DHAMT Quote Meme Making the Rounds

DHAMT Quote Meme Making the Rounds

DHAMT Quote Meme Making the Rounds

A quote from page 244 of my memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink, is making the rounds on the Interwebs.

Saundra Goldman, Founder/editor at Creative Mix, styled this meme and posted it on several social media channels.

My heart filled to see she was using something from the book to inspire the writers who follow her. Thanks so much, Saundra!

The following week, google alerts notified me that “Sweatpants and Coffee” had included Saundra’s meme and tagged me in their post, Encouraging Words: Wisdom from Around the Web | Vol. 32.

The blog post introduced the meme series with:

“You never know when the right words of encouragement will come along and give you a much needed boost. Here are five thoughtful and inspiring quotes from around the web.”

Read the full post at Sweatpants and Coffee!

What an honor to have my words included! Thanks so much.

I continue to be amazed by the web of life.

What Not to Do When You Hold The First Copy of Your First Book in Your Hands

What Not to Do When You Hold The First Copy of Your First Book in Your Hands



Seriously. I cannot think of one single legal thing you should not do when you hold that very first brand spanking new copy of your very first, brand spanking new book in your shaky hands.

Not. One. Legal. Thing.

But what should you do?

BEFORE you take 10,000 selfies or ask your poor, exhausted husband to take 10,000 photos of you and your book, and you share 5,000 of those images on social media, take a breath. Pause. Have a private moment with your lovely new baby. Just the two of you.

Stare at it!

That name on the cover? THAT’S YOU!!! I recommend a small shriek or maybe a full-out ROAR!

Smell it!

There’s not much better than that new book smell and when it’s a book created by your very own hard work, sweat, tears, and sadly, yes, agony. Smell it all. It’s all in those pages. Sniff. Sniff. Who’s cutting onions?

Open it!

Riffle through those pages. Look at that type. Find your name on the title page, your bio, and your photo. Admire your handiwork.

Hug it!

Wrap your arms around that lovely baby and pull her to your chest. Embrace your creation. Perhaps wrap your arms all the way around yourself and, with your brilliant book against your chest, hug both of you long and hard.

Dance around!

Or not. But at least give a little hop or maybe a shimmy. Let your body express your joy.

Thank the entire world!

Now that you’ve had your private moment, remember gratitude. Writing is a team sport. Chances are, while you may have spent countless hours alone, hunched over your keyboard, it took a tribe to bring your effort into the light of day.

Spread the news!

Get the selfies and the photos and the videos and let the world know your baby is for sale!

Okay. That metaphor didn’t work. I think you understand.

Here’s what the moment looked like for me.

Nita Sweeney

And YES! My lovely baby is FOR SALE!


“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ― Henri Frederic Amiel

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