18 November 2009

this feels a bit more legit.

getting published (or is it being published?) is a big thing for a writer. an even bigger thing for a wannabe writer like me. i've been lucky enough to have had a few things published in my lifetime. a real disastrous poem of mine got published in my high school's creative writing magazine. i don't know why my teacher chose that lame haiku over my grand memoirs. i thought i deserved more real estate on those pages, being on the magazine staff and all. oh well. it was in there with my name next to it. all i could do was feel teenage angst while selling copies near the cafeteria doors at lunchtime.

once i got married and quit college for awhile (so dan could finish up his undergrad at BYU) i yearned to be a writer. i was gung-ho and gave myself assignments to make myself feel like the real deal. i missed school that bad. some of my best work came from that time in my life. we went to an art exhibit and i wrote my very best poem yet after seeing a painting by maynard dixon. i wrote up a draft and read it aloud to dan. he gave me suggestions, like any faux creative writing posse would and i went back to the drawing board and made it better. when the time came around for BYU's writer magazine to be published, dan encouraged me to apply (like any faux creative writing editor would). i eventually threw my poem into the ring, and even though i wasn't technically a student, i was published! dan took me out that night to celebrate (like any amazing husband / faux agent would do). i was proud of it, if not a bit bashful for being the lone non-student in a literary magazine. for awhile it was my only claim to fame and the only thing that would register when i googled my name. not that i ever did that or anything.

all this to say, when the kirtsy creators contacted me last year about contributing to their upcoming kirtsy book, i was floored. i felt super excited that they wanted to publish a few of my blog posts. the book has come full circle and is about to be released. (you can pre-order your copy from amazon.) am honored to be among the amazing group of authors. i can hardly wait to get my hands on it, i'll be sure to give my full fledged review at that point in time. for now, here is a sneek peek...



more information about the upcoming book over on design mom's blog.
the creator of the book, laura mayes blogs about the creation of it right here.
doesn't it look lovely? completely lovely and legit. am feeling over the moon.

p.s. wow. thank you for all the kind emails about the new book. i just spotted myself in this little clip and am planning an ice cream date to celebrate.

29 comments:

ali said...

how very exciting. Congratulations!!!

Tiffany said...

I have goosebumps for you! Congratulations you wonderful published writer, you!

P.S. said...

I am so thrilled for you! Congrats girlie!

Tori said...

Congratulations, Marta! You are a writer. A great one.

the hogan's said...

congrats marta, that is so exciting for you!

Julia said...

so thrilled for you marta! congratulations!!

Miranda said...

Congrats again, Marta! This is such exciting news. You are such a deserving and gifted writer.

Amanda said...

Wow, Marta! That's so exciting-you definitely inspire me daily.

Jen Anderson said...

Congratulations! So excited for you. You're writing is beautiful, you deserve such a terrific honor!

Anne. said...

Congrats! You deserve it! :D

Anne. said...

Also, did you notice that you were mentioned twice in the authors list? Ooooh, yeah.

Christie said...

You ARE a writer - bout time the rest of the world noticed. Congrats! That is fabulous.

Heed said...

Awesome, Min!
And why did I never know about your high school haiku? I don't remember that. I seem to just remember making fun of your handwriting... huh... sorry about that.
I'm really good at envying.
Keep up all your good work -
I totally believe in you!

Erin O. said...

I watched the video on Design Mom this morning and got SUPER stoked when I saw your bio pic flash across the screen. Congrats!

melissa deakin said...

Yay!
Go Marta!
I'm so thrilled that you are featured in this book.
I preordered it a while back, so I am anxiously awaiting its arrival!

Amy said...

Good goin' Min! You are so talented and it's about time the world read your words. I'd like to read the poem about Maynard Dixon's art. You've been given the gift of "gab" when talking and writing, never stop! Do you remember that t-shirt you had that said, "Help! I'm talking and I can't shut up!" Well, it should have said, "Hello! I'm talking and you'd better listen up!"

Sarah N said...

ooooh - congrats and hip hip for you! that's wonderful, exciting news and way to go dan for helping you release all those great words of yours way back when. can't wait to see what else is down the path of your journey, marta! :)

summer said...

i saw you! i saw you! i saw your cute photo in that video before i went off to preschool this morning and boy i was reeling with excitement for you, mart. way to go. you're in print! congrats on yet another published work (loved hearing the stories behind the other two!) and may there be many, many more. woohoo.

Amanda said...

how very, very cool!! I too, want nothing more than to be published! Such an honor! Congrates!

Lila said...

Oh my gosh, I need that book. It looks awesome. I read your blog everyday, I love it!!

Hil said...

congratulations Marta! How super exciting for you!!! I am definitely putting the book on my wish list. :)

Anonymous said...

Sweet Marta - How wonderful! You are delightful and darling - and always writing about things with thoughtful sensitivity and wonder. Congratulations! You are beautifully talented and we love you! m & o

Travelin'Oma said...

This is totally awesome. You rock!

monkey said...
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gab said...

I don't like monkey's comment! But I do think you are a writing monkey!! Yay, Min! So proud.

hannah :: sherbet blossom said...

congrats, marta!! what an accomplishment. i can't wait to see the book.

Kate Gallagher said...

how awesome. Congrats congrats. I'm sure it feels SO nice... especially with the inner turmoil that (at least I go thru) of putting oneself out there... to finally feel that somebody-- or rather a lotta somebodys-- get it!! Well your honest and authentic writing def. keeps me inspired and coming back !!

Amber Lee said...

oooooh. that video gave me goosebumps. Congrats! And no wonder, your writing rocks.

Ariane said...

Congratulations Marta! I'm so happy for you. Obviously I need to read your blog more frequently so I can keep up with all your achievements! I'm pre-ordering my book today. Much love, Ariane

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