When You Wish Upon A Book…

Hello my babies!!

So, I have this friend. I met her in Twitterville months back, and we became pals. She’s good people.

And last week, her book came out.

Like on paper, in stores and everything.

That’s the dream, kids. The fucking dream.

Some days, I close my eyes and think about what that would be like and I swear to god, it physically hurts I want it so badly. Β An actual ache that just spreads through my entire body and eats me alive.

It’s made up of equal parts joy and terror. The idea of seeing my own words on paper is something I have dreamed about since I was a wee little Fizzy, writing my various ideas at the age of twelve, and my Jurassic Park fan fiction at thirteen, πŸ˜‰

It’s such a crazy thought. Something that burns because it feels so close and yet too impossible at the same time.

And here is this friend of mine. With her words on paper. On shelves, waiting for people to buy it, take it home, and fall in love with it.

This fascinates me.

It’s the first time I have ever watched someone I know go through this process.

I went to Barnes and Noble today to see her book. Like, just to walk in and see it sitting there.

And I SQUEEEE’d with abandon.

photo (15)

It was beautiful.

So much love and hard work sitting on a table next to authors I have fangirled over for years. There sat this book.

I can’t believe how excited I was. To feel that much joy and ERMAHGERD to see this book sitting there, my heart swelling with pride and it wasn’t even mine!! Seriously, ALL THE FEELS.

And the thought that some day, if all the stars align, and I wish on every shooting star, cross my heart at just the right moment, and use every birthday candle wish in just the right way, maybe my book could be there too.

But something else struck me as I grinned like an idiot over this book.

Every book in that store started that way.

With a neurotic writer and a desperate and unyielding wish. And all the things that fell in line to get those words into a place where they could be bought and snergled and loved by those who read them.

And how do those books end up in amazing places? On the top of best-seller lists. In schools. In libraries across the world.

We buy them. We put forth a little bit of our time and money and get to visit an amazing new world in return.

And for that effort, a writer sits and cries tears of unbridled joy as they watch their story climb charts.

Oh, god, how I want that for all of us.

I want to be responsible for making someone feel the way I have longed to feel since I could pick up a pencil. I want to wave my Fizzy little pom-poms and cheer us all on as our dreams become fantastical realities. I want to skip my ass into every bookstore and take a picture of myself holding your book and squealing with joy that your day has come, and damn it, isn’t it beautiful!?

I want you all to go buy this book. I want you all to go into Target, or Barnes and Noble, or wherever it is you can find it, and buy it. And be awed by all the things that brought this book into your hands. Be a part of making this amazing process happen.

Because someday that could be your story in someone else’s hands, and I want whoever picks it up to feel exactly the same way.

And because I will gladly return this favor and squeal like a loony person when I see your name on binding.

Note: I have read this book, and it’s fabulous. I loved the way I felt reading it. It gave me that loving feeling of wonder and magic I had when I read Practical Magic for the first time. And also, I swear, the writing just makes all food taste better, and I am not sure how that works, but it totally does.

I hope you all are having a fabulous week!

Until next time,

Peace, Love, and BOOKS!!!!!!


  1. Is it wrong that I’m wishing really hard right now that you replaced whatever book is on that Buyers Pick stand behind you with this one? Not to disrespect that author, but still. SQUEEEEE for Suzanne! And the rest of us- and YOU- will have our day:)

  2. Amazing! Good for Suzanne. Also, the part you added about “Practical Magic” got my attention. I loved that book. So, I will head over to B&N and pick it up. I have a gift card in my pocket just itching to be used!

  3. I can’t wait to find your books in the bookstore. So well-said, lovely!
    (And I love The Witch of Little Italy!)

  4. I will be checking out her book! πŸ™‚ Also, can I say it gives me a little squeee every time you use a David Tennant GIF. πŸ˜€

    • You will LOVE it!! It’s such an amazing book!!

      But it’s even more amazing to watch such an incredible dream come true for someone!!

      Until my moment comes, I intend to live vicariously through others, lol.

  5. This post is everything that is right in the world — and it made me smile so much. You are wonderful at lifting people up, chica — and celebrating and championing. It’s fabulous.

    And always: your GIFs are made of awesome.

  6. Adriana (@adicloud) |

    Awwww. This is the sweetest post ever! The dream will come true for you too, darling Fizzy! It will, it will! And then we will squee for you too!

  7. OMG! I don’t even know you’re friend and I got all giddy and goosebumpy!

    Woo Hoo! I feel like the woman in Officer and a Gentleman, shouting “Way to go Paula, Way to go!” ha!

    btw – I love your animated gifs! I have only gotten one to work on my blog, the rest just won’t animate. Ugh. What am I doing wrong?

  8. You should do an eBook of Gifs πŸ™‚ I would totally buy that.

    I burst into tears the day I saw SEND on a Barnes & Noble shelf. Then I called every person in my contacts list to tell them it was there.

    The dream DOES come true. πŸ™‚

  9. So happy for Suzanne. I’m buying a copy to give to my sister. I support my peeps. πŸ˜‰
    As far as having a published book, you first. Lovely post!

  10. Gawww, loved this post! I wait impatiently for the day when I can go into Barnes and Noble and embarrass myself and my husband thoroughly by fangirl screaming over your book.

  11. This book sounds awesome, but you know what’s even better? Writerly friends who are genuinely happy for your success and blog about it!!! We can all use a little magic now and then, right? And I so want that slice of pizza the little girl is eating.

  12. FizzyGrrl and the other writers I’ve met in the PitchMadness, WriteOnCon and Miss Snark’s First Victim writing communities make me proud to be a writer. I love that we can support each other’s successes without feeling it takes away from own. Share the love, writers! There’s enough for everyone.

    • Exactly!! Someone selling a book doesn’t mean something bad for someone else, it means we get to be happy that there is proof it really DOES happen!!!

  13. Such a great reminder. Putting this book on my TBR list. So important to support fellow writers who have pushed through this process!

  14. This is a sweet post. I’m tearing up over here. Three cheers for Suzanne and her new book baby! The cover is beautiful!

  15. Went out this morning and bought a copy. I hope this is a good sign, I got the last copy left at my B&N. I plan on starting it as soon as I finish the book I’m reading right now. Congrats again, Suzanne!

  16. And now I am crying into my tea…

    This is beautiful!

  17. Carolyn Charron (@CarolynCharron) |

    I did the same thing yesterday! In the bookstore–patting Splinters (AG Howard)–and whispering WOW congrats! to the author (who wasn’t there, doesn’t know me from Adam, and is exactly where I want to be ie published).

  18. Ok, I know this is an older post, but I had to come back to it. My dream was to see my book on the shelf of a certain bookstore on Sanibel Island. I just wanted to print ONE copy, put it on their bookshelf, snap a picture, and run!

    Well . . . not only is it published, but that little bookshop wants to carry it! No black ops mission after all!

    I know you have an agent and will soon see your work on shelves, so just be prepared for the biggest high of your life. My husband and I tried to toast with a glass of wine, but I couldn’t get my lips out of smile mode long enough to take a sip!

    Btw–when is your book due for release?


  1. My Week in Review – ROW80 Check-In 1 | EM Castellan - [...] amazing Summer Heacock also wrote a blog post entitled When You Wish Upon A Book… and you should read…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.