Monday, January 30, 2006

Feeling nervous!

Ooohhhh! My agent is getting ready to send out my new proposal!!! YEA!!!! My stomach is all fluttery and my heart is pounding! & wow that sentence above is a doozey, eh??? LOL. The point is that I've written something new (yes, it's the Jude book--& I'm loving the inspiration!) and submissions are going out this week & I'm excited over this!!! I am soooooo psyched over this book. I love the characters and the plot and everything about it! & yes, I am a little bit in love with my hero--but that's a good thing, right? As a writer, if I can't fall in love with the hero, how could I possibly expect anyone else to? While writing Jane, I was into Rob (he really is one of those yummy heroes!) & now Jude. Like, didn't all of us fall a bit for Mark Darcy? For Rhett Butler? For Heathcliff? For Colin Byrne? For...the list goes on. Falling a little biti n love with the hero is something that's vital for a book to be good for me. I've been there for the entire journey, if I don't fall a little in love with the hero, how can I believe the heroine has, ya know? Anyway, Jude it is!! & he's an awesome hero. A total rake who my heroine is reforming in her own special way. ;)

I don't think I even had this much fun while writing Jane--which is saying something cause I had a blast with that one, too.

Sooooooo, keep your fingers crossed for me that this one goes well and lands in the right editor's hands at the right time because I would SOOOOOOO love to have a reason to promote this book. :)

Oh! & as a reminder, if you haven't entered my roses for a year contest, get over to super quick & click on contest. Tomorrow is the last day to enter!

Saturday, January 28, 2006


I should be blogging about Matthew, but, you guessed it, I'm still working on this new proposal and my hero is Jude,'s my man. ;)

Well, the hero of this next story anyway. Yes, he's a cad, but even cads can fall in love and be redeemed. :)

I really like this pic!!!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Spying In High Heels!

Woo hoo!!! My pal Gemma Halliday got the cover for her first book!! Check it out!! It's totally awesome---which is a good thing because so is her book! If you like Janet Evanovich, you are going to LOVE Gemma Halliday.

Spying In High Heels is an August 2006 release & will be in stores all over. It's a Dorchester release (what a great publishing company, eh??? :) and is getting rave reviews!!!

I have read it and can tell you it is totally awesome!!!

Anyway, so excited on her cover that I wanted to share!!! Getting a first cover is such a thrill!!!! Getting a really cool cover makes it even better. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

American Title 2

Round 3 Voting started today. Youch. Flavia was a bit brutal, but then, that's her job. I kept having to remind myself of that last year when it was JANE MILLIONAIRE being picked apart and I hope all this year's finalist know that as well.

I really can't complain about Flavia though. She wasn't too bad to me except in Round 4 & we won't even go there as I still have nightmares about her comment. Well, I did prior to getting my reviews of JANE MILLIONAIRE. Now, I'm pretty much okay with it. So far, Jane has gotten fabulous reviews and I've recieved some wonderful fan emails. Even a few by mail. I've heard several published authors say that they don't even bother reading their reviews any more. I'm definitely not to that point, but I do have to say that I don't get quite as freaked out as I did to begin with. Of course, when book 2 gets ready to be released it will probably be a different story all together.

Now, if you haven't voted in round 3, be sure to get over to which will take you directly to where you can vote or go to and follow the American Title links. These gals are competing for their life dream---to be published. Make sure you help one of them acheive that dream. There are some awesome sounding stories there that I can't wait to read more on!!!

Smooches! Oh, and the pciture above is a blast from the past from New Jersey 2005. The Writer Playground gals--well, some of us, anyway. :)

Monday, January 23, 2006


For anyone who has read JANE MILLIONAIRE, you'll have picked up on the rose theme. There's a rose on the cover and Rob smells roses everytime Jill is near and well, you get the idea. Quite frequently when I autograph a book I'll write "May your life be filled with roses". & I mean each word. There's something about roses that embodies love and happiness and good feelings on the inside, ya know? I believe this so much that I'm giving away (at my own expense mind you) roses every month for a year. You have until January 31st at midnight eastern time to enter as the drawing is on February 1st. Make sure you're entered.

Okay, I digress from the purpose of this post. Today, I got 6 beautiful red roses delivered to the office. Getting roses at work is one of those "wow" moments where everyone wonders what you did special last night (or will be doing that night!) or what bad thing your man did.

David is a great man & very rarely does bad (yes, he occassionally does--after all, he is a man. ;) & I knew what I had and had not done, so I was thrown. I was really thrown when I opened the card and it wasn't from him.


Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Matthew's worried about all these Jude pictures and thought he'd better do something about it before I converted forever, so he sent the flowers in hopes of wooing me away from my temporary Jude fascination. Or maybe you thought Jude was so HAPPY to be the focus of my attentions that he sent them in hopes that once I went Jude I'd never go back....Nice thoughts.

Alas, it was even better than the above. The flowers were from a marvelous lady who read Jane Millionaire & thought it was "wonderful". She added roses to my life and gave me a wonderful smile and a wonderful surprise. How cool is that?????

Oh, & did I mention the chocolate bar tied to the side of the vase???? YUM. Roses and chocolate! Woo hoo!!

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, Patricia! You really brightened my day & it's a pleasure knowing you.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Music City Romance Writers

How fun! Today I went to the Nashville chapter meeting and got to listen to fabo romance author Stephanie Feagan talk about Taxes for the Writer. She did an awesome job. Stephanie writes for Harlequin's Bombshell line. Stephanie is one of the wonderful members of and a 2003 Golden Heart finalist--which is how I got to know her. :)

Got to have lunch with Trish Milburn, Stephanie, Kendra Clark, and several other fabulous authors today.

Now I'm off to write hot scenes with Jude...tough job but someone has to do it... ;)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Curves Booksigning

Wow! I had my booksigning at Curves tonight. It was awesome. I sold 33 books. & not a single one was to my mom or any other family member ;) Woo hoo!!!!! Gotta love that. :) & it was so much fun. The owner is a total sweetheart and the staff were so great & the ladies who came to exercise and buy a book---fabulous! Can't wait to do it again with the next book.

Going to Nashville tomorrow to meet with my pals Stephanie Feagan & Trish Milburn & the other members of the MCRW chapter for their monthly meeting, which Steph is presenting at. Can't wait to see them. :)

Ohhhh, and here's another installment of Jude. Cause it's all Jude until I finish this book....I just know you hate that. ;) Of course, my daughter wanted to watch How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days tonight and now I'm on such a Matthew high, uhm, perhaps I should post them both...2 hunks...uhm...I LIKE IT. ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2006


On my drive to the office this morning, my tire blew out. No warning. Not an old tire. It just blew. My husband said that it looks like I must have run over something, but who knows? I was going about 50-55 mph and it was my front driver tire. I got pulled off to the side of the road, drove a hundred feet with a flat flat and pulled into an auto salvage business. My husband thinks perhaps I hit a piece of scrap metal that fell from a truck or something? Anyway, I was lucky. First off, I didn't over compensate, which is how most people wreck via a blowout. They jerk/overcompensate and then lose control of the vehicle. Not sure why I didn't, but when it happened I kept a cool head. I was on the phone even---scared my friend badly. Second, the weather was gorgeous. If you're going to have a tire blow-out, I highly recommend a day when the sun is shining. Third, blowing a tire in front of an auto salvage business can come in handy since there's guys who know their way around vehicles. Fourth, have blow out when there is no oncoming traffic and no one behind you.

However, when I called the office to say that 1.) I was going to be late. 2.) My tire was flat. The guy who runs our lab came to my rescue. Did I mention that I also highly recommend that if you're going to blow your tire, do so less than 2 miles from where you work. Makes things much simpler that way. Anyway, a real life hero came to my rescue, changed my tire, which turned out to be quite the dirty job---Something I don't recommend: Parking over a mudpuddle. Yes, we had snow on the ground yesterday morning so there was standing water today. By the time he and I got back to the office, he had mud on him and black on his hands and face. Moi? Oh yeah. Despite the fact that I did very little, I had black on my hands and face too. I decided that I was going for the hardworking look--you know like the rice crispie treat commercial where the lady throws flour on her face? Yeah, that's me, the hardworking mechanic fearlessly changing a flat and getting black smudge on my face.

The funny thing is, my dad made me learn to change a tire before he'd let me drive alone. Which I always thought was a brilliant thing to do and that I'll make all my kids learn as well. I know how to change a tire by myself---so why did I have to have a man come to my rescue? Well, beyond the obvious. ;) Let's just say that mechanices stick those lugnuts on with air guns and I couldn't get the suckers off if I'd had to. Oh, and did I mention that I couldn't even find the spare until I pulled the owners manual out? Seems that with every new vehicle you should practice such things.

Anyway, I know that I had an angel watching out for me today. Had to have for something that could have been so bad to have turned out without any permanent damage--except to the tire. So tonight I'm sending out a special thank you to that angel and to my fabo co-worker who is a true gentlemen and a real life hero. THANK YOU.

The Law of Jude shall continue until I finish this book.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Law of Jude

Okay, I am still totally a Matthew girl, but ever since I watched Cold Mountain, I've been a Jude fan too. I honestly didn't know what he even looked like much less that he'd been "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2004. Yeah, yeah, I know. I live under a rock. Anyway, in my new book, my hero's name is---yeah, you guessed it---Jude. OMG! This book is a hoot to write. I mean, I have this gorgeous hero with the most amazing eyes & he's a total bad boy....okay, so I'm going off on a tangent and I'm hearing all these gasps of "What about Matthew??" Don't worry, I still adore Matthew, but let's just say I'm having a little short fling while writing this book. ;) Shhhhh, nobody tell my hubby or Matthew that a new man has entered the world of my fantasies.

You know, I really do blame this on the sucky ending to Cold Mountain. (fabulous movie, sucky, sucky, sucky ending.) I lay awake that night rewriting that ending a hundred different ways. Yes, I know it's the romantic in me. Add that I'm a romance novelist on top of that and it just makes sense that I couldn't let that be the end of the story in my head. No, I haven't dipped into the historical market, just writing my own version of Jude. Only I think in my story, his character is a bit more true to life. A total scoundrel that we women adore anyway. Ah, the proverbial bad boy we want to tame---or be bad with. ;) Oh yeah baby!!

Monday, January 16, 2006


Ah, that one word can hold so many meanings. Like learning curves or a woman's curves or the curves a baseball pitcher throws. Or it can be where my book signing is being held on Friday night. ;)

You got it. I'm doing my second book signing this Friday night (January 20th) at Curves in McMinnville, TN from 4 to 6 PM. I'd love to see you so if you're in the neighborhood, please do drop by for a visit and an autographed copy of JANE MILLIONAIRE.

Oh, and for those of you interested in the Sexiest Man Alive, his movie Two for the Money is available on DVD tomorrow!! Woo hoo!!!

I had a Matthew blast from the past Saturday night when my daughter and I watched Angels in the Outfield. Matthew is the first ballplayer the angels 'help' out. Hello, if I were an angel I'd put my hands on that man's body, too. Okay, so I'm anything but angelic and I want to put my hands on...well, you get the idea. ;)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Kendra Clark's debut novel!

A writing pal of mine is celebrating the release of her first book. It's an e-book. I've not read the entire story, but I did read the beginning many moons ago while she was writing the story and I can tell you it's a really cool concept.

Spirit Warrior by Kendra Clark

Spirit Warrior by Kendra Clark
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What's worse than being dead? For Ancient Aztec Warrior, Cenyaolt, it's being cursed. Once an Aztec Prince, now a servant to the lord of the
underworld, Cenyaolt wants nothing more than to complete his ninth level of hell and rid himself of his father's 500 year-old vendetta. But when
the gods conspire to return him to Earth for the final task-- the one that will end his torment--he lands straight in the arms of an
ivory-skinned goddess. Will he be able to give up eternal peace for love?
Gabriella O'Connell wants to be normal. But when you're psychic, it's not something easily accomplished. Especially when those abilities are
responsible for the death of her parents. So when her psychic abilities send her erotic dreams containing the most sensual man she's ever laid
eyes on, she's a little freaked out to say the least. Especially after one dream goes haywire, catapulting her into Mesoamerica where she
witnesses her dream lover's gruesome murder. So when that man magically
appears in her clothing boutique, /Ella Designs /, she has a decision tomake. Will she continue denying her abilities even if they'll stop five
hundred years of suffering?

Check Kendra out at:

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Matthew McConaughey's flaw

I knew he had to have one. I mean, all men do. But this one really...shocked me. Okay, so I mentioned that I bought the issue of People's Magazine. The 20 Years of the Sexiest Man Alive one. Well, there's all kinds of interesting stuff about the guys. According to one of the statements made Matthew hasn't worn deoderant in over 20 years.

I adore the man, really I do. But I won't lie, I had a brief ICK! moment before I remembered that I was thinking about Matthew. So what's a little sweat between me and those abs? No biggie.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Asked to do an online workshop!

Woo hoo! I got asked to give my workshop on Promotion to a different group next January. & check this out! I'll get paid! How cool is that?????? This go around is volunteer for a chapter I belong to and I'm learning a lot, too, since it's the first time I've done an online workshop. I've done several in person at conferences & chapter meetings, but this is the first for this. I've enjoyed it.

Off to write a few pages and dream of getting paid to teach classes on Matthew...hey, a girl can dream! ;) Of course if I was really being naughty (which I *never* am) I'd say getting paid to do something else with Matthew. ;) Nope, not naughty. Not me. ;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wednesday Wishes

I had a tele-conference with my fabulous agent today. It went really well and we're getting ready to start submitting my stuff soon. Other than to my Dorchester editor and another editor who now has three of my mss & called me on one with revision requests (so keep your fingers crossed), we've not submitted anything. That's all fixing to change as we gear up to take on 2006 and make it a fabulous year.

I'm really excited about my paranormal. It's fun and a story I am so proud of. The full is done on it and I'm working on a 2nd paranormal's proposal--just in case. And then there's that 3rd idea I have... ;)

Plus, I just finished a proposal for a new contemporary that I can't wait to write. It's an absolute hoot and something I can just have a blast with while writing. Can you tell that I like to have fun with my writing? Anyway, I can't say more on it at the moment, but keep your fingers & toes crossed on that one cause I'm dreaming big with this one.

Plus I need to get two more contemporary proposals written. I have the blurbs and a general idea, but need to get the first 3 chapters and a synopsis together. They should be fun stories, too. :)

Busy. Busy. Busy. So, my Wednesday wishes are that I'm able to write the stories in my head to the level they deserve to be told. Oh, and for lots of writing time....not asking for much, am I??? ;)

My workshop seems to be going well. :) Yea! & I just finished an article on Scleroderma for the site. It'll go live in February when the new issue is up. (It's an e-zine site). Oh, I also posted some flashback pictures of me and some pals over at if anyone's interested. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Tuesday Treasures

Every day is a treasure although sometimes we get caughtup in day to day routines and don't take the time to count our blessings, so-to-speak.

Today, I'm going to count some of my blessings/things I treasure.

1. The fact that I have health insurance. In the office today, about a 3rd of my patients had no health care coverage.

2. That I spoke with a friend from high school on the phone for the first time in over 5 years. No arguments or fights, just life pulling us in different directions to where time slipped away.

3. That I spoke with a writer friend who always makes me smile with her wit and joyous personality.

4. The fact that my children are (knock on wood) healthy.

5. The fact that my husband loves me, goes to work every day, comes home every night, and did I mention, loves me?

6. The fact that I have a job. Not always the easiest, best, or most joyous, but I have a job that I enjoy most of the time and can pay my bills.

Anyway, that's a few of my Tuesday treasures that I thought I'd share with you. :) Hope your Tuesday was filled with a great many treasures, too.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Monday Meanderings

Well, the workshop has started. So far, so good. :) At least, I think so.

Researching an article on Scleraderma for the e-zine. Scleraderma is what fellow Golden Heart finalist Maryanne Cappelluti died from. It'll be posted there in February.

Polishing up a new proposal that I plan to send to my agent on Wednesday unless she thinks I'm insane. ;) Which is entirely possible because this new idea is a bit out there, but I'm having a hoot with it.

After mailing Causin A Commotion to my editor on Saturday, it hit me what kept bugging me about the story. I knew I hadn't nailed something but just couldn't figure it out. Of course, now I wish I could pull it back and tweak that thing and change the sequence of my first chapter. Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity. :)

A close friend got a reject from NAL today. She's so talented and the story that got rejected totally rocks. Sometimes this business is so frustrating. Of course, I called and sang "Happy Birthday" to her and she died laughing---I'm only 11 months ahead of schedule. ;) But she laughed so it was soooo worth it. On a happy note, my pal, Renee Luke, sold to NAL!!!! Very cool!!!

My oldest son has decided he wants to be a WWE wrestler...oh man. Enough said.

Off to watch Wedding Crashers with hubby! (read as "snuggle on the sofa" ;) )

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Busy Weekend!

Wow. Where has this weekend gone? It seems like it's barely started and yet it's almost gone. Sigh. I didn't get nearly everything done that I wanted to, but such is life. I did accomplish a lot though. I did an online interview, wrote an article on the American Title Contest that will be included in a literary University publication called The Trunk that is available at places like the Paris, France bookstore Shakespeare and Company. How cool is that???

I also finalized/polished up my workshop on Promotion. In the morning I start teaching my first online writers workshop. Hopefully, things will go well.

My in-laws did a birthday dinner for my husband last night. Fun. :)

On a very sad note, Maryanne Cappelluti who finaled in the 2003 Golden Heart short contemporary contest with me, died. She was so young and had two children. In my office, I have a poster of the Short Contemporary finalists and I'm in between Maryanne & Stephanie Rowe (who writes fabulous books for Dorchester & Warner & will be part of a young adult romance launch!). Anyway, that's been a sad, sad moment.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Win an Autographed copy of Jane Millionaire!

Hey guys, I'm giving away an autographed copy of Jane Millionaire over at Access Romance. All you have to do is post a response to one of the questions & you're automatically entered. Access Romance chooses the winner, but you have great odds of winning as there are only about 20 or so responses on each of the 3 questions. Y'all go post something!!! click on the Tell Tale (it's the 2nd paragraph I think) & then click on read the column. At the bottom of the article are the questions. Just pick one and post. Answer all three and you're entered 3 times. :)

Go win a copy of my book!!!!


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

New Computer!

I did it. I did it. I got a new computer! Well, I've bought one. Guess it'll be about a week or so before I actually get it, but I've ordered and paid for it!!!! So excited!!!! :) Now I'll have to think of a name. My laptop is Sahara (named after Matthew's movie!). My son suggested Krull the Warrior King....not so sure about that one. ;) Any thoughts?

While at the grocery store I found a copy of the People 20 Years of Sexiest Man Alive! Matthew's in there!!! On yesterday's photo I didn't realize until I looked at the blog tonight that you couldn't read what he'd said about his favorite make-out places---water tower and football field at the 50 yard line. Too funny. Anyway the mag is great fun to look at and has some awesome pics of Matthew, Brad Pitt, Jude Law (who I've taken a slight fancy to since watching Cold Mountain), George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Patrick Swayze, etc. All the men who've been the Sexiest Man Alive. But I bought it for the articles---not the pictures. (Yeah right!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Year's Resolutions

Doesn't it just make you cringe to think another year has come and gone? It does to me. A new year. A time of reflection over what the last year has brought into your life and what it's taken. A time to look at where you stood a year ago and where you stand today. Did you take steps in the direction you want to go?

For quite a few years my most fervent dream/resolution/goal has been to sell a book. 2005 saw that dream turned into a reality. Oddly enough with a reality show based book called, drum roll please because I *know* y'all haven't heard this before, Jane Millionaire, when I won the first ever American Title contest in April. 2005 saw the addition of many new friends and acquaintances to my life and also older friendships that grew richer and stronger. 2005 saw the death of a beloved patient who'd been fighting cancer for several years and lost the battle in September. 2005 saw my parents enter a new phase of life when my dad retired in May. 2005 saw me learn new skills and step outside my comfort zone as I struggled with learning the ins and outs of promotion. 2005 saw me come out of the closet about my writing during the AT contest and much more so when a state-wide magazine ran a 3 page color feature on me and the contest. 2005 saw my husband and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. 2005 saw twenty pounds attach itself to my hind-end and saw me work to shoo it away. I could go on and on, but the point is, it's all in the past. Come and gone and where am I now, at this point?

I'm starting over. Starting a fresh year with a clean slate and I can refocus on the things that didn't go as planned for 2005 and set new goals for 2006.

My CP sent me a paper weight that is says my theme for the year 2006. You'll hear me repeat it from time to time during the year.

Go confidently into the direction of your dreams! Live the life you always imagined. Thoreau.

All my goals for this year are going to center around this one statement. I'm still making my list, so it's not something I'll post at this time. Perhaps soon. Perhaps not. What really matters is the goals you set for yourself. Are you going confidently in the direction of your dreams? Are you living the life you always imagined? If not, why not? & what can you do to start taking those confident steps in the direction of those dreams?

On a funner note...Perhaps someone should warn Matthew that I'm planning to go in the direction of my dreams...Matthew is quite dreamy, isn't he? ;) Making out at the 50 yard line? The water tower? Coppertone? I can do coppertone...;) Ahhhh, the dreams I'm gonna have tonight.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Learning more about Janice Lynn

Okay, so it's possible that my subject line is going to make you RUN for the hills, but I thought I'd share a few links to interviews I've done. Currently, there's an interview with me up at Romance Junkies. Here's a link: At , I wrote the current Tell Tale and there's a couple of discussion questins and I'll be giving away a autographed copy of Jane Millionaire! & some goodies. At there's a review of Jane and you can win an autographed copy of Jane Millionaire (& Kelley St. John's Good Girls Don't!!) at their contest page. ( ) An interview I did with the playground girls should be posted later this month. I had a lot of fun with that one (yes, it did involve playing in the sandbox with Matthew. ;) I just finished a new interview with Love Romances but it won't go up until April, I believe.

I also did several interviews with author bloggers. Stehanie Rowe, Lori Devoti, Theresa Meyers, Lisa Manuel come to mind off the top of my head, but there were a few others. I'll try to search down the links and post them at a later time for those interested.

I find it fascinating how most of the interviews I've done have asked at least a couple of unique questions. Ones that caught me off guard and made me have to think. Anyway, as anyone who reads my answers can tell, I have fun with them and just go with the flow.

Also, you can still download the radio interview at via the Definitely Dana show archives.

Okay, that's my self promo for the day. ;)

What else did I do today? I entered a published author contest. S-C-A-R-Y stuff. I don't really have any expectations of finaling much less winning (I figure I've used up my lifetime quota of contest wins with the American Title win--& I'm not complaining! :) but I decided I should enter Jane Millionaire in at least couple contests as it'll be the only time I ever qualify to enter "best first book". I'm going to try not to be too disappointed if Jane doesn't fare well, but it's so hard to put your baby out there to be judged. Either way, the deed is done and if I do final I'll be dancing an unsightly jig--I'll warn you ahead of time so you can close your eyes. :)

In other news, my kids went back to school. Hubby & I don't go back to work until tomorrow. It was a GREAT! (Think Tony Tiger!) day. ;) Enough said.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!!!

I haven't been online much today as I opted to spend time with my family to celebrate the beginning of yet another new year. It was a great day. We went to the movies and watched Narnia. I loved and highly recommend it! It's a great family movie, too. Not a single curse word in it--if there was I sure didn't catch it. All four of my kids (ranging in age from 6 to 14) loved it & my hubby did, too. Definitely a thumbs up from the Lynn household.

Tonight, I've worked on trying to smooth out some of the rough spots in Causin A Commotion. The story still isn't where I want it, but I'm working on it. :)

Oh, and the coolest thing about the first day of January 1, 2006? I saw Jane Millionaire in a store on a book shelf for the very first time. Yes, I know it's been a months since the book was released, but I've had Thanksgiving, full-time job, sick kids, sold out local bookstores, and Christmas. But today, on the very first day of a brand new year, I saw Jane on a shelf. She was in the New Release section turned face out & in the romance section turned face out times 2 books, and in the local author section. How cool is that? :) My knees felt weak and I got all giddy and I just wanted to grab people and say, "I wrote this!"

I know I've posted this picture of Matthew before, but it's one of my favorite, so...