When it comes to celebrating success, I do not have a problem throwing myself a party... as long as I get to keep the guest list short. Very short. A party of one, actually.
One of my favorite teachers in my past once told me that the only person who is going to celebrate you is YOU. What I took from that is you have to toot your own horn because no one else is going to start the parade. Now, that doesn't mean brag or rub success in the faces of others. Nope! Instead you have to be the one to announce your life journey highs. If you do not, no one else will know and celebrate with you.
Last week I learned that my modest little effort When the Saints Go Marching Dead finaled in the Paranormal category of Kiss of Death's Daphne contest.
You can imagine my reaction. Well, most of it. After the initial thrill, I was honestly tempted not to tell anyone about it. Thankfully, RWA chapters do not give you the option to remain low key. I love RWA! They truly encourage writers to unite and enjoy achievements. But again, this didn't help my thought of keeping being a finalist on the down low.
This led to a new discovery...
I do not have to celebrate my own success... Not when my writer friends and critique partners will celebrate FOR me as well as WITH me. Seeing them so excited and happy for me was better than a party of one. In all honesty, it's their accomplishment too. They have given me support, encouragement, feedback, and much more.
The point I am attempting to make in my little clumsy way is that you need to surround yourself with positive people. Other writers full of good energy who will be with you every step of the way. You invest in each other and when one has a lucky day, everyone has a lucky day.
From big to small, success is something to be shared.
Now for some unrelated bittersweet news, my fellow Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance loving peeps! The 'bitter' part is that I will be unable to entertain you for the next six weeks. But the 'sweet' part is that my good pal, Heather McGovern, is will dazzling you in my place. You can say 'hi' to her @HeatherMcGovern or check out Life on the M Shelf.
I will be missing ya'll!
-Darcy (of the Drake variety)