Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm Thankful Blogfest, Huge Congrats, and NaNoWriMo



It's hard to imagine a better way to start off the day than by reading wonderful news about a writer friend. That's how my day started out this morning when I read that the fantastic Tara Tyler of Tara Tyler Talks has a contract for her book POP TRAVEL! Woo-Hoo!! While reading Tara's post I could feel her joy and enthusiasm and it made me smile from ear to ear. Congratulations Tara!!!

While visiting Tara's page I learned of the I'm Thankful for my Readers blogfest that she is hosting with Vicki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. I think this is a wonderful idea and I can't wait to participate. I have so much to be thankful for when it comes to writing and blogging! Plus, how can anyone resist the adorable blogfest button? The mouse is too cute for words. :D

If you'd like to learn more about the fest and sign up, go here.

Finally, I know that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and I've been kicking around the idea of signing up. In the past I normally freeze and do nothing when I try to set goals regarding word counts or daily writing, but I've always wanted to give NaNo a try because it seems to be a lot of fun due to the sense of community it brings. It seems like a great way to meet and support other writers in addition to being an opportunity for me to be more disciplined and consistent with my writing.

So I finally decided to take the plunge and sign up. I have been so sluggish and lazy when it comes to getting my WIP off the ground that I'm hoping this will help me finally get into gear. I know several of my blogger buddies are already participating so I look forward to cheering you all on as we go through the month!

ETA: If you're doing NaNo too, I'd love to be buddies. My profile is here

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

37 comments:

  1. Good for you! You can do it.
    Saw Tara's awesome news this morning. Very happy for her.
    And all signed up for the blogfest.

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  2. Go for it, Julie! I'm not participating In NaNo this year but I still think it's a great experience and I know you'll enjoy it. :)

    (I first saw Tara's news on your blog, then jumped over there to comment, but then, of course, I came back here. :))

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  3. Cutest blogfest button ever. Just give her the prize now! :-D

    Been thinking about NaNo, too. But all I really want to get finished is a YA WIP I started many moons ago, so I'm not sure if I should signup officially. I might just be like the little kid talking on his play phone while mom talks on her real phone, you know? lol

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  4. That's a great idea for a blogfest.

    And I've never done NaNo. Kind of certain I wouldn't be able to keep up, but I think it's a great motivator. Kick that WIP of yours into gear! And good luck!

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  5. Awesome blogfest. I'm doing NaNo too. Have a great day!

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  6. I did Camp NaNo and managed over 40 thousand words for my second book.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  7. @Alex, thanks, I hope so! Looking forward to your blogfest entry.

    @Madeline, I think I'll enjoy it too, thanks. I figure there's really nothing to lose and everything to gain so I might as well try.

    @EJ, I agree, even if I wasn't interested in the fest I think I'd sign up just because of the button LOL. Oh, I hope you will participate in NaNo! But, I know what you mean about wanting to finish your WIP.

    @LG, thanks!

    @Summer, oh, that's great, I will be cheering you on once we start.

    @shelly, wow, that's exactly the kind of success I'm hoping to achieve, that's great.

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  8. Thank you advertising the blog fest! :)

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  9. Sounds like good news for both you and Tara! :)

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  10. Oh good for you for plunging. I have this shivering dread of imposed deadlines and collective goals. It's the introvert in me. But I'm reading how motivating and inspiring it is for so many people. That's awesome.

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  11. julie, you are too sweet! thanks for the wonderful words!
    and for touting our blogfest!

    you will have a blast with nano, a sressful blast, but a fulfilling, stressful blast! good luck! keep us posted!

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  12. If you are on the NaNo site, you should buddy me. I'm bookworm0753 there. :)

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  13. @Vicki, you're welcome!

    @Johanna, definitely for Tara, it remains to be seen for me LOL.

    @Julie, honestly I have the same dread! But I just need to do something to try to kick myself into gear. Fingers crossed I don't end up having a total meltdown LOL

    @Tara, you're welcome, and congrats again, so thrilled for you!

    @Cherie, I'm your buddy now, thanks!

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  14. Have fun with NaNo! Looks like a cool blogfest, too.

    Happy Weekend :)

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  15. @Carol, thanks! Happy weekend to you as well. :)

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  16. More power to your elbow, Julie!! lol You can do it :)

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  17. All the best with Nano, Julie, and I'm excited for Tara, too. All of you. It's fantastic to see everyone getting their books out there.

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  18. So nice to meet you too Julie! I'm a huge NaNo fan - DO IT DO IT!!!

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  19. I signed up. It's unlikely I'll do more than 25,000 words, but it never hurts to try. I hope it doesn't. :)

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  20. I added you as a buddy. You're my only one....

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  21. @Carolyn, thanks!!

    @Mary, thank you, and I so agree. It's so nice to see all the good news around the blogosphere.

    @Sophia, thanks, it's great to meet you as well!

    @Tonja, oh, I'm so glad you are signed up as well. I will go now and add you as my buddy, thanks. :)

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  22. I'm all signed up for NaNo too - although I have put very little thought into what I'm going to be writing!

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  23. @Annalisa, yay! I'm so glad to find buddies there. I think this will be fun.

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  24. Good luck with Nano! Keep us posted on your progress. Congrats to Tara! So exciting!!!!

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  25. NaNo is great! I love doing. I'm not going to sign up this year even though I plan to follow its schedule. I'm planning to rewrite something I've already written, which I know is against NaNo rules.
    Congrats to Tara. How exciting!!!

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  26. You're doing NaNo! Yay! I've added you as a buddy.

    Awesome news for Tara Tyler. I'm off to her blog now.

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  27. @Lisa, thank!

    @Susan, glad to know you've had good experiences with Nano. I'm really looking forward to it. Good luck with your re-writing!

    @Ellie, oh, great, I will add you back. Thanks!

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  28. Congratulations to Tara! Great news for her and it's always good to read news like that. As well as being thrilled for Tara, I feel it gives all writers a boost, to see that there is movement out there. Really happy for her.

    The blogfest button is rather cute! I may pop over and see what it's about, though I've been a bit lax with my blogging this past couple of weeks.

    I'm also thinking of signing up to NaNo, but haven't done it yet. If I do, I will certainly look you up. :)

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  29. @Rebecca, oh, if you do decide to sign up definitely let me know! And I totally agree, it can give me a great boost sometimes to see good news from other writers. It's one of my favorite things about blogging. And, I have been very lax too, I can relate there!

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  30. What a nice idea for a blogfest.

    Good luck with NaNo, you brave soul!

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  31. Thanks, Theresa! I know I need the luck LOL.

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  32. Good luck with NaNo! I've been doing it for years and I love it.

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  33. @Christine, thanks! Good luck to you as well. I'm really excited about it. :)

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  34. Hi Julie! I just signed up for NaNo and added you as a buddy. Now I just need to update my bio and all that good stuff. Good luck to you!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  35. I'll see you around for the blogfest.

    Good luck with NaNo.

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  36. I know that you'll do a great job with NaNo Julie! You should take some walking breaks with Clancy in between writing sessions. Fantastic news for Tara! Julie

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  37. @Shannon, oh, that's great! I will add you as a buddy too. Good luck!

    @Medeia, thanks!

    @Julie, that's a good idea, although Clancy might disagree since he is lazier each day LOL. Thanks!

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