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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Weekly round-up - blogfests, contests, crusade, book reviews, awards, publication success...


Hi all! Enough of the lazy words (previous post.) I had such fun writing that post and many of you got a good laugh. It also helps us focus on our revisions where we're looking for all our lazy words, punctuation foibles and bad grammar/tenses. Don't forget to click on the Writer's Knowledge Base in my right sidebar if you need any more help.

If you'd like to read a family tale of sisterly love which never gives up, I've reviewed the thriller Sister, by Rosamund Upton, on the book review blog, Reading at Dawn. We'd love you to visit and have a read of the great reviews. We post two reviews a week and love visitors.

Tomorrow is the Bernard Pivot Blogfest where you answer 10 random questions. My post is prepared and raring to go on my Paris blog, Pichets in Paris. Go there tomorrow to read mine. You know it won't be boring.

The blogospere is excited to see Roland Yeomans @ Writing in the Crosshairs has published his e-book. Roland's prose is just so spellbinding. If you don't follow Roland you need to. He publishes his stories on his blog on a regular basis. Roland's book cover was designed by another awesome blogger, Michael at ...in time. Check Michael's blog for great posts, currently many of us are enjoying his Earthly Angels series of posts.

The Writer's Platform-Building Crusade has started. Note the cute badge in my left sidebar. What does that mean? Just that I'll be participating in writing/judging the evil contests that Rachel Harrie dreams up for the 200+ crusaders. Can't wait. Some of this craziness may be posted right here.

Lots of lovely awards floating around. Note in my right sidebar some encouraging awards made by fellow bloggers wanting to share the love. Thank you!

J. C. Martin @ Fighter Writer has an awesome contest starting March 4. The challenge is to write a 300-word short story showing a race for survival. There are prizes. I'm posting that one on my Flashquake blog where you'll find the button/details.

Oh and see the lovely Len Lambert's contest in my right-hand sidebar. Go Len!

So much more is happening, but that's a few things before I launch into the sixth session of the Publication Party tomorrow - N.R. Williams - don't miss her!



20 comments:

  1. Hey Denise, thanks for the weekly update. I've been so sporadic recently that I've no idea what's going on.

    Jai

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  2. Lots of wonderful things afoot in the weeks coming! Can't wait to see your post on the questions, I have my post ready as well.

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  3. I'll put a not in tomorrow's post about the publication party. There's soooooo much going on!

    I'll also try to check out your random question/answer post. Sounds fun!

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  4. Jai: It's definitely hard to keep up!

    Summer: Those random questions will be great!

    Word Crafter: Thanks for that! The random questions will be fun.

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  5. Looks like some awesome stuff. I'll definitely have to take a look at Roland's work.

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  6. So much to do....I'm feeling like The White Rabbit!

    Looking forward to the BPB tomorrow, my answers are also ready to go.

    Glad to see your blog back on view - had us worried there this morning!

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  7. Lots of great stuff. It's so exciting on the blogisphere.

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  8. Hi there fellow crusader! I just found your blog on Rach's list and so glad I did! I'm new to blogging and the crusade, and looking forward to following you. Nice to meet you!

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  9. Hi Denise, there's a lot going on at the moment! I'm looking forward to the Bernard Pivot blogfest tomorrow and to your publication party post.

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  10. that pivot guy's blogfest seems easy enough maybe i'll participate.
    How have u been?

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  11. Hi,

    Sorry to post this here, but check your Gmail - it's been hacked!

    I've just received a commercial advert from your address, so have loads of others on your listing. The perp can't even spell!

    best
    F

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  12. Hello fellow crusader. Stopped by to say hello and follow.

    Great news about Roland! I love his McCord character...hope he publishes that story soon too!
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

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  13. A lot happening. I'll be by all day tomorrow to answer questions or simply say thanks for leaving a comment.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  14. Thanks for the update! There's so much going on . . . but so much of it is awesome. :D

    Looking forward to the Publication Party post!

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  15. There are lots of wonderful things happening! Thanks for the updates :)

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  16. Wow - there's so much going on! I'm really looking forward to the crusade!

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  17. Nice to meet you. I'm a fellow crusader and now a new follower of your blog.

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  18. I'm a fellow Crusader dropping to in to say 'Hi'. Looks like you're a busy lady!

    I look forward to checking out more of your posts.

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  19. Hi there...fellow crusader dropping in!

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  20. Hi Denise! Thanks for the shout-out above :) I thought I'd left a message on this one, don't know why I can't see my message now...so leaving another one now to make sure.

    Hope you are well. I've announced the winners on the 200 Followers, thank you thank you for support! Hugs! :)

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