since I was a kid - and now here it is amazing.

I agree with Ana, if you want to do it - go for it!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thank you! You know I can't wait to have her on my Kindle too! I love what is going on in my life, but I'm still very envious of you when it comes to retirement!

At 10:05 PM, Blogger PK said...

Time is always a problem, wish I didn't have to work. But I can tell you that if you want it, it's possible.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks girl, love the hug.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger PK said...

Tara, Thanks!

At 10:20 PM, Blogger PK said...

You have hit on my biggest concern. The blog will remain up. Keeping Cassie's story going is important to me. But there might be changes. I just don't know yet.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger PK said...

All this support makes me feel fantastic! You all just don't know what it means to me. I love watching you dance with Irishey! And Ana, sweet, stern yep, that sums it up pretty well.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger PK said...

So happy to hear from you! I was going to email you if I didn't. I know you and Cassie are friends. Nurses? What's wrong?

At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anastasia Vitsky said...

I was!

At 7:24 AM, Blogger bob said...

Yup it looks like you are going to be very, very busy in the near future congrats kiddo


At 4:31 PM, Blogger Sassafrass said...

Congrats, PK!!! That's marvelous news.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Florida Dom said...

Congrats and great to hear you already have enough material for a series. Let's hope it is a huge success and the publishers are eager to make it a series. Good luck. All your friends in blogland are rooting for you.


At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Grace M said...

Great news pk, go you!!!!!

At 8:22 AM, Blogger PK said...

I really hope you're right.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Sassafrass!

At 8:23 AM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks FD,
Back during the troubles with Cassie you were a real help to me and I thank you for that.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Grace, I'm trying.


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