Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrating Number 15!

I've been writing romance for a lot of years. I wrote and completed and submitted a lot of manuscripts before I made my first sale. My family was there for all of it, supporting me through the good and bad, and celebrating with me when I made my first sale. And each sale after that.

My daughter kept track of each sale, keeping count and letting me know that it was the 5th sale or the 10th and so on. Early on she'd joked that after I made my 15th sale, we were going to have to go get tattoos together. Well, after writing for years, 15 sales seemed like a distant goal, maybe never even attainable. Guess which contract I just signed. Yep... See Me, my erotic short for Samhain, was my 15th sale.

So this past Thursday, my daughter and I went to Wild Side Tattoo and Piercing. Everyone there was great and when they found out I was a tattoo virgin, they did all they could to make sure my first experience was a good one. I explained what I had in mind and they drew up the perfect design. I was pretty nervous, even though I was excited. I had no idea how I was going to react to the pain, but I was pretty proud of myself. I spent over an hour in the chair and walked out with this beautiful celebration.

If you can't tell from the photo, there are 15 hearts to signify my 15 romance sales. With any luck, I'll be adding some more little hearts in the future...



Nicola McKenna said...

Wow Natasha, that is really beautiful, both asteful and unique. And whether you display it proudly or keep it under wraps, it's yours forever, a reminder of how much you've achieved in your career!

I think it is essential to celebrate every success, whether large or small, and see through those promises we make to ourselves.

Well done (and did it hurt much??!)

CJ Parker said...

Beautiful tattoo, but I'm a coward. I could have never gone thorugh with it. Congrats on #15!

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

Beautiful! Natasha, you are a brave lady. :) Enjoy your success.

Josie said...

Congrats, Natasha. I'm not as brave as you, but your tattoo is gorgeous.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Fiften sales is fantastic. I am glad you and your daughter found a perfect way to make it monumental. Your tattoo is very pretty and something I could never find the courage to do myself.

Best of luck with a lot more stories published.

Jill James said...

Natasha, that is a beautiful tattoo. Very artsy. Enjoy your tat and your success.

Natasha Moore said...

Thanks, Nicola. I won't lie - it did hurt, but you kinda get used to it, if that makes sense.

Hi CJ. To be honest, I still can't believe I actually did it! :-)

Thanks, Dawn and Joanne.

Paisley, I'm lucky to have such a supportive daughter. She's one of my best cheerleaders.

Thanks, Jill. I'm really happy with it :)