October 2011 Archive

Warm Fuzzies Week #2

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first week of the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. It’s been fabulous getting to know more of you blogger writers out there!

This week, we’ll cater to those of us who are completely possessive over our WIPs and don’t want to give anything too telling away. Instead of posting something intimate about our writing, post a picture or piece of music that describes your WIP.

What do you look to when you write? What inspires you? How else do you use your creativity? Music? Pictures? Art?

I go to nature when I need a shot of inspiration. My muse tends to hang out in state parks. But since I can’t transform my blog into a forest, I’m going to post a picture that reminds me of my main character, Jacob- particularly his eyes.

 

 

Here is where the fun part comes in! Travel around and check out everyone’s post. In the comments section, make your best guess as to the theme of their WIP. The most creative guess will win one of these:

 

Lauren Schoener, better known as @CausticSoda on Twitter, has recently launched her awesome custom accessory line, known as CausticWear.   Lauren offers quality, hand-made hats, scarves, shawls, and jewelry, suited to each customer’s style and color preferences.  Her small business is already booming, so this may be your only chance to get one of these popular accessories for yourself! Whoever is drawn for this prize, will get a custom-made hat! (They’re amazing, I have one! :])

-This will be judged by someone (not me!) so don’t worry, I won’t play favorites. Although if I did, you all would end up winning. ;)

So, based on my picture, what do you think my WIP is about? And no cheating by heading over to my ‘books’ page ;)

The writerly-celebration prize for this week is a full blog makeover, valued at $100, by Janice Foy! Janice is an amazing young adult writer who loves to create unique, individual blogs in her spare time. She is offering a full blog makeover for one lucky winner. She will work one on one with the winner, over the course of a couple of weeks, to create the perfect blog for them.

Check out her website as well as her blog- I really can’t get over how gorgeous it is! You can also find her on Twitter @janicefoy

And again, doubly check out Saba’s site- she’s still giving away books to those who comment on her posts!

Please have all posts up by Friday 3p.m. (central time) and please use the linky-link below to connect directly to your Warm Fuzzies post.

Also, if you have posted on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ give yourself one point. If you blogged about the blogfest before it began, give yourself five lovely points. Write how many points you have at the bottom of your post and I will count that toward the prize for the week!

Warm Fuzzy Winners

First, I completely forgot to have you guys tell me if you blogged/tweeted about the fest. If you have, tally your points and place them in your next post. I will count these toward next weeks giveaway. I will also remind you of this next Monday.

Now, onto the first round of Warm Fuzzy winners!

The incredibly lucky winner of Susan Buie’s edit is: JJ Toner

The winner of one of my hand-made journal’s is: Rebecca Enzor

And the winner of Saba’s wonderful book is: Swagger Writers

All winners, please send me an e-mail and I will put you in contact with your prizes!

Thank you everyone who participated this week! It was inspiring reading all of your responses. I love how diverse we are :)

Check back in on Monday for the theme for next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

***As a side note, I’m starting a new job on Monday and have quite a drive to get there. My idea is start taking books on tape to help pass the time. I would love some suggestions for books to check out from the library :)

 

Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!

Welcome to the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks now, and I really can’t wait to get started.

For the next four weeks we’ll celebrate being writers and revel in the amazing community surrounding us. Sign up below and hop on over to the other blogs. Build your platform and most importantly, make some new friends :)

To start off the fest, we’re going to tackle the issue of those who aren’t in our community. How do you broach the subject of being a writer to other people who aren’t authors?

99.9% of the time, I don’t.

Why? Because, being a writer isn’t easy. Part of what makes it hard are the stereotypes against the profession and the way people respond. I don’t often tell people I’m a writer.

Why? Mostly, because I don’t know how they’ll respond. I still haven’t told any of the people I work with that I’m a writer, which is hilarious to me because most of them are musicians (I do live in Nashville after all ;)) and being a musician is pretty on par with being a writer.

There are a variety of responses I’ve heard: Disbelief. Judgment. Excitement. Doubt. Interest. I never know which one I’ll get.

This week, be it good or bad, funny or sad, share with us the best response you’ve heard when you’ve told someone you’re a writer. Also, tell us, do you tell other people that you’re a writer?

Here’s mine!

A while back, I had a conversation with a friend that went something like this…

“I wrote a book….”
“Oh, how cool.”
“I’d love you to read it sometime, if you’d like. I know you’re good at writing and editing.”
“I have lots of ideas for books. I should write one sometime.”
“Yeah, that’d be good.”
“I just have to sit down and write one.”
“Okay.”
“I mean, it won’t be that hard once I decide to write it.”
…Silence…

And the conversation continued. *Sigh* I guess I can’t expect everyone to understand that writing a book definitely isn’t easy.

This week, I have an absolutely incredible, amazing prize lined up for you! Editor Susan Buie is offering a 30 page edit, valued at $300-400. Susan Buie is a professional freelance copywriter with 20+ years experience in advertising, marketing, creative writing and also copyediting. The winner will get a professional perspective with insights on both the big picture (overall story, plot/structure, themes) and the nitty gritty (grammar, spelling, etc.). We’re lucky to have Susan here with us for the blogfest; she is very good at what she does (yes, I know this from experience!)

She requests a minimum two week window to turn the editing around.

You can find her at her website, www.susanbuie.com
her blog, www.nobrokenbones.wordpress.com
and on twitter @buiecreative

I also have some other fun prizes for you all! This week, I am offering one of my hand-made journals as a prize and Saba of http://worddiaries.blogspot.com/ is donating the book below, it’s a “Do It Yourself Autobiography!” Also, be sure to check out her blog as she is offering some fun prizes for those who comment on her posts :)

I will pick all winners throughout the next four weeks using random.org

Please make sure to have all posts up by Friday. :)

 

Website Comes to Life

How exactly does a website come to life?

For me, it began with an e-mail to an amazing friend Letitia Englund. I’ve known her since…well, since I was a baby. She moved to Vancouver a couple of years ago. I’ve followed her travels through her blog and am always amazed at the neat things she does. I need to take a page from her book- I just moved to Nashville and haven’t done one cool thing yet.

Letitia is passionate about html and code in the same way I’m passionate about writing. It was wonderful working with someone who immediately understood what I wanted and was able to deliver a website that went above and beyond any expectations and hopes I had.

I truly cannot say enough about Letitia.

Thanks again, Letitia, for a website that makes me happy each time I go to it!

The site will launch next Monday, the same day the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest begins. From here on out, I will blog over on the new site, but won’t shut down this blog for the few stragglers who haven’t caught this weeks posts.

In the meantime, here are three hints for the fabulous website Letitia has put together for me :)

I Have a Secret…

I should say, I have a BIG secret and it has to do with the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. It’s the reason I haven’t been able to announce the start date for the fest until today.

The reason? I have a website! and I’m incredibly excited about this. :)

The site will launch Oct. 24th which will coinside with the beginning of the fest. Mark your calendars because that there is your official start date!

If you haven’t signed up yet, go here. For those of you who are signed up, feel free to help spread the word. Keep track of any tweets (one point) or mentions on your blog (five points). I’m leaving this to the honesty policy because I know it’s a pain to keep track of those links. In the first week of the fest, write how many points you have and I’ll add that into the drawing to win one of my neat handmade journals. If you’re not sure about these journals, go ask Misty. She just got one this week.

So, spread the word, keep track of your points and I can’t wait to get the blogfest started!

p.s. I promise I’ll get all caught up on blogs etc. this week I really am sorry I’ve been out of the loop :-/

p.p.s. Go vote for my ponies on Rebecca Enzor’s blog – they need some more votes!