Thursday, March 7, 2013

On a Whim (Or How I Bought My Favorite Band Coffee)

You know that post I wrote a couple of weeks ago? The one about going for it? Well, when the list of Pitchapalooza winners went up on Tuesday, my name wasn't among them. Which is okay. Even though my pitch wasn't chosen to be critiqued and thrown in the hat for the grand prize, the biggest win is that I HAVE A PITCH...FOR MY NOVEL...WHICH I JUST FINISHED WRITING. That's huge!

Despite knowing all that, I will admit to feeling bummed (and to reading the list through a second time, r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y, just to make sure I hadn't missed my name in there somewhere). But then something really cool happened. Something that reminded me of the importance of just going for it, in every area of life.

I read the list of Pitchapalooza winners while sitting in a City Brew in Missoula. My husband and I were there to see two of our favorite bands in concert (Paper Route and Anberlin) and were killing time before we could go check into our hotel. Of course this meant that we were both perusing the interwebs while sipping our chai lattes. Round about the time I was getting over my disappointment, my husband was on Twitter. At that particular moment, Anberlin tweeted that they were sound checking. On a whim, my husband (who is much better at just going for things than I am) decided to reply.

"Hey @anberlin @paperroute you guys need a coffee run? We are at City Brew and will bring you some!"

Crazy, right?  An hour later we were sitting in our hotel room when we got this reply from Paper Route:

"@A_RMartin Seriously?"

And that's how we ended up taking coffee to our favorite band.

The moral of the story? If you have the opportunity to do something cool, go for it. Even if it seems crazy.

Oh, and the fun didn't stop there. Later that night I replied to a tweet by fellow writer and blogger Ksenia Anske to tell her about my successful strategy of tackling my novel one chapter at a time. She replied with this:

"Everyone, guess what, @AshleyN_Martin has completed 1st Draft of her novel. Let's all shout, WOW YOU DID IT!"

I was immediately flooded with congratulations and well wishes from a bunch of wonderful, encouraging, totally awesome complete strangers. 

All in all, it was a pretty great night.

To everyone who took the time to send those beautiful tweets my way--thank you! I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of creative and talented people. Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to have a little whimsy and go for it! You never know what might happen.

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