Monday, October 15, 2007

Our Boy's All Grown Up!!! -- Robin & Eve

With the release of Jay’s debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, Robin and Eve would like to take a moment to show him their love and support, and possibly tease him a little. (It’s no secret that Robin and Eve will take any opportunity—no matter how tacky it may be—to tease Jay.)

And with that…a little lovin’ for the Mer-Man:

- - -

Dear Jay,

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!

- - -

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.

Evie P

- - -

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


Anonymous said...

I got nothin', except: DITTO!

Disco Mermaids said...

I sure hope one of you sells a book real quick, cuz I can't wait to do one of these for you. You know I've got more than enough to tease you with!

It's been fun sharing this journey with you both. You've made it so much sweeter.

Your not-quite-balding-more-like-thinning, not-quite-girly-more-like-sensitive friend,

Lisa Yee said...

Awwwww, very sweet.

And here's to the premie, may the novel grow up big and strong and a bestseller!

cynjay said...

It's a boy! And a girl!

Disco Mermaids said...

Good one, Lisa! Let's hope the book grows up to be a bestseller AND still comes home before curfew.

And CynJay, that was...perfect.

Thanks you guys!


Heather said...

Boo! Not yet available in Canada (Vancouver). I may have to sneak across the border and get it - I went through this with Laini's book, too! Argh!

Natalie said...

I knew from the moment I saw the sonogram (ARC) that Jay's little one would grow up and do great things. It's not just storks who make special deliveries...penguins do, too.

Colorado Writer said...

WHOOHOO! I saw 2 copies in Borders today in Denver. I sent you a photo from my phone, Jay!

Of course, now there is only the one copy because I stole the other one. But I faced t hat last copy out on the top shelf, so it's probably gone by now!

Anonymous said...

Jay, your time has come. I think back to 1998 (was it that long ago? or longer) that we sat across the table at our first Children's Writer's workshop. Roz was the facilitator then. Me now. But I knew you had the magic--even though you read picture books, which by the way you are brilliant at, too, and middle grade, also fab. Your characters had voice and heart and made us care about them from the first page. You were in your early 20's then but you understood a child's heart and mind and now you've reach out to touch kid's across the country with your words, and your heart. To say I am proud is an understatement. I am crying with joy!

Cynthia Linn Bates

Jen said...

I got my signed postcard!!! Woooooo! I've read every word 3 times at least. I'm looking forward to the actual book.


P.S. To those who scoff at the comparison between childbirth and bookbirth, remember that the creation of a book is way less fun than the creation of a child, and the gestation period for a book is way longer than 9 months.