Only the Good Friday: WOW


Despite my gloomy mood the past few days, there’s actually plenty to be optimistic about. When the kids aren’t picking at each other, it’s fun to have them around more.

And I’m floored by the number of you who feel the same way I do about having them under foot! I wonder if I’ve just had the gumption to say something you all are feeling but are scared to say.

Trevor would tell you to get over the fear and come out with it, you know. Saying things like “I can’t stand having my kids at home!” is very liberating.

So that’s good stuff. Want some more? Netta at Word Webbing blew me away last night. I’m talking goosebumps, guys. And then when I read what she’d written to the Tour Manager, I got ’em again. And tears, too.

And why not? No one’s ever said this about me before:

…establishing Susan Helene Gottfried as a born storyteller with a romping, evocative, insider’s look at what it’s like to say, “I’m with the band.”

Yeah. And that’s only PART of it. Read the rest for yourself. If you don’t have the Demo Tapes yet, now’s a good time — but a month from now (give or take a few days) will be better. With The Demo Tapes: Year 2 set to debut on September 12 at the Bridgewater Book Fest, I’ll start taking preorders for the book soon … and will offer a deal if you buy both volumes directly from me.

Onward to the weekend. It’s supposed to rain here, locking us in the house some more, but with a review like that, who cares?

ETA: Check out the interview, too!



  1. Anne

    July 10, 2009 2:24 pm

    I have never kept it a secret that too much of my kids is not a good thing. Even when I miss them, I am clear on their difficulties. Congrats on the great review! You definitely deserve it.

    Anne’s last blog post..My Baby Doesn’t Need Me Anymore

  2. texasblu

    July 10, 2009 4:36 pm

    Sometimes I want to say it, but more often I don’t. I DO like having them around. It’s the constant bickering or destruction that gets me weird sometimes. But I enjoy the laughter, the hugs, and the teen chats with my daughters… so, I guess it balances out. But sometimes… yeah. Sometimes I wish I had somebody I trusted to watch them for a few days so I could head for the hills. Vacations are nice.

    I need to go back and read over you last few posts – I haven’t been around this week due to… I guess just life. Although, it’s been mostly good stuff. 😛

    You deserve all the praise. And then some. 🙂

    texasblu’s last blog post..The Olive Tree

  3. Petula

    July 11, 2009 7:55 pm

    Congratulations on the great review. Your hard work definitely pays off.

    I feel the same as you do about “complaining” about the children. We should all be more honest about our feelings/thoughts regardless of what they are instead of worrying about judgment and criticism.

    Petula’s last blog post..What do you know?…

  4. Stacie

    July 11, 2009 8:06 pm

    Woohoo on the great review! Hope it didn’t rain to much. We got rain finally last night for about 20 minutes and that was it.

    Stacie’s last blog post..Saturday Linky Love

  5. Thomma Lyn

    July 12, 2009 3:14 am

    Yippee! What a fabulous review. 😀

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..Fabulous Fungi — and Mountain Laurel, Too

  6. The Mother

    July 12, 2009 5:58 pm

    I’m always willing to admit that my kids drive me crazy. My experience around the blog world shows we’re not alone.

    The Mother’s last blog post..The Things You Learn When You Slice Your Finger (Almost) Off

  7. Devilish Southern Belle

    July 14, 2009 12:30 am

    I used to be really, really good at blogging about my kids getting on my nerves. But as they got older and became teenagers, I’ve tried to lay off some. It hasn’t been that hard, really, but there are still times when I’d still like to knock their heads together! And I am not afraid to say so!

    Devilish Southern Belle’s last blog post..While my uterus is hating me

  8. Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books

    July 15, 2009 10:16 pm

    Fantastic quote! Maybe we’ll see it blurbed on the cover of TREVOR’S SONG (?)

    Kids … I have one away at camp (miss her!), 2 at day camp, and one still too young to go … Serenity Now!!

    Dawn – She is Too Fond of Books’s last blog post..Spotlight on Bookstores: Bart’s Books in Ojai, California

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