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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

Friday, 11 March 2011

STOP PRESS! Japan earthquake, changes to Roland D Yeoman's Blog Stops, Contest finals, Awards, the footy!!!

coFirstly, another disaster for our world and its people. Poor Japan hit by a massive earthquake/tsunami. Many countries are in the path of the tsunami. Hopefully no more damage will occur. That footage of the tsunami was like a sci-fi movie!
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So down to blog biz. I hope I grab you before you go into weekend hibernation. I've just heard that my blog tour with Roland has been bumped forwards. Now I'm hosting Roland over the weekend. So if you have a little down time, please come by Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th to check out Roland's influences on his writing style. I can tell you that it's going to have you riveted. He's over at Becky's @ The Rainy Day Wanderer again today.

More news...I entered the Race for 200 Contest where you were asked to write about 300 words on a race for survival. I entered a short extract from one of my short stories I've got pending in a magazine and IT MADE THE FINAL CUT, woo hoo. I'm amongst fine writers. If you want to read the 6 finalists; entries go here. I'm not a 'Vote for me' gal. I'm just letting you know so if you're interested in checking out 6 short short stories you might appreciate the heads up.

I got my short story sent off to Open Heart Publishing yesterday. If you intend entering your story of 3,000 - 6,000 words, entries are open until 15 March. Click on the badge in my right sidebar.

Today I was awarded the Friends for the Journey Blog Encouragement Award from the lovely Lynda R Young. Thank you Lynda, fellow Aussie mate. I'll be passing this award along as I see fit.

Just now Jai Joshi at the Tulsi Tree contacted me to say she has awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award for holding the Publication Parties. Thank you Jai. You're a legend.

Have a great weekend! (I know, I know, you're not thinking of the weekend but it's nearly 'beer o'clock' Friday afternoon over here at the bottom of the earth. The weekend is about to kick off, oh, it's the footy season kick off too, and my Rugby League team, the Broncos, is playing the North Queensland Cowboys at the stadium just over the hill from here TONIGHT!



Well I know I'm going to have a great weekend! Go Broncos!



21 comments:

  1. The tsunami video was the first thing I saw this morning. Added it to my news today as well.

    Congratulations on the awards and making the final cut!

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  2. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the tsunami footage this morning. What devastation. Prayers going out to all in the path of the waves.

    Congrats on your awards! Happy weekend :))

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  3. It was 8.9 on the Richter Scale - one of the highest I could remember - cars were swept away like paper cups!

    Warnings are out to 20 other countries, as far down as New Zealand, and north to Alaska. Hawaii is on high alert right now. Our thoughts and prayers go to people in all these countries.

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  4. Prayers are sent for the people in those areas... may they keep safe...


    Congrats on the awards.

    Michael

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  5. I'm honoured to be a finalist with you! :D

    And it's funny that you guys think of 'footy' as ...that...while for me it's AAALL about the AFL. At least when my team's playing. the rest of the time I couldn't care less!

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  6. Isn't it the most heart wrenching thing to watch? My heart goes out to them. Congrats on the awards and becoming a finalist. Though it is morning here, I'll have a bloody mary and scream for the Broncos :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  7. It is a tragedy. We are praying for the people affected by the Tsunami.

    Congrats for your awards.

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  8. In my opinion, you get ALL blog awards that are out there!!

    Congrats on getting in the final cut. I'm now going to follow the link.

    Last night I published a 5+++ review on Amazon for Roland's book. Now I need to go over and tell him.

    All I can do is pray for the tsunami (and potential tsunami) victims!

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  9. I was in the middle of a dream when I heard about it- through my manly talking to his room mate- which of course inspired a very interesting dream. I feel horrible for those people and all my thoughts go to them.

    Have a great weekend and congrats on your awards.

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  10. First I heard about it was when Lisa Hendrix tweeted me to ask if I was on high ground as our country is also in the Pacific rim, path of the tsunami.

    Seeing that footage of the tsunami in Japan was like the movie "2012"

    Prayers to everyone everywhere this disaster struck.

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  11. I haven't seen the footage yet (just woke up and still feeling bleary-eyed). Prayers for the people involved.

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  12. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched by this tremendous catastrophe....

    Congratulations on all of your well deserved awards AND on making the cut!!!

    I had to go back and check to see if I wrote down the date right. Nope!!! I had March 11. Duh! I'm glad you reminded me. I'll be here tomorrow!

    Have a great and safe weekend and enjoy 'footy' season :) Here, it's basketball and March Madness...

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  13. The footage of the tsunami in Japan is incredibly heartbreaking.

    Congrats on the making the finals!! :)

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  14. I work all weekend but I'm glad you'll be enjoying yourself! Do it in style, girl.

    The news about Japan is awful. I heard early this morning and it was on my mind all day. I just hope the rescue effort goes as well as it possibly can and that everyone is now safe.

    Jai

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  15. Yes, hasn't it been awful? It's lovely that such nice people are feeling for them.

    I've just returned from St Pat's celebrations in Brisbane. What a fab show and I got fab pics. Will post them after Roland's tours.

    Denise<3

    Roland Yeomans Blog Tour here Saturday and Sunday. Follow The Bear with Two Shadows!

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  16. Japan and all the hurting survivors are in my prayers now and each day. New Zealand not too long ago. The Ring of Fire seems to be becoming more active and dangerous.

    I voted for your RACE FOR 200 entry. Good luck. And good luck for your short story submission as well. May your publication dreams come true this year.

    Hibbs and I will be visiting you tomorrow. Sorry about the bump up but my exhausted mind is running on empty these days, Roland

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  17. Hi Roland, glad to see you're still getting around despite the exhaustion of your blood-running. Thanks so much for voting for my entry. Looking forward to seeing you and Hibbs soon.

    Denise<3

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  18. I'll be sure to drop by! :o) PS: Just because I don't leave many comments on your blog doesn't mean I don't read it on occasion :o) Sometimes I just don't know what to say! Sorry, if I've been absent so long, but I follow over 600 blogs! ARgh! Sorry, really, I genuinely am!

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  19. Oh, the quake and tsunami was one of the worst disasters I've ever seen. The footage was incredible - I still can't really get my head around all those houses, cars, boats planes and all, being smashed together like toys.

    Many congrats on making the cut with your story - I'm to peek. Congratualtions, too, on the awards (applauding!)

    I was brought up with rugby league - yay!!

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  20. I've been in CNN land for the last couple of days, unable to tear myself away from the unfolding disaster in Japan. I'm sick about it.

    Congrats on you making the final cut for your story, Denise, and for your awards! Woots all around!

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