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November 04, 2013


Liz Lemon

Great post Shannon. Don't miss the real magic.

Emily G

When I'm potty training, nothing is more at the forefront of my brain....and I don't have twins. Best of luck!


Love to you Shannon. I love reading your books and knowing you're in the mommy trenches as well. I love sharing your books with my kiddos.


You know, I find that idea extremely comforting, because I do so much want to be published, and while I know I'll be so proud and excited when it happens, I'm always afraid about what will change and how I'll have to adapt. But this makes me feel so much better. The fact that making a movie or publishing a book doesn't change the important things.
And god luck with potty training. I have a nephew in the same situation which means I am no where near the same situation, but I at least know enough to sympathize, even if I can't empathize.


Great reminder. I'm one of those authors still waiting for publication, and the closer I get, the more I hear that it won't fundamentally change things, either. I, for one, adored your movie. :) It was hilarious, and my girlfriends and I laughed ourselves silly. :)


I love that your family seems to always be in the forefront of your mind. After all, it's all the experiences you have with them which adds to your writing, don't you think?


I love your books, have to add about potty training. I , too, potty trained twins. One was psychologically ready but physically not, the other was the reverse. I spent a year potty training them. Compared to the three concentrated weeks for my first, it was a nightmare. That is why my daughter potty trained herself.

Tiffany L.

Potty training mixed with film making! What a great post. A good reminder to all of us who are trying to get that elusive publication or artistic jump-start. If we're not happy now, doing what we're doing, no hardcover book or film is going to change our lives.

Potty training, however, THAT changes lives. I consider having potty trained my four boys one of my greatest achievements. Good luck--I so admire your writing, and the real perspective you give on motherhood mixed with career.

Heather C.

I love this perspective, particularly how you reaffirm that family really is the core of life and the most important thing no matter how many other activities and accomplishments we may pursue in life. I love Austenland and owning it on DVD is tops on my Christmas list- for myself and a few others. Do you have any idea when it might be realeased?


Oh my! I potty-trained twins (they're 4 1/2 now, night time is still a bit tricky for the boy, but he's only had two accidents this month!!! Just. About. Done.), and that was all I ever thought about! "It's been 10 minutes, how about we try again?" or "Mommy! I gotta go potty!" And the other chiming in right after, "Me, too!" and racing to the potty... Bless you! It gets better. Do you know when the movie will be released to DVD? I wanted SO BADLY to see it in the theater, but the one weekend it was somewhat close didn't work out. :( I was really bummed.


I loved the movie. My daughter and I laughed all the way through it, we laughed until we cried. I'm picking it up when it comes out on video. It's a keeper. good luck with the potty training.


I love that you always keep things in perspective. It's really true. Success in a career does not necessarily mean true happiness... I think a lot of people get too caught up in careers... Sometimes I think I do to, and I don't even have one yet. :S

Bonnie Bryner

Real life, this is the magic! I love that line! May I quote you?

Audry T.

That sounds about right, when it comes to writers. Here in L.A., it's mostly the same. Sometimes the money is pretty good if you're writing a big-budget feature, but aside from that, people here have normal lives and families and obligations. No one recognizes them in grocery stores or stalks them (like paparazzi), for the most part. A few are affected by face recognition when they're famous enough, but being a writer is a great way to NOT have your life radically altered by being in the film industry. And I think many of us prefer it that way. :-)

Shannon Bruchal

I sure wish the movie was being shown in more theaters. With such a limited release, I won't see it till February, when it comes out on DVD and netflix, etc. I hope I can wait that long...Maybe there will be a Midnight in Austenland movie too! :)

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