Afterbirth

Last week I dropped my cellphone in the toilet. Luckily it was “pre-game” and I was willing able to fish it out. It started working again the next day - although it doesn’t ring anymore. That’s kind of been a metaphor for my life over the last few weeks - a number of “oh shit” moments that eventually worked out to some acceptable level.

Like Prissy in Gone With the Wind, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies.” But I’m beginning to think that getting a book out is like having a baby. At first, you’re all starry eyed with the romantic notion. By the end of it, you’re calling everyone in the delivery room a cocksucker.

The only difference is that just as you’re ready to push out your book, the doctor starts saying things like, “Are you married to the name? Let’s change the name” or “It would be a lot easier to deliver if we could lose a few apendages. Look, it’s never gonna be a Major League pitcher. We can lose a few fingers and the kid won’t even miss them.” In the end, you hope that what comes out resembles the vision you had going into the project.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll post the original opening of the book - which may still be the opening scene of the movie.

Any one I know who has had a baby spends the first 48 hours after delivery talking about how painful it was and how they’ll never do it again. Within a week, they are caught up in the wonderment of it all. And before you know it, they are bringing another one into the world. Maybe I’ll feel that way about writing another book some day. But I’m glad my first was Mikey’s book. It’s a project I wanted to be involved with since 2004 - long before it was even a twinkle in his eye.

Also on the birthing front, I’ll be launching my first monthly investment newsletter next week. I was so worried that my “personality” might be a little too over the top for my company. But when I read the promotion material for the newsletter, I realized they had swiped a lot of the content from my “50 Things About Me” page. Poker was mentioned more than once. So I think that’s all going to be cool.

I’ll be back at the blog, now that the book is truly out of my hands. In the mean time, here’s some things that should be read:

The new issue of Truckin’ is out. It’s fabulous - as always.

There’s a great article about Andy Beal in Forbes - also written about in Clusterstock. Btw, Clusterstock writer Joe Weisenthal is also into poker and investing - and is also a UT grad. Siblings separated at birth? Al, we might have another brother. The true test will be if he plays Omaha.

I never met Chip’s son Casey, but just reading Doyle’s short blog post about his death had me in tears.

Be back soon…

8 Comments

  1. Double Eagle
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Amy: Love to read your blog. You may remember me from the PSO days gone by at Tunica (beer snorting about Doc and Bozo the Clown).

    BTW, the next you dunk your cell phone or any other electronic item, put it in a bag of rice for a few days. The rice sucks out the moisture and frequently the device will return to normal.

  2. Posted April 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your new book! I’m sure it’s amazing.

    They say when something like your cellphone happens, turn it off if you can, then rinse it in distilled water (if you can get some), then dry it out. Regular water has chemicals and salts and stuff that can ruin the phone that the distilled water rinses off.

  3. Posted April 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Big congrats on the book — eagerly looking forward to it!

    (Sorry, no cellphone advice, other than remember to not to cook it next time you make rice.)

  4. wildbill41
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Having no advice on the subjects of cell phones, plumbing or (god forbid) childbirth, let me put in two cents worth of advice on promotion. I will be at B&N bright and early on the 19th of may to pick up a copy of the book (How did you manage to not plug the release date? You used to be the queen of self promotion)

    Bill

    Bill

  5. Posted April 9, 2009 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Hopefully this means that we won’t go 1 month and several days before we have the joy of your electronic company!

  6. Posted April 9, 2009 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Eagerly awaiting the release! Congrats, mama. 8^)

  7. Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Missed you here on the intertubes. Can’t wait for the release.

    -DrC

  8. Posted April 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the book. As far as the cell phone is concerned….EBAY…for a new one….or a new to you one.