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Setting: Tall office building in downtown Portland. Lisa is at her desk, doing worky things and sipping her coffee. The phone rings.

Out Loud Lisa: This is Lisa.
Awesome Editor: Hi, this is Margaret.
Out Loud Lisa: Hi!
Interior Lisa: OMG hai!!!
AE: Have you heard the good news yet?
OLL: Um … no?
IL: Uh …?
AE: Flash Burnout has been nominated for the William C. Morris Award.
OLL: Oh my God!!!
IL: (silent screaming, running around in circles)

(Co-workers look up.)

AE: Do you know about that award?
OLL: Yes! Elizabeth C. Bunce won it last year!
IL: (hyperventilating)
AE: Congratulations, we’re all very excited for you. It’s not public yet, so you can’t tell anyone until they make the announcement in a few days.
OLL: I can’t believe it! Thank you so much for calling to tell me!
IL: (unconscious)

I can’t actually remember what else we said. We talked for another couple of minutes, then hung up. I told my curious co-workers. There may have been something in my eye when I was telling them.

Then I called my husband. He was gratifyingly excited!

Then I called my agent.

Amazing Agent: Hello.
OLL: Good morning! Would you like to hear some good news?
IL: (silent crazed grinning)
AA: Yes, I would.
OLL: Now first, you can’t tell anyone —
AA: Okay.
OLL: Not even a cryptic little online note …
AA: OKAY. What IS it?
OLL: Not even …
AA: #%^&*!!!
OLL: My book has been nominated for the William C. Morris award.
AA: What’s that?
OLL: Hahahahahaha!
AA: (Googles madly)

To be fair, this is only the second year the award has been in existence. And I got a huge amount of hilarity out of the fact that she didn’t know. WIN all around!

Setting: Office. Co-worker stops by Lisa’s desk.
Co-worker: I finished updating performance for those accounts.
Out Loud Lisa: Okay.
Interior Lisa: My book has been nominated for an award!!!

Setting: Elevator. People ride in silence.
Interior Lisa: You guys! I wrote this book? And it just got nominated for an award! I can’t believe it! (motionless jumping up and down)

Setting: Happy Bowl. (I’m not kidding: I got my lunch from Happy Bowl.)
Lady taking my order: Okay, teriyaki chicken with rice. White or brown?
OLL: White.
Lady: $6.75, please.
IL: My book got nominated for an award!!!

Setting: Starbucks.
Out Loud Lisa: Can I get a tall iced tea, unsweetened?
Barista: Tall? Are you sure? Don’t you want a grande?
OLL: Yes, I do!
Interior Lisa: I see you guys every day! You are my beloved suppliers of coffee and tea. I really want to shriek, “My book got nominated for an award!”
OLL: (pays) Thanks, bye.

Back from lunch, I check my email.

ZOMG wha --?

The Morris finalists have been announced!

I answer emails and indulge in a phone call to a friend for real-time squealing. I check Twitter and find a tweetsplosion of congratulations. Something must have gotten in my eye again. I tweet back for a few minutes, then rein myself in and get back to work.

Setting: Office.
Co-worker: Time for that meeting.
Out Loud Lisa: Coming.
Interior Lisa: You heard, right? My book got nominated for an award!!!

Setting: Conference room. People sitting around a big polished wood table.
Co-workers: (Worky talk.)
IL: My book got nominated for an award!!!
OLL: Right. Are we going to switch to a different proxy voting service?

So that was my day.

I was hysterically happy on the inside but outwardly placid. But when I got home from work, my enforced calm started to dissolve … I broke a glass, and knocked a couple of things over, and even tripped on the stairs.

My body must’ve felt free to freak out in the privacy of its own home.

And you know what? Other people were nominated, too. *nodding vigorously* It’s true! Not just ME WITH THE GIANT HEAD.

Here’s the list:

Fellow Deb Malinda Lo’s beautiful book, ASH
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s just-released but already much-acclaimed BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
THE EVERAFTER, by Amy Huntley
hold still, by Nina LaCour

I’ve only read ASH, but I’m sure the others are all fantastic, too … and I’m finding copies ASAP to read up on my competition.

Oh my God!

My book is a FINALIST.

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newport2newport
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my.

Something must have gotten in my eye again. :)

I'm so happy for you, Lisa!!!!
xoxo
lkmadigan
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Melodye!!

EEeeeEEEeee !!!
kderting
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Lisa, I'm SO excited. For Out Loud Lisa and Interior Lisa!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hee! THANK YOU!!
trishdoller
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Dude, you don't need a in to pop your head, your Inner Lisa needs an award for keeping that a secret ALL DAY! Congratulations!
lkmadigan
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Heehee - thank you!!!
lisaalbert
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
What a great breakdown of your day! Our Internal Lisa's are so much alike! LOL

Much congrats to you!!! Flash Burnout is on my stack. Squee!
lkmadigan
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lisa!!!
jbknowles
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Let the big head grow! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xo
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
The head is banging into doorjambs ...

:-D

xoxo
artistq
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
AWESOME LISA!!! I don't think you should pop your head with a pin.
I think you should let the helium take you up, up and up into feeling all the well deserved JOY!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Wheeeee!!!!
jgurtler
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
So well deserved! Congrats. I love your post. The insidey celebrations are right on!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, Janet!!
deenaml
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, Deena!!
elspethsheir
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! So well-deserved, and your Internal Lisa was so good at *snoopy dancing* without anyone else knowing. I hope that both OLL and IL are dancing now!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, Lisa!!
anywherebeyond
Dec. 3rd, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
ICON SAYS ALL OMG OMG!!!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
xoxox
lillpluta
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Whoooot! I loved reading this btw!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kay!!
mewalker1999
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Nice! Huge congrats!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
soniag
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I AM STILL SO EXCITED!!!

Congratulations!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Help! My head is stuck in the doorjamb!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Wooooot!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, Stephanie!!
tracyworld
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations, Lisa! This was such fun to read so thanks for sharing the step-by-step JOY with us!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you, Tracy!!
novaren
Dec. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!!!!!!
I am deliriously happy for you! I LOVED reading this post!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: YAY!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, Nova!!
seaheidi
Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
YAYAYYAYAYAYAAYAYAYYAYY!!!!!!!!!
I knew exactly what the Morris Award was because I posted about it last year. Ingenious concept! And now even more people will read your beautiful book. *tears ping eyes*

This is so thrilling for you. So happy for your AA too. :)
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
xox
debiwrites
Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
That is sooooo coool!

(Love the recap of the day, too! How you managed to finish a day at some kind of normal job is way beyond me!)
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
lisa_schroeder
Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
You are so good at keeping a secret. Thank goodness it wasn't that long before they announced it officially. Internal Lisa might have exploded!! :)

HOORAY!!!! Dare I predict another sticker on that book come January???
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!!!
megancrewe
Dec. 3rd, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I just saw the finalist list this morning! Congrats! :)
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Megan!!
dlgarfinkle
Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Debbi!!!
dawn_metcalf
Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you, Dawn!!
lilrongal
Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ronni!!
azang
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Angela!!
carriejones
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I only just woke up so I am so sorry I am late to the party but FREAKING YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy for you! I am so incredibly happy!

You deserve this. You are great.

xoxoxox
C
lkmadigan
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Carrie?

I continue to love you.

Lisa
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