Friday, February 27, 2015

No Shame

I was going to do a little shameless self-promotion today, because 'hey, why not?' when a thought occurred to me.  Why should any of us be ashamed of promoting ourselves - especially when it's for something we have every reason to be proud of? 

I worked my ever-widening butt off to get my book out there in the world.  It's a freakin' scary thing, but I did it.  And from the early results, I did a good job with Dying Embers.  I should be proud of myself. 

But even typing that last sentence up there made me want to crawl into a hole.  'No, no.  It was nothing. P'shaw.' 

Thinking about it now, I've done that most of my life for anything major I accomplished.  I pass it off as nothing important.  Particularly when it's someone else giving me kudos.  The other day, two gals I'm only kind of acquaintances with were totally excited about my book, and I got really uncomfortable over their praise.  Like I didn't deserve it.

I tell ya, Killer Friends, something about that is totally messed up.  Why shouldn't we be excited when we've done something?  Why hide our lights under a pile of bleh? 

So for right now, at this moment, I'm going to be proud of myself and celebrate my accomplishments, and if no one else likes it, they can go sit and spin.  


Now it's your turn.  What accomplishment would you like to celebrate today?  Come on, I know you can find something.  Out with it.  Be loud and be proud. 


jblynn said...

You SHOULD be proud.

I'm proud of you!

I'm proud of myself because I'm going to finish writing another book today. :-)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Thanks, JB! I'm proud of you, too! I know you've been busting your butt on this.

Karyn Good said...

Absolutely, you should be proud! Over the moon! I'm proud to be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary on the 3rd! And to be working on my 4th book. Who'd have thought.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Happy 25th Anniversary, Karyn! That's awesome! And way to go on your 4th book! You rock.

Aldea Aundy said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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