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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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I'm In...

Sleep Is
For The Weak

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At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it.

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Monday
Feb142011

T minus fifteen

No way has it been twelve days since the last time I posted. Stop lying to me, blog.

Speaking of days-since-or-until-whatever, in fifteen days our book comes out. Fifteen. Five. Plus teen. TWO WEEKS AND A DAY. I am both excited and also I feel like I might throw up, a lot, at any given moment. Which partially explains why I haven't been posting as regularly as I prefer. When I'm not fighting the throw-up urge I'm emailing people and shamelessly pimping out the book on Twitter. So far everyone's been exceedingly tolerant, but I expect they'll grow tired of me eventually.

So! Have you pre-ordered your copy? (That's an affiliate link, by the way. Which means I get, I don't know, .02 cents for every order? Unclear.) Of course you've pre-ordered! What a silly question. I can't believe I even asked. Please forgive me.

So we've been awfully busy doing I'm not sure what. Running in circles? Planning stuff? Fretting? At any rate, I am now, tonight, Valentine's Evening, so tired I could cry. And listen--I'm not going to lie to you, I've had some wine. I think this means I'm officially drunk-blogging. It's my first time! Okay, I'm not drunk. But definitely a little tipsy, whether from the half-glass of wine I had (Melissa is rolling her eyes so hard right now) or the possibly terminal exhaustion.

Have you seen what Scott did, to promote the book? He created this book trailer, is what. (Yes, writers have "book trailers," now. Like it's not enough we wrote a book. We also have to make a movie.) Scott's a film editor by trade, so it was very convenient that I married him. When Eden and I told him we wanted his help creating an educational filmstrip about the book, he was all, "Allow me." And we were like, "Do you want a script?" And he went, "No I do not. Do not worry your little heads over a script, for I have Ideas." Then he went ahead and did this. We had almost nothing to do with it. This, you guys, is a work of art. You can't imagine how much work went into it. Try and imagine it. WRONG. More.

Maybe I had an entire glass of wine? Anyway, here you go:

Pretty amazing, right?

Some people who watched it had questions. Like so:

Q.: Who did the narration?
A.: If you don't get it right away, then the photo at the very end should provide a really obvious clue. If you still don't get it, ask a friendly grown-up!

Q: Wow, who'd you get to do that impersonation?
A: That's not an impersonation. That's the real deal.

Q: Huh? But how...but...where did you find that audio clip?
A: There was no single audio clip, my adorable friend; there were countless clips, some of them one word long, which my husband manipulated expertly, as is his way.

Q: Why is Scott not a ridiculously famous film editor like that Thelma whatshername who edits all of Marty Scorcese's films? And by the way I call him Marty because we're close friends.
A: I ask myself that constantly, Friend of Marty. I believe it'll happen soon enough. 

Reader Comments (54)

NOT pretty amazing...FUCKING amazing. Brilliant. LOVE IT.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

That is the coolest education film strip I have ever seen about babies. And so true!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPolly Scott

I think I betray my age (and the fact that I'm a mom to a 3yo who loves the Muppets) when I say that it is only just now, thanks to you, that I realize that the famous director at the end of The Muppet Movie is Orson Welles.

So, um, thank you for that.

I am also a new mom to a 2month old baby, so I may need to go order your book now. So I can panic about him.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy

Wow, that was all sorts of awesome, Scott.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlippyO

The whole thing was fantastic, but I particularly loved the picture of the woman breastfeeding next to a candelabra. Yep, that's pretty much exactly how I remember it being. ha ha ha ha...

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Really? It's genius. I could have watched it all day.

Fabulous job, Finslippy team!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTorrey

Great fabulous trailer! Orson Wells,wow, is he a close friend? or are you paying him?
can't wait to read the book :)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFadia Berberi

That is fantastic. *ping*
The filmstrip just brought me back to 4th grade. *ping*

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Apparently I'm the last person to know about your blog, but I'm glad to have found it. Love it! And I'm looking forward to reading the book. :) The trailer, by the way, is fabulous!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTater Tales

I have an advance copy of your book from the amazon.com vine program, and I have to say that it's pretty hysterical. You and Eden did a great job. I can't imagine it won't be very popular.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

My first thought was, "Brilliant!" but that adjective was used already, so I consulted my handy dandy online thesaurus and came up with some alternative adjectives to describe that masterpiece:

incandescent WAIT--I reserve that one for Mrs. Darcy's exclusive use. Let me try again...
effulgent Hold up, now. That sounds like an intestinal blockage
scintillating?
resplendent?
dazzling?
Yes. All of that with a heaping bunch of brilliant.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWombat Central

The trailer is brilliant! Congratulations on the book and good luck! Can't wait to read it.

- Karla

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

freakin' amazing! best wishes on the book's arrival.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

If I didn't already have 2 kids, I would be scared into total peace and freedom (no kids) after watching that trailer!

Best of luck with the launch!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Armstrong

I forgot about the filmstrips in grade school with the beeps and eventual teacher confusion and frantic scrolling. Brilliant!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Good luck with your book! We're rooting for you!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaternity tee girl

Total genius. Can Scott do a trailer for the academic book I just published?

OK I am ordering one for my sis-in-law who is due in a couple of weeks. Just reassure me that there's nothing in it that would traumatize someone who has actually had a baby, um, not make it. She has a sense of humor, but not about that.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Sweet holy crap - that is spectacular. Absolutely cannot wait to gift the book to my friends who were due to give birth yesterday and are generally displeased with the hell that their unborn is currently wreaking on their souls. Brava!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I am..........blown away by that trailer. Amazing.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

It's late and I'm a little bored and my favorite bloggers haven't updated, so I went and read old Finslippy entries, but just the ones labeled "my husband". Not only were they amusing, but the heading was amusing (to me) - "Entries in My husband (15)"

Other bored Finslippy readers, you're welcome.

By the way, we rescued a cat recently whose name is Slippy. I thought of making a fin for him. Maybe he could then have a popular blog. And perhaps eventually, a book deal.

Told you I was bored. You'd think I'd write in my own blog at these times, but again, you'd be wrong.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlippyO

I really, really, really enjoyed that trailer! A lot! It's like a movie or TV show that ended too soon. The title is fun, too. I found your blog from SuzRocks. So glad I did! I love funny blogs AND funny books!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Seriously kickass awesome!

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February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhealthy life is easy

LOVE this - amazing editing on the voice over, I thought it had to be an impersonator since it was so specialized. So good!!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Whoa, dudes. That there is the best darn booky-wook-trailer I done ever did see.

Matterafact, it's the only one I ever done did see.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pond

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