How do you celebrate (or wish you celebrated) your writing achievements?
Jeannie Watt: I start with a happy dance--sometimes a jig, sometimes a waltz, depending on time of day and my energy level I follow by informing husband and family of good news, then I bask in the afterglow for several hours. I usually write a lot, too, because success bolsters creativity.
Pamela Hearon: Dinner out with hubby and our best friends, sometimes prefaced with champagne!
Lenora Worth: I celebrate my writing achievements by buying shoes, chocolate and having a nice dinner with my husband. He now tells people who compliment my shoes, "Oh, yes, that was her first three book contract shoes or yes, that's her good royalty check shoes. :) When I made the NYT List, I had already scheduled a cabi party at my house. This is a wonderful line of women's clothing and a representative brings the clothes to your house for you and friends to try on. We sure celebrated that night and I bought several pieces. :)
Tara Taylor Quinn: I usually let out a very loud whoop, for my puppies ears only (a release of all the tension!) and then very circumspectly call my husband and mother, text my cousin and think about the champagne I will soon be drinking.
Joan Kilby: When I got the call that I'd sold my first book many years ago, my husband popped a bottle of champagne- at 7 o'clock in the morning! It made the school morning routine a little more jolly than usual. Luckily hubby was home and could drive. Nothing will ever compare to that day in terms of celebration but if it's a big achievement the champagne still usually makes an appearance, although at a more civilized time of day. A nice dinner out is always welcome, too.
Rogenna Brewer: I start with phone calls. It just doesn't seem real until you tell somebody.
Cathryn Parry: Not enough! And I need to change that. :-)
Kate Kelly: I usually savor the news for a few minutes by myself. I'm sure if anyone looked in the window, they'd see a goofy grin on my face! Then I tell my husband, then my home peeps. whom I've known since I started writing. My husband is the romantic in the family. He buys flowers and wine, and we either go out to eat somewhere special or buy treats to cook up, like fresh Atlantic scallops or Atlantic salmon.
Kris Fletcher: I hyperventilate. And this isn't really a celebration, but when I get a new cover, I use it to make some pens, which I keep in my special, "Never Give Up. Never Surrender" mug.
Vicki Essex: Same way I celebrate rejections: with whiskey. 8 )