6 In Writer's Life

Celebration Style – What’s Yours?

2014 has been a helluva year—in a great way.

I met my fantabulous editor, Penny Barber with Kensington’s Lyrical Press, won a few contests with my first book, Unexpected Eden, and then signed said book with Kensington’s Lyrical Press in April.

Yep. Lots and lots of celebrating going on this year at Casa de Morgan.

Last night I crossed another big hurdle—finishing my first draft of the second book in my Eden series, Healing Eden.

Now that may not sound as big as the other stuff that’s hit this year, but for me writing the first draft for any book is the most difficult part in the process. Imagine starting P90X after you’ve done nothing but watch every backlogged episode of your favorite TV series on Netflix for six months. You know that first week? The one where you’re not sure you can get out of bed, let alone do another one of those excruciating workouts, but you do it anyway?

That’s my equivalent of the first draft. The best way I can sum up typing “The End” is like this:

tumblr_lgnb6tgf7L1qcfj8j Definitely cause for another celebration.

Now, if I’d finished earlier in the day, I’d have taken everyone out for some serious comfort food, dessert, and drinks.







As it was, the kids were already in bed so I settled for baby girl’s leftover birthday cake, a glass of wine, and an embarrassing Rocky style jog through hubby’s man cave. (Shit like that doesn’t even phase him anymore. I’ll have to start getting more creative.)

What about you? When you cross a major milestone, how do you celebrate? Are you an unrefined foodie like me? Or do you reward yourself with a special purchase? Maybe something more spiritual like a retreat? Do you even take the time to reward yourself for your successes?

One thing’s for sure. If I keep celebrating with cannoli, I may have to pick that damned P90X routine back up off the shelf. 

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    Susan Shay
    May 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Go out to eat. Take a weekend trip with my sweetie. Buy a new outfit. I’m not stuck hard and fast on anything. I just do what feels good. First thing, though, I thank God I made it!

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      May 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Yep, that’s the best way to start any celebration. 🙂

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    Allison Merritt
    May 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I think you celebrated in a great way, Rhenna. Congrats on the contract and on finishing the second book. That’s a huge hurdle. I usually celebrate with a cupcake or a bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider.

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      May 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Yum. Cupcakes. Red Velvet or Vanilla Bean.

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    CJ Burright
    May 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    YEAH, Rhenna!! I like your idea of celebration, and finishing a first draft is definitely worthy of some fun times. For me, wine’s a good start, although right now a mini-vacay is sounding really, really nice. Congrats on a fantabulous year!

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    May 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Shoes and champagne – a perfect combo!! On my way out to go shopping in a few!!!

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