My first Goodreads giveaway has ended today, and I’m staggered to find 1095 readers requested it! That’s way beyond what I could have imagined.
I’m beyond CHUFFED!
The winner is … Deirdre Johnson!! Congradulations Deirdre and thanks to EVERYONE who entered my giveaway this past month.
“What is ROW80?”[gss-content-box color=”red”]A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. We are all different and we all have different demands on our time. Why should we all have the same goal? The simple answer is that we shouldn’t. If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances. If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.[/gss-content-box]
“ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.”
Yeah… Have you signed up to the Help for Writers in the WHW Amazing Race! If not, click the image and get signed up for one of this list:
Writers can ask for help in 10 categories:
- 1st-page critique
- 1 paragraph hook critique
- Query letter critique
- 25-word pitch critique
- Tweet exposure
- Mini Blog review
- Book exposure on your blog
- Request a future guest post
- Ask a Question
- Social Media help
All of the above are services offered for free by awesome editors, authors and agents. I signed up and instantly (well, it seemed like it) I got a critique of the first page on my MS from Becca Puglisi (one of two awesome authors of the wonderful The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression) !! Brilliant. Click the image above for more information. Thanks so much, Becca. PS: the complete series is on my Christmas list. 🙂 Did you know there are two more out now? Go get ‘um
Goals & Updates
I’m behind regarding exercise. All I’ve managed all week is walking Bobby. Hubs bought home some lurgy, and it’s hitting us all in the face lick a wet slap! Urrgh! Even Bobby is poorly.
Do more next week!
In the meantime…
- Read books on writing (I have loads coming in the post (won’t get them till Hubs gets a UK trip, or until his folks arrive in few weeks, whichever comes first) and continue to read articles and refer to various books mentioned in previous posts)
- Research around the web (always!)
- Catalogue all I achieve here: I had a mare – lost my blog (again, it’s my fault) – but my Tech Guy saved my ass yet again. I would like to take this opportunity to say to anyone thinking of purchasing self-hosting services, you must try Tech Surgeons.
I found out about them from Jami Gold in this great post: When Should We Upgrade to a Paid Site? but also knew of them because she’s always talking about her amazing Tech Guy. I was jealous, I had no Tech Guy! I wanted to feel as secure in my website as she seemed in hers. Now I am… 🙂 With iPage (my previous server provider) I always had issues and never had adequate support. Now, I rarely have issues (unless self-made by dabbling in code) and always have support.
They are beyond awesome!
Here’s what Jami said: “TechSurgeons: Need a (better) website/blog? TechSurgeons specializes in author services (and understands our neuroses!). Super reliable, kick*ss support, and technical geniuses. (Why yes, they’ve saved my site more times than I can count. *smile*)”
And I need to keep up with…
- Write a poem a day over at Shah’s Scribbles (Check) See below for links.
- I also signed up for GrammoWriMo!
- Wuthering Heights – finished
- The Yellow Wallpaper – finished
- Several shorts by Poe and H.P.Lovecraft. – Still going
- The Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani (29/10) (I’m still way behind on this.)
- Good Intentions by D.N. Simmons (should have been the 10/11, but I only found out 12th!)
- The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark (for 12/13)
Book Cover Blog: (done)
I have settled on the design, for now. I chose the same theme as the new Shah Scribbles blog, and just changed the header.
Shah’s Scribbles: (done)
I’m continuing with the OctPoWriMo (31 poems, 31 days) until the end of this month. I’m adding music and images to my posts this year, too! So far (except today’s, which I’m struggling with because it’s all about numbers *cringe!)
Latest poems wrote:
For this blog:
Post for, and visit all challenge participants, especially those who visit me (this is for all the challenges I signed up to – see my sidebar or the challenges page for details).
(I need to do more visiting. Website issues stole my time like a hungry dog !)
Complete book tour posts as and when they come in for authors/publishers. Get in touch if I can help you ‘spread the word.’ (DONE, so far. More coming in.)
So, how are your goals going? Are you rushing over to sign up to Writers Helping Writers?
Don’t forget to click THIS to find the participating linky.