bad mommy moments: the book!

by ck on October 24, 2012

I was struggling up a super steep hill in San Francisco last week (a pathetic sight, let me tell you) when I got this text from my mom:

I got all dizzy inside. And excited. And anxious. (And was also completely out of breath, though that probably had nothing to do with her text, and everything to do with the hills.) Because my mom was talking about my book. My book. MY BOOK! The last six years of writing during naptimes and time-outs, all edited, bound and weighing in at .85 lbs and 5×8 inches.

Isn't she beautiful? (I think she looks like me.)


I tried to come up with a clever way to announce it, but it’s impossible. I’m too excited and tired and still a little dazed. (It was pretty much the longest labor ever.) So here’s the back cover instead:

This is it. This is the dream I’ve been chasing for the last six years. A book that charts the humorous and emotional journey of new motherhood. It’s designed to cater to the time constraints of new moms, with short vignettes and graphics that can be read in any order, making them ideal for quick breastfeeding breaks, or hiding from kids in the bathroom. Or, for a mom with more time, the book can be read straight through; all of the individual pieces connecting as a whole.

Here are some of my favorite graphics:

Illustrated by Beautiful Rust • Layout by Moka Graphics

Photos by ZonaFoto & • Design by Mike Kane

Design by Beautiful Rust

It’s here. It’s really here. I still can’t believe it.

It’s funny how dreams work. My whole life I’ve thought they were something I’d accomplish alone–in writerly quiet–and present to the world when I was finished. But in the 6 years I’ve spent working on this book I’ve learned that my dreams are actually loud, messy, claustrophobic, and filled with family and friends who span my life from preschool to present day.

Thank you to everyone who loved me, supported me, and created this book with me. Thank you to everyone reading this post right now, sharing in my excitement. And thank you to everyone who reads my book and passes it along. Thank you for helping my dreams come true.



Release Date: November 13th
Price: $10.08 (random, I know. I’m matching Barns and Noble)
Pre-Order: My site (I’ll sign it, inscribe it, and throw in some bookmarks) or on Barnes & Noble
Ebooks available now! (created by Possibilities Publishing): Amazon or Smashwords

CHECK OUT THE BOOK SITE         •         READ A SAMPLE         •          PRE-ORDER A COPY



Corinn October 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

Eeeeeek!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! I will be buying as soon as I can get to a desk top! It will be amazing! Congrats on the birth of your fourth daughter! (The book has to be a girl since it took so long for its arrival)

Sincere congrats again CK!

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thank you, Corinn!

(And she was totally worth the wait–like all girls always are. :)

jessica October 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

Such fabulous news CK! I think i just got some of my Christmas shopping done…

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

Thanks, Jessica!

And yay for stocking stuffers!

cginsberg October 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congrats! We are so excited for you!

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

Thanks, Caryn! (And now you’re in print, too! :)

MsBurns October 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’m SO SO SO excited for and proud of you!

And I’m totally going to name drop you….and put your books in prominent places in bookstores.

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

YES! Do you think we can just drop them off when no one is looking?

Kate October 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

She’s beautiful! Now, don’t forget to rest, drink plenty of water, and sleep when the book is sleeping.

Seriously, congratulations!

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

Thanks so much, Kate!

(And now that she’s actually home she’s been sleeping through the nights. Only took six years!)

Gigi October 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! Now, I’m going to go ask one of my friends to get knocked up so I can buy her your book (and one for me, of course.)

ck October 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hahahahaha! Tell her to get on that posthaste!

Cynthia October 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Congrats! Can I get a signed copy sent to Canada?

ck October 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

Of course! Shipping to Canada is a little more expensive, though (It’s $6). If you’re okay with that, then shoot me an email and I can send you an invoice for the book.

Thank you!!

Fie Upon This Quiet Life October 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

Wow. That is amazing! Congratulations!

ck October 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thanks, Fie!

Veronica October 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

Ooooooh! EXCITING! Well done you!

I’ll preorder, if you can ship internationally?

ck October 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thank you!

And I’m happy to ship internationally! Email me your address and I’ll check the cost at the post office on Monday.

Tiffany October 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’m so incredibly happy for you. I’m three chapters in and can’t wait to promote in on my blog…hopefully this Friday!!! :) xoxo Couldn’t be happier…

Hope I get to meet you and have it signed in person someday!!

ck October 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thank you, Tiffany!

(Let me know if you’d like to give one away. I’d be happy to ship one out to whomever you’d like. :)

ck October 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

And PS: I hope we get to meet someday, too!

The other CK October 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thrilled for you! Hope you are celebrating this accomplishment a LOT! xo

Jess in DC October 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

A-MA-ZING! I’m sooooooooooooo excited for you, dear friend!

naptimewriting November 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Just got my copy and I’m so excited! Hooray for making dreams come true! Off to count up the moms on my gift list and to preorder…

Huzzah, wonderful lady!

Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri November 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I am late to this conversation, but wanted to extend my congratulations. So excited for you and now I am off to order the book! High five girl!

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