When I was young, I remember watching OJ Simpson blaze down the highway in a white Bronco and thinking to myself that I really wanted to be those cool news people that were informing me of what was going on.
So, I spent most of my life dedicated to making that dream happen and eventually got into the super prestigious broadcast journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin where I promptly decided that this career was not meant for me after all. I mean, who wants to earn $20K a year and have to work nights and weekends hoping to make it to a large media market?
Not I. Plus there is simply no way I’d be willing to straighten my hair that often.
I’ve been out of UT for over 8 years now, and I am happy I never explored the TV reporter career. No regrets at all. I do regret not following my passion for writing. Sure, at work I have more writing to do than I care to think about right now to avoid hyperventilating, but I am talking about the free flowing words that are all mine and mine alone. Hence, the blog.
Occasionally though, I have these moments of sheer genius and I write something that kind of goes viral. Or as viral as it can go on Amazon.com. In 2010, in yet another New Year’s Resolution attempt, I bought a Pussycat Dolls workout DVD. That whole phrase is one HUGE oxymoron or a superb example in irony. Workout it is most definitely not, I assure you.
So I wrote about it here, and then I published a more PG-13 version over on the product page on Amazon.com. A year ago Amazon contacted me saying it was being considered for a book of the funniest reviews on Amazon’s website. I was like, “Awesome!” and I signed away my rights to the devil and forgot about it until last week.
Last Wednesday I got a delivery from Amazon, but I hadn’t ordered anything. I opened it up to find the book, and then I promptly found my review, burst into hysterical laughter, screamed, and hugged my husband. Then I called my mom and drank a lot to celebrate.
My words. My writing. My thoughts are published in a book where someone, or lots of someones, deemed that my writing was funny and good enough to be included in nearly 3 pages of a 296 page book. I’m the 1% in this case, y’all!
Ecstatic doesn’t even begin to cover the feeling. I thought about it the next day at work when I was feeling particularly crappy, and I started to cry. I cried because life can be so up and down. One minute you get validation from a HUGE corporation, that like everyone knows about, that they think your work is awesome and deserves to be in a book, and then the next day some cranky co-worker puts you down and makes you feel the size of an ant.
Life, you’re a tad interesting.
I’m taking this as a sign to persevere and write the 2 books I’ve been secretly writing in my head for a few years. One is a DIY/craft book, and the other is a memoir of my adventures the past 6 years.
If you’d like to read the book, aptly titled “Did You Read That Review?: A Compilation of Amazon’s Funniest Reviews”, it’ll be available November 18 on Amazon and will be available for $1.49 for Kindle readers or free for Kindle Unlimited peeps.
And now I will answer the question that I know is BURNING in your mind right now: Sadly, I have no plans for a book tour as of yet, but that may change.
Tuesday 18th of November 2014
OMG. I just went over to Amazon and read your review and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. That was simply awesome!!! I'm wiping away tears!KristenPinkToesAndPowerTools.com
Friday 7th of November 2014
Congratulations! What fun, great news!Life certainly does have it's extreme ups and downs, glad I'm not the only one that experiences those!I love reading your blog! You're a sweetheart.Lenora
Monday 10th of November 2014
Thanks so much, Lenora! Your comment made me smile. :)