Celebrate the Small Things Hop

vik - small things 2Week 5 here at Celebrate the Small Things! If you are new to this blog hop, all you have to do is sign up on the linky below if you want to join! If you already have, then go around to each blog that signed up and congratulate or just say YAY to everyone and their accomplishments for this week! (Full instructions at our host Vikki’s post here!)

I have had one of the most WONDERFUL writing weeks ever. Seriously. And no, I didn’t finish my manuscript but it was still awesome. This week is all about appreciating the wonderful, giving, amazing, thoughtful people still left in this world. Because, believe it or not, they exist!

My first celebratory event happened on Monday and it is kind of a story but I think it is worth telling. I signed up in a contest to win a seat for the class Writing & Selling the Young Adult Novel. It was hosted at LitReactor and a REAL LIVE AGENT, Mandy Hubbard, was teaching it. This sounded like such an amazing opportunity but, alas, I am not at a point in my life where I could spend $400 on this month-long-class. So I entered the contest for the free seat and went about my day. The contest ended and I totally forgot about it, even though I tried to look to see who won. Must not just be my lucky day, I guess. Then, comes along a Tweet to ME from MANDY HUBBARD. I’m in all freak out mode now because in the Tweet it says I won a seat on the class and to hop over to LitReactor and sign up! WHAT!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!! So I start to thank Mandy like crazy WHOA …and she tells ME to thank Lauren Barnholdt. I wonder who this person is and why I should be thanking them? It turns out I DID NOT win the original contest I had signed up for. Lauren Barnholdt is another Young Adult novelist and told Mandy on the day the class was starting that she would donate the money as a scholarship for the last remaining seat in the class. So Mandy just picked another person from the pile from her original contest and it happened to be me. You don’t know how appreciative I was to hear that and know that someone out there was footing the bill for a complete stranger, just because they felt like it out of the goodness of their heart. I wanted to, like, send this girl flowers and a singing telegram and a huge teddy bear for this awesome opportunity. I was just blown away by some people’s generosity!

Now I am going to promote her ruthlessly: Twitter: @LaurenBarnholdt / Facebook:Β https://www.facebook.com/Barnholdt.Lauren / Website: http://laurenbarnholdt.com

The second story is a little shorter but not any less wonderful. As I started my writing class, my first assignment was to write the dreaded synopsis for my manuscript. I had a really rough, sketchy one that I had started but never finished so I got to work on that. It took me three whole nights of doing nothing else after work to complete it and I still didn’t know if it was even really that good or if I did what you are supposed to do in a synopsis. But I submitted it anyways and then – it hit me. I have never really let anyone see what my plot was about, what my ending consisted of – NOTHING. I wanted my CPs to read it like a first-time-reader so I have kept it all hidden. And now all these STRANGERS are going to read it and know?? OMG – hyperventilation mode ACTIVATED. But then something magical happened. A fellow student in my class posted a comment on my synopsis that I had just submitted. These were the opening lines to her comment:

First, I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your synopsis and would absolutely read the book. You have a strong concept and a unique plot line with unexpected twists.

Wait, WHAT? You liked it?? You would read it??? It might actually be good????? I don’t know why this came to such a shock to me but after all the time being the only one to talk to my characters in my head and only trying to explain my intricate ideas for the story to my husband as he is half asleep in bed, I wasn’t really sure how other people would respond to the story. And I know that is just one person. But one person was enough for me. It was almost like all those long nights and sitting staring at my screen for hours was really worth it because someone saw the potential and took the time to tell me. And THEN (no the story doesn’t end there) she went on to edit my entire synopsis (because let’s face it, I suck at grammar and editing) and gave me feedback on all my questions and problems with my synopsis that I had noted for Mandy to review in the class. Seriously, this probably took a chunk of time to do and I can’t even begin to describe how amazed I was that a fellow author (but still stranger) took that time out of there day to review my stuff for me. Blown away. Really. Needless to say, I showered her with thank-yous and I believe we will be CP-ing for each other in the future. But I just wanted to say thank you again and let her know that even though it was small, I am still celebrating it!

Now to promote her ruthlessly: Twitter: @colleenmalbert / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmalbertwrites /Website: http://www.colleenmalbert.com / Blog: http://cmalbert.blogspot.com/

As far as non-related accomplishments go, my husband made me a 50 K Word Celebration Breakfast (see photo proof here) and we went out for a nice date for V-Day to dinner.

What did you celebrate this week? Let me know in the comments or join the hop and I will find out on your blog!

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15 thoughts on “Celebrate the Small Things Hop

  1. What’s funny is that your description of how you felt showing your synopsis for the very first time is EXACTLY how I feel. I could have written that paragraph myself from experience! So, it’s nice just to know I’m not alone in my feelings in this stage of the writing porcess. It’s nice to have a partner in crime! You were so sweet to include me in this blog post, and I’ll never forget this! =) It was my pleasure to look at your synopsis and offer some input. You are SO on the right track and I cannot wait to join this process to publishing with you =) I’m so glad we met through this class. And what a remarkable story on how you got in! Must be fate =) Many thanks again! xo

    • Thank you for stopping by and it was no problem at all. I will most definitely be reviewing your synopsis this weekend as well and can’t wait to swap manuscripts! You will be able to give a different kind of outlook since you will know where the story is going which I think is also a good point of view needed. It is like having me review my work knowing all I know but reading it over for the first time!

  2. Oh my gosh! You had an amazing week!

    Congratulations on the win, the great feedback on the synopsis, the two wonderful ladies that helped you out (I’m going to clicky on the links when I’m done) and on the wonderful 50K breakfast πŸ˜‰

    Also, yay for dinner with the hubby!

  3. Sounds like an extraordinary week you’ve had – the writing, the winning, the feedback. May your accomplishments continue onward!

  4. What a lovely bunch of stories! That’s awesome that Lauren Barnholdt was so generous, that you received great feedback and that your hubby was so sweet to you! Yay! What a great week. πŸ™‚

  5. Random acts of kindness are so wonderful! I’m glad that Lauren was so generous, that you received awesome feedback, that your hubby is supportive and sweet, and you had an awesome writing week! yay!!! πŸ™‚

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