Thursday, December 20, 2012

Heartfelt 25-Page Critique Auction Bid & Other Bloggy Stuff

I've struggled to come up with a post this week. I have lots to chat about, but since last Friday, I've felt anything I post will be in vain. Meaningless. Blah. Like the rest of the country, I can't seem to wrap my head around the recent tragedy. 

On a positive note...

Check out what one super gal, Catherine Stine , author of FIRESEED ONE is doing to assist. I also received word that Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will be organizing book donations to fill the library of Sandy Hook's new location. Details are still in the process of being worked out. Contact your regional SCBWI group to participate.

Melissa Maygrove awarded me the Addictive Blog award. Thanks, Chica! I love her Grammar Police Monday. I always learn something. :) For the Addictive Blog award, we're supposed to mention why we blog. I began blogging back in 2010 to connect with other writers and possible readers. I'm going to cheat and pass on the award to whomever comments (if y'all want it).

Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner, who've formed Partners in ParanormYA, have created a newsletter. Click HERE to sign up for it! Did you know our own Gwen also started her own business? Check out her Indie Services here.

Author Roland Yeomans tells us how to write a bestseller. Here's a lesson from his post: "You have to be the first to twist the familiar in an unfamiliar way." Don't you just love that?

Like most bloggers, I'll take next week off for the holidays. I'll return Wed. Jan. 2 for a super, great, EXCITING post for IWSG. I simply cannot wait!! *Squeals*

Wanted to share my two lovely little ladies with you...HAPPY HOLIDAY'S Y'ALL!



  1. Congratulations on the award. How right you are about trying to write anything of meaning in the aftermath of such immense sadness. I do hope you and your beautiful family have a blessed and merry Christmas.

  2. Love the pic. What beautiful young ladies!
    I didn't know you had sisters.

    Merry Christmas :)

  3. Roland's posts this week have been great! Have a wonderful Christmas and hope peace and happiness returns to you.

  4. Aww, thanks for the shout-out, Candilynn. I love Roland, he's so eloquent. Will definitely take his advice to heart. Happy Holidays!

  5. I really liked the post where Roland shared, for Free, information that can be available for a price. I couldn't help chuckling.

    Thanks for mentioning the Newsletter. It's going to be such an exciting time for PIP and it would be great to keep everyone in the know :-)

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :-)

  6. Thanks, Candi, for pointing folks my way. I try to help give a boost to my friends. And thanks, Angela, Gwen, and Alex for saying such nice things about my efforts. Like Melissa said: you have two beautiful girls. Have a really great and wonderful Holiday Season! Roland

  7. @Julie, thank you & you too!
    @Melissa, you're sweet & Merry Christmas!
    @Alex, thank you!
    @Gwen & Angela, it's my pleasure. You gals rock. :)
    @Gail, Merry Christmas to you as well.
    @Roland, your posts are always helpful. Happy Holidays!

  8. great links! and so nice to see so many gathering to support those poor families.
    your girls are angelic!
    merry christmas, my friend!

  9. Enjoy the Holidays! Glad we connected this year and I look forward to seeing what 2013 holds for both of us.

  10. Candilynn, you're so sweet! Thanks for stopping by to wish me a Happy Holiday--and thanks for connecting with me. You really are a great person! hope you have a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and a happy New Year. I'm personally looking forward to 2013. I have a feeling it's going to be--in Tony the Tiger's words---grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! TTYS sister!! :D

  11. Your daughters are gorgeous!
    ♥ Merry Christmas! ♥

  12. That's a lot of stuff all rolled into one post. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. And it's already 2013! Happy New Year! May this year be the best yet. :)

  13. I got wind of some good news you'll be wanting to share. Let me say congratulations in advance of your IWSG post!!
    It's going to be a happy new year for you for sure!