The Book…Is Done.

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Well, I can’t believe I actually did it.  The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness book…is finally done.

*Ride of the Valkyries theme*

Done donedonedonedone, Done donedonedonedone, Done donedonedooooooone…

Or at least, the first draft of it is done.  The first 100 pages have received rave reviews from agent and editor, now the rest has been sent off, and I await the feedback.  There will, doubtless, be rewriting required, or trimming, or whatever it is that they do to make a book bloom into existence.  I’m learning it all as I go along.

The completion of the first draft also means that they can move ahead in movie talks, and begin to formulate a screenplay.  I hear there are some brilliant screenwriters eager to come on board, who wrote a fantastic script that made its way onto the 2009 Hollywood Blacklist last year.  Contrary to my gut reaction, it has nothing to do with the McCarthy Era, but is instead a prestigious list of the most liked, as of yet unproduced, screenplays in Hollywood for that year.  Basically, they’re the ones considered on the shortlist to be snapped up and spun into Oscar bait.

So, that’s all exciting.  Although, I must keep in mind, the movie thing could go absolutely nowhere.  Always best not to count your chickens, and such and stuff.

But, the point is, I’ve finished the first draft of the book and I’m very pleased.  Now I can get back to focusing on important stuff like updating my blog more, creating my new network of other websites, and figuring out what to do next with my life.

As always, I greatly adore the readers who put up with me.  *Mwah!*



  1. Woohoo! Finishing a book MS is always exhilarating, and more so when it’s your first one. Hope you’re celebrating properly!

  2. Thank you! Wow, I can’t believe anybody else is up at nearly 4 a.m. :) I DO need to think of some way to celebrate properly. For now though, I’m just sitting awake wide-eyed, unable to sleep for freaking out!

  3. Congrats Bri! Knew you could do it!

  4. Vicki Day says:

    This is your mother speaking …….

    Load up Kermit and hit the beach with Fezzik and have some sun on your face, wind in your hair and just de stress and then next project …….

    Knew you could do it honey xxxx

  5. You got it, “mom”! Though I’ll need a large, glamorous hat to avoid the sun on my face – however else will I retain my delicate, pale, honorary British complexion? ;)

  6. Add me to the list of folks offering you a big congrats!

    As for counting chickens…

    Will a cyber-chicken meal with all the trimmings do? Or, would you prefer a cyber-box of chocolates instead?

    - m -

  7. Cyber-chicken sounds awesome. How are you, my friend?

  8. Congratulations!!

    I worked for many years as the personal editor to a much-published author and I know the thrill of sending your completed “baby” off to the publisher! And although there will still be work to be done, this is such a huge step!

    I wish you the very best in this and all things! :)

    To quote an old ad campaign — “you’ve come a long way, baby!”

  9. That’s so wonderful! I know how hard it is to write a book. Kudos to you! You are one talented girl!

  10. Delurking to say….how exciting for you! Congratulations! Woooo!

  11. Bri,

    I’m so happy that you accomplished this milestone! So strange how so much can change is such a small amount of time. I agree with Vicki Day above, take some time to relax, reflect, and recharge. You deserve it!

    Think of the personal (and remote) connections you’ve made just through your site, then your media appearances…now imagine how many more connections you’ll make when you’re published…and then a film!?

    You are living proof that one person can affect change in the world by following your heart and being true to yourself. Whether you like it or not, you’re role model material my friend so be prepared;)

    Congrats again Bri!

  12. Yay, you!

  13. When can we buy our copies? I can hardly wait!!

  14. Okay… a cyber-chicken meal it is… *hands a cyber-chicken meal to Bri*

    And, I’m doing well… just busy.

    - m -

  15. Congratulations on this step and good luck with a film! The indie film I worked on almost three years ago is finally coming out. It takes time. :)

  16. Soooo psyched that the book is done (well the first draft anyway)…that’s one step closer to my living room with a cup of tea!! Can’t wait to buy your book and congrats Bri!!!!

  17. Thank you all, so very much! :) As for when copies will be available; I believe they’re aiming for Fall 2011, so there’ll be just a bit of a wait ;)


  18. Michele says:

    Great news! BTW… who would you want to play you in the movie? (Besides You – and no it does not hurt to dream!)

  19. dani v. says:

    I, and my daughter, did something similiar, but we chose to do it. We could either go on paying rent or pay our creditors, and in the summer of 2001 we chose the creditors (my son, who had been living with us, had decided to quit his high-paying job in the Silicone Valley and went to college in another state). We left our rental early in September of 2001 and arrived in Montana (from CA) on Sept. 10 to housesit through the winter. Everthing changed the next day. We found ourselves back in CA and rented a room for awhile, and then knew we needed to go hardcore and live out of our car in order to really whack away at our debt. We camped (which is 1/2 off for those who are disabled, which we are, although it is not outwardly obvious) and housesat. We did this until March of 2007 and endured a sackfull of experiences, when that was, mercifully, ended by God. I’m thinking of the movie, “The Mission” with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons, where Irons cuts off DeNiro’s sackfull of carnage he is carrying up a cliff for pentince for killing his brother, when our self-inflicted ordeal ended and God did the same for us. We have spent the past 2-1/2 years living rent-free with utilities paid, along with free DirecTV – so we get GOD TV! One of the funnier experiences that stands out was when my daughter went to the bathroom after 11 pm, at a campground where we were the only ones there, and then came back to our car to get me. She said, “This is right out of a horror movie. It is foggy, we are the only ones here, and I am all alone going to the bathroom late at night. Who does that in the real world?!” So, we got knives and went together, without incident. There were many harrassments by the rangers and police in the Central Valley, with one even telling us, at 2 am, that it was illegal to sleep in one’s car in a campground. I burst out laughing, which he didn’t appreciate, but he got reported the next day to his superior. Another one thought, for sure, that we were fleeing a “domestic violence situation”, due to us sleeping in our car, and another one thought we were drug runners! Some of the house/petsitting stories are beyond belief and crack many a person up when we tell them. We are still in debt, due to an older car and medical/dental expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, but still whacking away at it. The biggest lesson learned: we really are just passing thorough – this is not our home and we should not get too comfortable here. It is all about Jesus and His love for us, his grace and mercy, and about “setting the prisoners free – those living in bondage to self and sins inflicted by others onto them.” Dani

  20. charlene says:

    You go girl! You are an inspiration to all of us that are struggling! SO happy that things have turned around for you and having success. I really think that you are changing people’s attitude about the homeless. And that will hopefully bring more people out to help those that need it. Thanks Bri!

  21. MotherLodeBeth says:

    Am always inpressed when someone has written something actually worth reading, gets published. Dont know you personally but love your writings so much. Congrats.

  22. I think your blog is great. I look forward to your book. I sent you an email with some additional comments.


  23. So happy for you and this new success. There is something incredible beautiful about our lives. And for us to come our of it and write books and be so filled with love. Please let me know when it is released.

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