Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrating the Small Things

It's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things with Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

This week I'm celebrating that:

  • I finished editing and revising my third (possibly final?) draft of The Ghosts of Aquinnah, my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel. My goal is to have it polished and ready for submission in June.

  • I am now part of a totally awesome group of writers called Untethered Realms. I was invited to join by my friend M. Pax and quickly accepted by the other members, most of whom I already knew and considered friends. It's kind of funny for me to be so happy about being part of a group because I've never been a "joiner" and have always been more apt to go it alone. But that is yet another way that writing and blogging has changed me. Thanks to the the blogosphere I already knew the benefits of being part of a supportive and fun community of people with similar interests and goals, and now I'm thrilled to be able to extend that experience to a smaller and more focused group.

  • My sisters, brothers-in-law, and I are going to a Cincinnati Reds game with my mom this Sunday for Mother's Day. I've mentioned before on this blog that my mom is a huge Reds and baseball fan, so it's always fun to watch a game with her. But since losing my dad last summer I am even more cognizant of how lucky I am to still have my mom, so I'm grateful for the chance for us to do something fun for Mother's Day. To me, that's definitely something worth celebrating. 

Happy Friday and weekend to all! :)


  1. Congratulations on the revisions.
    Untethered Realms is a great group of authors.
    And have fun at the game!

  2. Hope you and family have a fun weekend. Great work on the revisions too :)

  3. Small things? This sounds like an epic week to me, J! :D

    The Reds game sounds like so much fun! As does your new writer's group and finishing revisions. :)

    Hope you have a great time with your mom.


  4. Definitely enjoy your Mom. Congrats on the third draft and joining a cool writer's group. Enjoy the weekend.

  5. Yay for joining the writing group. They're great for support as well as writing prompts if you're feeling a bit lost for words!

  6. Have a great time at the game!

    Glad you made such progress on your possible final draft, exciting! Also yay for joining the group, I'm sure it will be fun ;)

  7. @Summer, thanks!

    @Alex, thank you, and I totally agree about UR, I feel very fortunate to have joined up with such a great group.

    @Suzanne, I appreciate that, thank you!

    @EJ, LOL, yeah maybe not so small after all. Thanks!

    @Sheena, thank you and I hope you have a great weekend too.

    @Rebeccah, that's a good point, very true.

    @SK, I think it will be. Thanks!

  8. Those are great things to celebrate! Congrats. And have a great time at the game with your mom.

  9. Have a good time at the game. Just stopping by on the Blog Hop to say HI.

  10. Yay for finishing revisions! I can't wait to do that myself. LOL. I hope the Reds do better than my Phils are doing this year!

  11. I look forward to another book from you, Julie. That's very good news.

    Glad to have you in the 'office'.

    Enjoy the game! The last game I was at was the Mets. Wow, that was a really long time ago.

  12. Congratulations on all three accounts, Julie!

  13. Wow, that sounds like a great way to spend Mothers' Day. Only thing that would make it better is if y'all were going to a Braves game. HA! Just kidding. I hope you have a blast.

  14. Yay for closing in on the final draft of your WIP. Awesome!

  15. Congratulations on finishing your third/final draft. My NaNo novel is much less successful at the moment - hey ho!

  16. Congrats on the edits!! Yay for you. I wish you all the best as you submit. Have fun at the game. Hugs!

  17. And we're happy to have you! :)

    Have fun at the game with your family!

  18. Happy Friday! Lots of things to celebrate :)

  19. Yay for revising and your great new writing group! I hope you have a wonderful time with your mom and family at the Reds game! :-)

  20. Congrats on getting your book finished and joining a group!
    Have fun at the game this weekend!

  21. Happy Friday to you, too.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  22. Very wonderful celebrations! Congratulations doubly for getting your NaNoWriMo novel polished up. That's great. and for joining the group. Writer’s Mark

  23. Have fun at the games, Julie!
    Congrats on getting your NaNoWriMo novel in tip-top shape.
    I've heard about Untethered Realms. Sounds like a fab group. Congrats on joining!

  24. Good luck with your submission in June...where do you plan to submit? The big publishers?

  25. Great things going on, Julie! And have fun at the game. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I love going to live games-- the air is festive, you can eat a lot of junk food and wash it down with beer, and the people watching is fantastic! :)

  26. Hi Julie .. great on all three things - so pleased about you spending time with your Mom and family .. and the fact you've joined that group of writers .. makes lots of sense ..

    Cheers and I'm looking forward to reading Polar Nigh .. Hilary

  27. have a good time at the game!

  28. @Rebecca, thanks!

    @Janice, thanks for stopping by, it's nice to meet you. :)

    @Lisa, LOL, it's hard to say with the Reds. Odds are good they will lose. Thanks!

    @Mary, thanks again for having me at the office LOL.

    @Michael, thank you!

    @Susan, haha, the Reds really stunk it up against the Braves this past week. Thanks!

    @LG, thanks!

    @Annalisa, thanks and I hope you will have more success with your novel soon, I'm sure it will come together.

    @Melissa, thanks and hugs back to you!

    @Laura, thank you!

    @Regina, definitely, that's always a good thing. Thanks!

    @Tyrean, I think we will, thank you!

    @Shelly, thanks!

    @Nancy, thank you, I appreciate it!

    @Michelle, I hope it's in tip-top shape, LOL I will probably hate it when I look at it again. Thanks!

    @unikorna, thanks, I appreciate it! I am going to try with my publisher first and then see what happens.

    @Julie, I love baseball but I agree that the atmosphere is one of the best things about a live game, I love to people watch especially LOL.

    @Hilary, thanks so much, I hope you will like it.

    @Vikki, I hope so, thanks!

  29. Hi Julie! So great to have you in the UR group. YAY!!

    And I bet your mom's going to have a wonderful time at the ball game.

  30. Have a wonderful time with your mom! And congratulations on the new group and finishing the edit.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  31. @Angela, I hope so, thanks!

    @Shannon, thank you!

  32. I know your Mom will have a great time. Congrats on joining the group and on finishing up you book.

  33. Since it is almost evening here is California, I will see how the Reds did. I hope you and yours had a marvelous day.

  34. Congrats on finishing the revision! Time for confetti: ~\o/~

    I remember hearing about Untethered Realms before. Very cool how you're part of it now!

    Hope you all had fun at the game this Mother's Day! :)

  35. Hope you enjoyed the game :)

    Sounds like a great writers' group. I've found myself nicely adopted by the Burrow writer's group who do the BuNoWriMo thingy in June, so I know what you mean!

    Well done on your revisions!!

  36. Those are all definitely things to celebrate. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  37. Those are all definitely things to celebrate. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  38. @Inger, thank you!

    @Susan, they won and we all had a wonderful time, it was a great day.

    @Heather, thanks!!!

    @Trisha, oh, the Burrows group sounds great. Thanks!

    @Brinda, we did, thanks!

  39. Congrats on the revisions and the new group! Hope you had fun with your family at the Reds game!


  40. @Julie, thanks! We did have a great time at the game.

  41. Congratulations! May you have a really terrific and memorable weekend :)

  42. @Bames, thank you! We really did have a great weekend, thanks!


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