The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!
So my picks for this award are:
Cat’s Blog, The World Crafter’s Inkspot http://www.katrinadelallo.blogspot.com//
Angels of Inspiration, http://www.angelsofinspiration.blogspot.com/
Stacy S. Jensen’s blog, http://stacysjensen.blogspot.com/
Marie’s Poetic Bloomings blog, http://poeticbloomings2.wordpress.com/
Legacy's Blog http://onceuponatimelegacydevine.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/8321530-believable-fantasy
Congratulations to all these well deserved bloggers!
Being nominated for this award couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve been feeling a bit depressed and stale about my writing accomplishments this past summer. When I set my goals at the first of the year, I sure intended to have more things published by now so I’ve been quite hard on myself. So I went back into my submissions spreadsheet and discovered I just don’t have much out there at present.
Then I saw a post from a fellow writer (Kelly Hashway, yey Kelly) where she just announced that in the next two years, she will have seven books published!! When I read that it was like getting shock treatment. Seven books published!!! First off I truly congratulate, Kelly, because that is absolutely awesome. Secondly, I have to thank her for opening my eyes to the fact that I simply must get on the stick and dig myself out of whatever “funk” I’ve gotten myself into and submit more stories! I keep reminding myself that you can’t get published if you don’t submit so Kelly’s news just opened my eyes to that fact once again. Therefore, I hopped right up, polished up a few stories I had on hold, and got out four more submissions.
So I’m feeling much better today. I feel like I’m back on track after a long summer of being in a writing slump. Although I haven’t actually written that much this summer or submitted much, I have been busy. I had my first picture book published, had three readings and three book signings, and have another book signing scheduled in October. I’ve signed up to attend a book workshop in Baton Rouge in October and another one in New Orleans. I convinced a local gift shop to carry my book, sold numerous copies of my book to friends and co-workers. Done several interviews on other authors and had several interviews on myself. And I signed up for the advanced ICL course and am ready to begin my third assignment.
Other things on the horizon for me are:
- Today thru Saturday, you can go on the “Read For Relief – a writing community auction to find Hurricane Irene relief” website at http://readforrelief.blogspot.com/2011/09/day-4-item-2-signed-copy-of-pea-in.html to bid on an autographed copy of The Pea In Peanut Butter plus a doggy bag containing a bookmark, magnet, stickers, reading journal, and some goodies from Louisiana. You can also bid on other items like free query critiques, or 50 pages of a manuscript critique.
- A popular website called Peas and Thank You is going to be posting a review of my book. I’ll announce it when it comes out.
- The CBI Clubhouse will be posting an interview with me in their December issue.
- On October 10, Raphaels Village, an online children’s magazine, will be publishing my story The Not So Lady Like Ladybug.
- In February, 2012 Stories for Children will be publishing my story One Measly Pillow.
So I guess I haven’t done so bad this summer after all. What have you accomplished this summer? Do you have anything on the horizon? I’d love to hear about it!