A Week Full of Happy Dances

Over the past week and a half, I’ve been lucky to receive several pieces of good news.  Not three-book-six-figure-publishing-deal good news or even landing-my-dream-agent good news, but still things that made me feel like this:


Seriously, y’all, my appallingly out-of-shape self is starting to feel a little winded from all the happy dancing.  Despite being excited, I wasn’t sure if I should share all this in a post.  For one thing, it feels a bit too much like braggity brag brag, me ME ME!  And second, I’m also worried that Karma might read this and think, “Hmm… that’s an awful lot of good news for one person in one week - I best get around to balancing that out with some giant zits and food poisoning.”

However, good news feels even better when shared with friends (especially writer friends who understand how these small victories help us keep going when the process gets rough), and I’ve made so many new friends on the Campaign that I’ve decided to tempt fate and share my news. 

It all started with the Versatile blogger awards which I talked about in my previous post.  So thank you again to Stevie, Jessica, and K. T. for getting the good news ball rolling! 

Then I was awarded two Liebster blogger awards: one from Wendy Terrien and one from Bethany Lopez.  They are two more awesome ladies I’ve met on the Campaign, and I’m honored to get the Liebster from them.  The Liebster is intended to highlight deserving blogs with less than 200 followers, and since I am significantly under 200, I really appreciate the Liebster Blog Awardshout out from Wendy and Bethany - thank you!  Technically I’m supposed to pass it on to five more people, but as I mentioned here, I’m a crazy rule breaker.  And since all the blogs I was going to award it to already have it, I’m just going to end my acceptance speech here before the orchestra plays me off the stage. 

Next up I found out my short film Saying Goodbye was accepted into the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival where it will have its West Coast premiere.  Whoo hoo!

Then I was contacted out of the blue by the programmer at another film festival who saw our website and trailer and asked to see the film for possible inclusion in her festival.  It doesn’t mean it’ll get in, but it’s a welcome change from filling out applications and sending in hefty submission fees. 

Then my casting director told me that two of the actresses we really want for our new movie both really, really, really want to be in the film (that’s a sentence with a lot of ‘really’s).

So I was already feeling pretty high on life when I found out my first campaign challenge story won fifth place!   I had so much fun writing it, and I’m so thrilled people enjoyed it.  Thank you to Rach and the judges!  Also big thanks to the folks helping Rach organize things, as well as to all the people who donated prizes.  And thank you to everyone who stopped by to read my story.

There is one more piece of exciting news, but it’s not absolutely final yet, so I don’t want to talk about it and possibly jinx it.  I know I said I was tempting fate in this post, but I see no need to wave the red cape in front of the surly bull.

Thank you for indulging me while I got my brag on.  There is a lot of rejection in both the publishing world and the movie-making biz, so it’s nice to have a week where the stars seem to align in my favor.  Now if I could just figure out a way to freeze the stars in that particular configuration, I’d be good to go!

Do you have any exciting news to share?  Do you use your blog as a place to share good news with the world?  Do you worry that too many good things happening at one time means a really bad thing is lurking around the corner? 



F.E. Sewell's picture

Wow! Congratulations, Jocelyn!

I think you have every right to take a moment to brag without worrying about it. You work that Julia Roberts acceptance speech, girl! Don't let the little man with the wand intimidate you!

Seriously, that is some truly amazing news. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, F.E.!  But the man with the wand gets testy if you ignore him.  :-)

Kurt Hartwig's picture

brilliant! how great to have all of that come in at the same time!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Kurt!  Yeah, the timing is the thing that's weirding me out a little bit, since it seems like too many happy dances at one time. 

Joanna's picture

Keep doing that happy dance with your nose higher than Snoopy or Charlie Brown! You totally deserve it! I am so happy to see my big sis getting the credit you deserve for being an amazing writer!!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Ha, I almost used a clip of Snoopy dancing as my happy dance example, but then I found the cutie I ended up using.  And thanks lil' sis - your support has made the bad days easier and the good days happier!

Wendy Terrien's picture

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! I am SO VERY EXCITED and happy for you!! Brag on, my friend. Brag on! :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Wendy!  And thank you again for my Liebster!

Madeline Mora-Summonte's picture

Whoo hoo! Cheer, toot your horn, dance - go for it!

You're absolutely right - there is a lot of rejection in this business so when there's good news, we should celebrate it.

Congratulations on all your accomplishments. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Madeline!  And thanks for making feel less conceited about being all braggy.  :-)

Nancy Thompson's picture

That's fantastic news!! Yay for you!! I think your blog is the perfect place to brag a little. You deserve the recognition, so go for it and don't feel bad about it either.

I tell you, if I ever land an agent, it'll be on my blog. If I ever get a deal, it'll be on my blog. We all like to experience the ups of our online friends.

As for my good news, well, I didn't share it on my blog for fear of jinxing it, but in one week's time last month, I had 3 requests from agents. The last one I received during a presentation at UCSD while on my son's college tour. I actually started crying in the middle of the presentation.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Whoo hoo, Nancy!  That's fantastic news!  Fingers crossed that means you'll be sharing the news of landing an agent on your blog very soon! 

Jessica Therrien's picture

Congrats my friend! That video is cute :) Thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my new title.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks!  And the new title is intriguing - I can't wait to read the book!

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