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I’m nauseous again. It’s a good thing.

I’m getting used to it I guess. Each new phase is nauseous making, and then I breathe through it and it lessens. A little bit.

This time it’s the cover we’re working on. Should it have a picture of me? Should it have a picture of a moon? Should it show New York City, the East Village? Should it be symbolic and not realistic?

It’s making me a bit nauseous. Again.

The good news is I remember I felt this way when we played with possible titles. And then we found the right one, and we knew. I felt this way as I spoke with publicists and marketing experts. And then I partnered with the right ones, and I knew.

The good news is that as soon as I felt the nausea seeping in, I remembered that I’d been through this before. That it’s scary…and exciting. That it’s overwhelming…and exhilarating. That it’s daunting…and fun.

I’m having fun. I’m having fun with the choices. I’m having fun envisioning the outcomes. I’m having fun with the process.

I know the final goal is a book – a book that inspires people and changes lives. Hopefully a book that finds its place on a few bestseller lists.

But the current goal is to enjoy the journey.

And to not be too nauseous. At least not for too long.

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Please welcome To The Moon And Back

My memoir will be published in September. The final manuscript has been handed in. The title has been set. And I’ve convinced the publisher that we should aim to be a New York Times bestseller. I mean, why not?

Please welcome:

TO THE MOON AND BACK
A childhood under the influence

Excited doesn’t begin to capture where I am right now. Thrilled. Pumped. Charged. And still a little bit nauseous.

There are many more, many more, steps to be taken and decisions to be made. I’m ready for all of them and plan to take them one (or two) steps and decisions at a time.

I’d be lying if I said this didn’t kick up a bunch of old (and new) fears. “False Evidence Becoming Real,” I keep telling myself. “Just breathe through it,” I keep reminding myself. “This too will pass,” I repeat internally as I wait for the physical tension to release and the joy and ease to seep back in.

I’m remembering to have fun with this. I’m intending to enjoy it. I’m knowing that I’ll figure it all out as I go along, and I’ll find people to help me when I can’t. I’m mindful of the fact that – just like my kids’ childhoods – this book birthing stage will pass me by if I don’t pay attention and stay present. I’m looking for reasons to smile and to play. I’m letting myself imagine the best outcomes and plan for success.

My next steps are to (more) figure out publicity and ask for author endorsements. Daunting and compelling, all at the same time.

Please welcome:

TO THE MOON AND BACK
A childhood under the influence

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I feel a little bit nauseous

I submitted the final draft of my manuscript to my publisher this week. I feel a little bit nauseous.

I know it’s an ultra-exciting step. I know it’s an absolutely amazing way to start the New Year. I know it’s what I’ve dreamed of for years.

And I feel a bit nauseous.

Apparently (obviously) finding a publisher was just a first step. There are so many steps after that and to come. It’s been edited and edited and edited (by me and by others). And most likely, after the publisher takes another look, it may be edited some more.

There’s publicity to figure out. And the title to finalize. (More on that soon.) And the cover design to approve. And the cover copy to write.

I feel a bit nauseous.

I feel my old self – my perfectionist, find the RIGHT way to do everything self – kicking in. I remind myself that there isn’t a right way and that I’ll figure this all out. I guess publishing this book is merely an exercise in applying all the lessons I’ve learned in writing the book and in writing the blog. And in living my life.

What if I missed something? I scream in my head. It’ll be okay I try to answer. What if it sucks? my fears erupt. It’ll be okay I try and answer. What if no one wants to read it? I whimper. It’ll be okay I try and answer.

It’ll be okay. It’ll be okay. It’ll be okay.

It’ll be okay whatever feedback my publisher has at this point. It’ll be okay if I’m not sure of what decision to make when. It’ll be okay.

Truth be told, I want this book to go far and influence many. Truth be told, I want to give it my all and my best. Truth be told, I want to remember to have fun with it along the way.

So, I am a bit nauseous right now, but I’m also going to celebrate. And celebrate big. It is a Woo Hoo! kind of day.

I submitted the final draft of my manuscript to my publisher this week.

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