Wednesday, August 17, 2011

If you're happy and you know it, write a post :-)

Okay, I know it's not often that I write two posts within one week. But I just had to tell you that as the title says, I do feel rather fantastic today. Not only today, actually, but the past few days. My editing is going so well and I've never felt so motivated. I just believe with all my heart and without a doubt that I can do this. I will do this.

For as long as I can remember, I've never been a fan of editing. My neglected manuscripts are my witnesses. Every time I wrote The End and it was time to clean up those babies, I started with the creation of another. Chocolate Aftertaste is the first novel to stick with me through three or four edits.

But I do have to say, this week, especially, I don't have a problem with it. In fact, I've actually been looking forward to it. Who would have thought. Hmmmm...maybe I'll fall in love with writing query letters and synopses at some point (No, I don't think that love story will become a reality).
I don't know for how long I'll be on a high like this. I just thought that before I start criticizing myself again, I should write this post. That way, when I get down, you can remind me of when I was up.

Being a writer is beautiful and so rewarding when it's going well right?
I don't know what I'll do when (yes, when) one of my books gets published. I'll probably sleep with it under my pillow and several times during the night I'll check to see that it's really there.

Actually, when I get the news that Chocolate Aftertaste (or any of my work) will be published, I'll do the following:

  • Receive the news
  • Remain in a state of shock for a while, staring into space
  • Body starts functioning again
  • Skip around the house like a crazy woman mumbling "I did it, I did it, I did it"
  • Call my husband (if he's not with me to tell him the news) and probably won't reach him. Have you noticed that when you have fantastic news and want to tell the world, no one seems to be reachable? I hate that.
  • Call friends (possibly also unreachable)--temptation to call non-friends rises (I don't like word enemy)
  • Retry calling friends several times more until I reach them
  • Scream into their ears for joy
  • Tell you guys (Best for last)
And then after that I don't know what I'll do anymore...I'll think about it. Maybe I'll hug the world or fly.

What would you do if you got news that your hard work has paid off? We all celebrate in different ways so don't be shy. Come on, let's dream together. If you're already published, tell us what you did.

Here's a nice photo for you taken in Salzburg in Austria last year. Just something to brighten your day.


  1. I like the plan and the positive attitude! :)

  2. What a beautiful picture! I appreciate your positive thoughts and encouragement. I´m sure they can have a great impact on your editing.

  3. I don't love editing either. But the way I look it, I'll never get published if I don't polish those rough drafts!

  4. @Jemi, Thank you. I think a positive attitude can bring a writer a long way.

    @Julia, Absolutely. I'm a great believer in the fact that your thoughts can influence your outside world.

    @Theresa, thank you for dropping by and following. You're definitely right. We all have to get through it.

  5. Shock, skipping round the house and telling as many people as possible seems like the sensible way to go, so I'll try to follow this plan (except the mumbling - I'm more likely to give high pitched squeaks of excitement)

  6. Love the run-down of your reaction! That is SO cool, big congrats. :) LOL--I agree with Patsy. I'd be squealing and shouting and so on!

  7. I'm so taken with the idea of sleeping with my book under my pillow!

    But loving writing a query? NEVER gonna happen :D

  8. Hey, Liz! Thanks so much for becoming a Follower on my blog! It's wonderful to meet you!

    I really like this post. I just met you and I can already feel your great personality! I am cheering you and Chocolate Aftertaste on! Stick with the editing because it's so much fun to get those queries out there and excitedly wait for someone to (hopefully!) want to your manuscript! That's where I am with my first novel(la): waiting to hear from the publishers to whom I submitted it.

    And you're so right: Everytime there's good news to share, no one is by their phone!