Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Secret

In case you missed yesterday's epic post (and it truly was epic, in the real sense of the word, and not in the fake "epic fail" kinda way), you should check it out: here.

After I made the post, I did the next logical thing: I took a nap and watched Top Chef. I get the biggest news of my career and life, and then I take a nap. In my defense, I was tired, and I've lost my voice. I sound Kathleen Turner with emphysema,

I want to thank everybody for all your undue praise and crazy support. I do really appreciate it, and if it weren't for you guys, I doubt all of this would happening. I just wrote a book. You guys made it popular.

For people asking how this happened, as far as I can tell it happened like this: Terri Tatchell bought Switched and Torn (this was before Ascend came out). I'm not sure what ereader she bought them on, but it was an ereader. She read them, enjoyed them very much, and decided she'd like to adapt them. She emailed me and her agent emailed me, asking if they could adapt them. Her agent talked to my agent a lot. And then a month later, the deal was finalized, and now I'm telling you.

OH! Here's the especially bizarre and true part of the story. I decided I was going to get a Bluray player, but before I even got one, I started buying Blurays (that's the kind of person I am). I was laying in bed one night, trying to fall asleep, and I was thinking about how I don't know why Cloverfield is called Cloverfield. (I still don't, BTW).

So, since I could sleep, I got up, and ordered a bunch of Blurays from Amazon. Amazon kept recommending movies to me, and since I'd bought Cloverfield, they suggested I buy District 9. I took their suggestion, because I saw District 9 in theaters and loved it.

The day - the very day - I got District 9 in the mail from Amazon is the day Terri Tatchell emailed me. Not even kidding.

So the whole feels a bit like kismet to me, and I don't even believe in kismet.

I was reading old blogs the other day, and when I got really serious about writing, my roommate and life guru Eric suggested I try the Secret. He said it worked for Ellen and Oprah, and since I'd tried everything, I decided to try it.

The idea behind the Secret is that you can manifest the things you want by believing you'll get them. I think. I don't completely understand. Eric said I needed to make a vision board with all the things I wanted so that I would put it out for the universe to know what I wanted, and then... I could get them? I don't know.

But I've had the same vision board up in my room for over a year. And here is what's on it: A still from Juno with the words "movie" on it in silver sharpie. A page from one of my books that says "published." A million dollar bill from Who Wants to Be a Millionare the board game with the word "money" written on it. A quote from a magazine that says "I have the greatest job ever" and I wrote "writing" above it. An iPhone. Batman Converse. A boombox. And Pete Wentz.

I just got an iPhone (thanks Verizon!). So other than Pete Wentz, I've pretty much got everything from the vision board. Oh. I don't have a boombox either. I want an old school one like Radio Raheem had in Do the Right Thing. But that's the besides the point.

The point is - maybe there really is something to this Secret thing. Thanks, Universe, for being awesome.