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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | April Fools and Upcoming First Impressions

April Fools and Upcoming First Impressions

I’ve heard a lot of grumbling lately about the reluctance of winter to cut loose its hold on us. It’s spring – it’s the end of March! We’ve had enough lion and would like a little lamb, please! But winter doesn’t always respect the calendar.

On April 1, 1997, we had four inches of snow dumped on us here in Pennsylvania. No fooling! It came as a complete surprise, and they even cancelled school. I have every reason to distinctly recall the day. Bob shoveled those four inches off our front stoop and uncovered the car so that he could drive me to the hospital to have a baby.

This was the view from the car. I thought it was funny.

Of course, the joke was on me. Twenty-four hours later, after some false starts and several hours of grueling hard labor that went nowhere, I was rolled into surgery for a C-section. Gabrielle Erin wasn’t born until April 2, around 6am in the morning.

When I recall the story now, Gabbey says: “Heh, heh, heh. April Fool’s, Mom!” Yeah, you got me. Happy upcoming fourteenth birthday, kiddo!

This Friday, April 1, I’ll be posting the first of three First Impressions – short, first page crits volunteered from blog readers. Marcy Hatch over at Mainewords will be joining me in the critique of each one.

We have 1 space open for May. If you’d like to have a critique of your first page, email me at dksalerni@gmail.com with First Impressions in the subject line and your first page pasted into the email (not attached). Hoping to hear from you!

6 Responses to April Fools and Upcoming First Impressions

  1. Linda G. says:

    Well, that’s one April Fool’s joke that turned out to be great! 🙂

  2. Aw, happy b-day to your daughter!! Yes, jokes on you 😛 I had a similar story – 28 hours of labor ending in a c-section… I fainted in the 1st hour and they were going to do a c-section then… when I started breathing again, they decided to let me labor away. For 27 more hours! Those babies – making sure they’re hard work well before they’ve even arrived 😀

  3. Katie Mills says:

    My mom is born April 1st as well! I might have to take you up on the first page critique!

  4. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! yikes that a pretty painful april fool joke. ack! but for sure gabby is cool!
    …hugs from lenny

  5. mshatch says:

    mother nature can be a fickle…you know what. Snow is predicted for my neck of the woods this Fri/Sat. Whe the heck?!

    And katie, we’d LOVE to crit you first page, you could be our #1 for May 🙂

  6. Your daughter knew what she was doing. She did NOT want to be forever known as the “April fool”.

    Weather’s nuts in GA, too. Had the air conditioner on a couple weeks ago. Now, the furnace is back on. We’re done with winter, but evidently, it ain’t done with us.