Monday, March 24, 2008

Great Excitement!


Check out the this month's issue of National Geographic to see my very first published article!! (Career plan: 1. Debut at the biggest magazine in the world. 2. Proceed downhill.) I wrote a riveting one-page story about the history of chewing gum that appears in the front section of the magazine. Buy a copy if you can--let's show 'em the ol' Daddy Likey sales bump!

There is a small caveat to this Greatest News of My Life. Apparently, different areas of the country receive slightly different versions of National Geographic. Apparently, some of these versions are slightly shorter than the others, as in, a small chunk of of the front section has been omitted. Apparently, my story is sometimes in this omitted chunk. And apparently, Oregon received a hell of a lot of these Winona-free versions, meaning that, before I had a chance to update them, my friends and family roughed up the staff at several bookstores, accusing them of censorship for ripping the best gum article EVER (their words, not mine) out of every single copy on the shelves. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the employees of Powell's, Borders, Barnes&Noble, etc., etc., etc...

Luckily I received a complete copy that I've been carrying around and constantly dropping open in public places to reveal my article, then feigning surprise and squealing, "What's that? Who wrote that? Oh, I DID! Eeeeeeepp!"

Yep, it's poise and professionalism all the way.

UPDATE: I've now heard from many readers in many different places that aren't Oregon who have indeed found my article, and this is giving me even more great excitement! Perhaps Oregon has a specific but little known moratorium on gum articles? I'll have to check on that. In any case, thanks so much for all the support--you guys are seriously the best.

37 comments:

Queen Michelle said...

OMG well done!!!! You are so on your way to becoming a famed writer dearest Lady W!

Sucker For Marketing said...

That is the coolest thing I have read about so far today! Congrats!

bekah said...

WWWOOOOOOOO!
good job! that's so amazing I want to get a copy...I wonder if your gum article will be in ones in canada..I hope so.
ps I just thought of a very bad catchphrase for you
"keep it on the DL" (DL for Daddy Likey, not downlow..get the play on words? ooh I'm pro-nawwwt).

ONEDIA said...

Congratulations Miss Professional Writer.

echidna girl said...

Congratulations! Way to go!

Lady Language said...

Congratulations...it is well deserved and I hope it launches a thousand more!

tricia of bitsandbobbins.com said...

that's freakin' awesome. it's in my copy (i subscribe!)! i just dashed across the house to check. so impressed! congrats!

Mandy said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more after your bubblegum beginnings. :)

Anonymous said...

BEEEEEEEBE!

Casey said...

Congrats! I love your writing style, and its the reason I visit your blog. When can I buy your book?

WendyB said...

Congrats!

OIJOY PHOTO - the blog said...

NG? what an exciting beginning, can't wait to read it.

Chocoholic said...

Congratulations! I subscribe to NG so I'll check my issue as soon as it comes for your article.

Kori said...

HOORAY + CONGRATULATIONS + YOU'RE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm psyched to see your article! Is it available online at all?

Bouncing Evil Ginner said...

Wow, congratulations!! That's pretty damn big!!

ambika said...

Congrats! I'll have to try to track down a copy.

Kaume'alani said...

Ooo congratulations!

K.Line said...

Fantastic. Good for you! K

lisa said...

Congratulations!!!

susie_bubble said...

Congrats... can't wait to read it!

daddylikeyblog said...

Eeeeppp! Thanks SO much for all the congrats and encouragement--I have a huge cybercrush on all of you!

Bekah--Aaahhh! Keep it on the DL! I LOVE IT and will surely make use of it soon--maybe I need some new business cards?

Kori--I don't think the smaller articles are available online, unfortunately.

Casey--Thanks, babe! A few months ago, I made a goal of writing a book by age 25, which hasn't made me write any more, but has made frequently scold myself for my lack of progress and then comfort myself with cheese curls. It's not the healthiest of cycles...

Rowena said...

Oo - that's very impressive!

Isabel said...

Fucking National Geographic? That's amazing! Congrats!!!

verbalcroquis said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Robin said...

Fame and fortune! Wow!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Do we get to hear the how-it-happened story?

ms. spinach said...

omg! yay!

Susie said...

Exciting! =D I will definitely go buy it to read! I think this is my first comment on this blog everr, but I've been reading for awhile. I really love your fashion (and other) humor, so thank you for writing.

Penny said...

congrats! so buying a UK copy if your article's in there!

Pamcasso said...

Congratulations! Now people will have an article of your hoarded for many years! (Honestly, I got sooo mad at my dad when he decided to get rid of a bunch of old national geographics)

-h of candid cool said...

that's so cool!

amyliz said...

Actually an entire page in those little front sections of National Geographic is not half bad-anyway, congratulations! I'll have to go look for it in the bookstore I work in tomorrow.

Henry said...

Hmmm, your career plan is eerily similar to mine, except I prefer the 1. get linked to on DaddyLikey 2. Proceed uphill.

Well done Winona, I'll have to pick up a copy at my local newstand!

Gala said...

You are brilliant, good job! xxxx

Andrea said...

OMGOMGOMG!

I was at the dermatologist's office this morning, and I spied a copy of National Geographic. I searched frantically for your article but sadly it was absent (I live in Houston).

However! As a National Geographic subscriber (cool, I know), I figured I would shortly be receiving a full and complete issue, including your article...

And I was RIGHT!

(And I was way too excited about seeing an article written by someone I've never met, I assure you.)

MizzJ said...

Congrats on the publishing!! I"ll have to check my latest issue of NG :)

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