Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday Melange of Me

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This is me and my family signing the contract for With A Name Like Love. It even had the ISBN number assigned and notated - how amazing is that??? I laughed and then cried and then shook my head in disbelief. It was surreal to see my name on that contract.
I'm telling you. Absolutely surreal. (for any new writing pals, it sold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan - release date Fall 2011)

















And then this was the view from my kitchen window Saturday morning. I took this shot standing over my sink.



I'm not a big winter girl, having been born and raised in sunny So Calif, but mornings like this take my breath away.




So, that was my weekend. Tell me...how did you spend yours?

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57 comments:

Sarah said...

Tess, what an amazing weekend!!!! I'm so happy for you.

Robyn Campbell said...

Happy times. I'll meet you there--one day my friend. Meanwhile, know I'm with you in spirit. I am truly doing the happy dance with you. (^_^)

Jonathon Arntson said...

If that were my view in winter, I'd love it! But, I just get fields covered in snow for five months.

This weekend I read quite a bit and received a few critiques, which I have yet to fully read and grasp.

Jonathon Arntson said...

O, duh, CONGRATS!, btw.

Karen said...

What an incredible weekend! Congratulations again--I can't wait to read it. :)

WindyA said...

My weekend was way less eventful. Grocery shopping and karaoking with the kidlets.

Woohoo! So excited for you!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an incredible weekend!!!! Congratulations!!!!

And what a beautiful view!

Lisa and Laura said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! What an amazing moment. And omg, that view. Incredible.

storyqueen said...

Congratulations!! What a great moment to share with your family!

Shelley

windshieldthinking said...

Just found your blog! Wow & congratulations! Just love your expression in the second photo and as for that sunrise (I don't care for winters or mornings) that's beautiful!

Cheers!
Bonnie

roxy said...

Congratulations! I'm new to your blog, but I am very excited for you and your family. The mountains are beautiful. Is that Timpanogos?

Stephanie McGee said...

Congrats! I spent my weekend writing. Now it's back to the weekday homework grind.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh--how did I miss this news? Unplugged maybe?

Anyway, congratulations! I am soooo excited for you. What a great way to spend your weekend.

We partied (a birthday and the Superbowl) and I actually got some writing done. Woo hoo!

L.T. Elliot said...

Your weekend sounds tough to beat! A sunrise like that?! ;)

Me? I saw a terrible movie, had a nice lunch with my older sister, and had a lazy Sunday with my family. Pretty good weekend, too.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wheeee! You made me happy to see you smiling, signing and surrounded by your family. And that kitchen view is heavenly. Thanks for sharing these special moments. *grinning*

Dominique said...

Congratulations :D I'm very happy for you.

My weekend went rather well. Some peace and quiet for dull reading, a nice movie, and the start of an interesting book.

Davin Malasarn said...

I'm really happy for you too, Tess. :) :) :)

c said...

Tess, congrats! How did you get Rupunzel to stand in with you in the picture :) My how her hair has grown!

Jayne said...

Congratulations! Absolutely love the photographs - a lovely keepsake of a very special moment. And gosh, what a lovely view!

Michelle said...

Wow - Congratulations!

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations, Tess! What an amazing weekend, and lovely photos. I am sooo happy for you! I, too, can't wait to read it!

Michelle said...

Congratulations, Tess! Such an exciting time for you. We spent the weekend hunkered down at home, waiting out the blizzard, periodically shoveling and cooking, reading, and knitting.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I love those pictures...the faces...the support...the whole enchillada. I read all weekend. It was heavenly. Oh, and I edited. Blech.
~ Wendy

Linda Kage said...

No contract signing for me this weekend (bummer). I visisted the tax lady and then watched the super bowl.

But congrats to you! What a beautiful view, both the family and the scenery!

DL Hammons said...

WOW! That weekend should have won an Academy Award. Awesomness!!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Glad you captured a picture of that. Such fun to see you all and your view. That beautiful seems fitting. What a great adventure!! Congrats.

Tess said...

Thanks for cheering with me, all. I am so blessed to be sharing this journey with so many generous-of-heart people like yourselves. welcome new friends Roxy and Jayne :D

Jennifer Shirk said...

Super congrats! That's so exciting!

I can't believe that is your view!!! Gorgeous!

My weekend was... snowy. Over 2 feet. :)

Carolyn V. said...

Yay, yay Tess!!!! Whoop!!! That is so exciting. I'm so happy for you. =) Fall 2010?! I'll be looking for it. =)

Tess said...

Caroyln: nope, fall 2011. forever, it seems.

Danyelle said...

Congratulations, Tess! I'm so happy for you. :D View is beautiful. I love the mountains. :)

Angie said...

I love the pictures, especially signing the contract with your family. What an exciting moment!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Congrats! I love that you had your family pose with you. I'll be looking forward to reading your book!:)

lotusgirl said...

ISBN and e'thing! That's so exciting. I couldn't be happier for you. I love your totally giddy smile.

I spent my weekend continuing my agent research and hanging out with the family.

Tamika: said...

Absolutely enchanting, holding your dreams in your hand. Now that doesn't happen every day!

Congratulations Tess!

Jody Hedlund said...

Awesome Tess! Huge congrats! I'm very excited for you!

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, Tess, no fair. You're just as cute on film as you are in real life. And that's a skill that can't be learned. I so hate you for that. ;-)

But no, I don't! Congrats on that major signage!! WOOT!

Jackee said...

Congrats, Tess! I'm laughing and crying along with you. Enjoy the moment, you deserve it!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay! Your weekend ROCKED!!! Congratulations!!

And from one SoCal gal to another, your view's a lot prettier :)

Janna Qualman said...

Tess! That's so wonderful. Thank you for sharing this moment with us!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Tess! How exciting! And WOW are those mountains gorgeous (as are you and your family, btw). Who needs the Superbowl with a weekend such as you had! So happy for you!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats to you! Not nearly so exhilerating, nor scenic! I did write one more chpt on the newly revised version of my novel. That makes 5 since the start of the year, so Yay!

Lady Glamis said...

We celebrated Chinese New Year by sending off the Kitchen God and stuffing ourselves full of Chinese food. It was great.

Tess, I'm so happy for you, you have no idea. My MIL is dying to read your book. She's from Alabama. :)

Terresa said...

This is fabulous! What excitement and to have your children around you while signing it, says so much to me as a mama and aspiring writer.

You are a strong, lovely example to me. As are those purple mountains.

Tabitha Bird said...

WOW! Well that is how I WISH I spent my weekend. Congrats to you!

Tess said...

Thanks sooo much for the support. Joy is twice as sweet when shared :D

Mary Campbell said...

Wow - awesome weekend. That's the kind of weekend to live for. Congratulations! I spent my weekend watching re-runs on hulu - I'm feeling really pathetic right now.

MG Higgins said...

Congratulations!! What an amazing, joyful feeling it must have been to sign that contract. Phew. Great view, too, BTW.

Heidi Willis said...

Hi Tess! I just popped over from... someone's blog. I don't even remember whose now, because I've gotten sucked into reading through yours for the last 30 minutes. :)

Congratulations on the contract! What a huge, wonderful success!!

I'm following you now. In a totally non-stalkerish kind of way. Can't wait to see where this journey takes you!

Crystal said...

Congratulations, Tess! HOW BEAUTIFUL! And I mean that for everything: the signing, the mountains (what a sight!), and your lovely family. This is so AWESOME, Tess! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! :)

Oh, and how did I spend MY weekend? Well, nothing quite as exciting as yours (yet!) . . . just got an entry ready for one of the contests I blogged about recently, revised the MG wip some more, thought about doing a trailer, and . . . got my hair done. :) :) :)

JKB said...

Congratulations, Tess. :-))

Many more, I'm hoping for you!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations, Tess! I'm sure this was the culmination of a long journey.

I spent the weekend in Maine to visit my father, sledding, eating comfort food, and watching "Up". While I didn't sign any contracts, I didn't get any rejections either.

Amy Saia said...

Congrats!!!!! Oh my gosh, that is so awesome. And what a beautiful family you have!

Tess said...

Really amazing - that's what you all are. Thanks for making me smile. Sounds as if some of you had pretty good weekends yourself!

PJ Hoover said...

Whoo hoo! this is a fantastic melange! I'm so happy for you!

B.J. Anderson said...

Oh, I missed this!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Shelli said...

congrads Tess :)