Thursday, 17 June 2010

Of bubbles and book-launches

Last night was wonderful :)

It was the book launch for the anthology I was lucky enough to be included in, and it was so much lovelier than I expected. I don't do well with the centre-of-attention thing, and I was sort-of-looking-forward-to-it while also definitely-kind-of-dreading-it. I have this tendency to get uber-embarrassed by all things I-write-poetry-related, and this was no exception. I thought I would spend the whole evening looking a little green around the gills and visibly quivering.

But mostly, I just felt lucky that so many people came to support me (even if I did feel judderingly embarrassed and nervous about it all). My three best friends. My sister. My friends' parents. Sometimes, I pretend that I'm in this little bubble, which is all well and good, but sometimes it's beautiful to break that bubbleskin and breathe the air outside it and hear what the people you love and who love you are saying to you: congratulations, and we love you, and well done!

I appear to have gone all Pollyanna. I do apologise.

I will be grumpy and disgustingly unappreciative next time, I promise :)


annelise said...

Wow! Congratulations on being a published poet! That's absolutely fantastic. I've just submitted something of mine for my course's anthology but just thinking about anybody reading it is too much, so I definitely know what you mean. It's wonderful news though.

You're allowed to be Pollyanna-ish (every now and then, no-one should over-do it!), especially when it comes tot things like this.

Carla said...

Congratulations, what an honour. You must be so thrilled. These things are so special they need to be celebrated. Lovely to have found your blog. Carla

Sara Louise said...

Published poet! Amazing!! Congratulations!! :-)

Heather said...

That's so wonderful! Congratulations! It must be so thrilling to see your words in print. Lovely!~ :)