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Home from New York


I got home from New York two days ago and only now feel like I’m mostly recovered. It was a big trip emotionally and even though it was amazing, it was also exhausting. I had a terrible cold while I was there and it took a lot of work to ignore it in the face of so many exciting things happening. I also overextended as usual and tried to see about twenty different friends in the space of three days. All in all, it was an incredible trip, but I pretty much barely made it home and have practically been in bed ever since.

Thank you to everyone who left comments on my last post. I read every single blog comment and Facebook message and got teared up every time. I can’t imagine how annoying it must be to keep hearing about this book that you can’t even buy yet, so I really appreciate your hanging in there with me until it’s actually available. February 2 is finally beginning to seem a little closer, although I’d be lying if I said I’m not pretending to be patient about it.

This week brings its usual roster of seemingly endless appointments and events, but I’m feeling a sense of rejuvenation following my New York trip. There’s actually quite a lot to do before the book hits and I need to buckle down and begin working hard to make sure things are in place by the time it all happens. I’ve got several fun writing assignments for various publications to work on, lots of work on my second book, my practice to attend to (I have clients!), and general momness to immerse myself in.

I cannot believe the holidays are about to happen. We bought tickets yesterday to go back to Ohio for Christmas and this morning I took Vera to Target and couldn’t get over the sheer amount of Christmas stuff everywhere. We’re going to be hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year and I’m so excited about it. Some of my favorite Thanksgiving memories are from ones spent in California so I’m really excited to be spending it here. Simply impossible that it’s only weeks away though.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Thank you again for all the kind words and support this past week. It really means so much.



  1. Congratulations on the success of your book. You may think it premature, as it isn’t even on sale yet, but B&N probably know a thing or two about the business. In today’s world, with its minute division of labor, where each person contributes only a tiny part to a product, you have the rare privilege as a writer, of crafting a finished piece. Even Henry Ford could not point to a car and say “I made that.” I know that satisfaction. I have selected a tree in my 150 acres of tropical rainforest, carefully felled it to spare the smaller trees, milled it to slabs on site, dried the slabs for maybe 5-8 years, then crafted tables and sold them myself at markets. I am totally responsible for the table from raw material to finished product.
    You have been treated to several days of well deserved ego-strokes to compensate for a writer’s long periods of doubt and rejection. You should not be embarrassed to revel in it. But long after the glow of great praise has faded, you will still have that deep satisfaction of having created something of value. Enjoy.

    Comment by Paul Tredgett on November 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  2. Hi Claire. I have been reading your blog since you first landed in Chicago, and I am so glad to hear these long-held dreams of yours bear fruit. You deserve it. I am now a 23 year old bartender, aspiring writer myself, and knowing we didn’t start out in such different circumstances gives me hope. Looking forward to buying your book, and maybe seeing you promote it when you come to Australia. Congratulations!

    Comment by Rachel on November 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

  3. Back here in rainy Chicago and still cheering you on. Not annoying at all! I also loved your last post about how you were in NY hoping and now just years later it is all coming together. Such an awesome story. You’re an inspiration to writers everywhere. Feel better!

    Comment by Helene on November 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

  4. where in Ohio will you be? Maybe we can all get together!

    Comment by Abby A on November 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  5. Hi Abby,

    We’ll be in Cleveland and Norwalk. I think it’s going to be a pretty packed trip though! Hope you and baby are doing well!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  6. Thanks so much, Helene!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  7. Aw, thanks Rachel! Can’t wait to meet you in Australia!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  8. Thank you so much, Paul!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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