Gratifying Moments

Hello Mixed-Up Filers!

How are you all doing? I know it always seems like forever between posts, but this one felt excruciatingly long. I missed you!

Well, for the three of you who’ve regularly read my posts, shout out to my mom here, you know that I always wonder what I should write about. I debate and debate for a long time until finally settling on something.

Well, not this time. Nope, this time I was ready. I had a post all lined up, and let me tell you something…it was spectacular. As all of you know, I’m the shy, modest type and don’t like to sing my own praises, but this might have been the best post I’ve ever written. Generation after generation of families would’ve passed this down to their children and their children’s children and talked about this legendary post. However, there was one problem with it.

It was basically a going back to school post and it was filled with books about that topic. But, that’s when I was preempted. Louise had a similar post on Monday. Not that I’m complaining, or not that I shook my fist to the heavens when I saw it, because really, it was a magnificent post, but that’s beside the point.

The thing is, I didn’t want to put two similar posts in the same week. So, it was back to the drawing board and wondering what to put, when something great happened for me.

This morning I received a package. I had no idea what it was at first, but when I rushed to open it, I found books inside…with my name on them! As some of you know, I have my debut novel, Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, coming out next year. (Yes, that was a shameless plug). But, this wasn’t that. You see, last year, I also wrote a few books for an educational company, which they liked and published and go on sale now. Yes, right now! And guess what? Those books came today!

I know to some people this might seem silly, but to finally see your name on a book cover after working hard at it for so many years, was a beyond thrilling experience.

Writing is a lonely endeavor. It’s hard to feel rewarded at times. It’s a long process and even if you get some success, it isn’t instant gratification by any means. That’s why today was special for me. All told, there were three books. Two non-fiction for younger readers about animals and one for middle graders called Rockefeller Caper, which is aimed to give readers a taste of life in the 1920’s. I had so much fun doing it and to finally see it in book form was unbelievably gratifying.

rock caper

(Yes, that’s my name in the street!)

Now, I know that next year, when Cuddle Bunnies comes out, it’ll be the best experience I’ve ever had in writing, but for now, this ranks right up there and no matter what, will always hold a special place for me.

Well, that’s my time, Mixed-Up FIilers and thanks for indulging me.

Until next time…

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Jonathan Rosen is a transplanted New Yorker, who now lives with his family in sunny, South Florida. He spends his “free” time chauffeuring around his three kids. Some of Jonathan’s fondest childhood memories are of discovering a really good book to dive into, in particular the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Jonathan is proud to be of Mexican-American descent, although neither country has been really willing to accept responsibility. He is the author of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, which is out now, and its sequel, From Sunset Till Sunrise. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, FromtheMixedUpFiles.Com, SpookyMiddleGrade.com, and his own website, WWW.HouseofRosen.com