So much new. So much excitement.
The past 24 hours have made me constantly smile. Not something I have been doing a lot of the past few months, quite frankly.
Today I awoke completely bright-eyed. After a fitful night's sleep, I eagerly jumped out of my leopard print snuggie and into the shower. Today was the day! I couldn't help, but belt "Don't Rain on my Parade" in between my usual lather, rinse, and repeat cycle. Oh, bliss.
I donned a pair of sleek grey slacks from New York and Company.
My trusty pair of black heels and purple scarf completed my professional ensemble. I was ready in 25 minutes despite the hour I had allotted myself. I left my apartment with ample time to spare. This was mostly due to a lack of sleep/anxiety about not being able to find this place. With my mapquest directions in hand, I jumped into my (er Sam's) Yaris. RIP little Camry.
John Mayer did an excellent job of calming my nerves as I ventured toward Mustang, Oklahoma. Have you ever noticed that there really isn't that much to notice in Oklahoma?
Forty minutes later, I arrived. Funny. I was 40 minutes early. To avoid any embarrassment of being spotted in the parking lot,
I took a little detour around the small, quaint town. I quickly found a Wal-Mart and decided to get something for my lunch, like a true grown-up at work. I finally made my way back.
Tate Publishing and Enterprises.
My boss soon met me at the front desk and gave me the grand tour. She didn't seem to hear my heart beating wildly, or at least she pretended not to notice. We went through several offices. All the while, the grand process of publishing books was being explained. I caught glimpses. I tried to soak in as much as Kalyn was pouring out.
I entered several rooms with 10-15 individuals frantically working behind computer screens. Lucky for me, I'm not shy, for Kalyn proceeded to introduce me to the entire room. Conceptual editors, copy editors, illustrators, multimedia, and marketing departments. Besides concentrating on not tripping, I was truly engrossed in the whole place, the people, the process.
This is where books HAPPEN.
This is where great literature comes to life.
I couldn't help but smile.
My status as the newbie intern currently involves filing COA forms in some rather uncooperative drawers. Other tasks will come. My knicked thumbs will appreciate the break. Honestly, it doesn't matter what my future responsibilities entail. I just love being there! Obviously, I want to learn as much as possible... and that will come. :)
I am so relieved, so excited about my future in the publishing industry.
It's all just so new! (Including this blog. Eek!)