August 29, 2010

My Bat is a Pen

My contract came yesterday afternoon. I was cleaning up the kitchen and my husband walked in the front door and said my name. It must have been the way he said it combined with the fact that I had been wishing my contract would come, before the end of August, as promised by Covenant seven weeks ago. But who's counting?
Anyway, he only said, "Krista."
And I said, pulling in my breath, "It came."
He walked into the kitchen and held out the fat envelope with a postage due notice wrapped around it with a rubberband. "You owe the postal service forty-four cents."
I didn't care.
Dinner was late. And it was fish sticks.
Because I read and re-read and got on Twitter, and a friend said, "Take a deep breath before you sign anything." And others sent their congratulations. I posted on Facebook. Lots of "likes". After a couple emails with another friend allaying my concerns, or rather my naivete, I went to bed knowing I would sign my contract in the morning, and it would be marvelous. Gratitude hushed me to sleep.

Now, here I am, at my desk in my laundry room, listening to the first birds of morning, with the contract folded up and squashed firmly inside the almost too small return envelope, bearing my signature and initials where required.
As I signed, I thought of the movie Signs, and the part where the wife is dying after her car wreck. She says, fading, "Tell Morgan to swing away."

That's what I'm doing.
Swing away, Krista. Swing away.

And make something really yummy for breakfast.

15 comments:

Stephanie Black said...

Congratulations, Krista! There's something so . . . so . . . HUGE about holding that official contract for the first time! Total dream come true! Well, a dream penned in legalese :)

Krista said...

Thanks, Stephanie! My favorite line of the whole contract:

"...following the last publication date of the manuscript or work of authorship authored by Author and published by Publisher."

In legalese, it means I am an Author. With a work of authorship.

Eeee!

L.T. Elliot said...

So happy for you, Krista! Swing away, baby!

Shanda said...

Wow, what a moment. Congratulations, Krista! I can't wait to read it!

Shanda :)

Annette Lyon said...

Woohoo! (Love that line from Signs. Great application of it.)

And that sentence--it means you're an AUTHOR. Not sure what the heck else it means. I don't speak legalese!

David J. West said...

Congratualtions Krista-I'm very happy for you.

Karen said...

I'm so excited for you too! Way to go!! I can't wait to read it!

Krista said...

Thanks, everyone! I can't wait to run it out to the mail tomorrow!

M. Gray said...

CONGRATS!!

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

I found you while stumbling around the internet, and well, I really want to meet you. You see, I just got my contract from Covenant too. 3 days ago. I can hardly stand it, I'm so excited. Plus, I just found out we have the same editor. Amazing, eh?

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

My email is mhovley at gmail dot com.

Krista said...

Damsel, that is awesome! I'm going to stalk you for a bit. Contact you soon!

Elana Johnson said...

That's AWESOME!!! Congrats!!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read it, I'll be watching for it!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats!

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