Monday, September 26, 2011

Counting to Twelve

Late again!

We took four teens to see a Bright Eyes concert last night. And I had a baby shower at the house during the day.

Good excuses!

It does not pay to stress about things. I keep reminding myself of this, but it's slow to sink in. When I first offered up  my house for this shower, the head count was going to be "ten or twelve" -- something I could manage. Then the pregnancy had complications, the baby came early, (he's doing great!), and suddenly people were asking if they could come, too,and the count zoomed up to twenty. All week I stressed about where I was going to seat twenty people -- the deck would have been great, but it was Sog City all week and not an option. So I spent Saturday moving furniture, adding chairs, you know, stressing.

And yesterday the sun broke through and everyone wanted to be out on the deck.

Which I had, of course, not cleaned.

So, see? All that stress and for what? I really need to just go with the flow more.

I will try to apply this to our gig on October 1st. I'm rhythmically impaired. I can't seem to count to twelve. And when you're doing songs based on 12-bar progression, counting to twelve is important.

Unless, as my drummer husband says, you "just feel it."

When you're Type-A, just feeling it collides with counting to twelve, and you find yourself lost at eleven-and-a-half going, Now?

Never mind. They all laugh at me. You're probably laughing at me, too. That's okay. I laugh at myself.

Only not when I'm lost somewhere between eight and twelve and I've got to jump in singing.

Anyway, see? I'm getting myself all stressed, and for what? It's a bar. We're going on at 11. At that stage people there will probably have trouble counting to four.

(But they probably know how to feel it.)

Anyway, some of you asked for details, so I'll add the poster. We'll do originals, plus covers by Social Distortion, Papa Roach, The Who, Alice in Chains, Jet, Sixx get the's gonna be loud. Someone's threatening to record it. I'll let you know.

Double-anyway. Onto something you may actually be interested in: I have a few early copies of Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls! Next week I will post a giveaway contest...or maybe not a contest but something. So check back here next Sunday (I won't be late, promise), and we'll figure out how to give a couple of you faithful followers a copy of the new book.

Until then, count to twelve for me!


GwyMaLaur said...

that is the best idea ever!!!!!!i am so going to enter!!!
that would be so cool if i won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ok srry have a sammy attack for a sec!
anyway great post i really enjoyed it and it's totally cool!
i can never post on time either!
haha ok well got to run so bye ;)

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Sammy attacks are awesome! Thank you :-)

Alexa said...

O....M....G! Whatever it is I have to enter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha sorry, im gettin' a bit excited here.

And, wow, did you read my mind when you posted this?? i have been having SUCH a hard time battling stress! First year of high school. Even though I'm homeschooled it's STILL crazy! and i have to get used to having teachers (I take online classes so I actually have teachers). And I can get so stressed out! but i just gotta count to ten (or twelve) and remind myself to calm down. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But...oh well! Great post :)!

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Alexa--I think it would be very hard to do on-line schoolwork. I hope you find a good balance. Hang in there! See you next Sunday. (It's going to be something easy, promise -- no stress or cramming for a Sammy Keyes test :-))

GwyMaLaur said...

btw : how many book are being given away?

NakimandEmustan said...

I am so excited <3 I just found your blog today (which apparently was the perfect time to find it.) I am obsessed with Sammy Keyes <3 I'm definitely entering :D

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

GML: I have three copies (of the actual book).

NE: Welcome aboard! And my compliments to your timing abilities :)

Norma said...

Isn't stress always there when you really, really don't need it? Still, I'm glad the baby shower worked out okay. As for the giveaway, OMG!!!!! You're awesome, Wendelin!

Anonymous said...

my friend Kat aka nakimandemustan -Hey kat!- told me she found this blog last night,this is really awesome. Im gonna try and enter the contest too. Love your books- i read them all the time as a kid. still reading them as they come out. ill be following this blog from now on =] -- Tim

Shaina said...

Stress! I am a master at it. [Thank goodness for a calm, cool husband] As for posting on time, I just don't have a set time that I post--it helps with the ole stress. I'm glad other people (like you) have a schedule though, because then I know when to check your blog! :) I enjoy your blog. and your books. Yay for contests!

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Welcome aboard, newbies :-) I think it's cool that there's such a mixture of people stopping by here. And that we all love Sammy :). Ya'll are the reason I do the weekly entry. It's nice to "visit" with you, which is why I don't like to show up late :-) See you soon!

GwyMaLaur said...


bookworm said...

So so SO so so so SO so so so so EXCITED now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely enter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eleanor said...

Wish i could go to your Show... but doing stuff and it's 21+? Whaaaat? oh well....

AbaGayleb said...

I will enter any contests for that book!
Haha [:

Stefunny said...

Free copies :)

But actually my dad was really sweet and pre-ordered the book for me just a few hours before he was to go into surgery to have a cancerous tumor on his kidney removed.

Does my dad love me or what?

P.S. the surgery went really well and he gets to keep 98% of his kidney :)

stuckinmexicogirl said...

So excited for a chance to get an early copy!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D Hope you do well at your gig!!!!

frances said...

A contest?


I doubt i'd win, though. I feel like that all the time. but still this is really cool, and once again, i am late with my comment, so I doubt you'll read mine because there are like 17 before it.

yuseyz said...

alexa i homeschooled in 6th grade and i didnt really like it. it bored me to death. im back in public school now sos im happy but good luck!