Drinking the Ice Wine


Today I’m guest posting for my friend Andi Cumbo. She’s on vacation this week and I’m helping her fill out her space by talking about success. Kind of.

I have a bottle of ice wine that I bought when I was in Moldova this January that I still haven’t opened. I thought about opening it when I finished my proposal and sent it out to query agents. And I thought about it again when I finally signed with the agent that I’d been courting for a year. But I waited because I haven’t signed a contract with a publisher yet. Or maybe I should wait until the book earns back its advance. Or maybe I should wait until I sign for a second book. Or until I get to do a TED Talk.

Some days I wonder if I’m ever going to be able to open it.

I’d love it if you’d head over to her place to read the rest. And be sure to stick around, because she is an amazing writer and I promise, you have something to learn from her.

  • Monika Jankun-Kelly

    We make success a moving target. That’s not all bad, we should keep growing and learning and striving. We should also rest sometimes and just appreciate all we’ve done so far. We can say “I’ve set new goals, but accomplishing my earlier goals was success, that counts”. This is hard for me. I needed this post, Alise, thank you.