I was going to write about something writerly today, but since the cold medicine I’m on is ruining my thinking and I’m sure nothing I say will make much sense, I’m going to still try to be writerly but have fun too. We’ll have some fun!
A few of my friends lately have finished first drafts, and one or two more have just released books. Shout out to Jolene and Cherie! Cherie yelled on Twitter. Having recently completed the first draft of my second book, I still remember that excitement. I yelled and ran around and then called someone and yelled at them while running around, either my mom or the hubby.
You would think I’d have learned by now not to run around when I get really excited. I usually injure something. When I won Depeche Mode concert tickets, I almost crashed the car (this was before they made the law in Nevada about cell phones and driving). When I got my first request for a full, I ran outside and threw around all the kids who were on the front lawn (this included neighbor kids), screamed and scared the neighbors, then ran back inside, broke a toe, and freaked out the dog so she started chewing on my foot. I still have a faint scar…
Yeeeah. Oh, but I was quite reserved when I finished the first draft for The Moongate, because I was at Denny’s, and since I worked there at the time it would not have been good to run around the restaurant screaming. Instead, I jumped up and hugged my co-worker Marco, while giggling because he’s gorgeous and a great hugger.
Oh my gosh, funny story about Marco. I found out a couple weeks after the in-laws took all of us on a cruise that he now lives in Cabo and works in the tourist spot. We’d just been there. It would have been the funniest thing ever if I’d run into Marco while we were all walking around the shopping area. Because we had all the extended family, my father- and mother-in-law, two brothers-in-law, my one bil’s wife and kids…suddenly I would have lost it and started screaming while mauling this supposedly random guy in the plaza, and my kids would have joined in too because they also knew Marco and loved him to death. Since my in-laws already think I’m nuts, it would have been freaking HILARIOUS.
Wow. Okay then. See what I mean about cold medicine?
Anyway, what do you do when you get really great, exciting news? Especially when it has something to do with writing? Are you a total spaz like me, or are you more reserved and mature? Does the whole world know about it from your screaming, or do you break the news in a more civilized manner, such as writing a professional post on Facebook and Twitter? All of the above? Jolene, when you got that call from your agent, did you scream and throw things after you hung up the phone?
I am planning my freakout to the last detail when I finally get my agent call. Or small press publisher, whatever I end up going with.
I’m going to finish with a clip and a warning. Lia and I have been watching this pretty entertaining cartoon. But don’t ever watch it after you’ve taken Nyquil, because it will MESS YOUR BRAIN UP.