I know it's been a while since my last post, and there is a specific reason for that, which I am going to tell you about. On February 5th, I emailed to my editor the LAST chapter of my new book, after the author reviews and all comments from the editors were answered. I was technically done, except for a bit of work on the Intro, etc. Less than an hour after I sent off that last chapter, I got a call from the Washington State Highway Patrol that my husband had been found at the side of the road; he was semi-conscious after having a major stroke. I have spent most of the last two weeks by his side at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. Although there is WiFi in the rooms and I was able to check email and keep family and close friends informed, there was little inclination or energy for blogging.
Today, after all the final polishing by Microsoft Press, the pages were sent to the printer. The expected 'in print' date is March 11. It will be a week or so after that until the bookstores get it. I don't know how soon Amazon will be able to start shipping the pre-orders.
I'm not going to post my husband's whole story here, but suffice it to say my life will be changing. I will need to cut back on traveling, but I do need to continue working. I may not be offering nearly as many public classes, so if you've ever wanted to take a class from me, I suggest you think about doing it sooner rather than later, because there might not be a later. I will start delivering the 2008 version of my SQL Server Internals course next month. (Probably 90-95% of the course is still relevant to SQL Server 2005.)
Take care .... and in the words of one of my favorite singers/songwriters, James Taylor,
Shower the people you love with love....