Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Darn that Little Green Bug

A little green bug I like to call ENVY bit me this weekend.

My husband and I dropped our kid off at Grandma's house to spend the night, then we tarried along to a birthday party for some friends of his--twins!

Being the timid, quiet person I am, I pretty much shadowed the hubby around the entire night. It was a lonely two minutes that one time he had to make a pit stop at the restrooms!!

Anyway, I found myself longingly glancing at all these people deep in animated conversations around me, laughing and teasing each other. And I wished I could be just a bit more loud and outgoing. I was still feeling all drab and too-shy-to-be-healthy the next morning when we picked up my twenty-one-month old. But low and behold, the moment we walked in the door and she saw us, her face lit up, her arms started waving, and she yelled, "Mommy, mommy!!"

When I picked her up, she hugged me so tight, I forgot all about being a boring, shy, un-socialite. It made me think of that one quote that goes a little something like:
To the world, you're just one person, but to one person you could mean the world.

So, I was browsing around the internet recently, looking into promotional opportunities for my next Champagne release, The Right to Remain Mine. And as I saw so many authors around me, having tons of success with their stories, that little green bug started crawling up my arm in search of a nice juicy vein to chomp on.

When I start to compare my sells, and contest results, or my Klout score, I tend to get majorly bummed out because let's face it, I'm no JK Rowling in that department! But then I received a personalized email from a reader that said:
I just wanted to let you know that **A non-Champagne Book** is one of my favorite books of all time. I couldn't put it down! It was sooo good, that I read it twice! and recommended it to all my friends. Is there any chance that the book will turn into a movie?
And suddenly, I didn't care so much if I only sold one copy of my book. To bring joy to that one person, it was worth it.

Next time you feel a little green bug scurrying around on you, just remember you really are important to someone, and all your hard work really is worth it!!

Have a great Wednesday!


Amber Skyze said...

I know how you feel. I get jealous of other author's often. I guess it's part of being a writer.
I'm horribly shy too. It makes for lonely times at writer's meetings, outings with people I don't know. I just wish I could speak up. I'll bet I'd have more fun. :)

Marie Rose Dufour said...

I feel jealous all the time, of people's sales, of people's writing ability, of people's success, and the ability to write fast!I think that's just human nature.I am incredibly shy. I wonder if that's a writer trait also.

Linda Kage said...

Hi Amber and Marie! Well, I'm glad I'm not the only person in this boat, though I have to admit, it'd be sweet if I could rise above being a human and just be satisfied with what I got!!

January Bain said...

Linda, what a real human emotion. I'm also a little on the shy side and don't socialize much because of it and why I guess I live through my characters. But how very brave of you to admit it! Best, January

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I must claim the exception. I tend to go where angels fear to tread. BUT, there is a downside to all that outgoingness. I sometimes say something I'd like to retract.

And, oh dear, there are the book sales. I feel your little green bug bugging me.