Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Party Post Number 11

Tawny Weber is usually found dreaming up stories in her California home, surrounded by dogs, cats and kids. When she’s not writing hot, spicy stories for Blaze, she’s testing her latest margarita recipe, shopping for the perfect pair of boots or drooling over Johnny Depp pictures (when her husband isn’t looking, of course).

Congratulations, Tessa, on Black Widow Bride's release.

Isn't it the greatest feeling? A wise woman once told me we need to make sure we celebrate each step in our writing journey. Not just the big “oooh, I sold” moments, but each achievement, like the book hitting the shelves. It’s all those little steps that make up the wonderful whole.

I know women who buy jewelry to commemorate special events. I know moms who add a jewel to rings for each child’s birth, for instance, and women who create charm bracelets for each story they’ve written. Me? I went with shoes. For each sale I’ve made, I’ve found the perfect pair of shoes (or boots) to represent that particular book, and better yet – to connect with the heroine in the story. To me, they are the perfect combination of one of my favorite obsessions and a way to remember the excitement of the books’ sales.

Does anyone else do anything like this to mark special occasions? Tell me about it! I’ll pick one name from the responses to win a copy of my May Debut Blaze... DOUBLE DARE!

Now to celebrate this blog post... I’m going to read Black Widow Bride!



Blogger Sally MacKenzie said...

Hi, Tawny! Long time no see. Grr about shoes--don't get me started! I can't find shoes to fit my 11 1/2 4A feet.

I don't buy anything to mark my books being on the shelves, but I do buy a "jewelry" piece connected to their publication--I get my cover made into a pin and wear it on my lapel. It's fun and an understated way (I hope) to promote the book. However, I'll have to ask my publisher to pick a color for my next book that coordinates more with my wardrobe. I had to go buy a new shirt to wear with my purple Earl pin...okay, maybe that wasn't such a tragedy!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Helenk said...

yay Tawny, another boot person. I lurvvv boots -- unfortunately a bung knee has me buying the more flat types. well i haven't received publication other than short stories years ago... but i love shopping for both bags and shoes and books.. they are rewards for all different achievements in personal and work life. & sometimes for the therapy LOL!

7:14 AM  
Blogger misty wright said...

We'll I have a house full of kids and I have to say just a weekend alone is good enough for me. :D


7:16 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Ooh, okay, I like this post! Why? Because I tend to celebrate everything, lol. I don't have a writing career yet, but I'm sure that when I do, I be celebrating all the little things as well as the big things.
How silly am I? Well, a couple months ago I was flying over to Maryland. Usually when I go to the airport, I have someone drive me over there and drop me off. This time, though, sine I would only be gone the weekend, I was going to drive myself there and leave my car. To me, this was a huge thing, lol, and I thought it should be celebrated. Not by throwing a party or anything like that, but realizing that for me it was a moment and making sure to take it in and remember it :)
Other ways I like to celebrate? Eating out! I love food, so I think that eating out is a great way to celebrate most things, lol ;)

7:40 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

To celebrate my happy occasins me and my girlfriends go to our local mexican restaurant and celebrate with margueritas. Tawny your new release sounds great!

8:01 AM  
Blogger kim h said...

celabrate at work with my friends, they are great they make me feel very special. nice to see tawny, love blazes

9:20 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

To celebrate milestones, I treat myself to expensive pampering products and perfumes.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Tawny said...

Sally! hey ;-) Any excuse for shopping works for me, but I'm gonna have to track you down at National to see your pins! they sound fun.

Helen - I feel for ya! I broke my foot last October and its STILL healing. Flats and wedges are all I can wear at this point - but I drool over my other shoes often.

Misty - a weekend alone sounds like heaven!

GO Ali on the celebrating frame of mind. You're right- every little thing (and big thing like the airport gig) deserves a whohooo.

Tetewa... margaritas? A gal after my own heart.

Kim :-) I love Blazes too! and celebrating with friends is the best, isn't it?

Crystal--spa products. Facials, massages, mani-pedi... oh boy, next to shoes & boots, some of my absolute favorite things! I like your way to celebrate.

10:23 AM  
Blogger LISA WILLIAMS said...

I treat myself to a book for special occasions.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

I like to buy myself an outfit for special occasions.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Well, I haven't had an occasion like that in a really long time, so I don't remember what I might have done or not. . . but the closest I have for you is I do celebrate Albert Einstein's birthday :)


11:12 AM  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Hi Tawny, my friend! Lovely to see you on this side of the world (Tawny and I usually hang out on a loop of last year's Golden Heart finalists). Congratulations again on your publishing success. It's been so cool to see so many people from last year's GH move on to sell. Now, that's something I DO celebrate (Lois, by the way - is there a special reason you celebrate old Al's birthday? I thought what a cool anniversary!). For various reasons, I've become a bit slack with marking off those special occasions and, Tawny, your post reminded me that I should pull my finger out. So please consider finger officially out!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Lis said...

I haven't sold yet, but for finishing a project I'll buy myself either a dvd set or something else special. A request usually means I buy myself dinner somewhere :)

12:21 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

I have an Italian charm bracelet and buy a charm for each occasion. When Mom passed away dh bought me a cross with red flowers at the foot charm and when Dad passed away he bought me a charm with a horse head on it(Dad liked horses). I have one with my name on it, an initial one(R), a rainbow one to remember Mom and a butterfly one to remember Dad, and so on.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Jill James said...

I'm not sold yet, but I celebrate each finished manuscript with a treat. A CD or DVD or going to an actual movie. LOL

12:44 PM  
Blogger Annie West said...

Hi Tawny,

I agree with you - it's great to celebrate! My crit partner and I go out for a special lunch to celebrate the acceptance of a new book - hers or mine. So far we've had several wonderful lunches by Sydney Harbour, complete with bubbly. We're a few books behind at the moment as we live in different states, so I'm looking forward to seeing her again (not just for the fabulous lunch!).

At home the celebrations vary, but it's nice to do something special and say 'that's from Costas and Sophie' or 'Rafiq and Belle' - whichever are the latest couple to appear in public. I love your idea of boots. I may have to investigate that idea further.


1:54 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Like Lisa Williams, I treat myself to a book, or two, or three:) for any and all occasions! My kids get books too!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

I celebrate special occasions by going out to eat with my hubby. We love trying out new restaurants.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Minna said...

Like Lisa Williams and Tammy, I treat myself to a book. And chocolate.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Accomplishments in our family are celebrated with the help of "the red plate". The ceramic red plate was given to our family by friends a couple of years ago. It was explained to us that whenever anyone in the family has a day with a special or remarkable accomplishment (an award, a great report card, a promotion, etc.), that person gets to use the red plate at dinner that evening. I think this has helped us to look for something good in every day so we can share with each other and celebrate together.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Denise Rossetti said...

Hi Tawny! Great minds and all that... Shoes and jewelry are my thing, as readers of this blog will discover shortly. *g*

But there's a great deal to be said for a celebration lunch, Anna - and we've had a few great ones, haven't we? Especially with champagne, lots of it, pink too. Ahh.... gotta love those bubbles!


3:45 PM  
Blogger Nicola Marsh said...

Tawny, I love the idea of shoes for every book! What a fab idea!!!

I started out commemorating each book: a watch I'd coveted for years, a heart-shaped pendant, an Alphasmart, but have got a bit slack lately.

I think it's time I restarted the tradition...perhaps with some of those shoes!

5:27 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

I love the idea of celebrating each achievement. It's a tangible reminder isn't it?

Been reading the posts and nodding and smiling as I go.

Cherie, Lis and Ali, my husband loves eating out as a celebration too. He'll often bring home a bottle of bubbly when something good happens. *g*

Tetewa, Mexican is my best...with margaritas! I so enjoyed going to Dallas in 2004.

Tawny, Nicola and Helen K - love the shoes, boots and bags! And Crystal's perfume. And Maureen's outfit.

And Misty, know what you mean about kids. Sometimes it's nice to have a hot bath with bubbles and no kids around yelling that someone needs plasters *g*.

Annie - those cp meals are great! Lisa,

Tammy and Minna, books are great!!

And Robyn, you charm bracelet is so emotional. Lovely thought.

Wow, so many awesome ways of celebrating.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Tawny said...

Lisa & Minna & Tammy - books are the BEST way to celebrate LOL. I definitely love them!

Jill - great reward system! I like the movie' out angle.

Anna!! Hey you ;-) Great to *see* you here. As for that pulling the finger out... as a Blaze author, I'm not touching that one! But you do have a lot to celebrate

Maureen -I love outfits for rewards! After all, ya have to have something to wear with the cute shoes.

Lis - requests definitely deserve dnner - and chocolate dessert! Like Annie, Cherie and Denise posted- those celebrations make it extra special. And bubbly?! Oh yeah, super extra special.

Robyn - what a beautiful way to celebrate and honor the special people in your life.

Lois - Albert Einsteins birthday? Tell me more! LOL - that sounds too fun.

The red plate celebration sounds like such a great family tradtion, Cheryl.

and Nicola - always glad to influence a fellow shoe lover!

I can't wait to read your post, Denise!

Tessa- once again -congratulations! I'm so happy for you :-)

10:37 PM  
Blogger danetteb said...

I'm not a writer but I agree with Misty a weekend home alone is always a treat.

Hugs, Danette

12:26 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Alas, I don't know if anyone that asked is going to check this now (LOL) but although I've been in an unexpectedly long break since I left my last college. . . but anyway, the point is, I always loved space and science, and the third associates degree I got, the one I really wanted was my Physics one. . . so, Albert Einstein is a hero/mentor/whatever you'd like to call him. Besides, the dude's cool, and I know the feeling -- the hair. LOL :)


10:55 AM  
Blogger Tawny said...

Lois- great reason to celebrate his birthday! And I hear ya on the hair...

11:26 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

I go earrings shopping for special occasion. We wouldn't forget about books shopping of course.

3:03 PM  

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