Welcome to our 79th Road Trip Wednesday!
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
How do you reward yourself when you meet your writing goals? Answer for big goals (i.e. I will buy a Lear jet when I get published) and/or small goals (I eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's in one sitting when I finish each chapter).
I will keep this short and sweet-- because I'm pretty boring in this category.
I don't reward myself over the small goals-- not explicitly, at least.
Another way of looking at is is to say I reward myself all the time, by having a glass of wine at the end of the day, by taking a walk with the dogs, by spending time reading, by taking a long bath...
When I get published, I will definitely do something nice for myself, but that all depends on the details. I'd hate to put a Lear Jet on my wish list, only to be disappointed when the money falls short.
I don't want to connect the accomplishment of that goal with an "item" that may be costly or unrealistic. Because, seriously, just accomplishing that goal is something to squeal about!
Not to mention, a Lear Jet is really not my scene.
I have a long list of things I'd like to do "if":
I'd love to be able to visit my family more.
I'd like to take a quiet vacation with just my husband and boys.
I'd love to be able to afford only hormone-free organic meat at the grocery store.
I'd like to buy slightly better wine than what I buy now.
I'd love to spend a day in a bookstore and not be counting costs the whole time.
I'd really love to trade in the $800 car we bought off of Craig's List for something that needs less gas and is more reliable.
... so it looks like I could do this forever, huh?
I think the take-home message is that I will do something special for myself when I sell my first book.
What that turns out to be, well, that's a question for another day.
Check out the Highway to see what everyone else does to reward themselves!