You'll see it at the Oscars, of course. I'd wager it happens any time somebody gives an acceptance speech.
You forget to thank somebody.
And so it is that, when I wrote my acknowledgments for The Troubles of Johnny Cannon, I forgot a few people.
Actually, that's not entirely true. My first draft of acknowledgments was almost five pages long. That time, I remembered everybody.
But then I had to edit it and I had to make some tough decisions. And, in retrospect, there's a few people I cut out that I probably shouldn't have.
- Mom. Oh my gosh, how can I forget my mom? Even Superbowl winners remember their moms. Even sweepstakes recipients. Heck, a lot of convicts even remember their moms. And yet, I forgot my mom. So, here's my message to my mother: "Mom: You taught me to be a reader and be a dreamer. Without those two qualities, this book would never have been born."
- My Brother. Yeah, this one is pretty bad as well. "Jay: You helped me create the imaginary friends who laid the groundwork for this epic tome. Plus you loved the 60s. And you drew skirts on superheroes. All of these things were essential for this book."
- My Kids. Admittedly, while I am oh so thankful for my beautiful children, I didn't really think of thanking them in the book because they didn't really contribute a whole lot. They distracted me, of course. And kept me laughing. And...and...oh bother. "My wonderful kids: You helped me continuously look at the world in wonder."
- Beta Readers. Ugh! How did I forget to mention these wonderful, amazing people who voluntarily gave me their time to read my book. "Erin, Eric, Melissa, Miguel, Shoji, Steve: You read this book when it sucked. And, no, I don't want to hear if you think it still does."
- Natalie. Natalie caught a major flaw in my writing. "Natalie: You helped me remember how to spell y'all. A word that is vital to the essence of this story. Thank you."
- Mean Girls and Bullies. I've encountered so many people that fall in this category, it's not worth naming them all. Plus at least half of them have changed their stories, and I don't feel it's right to bring them back up. Except for one. "Logan: You were, without a doubt, the meanest person I ever knew. Without you, my story would not have such a well-rounded antagonist. Thank you."
- Coffee. Whether it was Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts or Keurig or Monster Java, coffee was one of the most essential elements in the creation of this book. "The Almighty Bean: You gave me the go-go juice I needed."
It is highly likely that I am still forgetting someone. If that is the case, I will come in and add them to this list.