Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Celebrate Good Times (An IWSG Post)

Hey, everyone!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group. (Click on the link for more information and a complete list of participants...)

This month's amazing co-hosts are: Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, Gwen Gardner.

This month's (optional) question asks, "How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?"

It depends upon the goal.

More often than not, I just get irritated with myself for not having achieved the goal sooner, but it has been suggested that perhaps that particular approach may not be the healthiest one ever, so I am trying not to do that anymore. (With mixed results, naturally.)

So when I finished Second Nature's blurb last week, I celebrated by taking the afternoon off and going to the beach (*ducks as everyone in a cold-weather climate throws giant snowballs at her head*). Of course, me taking the afternoon off looked like me sitting in the sand and writing a scene for Full Circle, but we all celebrate things in different ways, right?



When I finally published my debut novel (fine, my only novel...) Effigy, I celebrated a little bit differently.

I bought swords.

I really love swords. I told myself that if I one day released Effigy into the world, I would treat myself to a matching pair of short swords. My significant other was like, "Can't you just eat a lot of cake?" To which I responded, "Oh, I'm going to do that, too."

And I did.



And yeah, maybe I bought a matching dagger, too.

They're pretty awesome. If I do say so myself. (I understand if I am saying so myself...) Plus, it totally inspired me to want to write and publish another book so that I could add to my collection. Three and a half years later, I am...getting closer to accomplishing this goal.

Which means that I am getting closer to needing to decide upon what to add to my collection next. A double-bladed battle axe? A nice broadsword? A trebuchet? (That could be one way to encourage my loud neighbors to stop being loud neighbors...)

Or perhaps I should just stick with the cake.



How about you? How do you celebrate your writing achievements?

Thanks for stopping by today, everyone. Have a great Wednesday!

41 comments:

  1. I think buying swords is an awesome way to celebrate.
    It's cold here which means going to the beach would be a good idea as no one else will be there. (I wouldn't be laying out anyway.)

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    1. Yeah, I don't often have beaches to myself here in Florida. The times it does happen, however, are very, very nice. It's possible I need to go back to Kindergarten and learn to share.

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  2. You could use a sword to slice the cake.... :)

    We went to the beach on the weekend...along with all the snow birds and the tourists who were trying to soak up the warmth and the sun before heading back to the cold.

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    1. I actually looked for a gif of cutting a cake with a sword, but couldn't find out. I'll just have to make my own. :)

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  3. Those swords are really cool! I think that's an awesome way to celebrate.
    Jealous of the beach but I won't throw any snowballs. :)

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    1. Please throw snowballs! I miss snow. (Of course, I know that if I were still in New England, shoveling mounds and mounds of snow, that I would feel differently.)

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  4. Swords, giant chocolate cake, beach party with pen and notebook! I like how you celebrate! Keep on creating!!!!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  5. I could go along with any of your celebration strategies. And thanks for leaving a piece of cake.

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    1. You should have that cake soon...I'll go back for it before too long.

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  6. Swords are very cool. I think you should go with maces next! And a cake. Gotta have the chocolate. :)

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    1. Oooh. Maces. That could be really cool. I'll have to look into those.

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  7. Cake and swords sound like an ideal way to celebrate releasing a new book. I always buy myself a new dress when I get book royalties. It's my one treat.

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    1. I like that we treat ourselves. Writing is hard work—we deserve it, right?

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  8. Add another sword! That sounds like the coolest award an author can give themselves and it works with the genres you write, too. Perfect. ;)

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    1. That's how I justify it. I need to buy swords. They're for research for my books...

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  9. I think you should go with the broadsword. Do you have room for a trebuchet?

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    1. I actually could put a trebuchet in the backyard. It would probably sink because Florida's just a big bunch of swamp land and beach sand, but it would look really cool for a while anyway...

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  10. There's nothing wrong with buying swords as a reward. =D

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  11. Cake might be cheaper, but a sword is cooler. I vote for a battle ax.

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    1. A battle axe would be really cool. And it's fun to say "double-bladed battle axe."

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  12. You would fit right in in my neighborhood if you put up a trebuchet. LOL Between Hubs and my next door neighbor, you'd attract a lot of interest. Kindred spirits. Never thought of buying swords as a reward. Whatever floats your boat. LOL Love the cake pic.

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    1. That is actually live footage of me cutting myself some cake. :)

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  13. You know, I guess I did celebrate the publication of book one. I commissioned an artist to draw my Menopausal Superheroes for me, so I could use their likenesses in promotion. Best $200 bucks I ever spent on my own dreams.

    I like the swords. It's neat to celebrate with something that connects to the work.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. That's a very cool thing on which to spend $200.

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  14. I do want to throw a snowball at your head, although right now it would be a "cold, wet muck" ball instead.

    And now I want cake.

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    1. Come on down to Florida. We'll have cake on the beach. :)

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  15. I'd say cake AND swords.
    I'll probably make a giant batch of cupcakes if I ever finish this draft.

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    1. You should definitely make a giant batch of cupcakes when you finish that draft.

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  16. Never would have thoughts of swords. Good choice and it keeps those significant others in line.

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    1. It certainly does...I mean, I have no idea what you mean. ;)

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  17. Love your swords. What an original way to celebrate. Buy a crown next!

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    1. Oooh, a crown could fun. Perfect for wearing around the house while I write. :)

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  18. Awesome swords! I have a katana but that's it. With as much trouble as Second Nature has been giving you, you should pick something extra cool for your collection.

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  19. Going to the beach sounds like a delightful way to celebrate finishing a project. I am usually too tired to do much celebrating- though for big projects I do try to find time to celebrate at least a little (even if not right away). :)
    ~Jess

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  20. Wow! Swords are a beyond epic way to celebrate, for sure. (And cake is pretty awesome, too...LOL.) Good luck figuring out what you should add to your collection next!

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  21. I celebrate with an extra glass of wine (like there is such a thing) and lots of pats on the back. Lots and lots, lol. Cake is good too. I'm trying to lose weight so cake is rarely on the menu. I do love to go out and take a long, leisurely walk in the sun too.

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  22. Celebrating at the beach would be my choice, as long as I can walk over the sand and not fall. That wouldn't be very celebratory. haha

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