I get it. I appreciate the idea of celebrating milestones. I do. I can fully understand.
And like Jeffe, I really don't do it.
Here's my reasoning. I have two jobs. Barista, writer. I have one career. Writer.
I am thrilled whenever I have a new story or book that I sell. Couldn't be much happier. Sold a story? Awesome! That latest book just came out and I get to hold it in my hands? Make sure no one is looking and I might even do a victory dance. Maybe.
But most likely I'll give myself a little time to smile and look at the pretty cover and then it's time to moved on.
Bills to pay, you see. And Like Jeffe, I don't like to celebrate my wins with food. Most of the things I would celebrate with are, frankly, out of my price range.
So I allow myself a moment, and then it's back to work. And maybe once a year I take a little time for myself and call it done.
it might be because I've been at this for a while (decades, people) or it just might be that I'm a curmudgeon. Instead of celebrating the small victories of my life (sales, publications, completing a manuscript) I prefer to celebrate life in general with good friends, family and an occasional movie.
As I have said before, I am not exactly a party animal.
Should you celebrate? Absolutely. Just don't go too crazy.
That's all for now. Time to get back to work.
Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines….
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Milestones, The Millstones.
Posted by James A. Moore
I write fiction, a little of everything and a lot of horror. I've written novels, comic books, roleplaying game supplements, short stories, novellas and oodles of essays on whatever strikes my fancy. That might change depending on my mood and the publishing industry. Things are getting stranger and stranger in the wonderful world of publishing and that means I get to have fun sorting through the chaos (with all the other writer-types). I have a website. This isn't it. This is where you can likely expect me to talk about upcoming projects and occasionally expect a rant or two. Not too many rants. Those take a lot of energy. In addition to writing I work as a barista, because I still haven't decided to quit my day job. Opinions are always welcome.