August 2011 Archive

The Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!

Here it is folks, news about the blogfest that’s in works! I’ll be hosting the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest in the middle of October. I know this is a month away still, but you’ll just have to be patient and wait. 🙂

Warm Fuzzies Blog Fest

This blogfest is a celebration of writers. Being a writer can be exhausting- we put a lot of work into our writing and sometimes, we just need a pick-me-up. The end of October and beginning of November will be a party. We’ll get to know other writers, work on our writing and of course, win some pretty cool prizes.

And isn’t that button above awesome!! Seriously, I love it. The wonderful Janice who also hosts The Blog Bakery made this for me. Janice is offering a complete blog make over as one of the prizes. See, I told you – awesome prizes. 😀

Starting mid-september I’ll start putting up instructions for the blogfest. I hope y’all are as excited as I am!!

* For those of you who have not signed up for Rachael’s Writers Platform Building Campaign you need to do so now! Tomorrow is the last day to join!!!

Tribal Writer

For those of you who do not follow Justine Musk’s blog, please remedy and go follow. She has a powerful writing style that never fails to inspire me.  Her recent post on ‘How to be a dangerous woman (in fiction + life)’ gave me goosebumps. I couldn’t help but be reminded how it connects to being a writer.

When we decide to take the step and announce to the world that we want to be a writer – we are making a bold decision. I know we all hear plenty of doubts and yet, it’s our job to feel confident in spite of those doubts.

And that segues perfectly into the blogfest I have brewing for y’all! I promise, I’ll have more info up later this week for you including.

  1. The theme – which is awesome, and
  2. The prizes – which are also awesome.

I’m making the move to Nashville tomorrow and am not entirely sure when we’ll have internet at our new place. I’m hoping soon – not sure how long I can last without it! I promise though, I’ll get myself to a coffee shop to get a fix every day. 🙂

(I’m excited to be meeting my fellow campaigners! Yay!!)

A Winner! picked…Krispy!! Yay! Shoot me your e-mail and I’ll send you your winnings. 🙂

I found it extremely ironic that only one new person found their way over here (yay for Liz!). But hey, the point was to celebrate reaching 100 whenever it comes.

I’m back from Colorado. Vacation was amazing. The mountains had me spinning with ideas and I LOVED being in a dry climate. Here are a two pics for your enjoyment. 🙂

Colorado Wildlife

Colorado SceneryP.S. Thanks guys for all of the book suggestions! I’m super excited to be moving to a place that has an awesome library.

GASP! Triple Digits Giveaway!

When did this happen?? I looked at my blog today and gave a shout of happiness when I realized my followers were up to 96. Eee!

I feel so loved. 🙂

And in honor of almost being at 100 followers I’m going to give someone, a very special someone, a $15 gift card from Amazon! I mean hey, that’s good for two or three books.

All you have to do is be a follower, pass word on (twitter/blog/whatever) (and no, you don’t have to post a link mostly because I probably wouldn’t go check. I am the trusting sort 😉 and give me one suggestion for an awesome book I need to read.

(And no, Sophia, you can’t say Sea/Spy Glass because you know I haven’t read them yet. That would be cheating…sort of.)

I’ll let the pick the winner next Wednesday.

Good luck!

Kill Them with Kindness

Last week, I was on the phone with a lady who was not very nice. As great as the temptation was, I resisted and was extremely kind to her. I thanked her for her time and she quickly got off the phone not knowing how to respond.

When I hung up, Cale said, “You killed her with kindness, didn’t you.”

Yup, I sure had.

Recently, I’ve seen an influx of angsty characters, mean for the one reason that they can use harsh sarcasm which can be funny. That’s great and yes, sometimes it works incredibly well, but what’s happening to the nice characters out there? Where have they gone?

Sad as it is, in real life, mean people tend to stay mean and nice people tend to stay nice. I’m not sure if I can one hundred percent believe your character going from mean to nice or bad to good in the course of a few hundred pages.

I say, bring back the nice characters who go through genuine character development. Give your character a personality that goes beyond snippy words and actions. Trust me, your reader will appreciate it. 🙂