Life has funny timing sometimes

The day after I spend almost my entire day writing a long entry about my insecurities, the UPS guy delivers the hugest confidence-booster and ability-affirmer I’ve gotten in a long time.


It’s the textbook I wrote a chapter for, a long long time ago! I just got paid for it earlier this week, and I was wondering whether they were going to send me a copy of the book as well, but here it is!

Look how excited I can’t help being. It’s my name in the table of contents!

The struggle to finish this chapter happened such a long time ago, and all the annoying subsequent edits did too, I’d almost forgotten about it all. I didn’t think I’d be so pleased when the thing was finally published, but I really am.

And look, it’s my chapter!!!

How wild is that??

It’s a very pretty book, very readable and they did a great job with the pictures and type and everything. I can’t wait to sit down with it and reread my chapter (which I hardly remember anymore), and read all the other contributors’ work too. I’m the only grad student and only non-published person who wrote a chapter. It’s so crazy.

I was so excited to see my book, I jumped around and took pictors of the kitties too. I really kind of pounced on them. They’re so shocked:

This chapter was never meant to be a big deal; both my advisor and the editor told me this kind of work counts for almost nothing on the CV (it’s not original research), and I think full-time scholars (like profs and advanced grad students) do this sort of thing as a matter of course. But STILL! I’m published in a BOOK! However low this may be on the academic scale of accomplishments, it’s still very affirming for me. I’m so pleased.

Oh, and if you are interested, I received $200 for my contribution. They warned me it would be measly. I am going to blow half of it this weekend on Pure Bliss!

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at]


18 responses to “Life has funny timing sometimes

  1. Wow

    I am very impressed. You should be so proud of yourself. And who cares if academic bigwigs think it’s not such a CV booster – how many people in the world can say they’ve been published in a textbook? I’m thinking not that many. I also thought about your last entry – parents are funny that way. They can make you doubt yourself with the slightest of words, even when you feel that you are capable of doing something that you put your mind to. From my perspective, you seem very accomplished. I really admired your ability to invest time into the different activities you wrote about starting at Berkeley, including the dance classes and delicious cooking/baking. Handling the various demands of living on your own in college, and progressing to a rather independent life as a graduate student far from home is no easy task. Anyway, enjoy your time at the spa; it’s certainly well-deserved!

    • Re: Wow

      Thank you, Lauren. 🙂 I really appreciate your comments and your support! I have to say I agree — it doesn’t really matter whether other people think this is an accomplishment, because it just makes me so giddy to see my name in a book. 🙂 A HARDCOVER book! 🙂

      Hope you’re well.

  2. bring it home next time

    So I can read it! 😀 I am so excited for you. I was then, and I’m even more excited now. I’m sure the kitties are happy for you too. Make sure you save your other $100 for later! :]


    • Re: bring it home next time

      Hee. I will definitely bring it home. I reread the chapter after posting in my journal and I quite like it. 🙂

  3. That’s so cool. It’s always nice to see our work recognized. I can now say I know a published author:) See you Friday:)


  4. Congratulations!

    Lisa-good for you! I want to read your chapter…I remember when you were doing it. Enjoy your bliss-out.

    Love, Heather

    • Re: Congratulations!

      Hi Heather! Thank you. 🙂 Next time we have some kind of get-together I will definitely bring the book. I reread the chapter yesterday and it’s not half bad!

      Enjoy Paris!!

    • Hee, thank you for the love ^_^

      I think we should be able to come and see you! 🙂 So far I don’t think we have any plans for that weekend. What are you going to be up to there?

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