And with that…a little lovin’ for the Mer-Man:
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Well, your baby was born a little early and showed up in bookstores before the due date. You did a lot of good deep breathing and stayed focused and now the rest of the world gets to read your baby, Baby!! I still don’t think you needed all of those painkillers, so thanks for sharing. (Okay, I’m going to stop this birthing analogy now, because I’m remembering my own experience with childbirth and I think I’m gonna hurl.)
Anyway, the moment we saw your book on the bookshelf was like nothing I’ve experienced, and I’m glad we all got to spend it together (even though Eve spent it with us via voice message…but it was an emotional voice message!). I just want you to know how excited I am that this wonderful story is out in the world for teens to read. They will be changed by your words forever. Just as I have been.
If I could think of some way to tease you at this moment, I would. But I can’t come up with one joke about you being obsessive or balding or girly (the guy absolutely loves Titanic). So congratulations, and hopefully you won’t lose any more hair.
Love you, man!
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What up, J-Man!
I’ll never forgive myself for not being there! We’ve dreamed of this day for five years and I was supposed to be there to hold your hand and say, “Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Push! Push! Push!”
Words cannot describe how proud I am. Why do people always say, “Words cannot describe?” I mean, we are writers, after all. If anyone is able to describe something with words, it’s us, right? That’s what we do all day. We describe stuff with words. What a funny thing to say!
Where was I? Oh, yes. It makes me so happy to watch you bust out in such a huge way. I always knew you would. In addition to being the most dedicated and creative writer-boy I know, you have crafted an important piece of literature that will entertain people and touch lives for many many years. I always say this, but I hope to be you someday!
Congratulations! You deserve this more than anybody I know.
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Thanks for enduring our sappy moment. Please comment if you want to add to the lovefest, or better yet, if you happen to have a better book-birthing analogy, bring it! (We know you guys are good at this!)
- Robin and Eve