Giveaway Winners Re-Draw — June 22, 2012

Giveaway Winners Re-Draw

Okay, since I had only one person acknowledge that they saw they won I’ve re-drawn for three of the four prizes.

2nd prize of a 50 page/5 chapter (whichever comes last) critique goes to: JEM

1st prize of a full manuscript critique and $10 gift card to Amazon, B&N or iTunes goes to: Michelle Davidson Argyle

Grand Prize of a four-book package and a full manuscript critique goes to: Laura Diamond

Okay, ladies. The critiques are good for any time in the year 2012. Just email me your partial or full when you’re ready for me to have a go. My email is novicewriteranonymous (at) gmail (dot) com.

Laura, email me your mailing address for the books. Michelle, I have your email so I’ll send that gift card along today. Thanks for reading my blog!

(Ladies, if you could acknowledge by email or comment to this post that you’ve seen you’re the winners, I’d appreciate it. If I don’t hear within a week I’ll re-draw.)

Update Tuesday and Winners! — June 12, 2012

Update Tuesday and Winners!

Um, yeah. I haven’t done anything since my last update. I haven’t written anything. I haven’t researched anything. I haven’t revised anything.

What was I doing instead? Watching Netflix, breaking in a new puppy, working full days while a coworker is on vacation, and basically avoiding the elephant in the room.

Anyways. On to the winners!

3rd Prize of a partial (50 page) beta critique is Kayeleen Hamblin!

2nd Prize #1 of a full manuscript beta critique and $10 gift card is: Amy McBay!

2nd Prize #2 of a full manuscript beta critique and $10 gift card is: Angie Lofthouse!

And the grand prize winner, a package of four books and a full manuscript beta critique is: MJ Fifield!

The critiques are good for any time in the calendar year so don’t feel any pressure to get it to me right away. Send it when the manuscript is ready for critique.

MJ, email me your mailing address so I can order the books. My email is novicewriteranonymous (at) gmail (dot) com.

For the gift cards, send me the email you’d like them sent to (or physical address) and the preferred outlet (Amazon, B&N, or iTunes) to the above email address.

Chase Your Dreams — May 10, 2012

Chase Your Dreams

So often, it seems, the publishing world’s corner of the internet is full of posts about how long the process takes, how many surprises there are in store once we land an agent or a book deal, etcetera. It can start to feel discouraging and hopeless. It can become a driving force in our lives, if we choose to make it that way. Let it influence our work ethic and motivation, and so on.

But what is your dream? A book deal? A book on a shelf? A book in your hands with your name on the cover?

Never be afraid to chase your dreams. They just might come true in every way you hoped. They might come true in ways you never thought of but that turn out perfect for you.

The point is, just dream.

I was reading on IMDB the other day (I’m a nerd). Someone had said something about two actors and it left me with a question. So I went to the IMDB page for one of the two and started reading his in-depth biography that’s posted there. (By in-depth I mean more than the little bios we authors write for ourselves for the back of our books or our websites.)

It started talking about how this TV show inspired him to become an actor and he pursued it in hopes of one day getting to play the title character. (Can you guess which show I’m talking about?) However many years later, guess what role he landed and played for three or four seasons (is my estimate)?

Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. They just might come true in big ways.

Also, don’t forget to read my post reflecting on my blogging journey after 500 posts and comment for a chance to win prizes!

A Time for Reflection, I Suppose — May 8, 2012

A Time for Reflection, I Suppose

It’s been three years since I started blogging regularly.  Three years since I started really taking writing seriously. Well, it’s not that I didn’t take it seriously. I just decided that it was important enough to make time for it. Prior to that point, I’d written when I felt like it. Granted, I’d been in high school, university, and graduate school to that point in my writing life. But three years ago, I decided to make the time for writing. I wanted to be published, and I wanted to be serious about it.

This blog began in October 2008, the reason escapes me at the moment. It may have been for a class I was taking in graduate school at the time. I posted a couple of times, but I was timidly tapping the water’s surface with my big toe. In June of the following year, I was out of school, out of work, and out of sanity. So I jumped into blogging.

Some of you reading this (imagining hordes of people reading but not commenting) have been around since those early days. Some of you may have only just discovered my blog. I remember that thrill of excitement when I signed on to the computer one morning to discover I had a follower! Someone was reading my blog! Then I had two, and it’s grown quietly from there.

Is blogging on its way out? Maybe. I know that my reading habits have slacked off in that regard. Comments have certainly dropped here on the blog. But that’s okay. I think there’s really an ebb and flow to everything. This blog will stay put, riding those flows and currents. (How many cliches can I pack in to this paragraph, eh?)

With this post, I reach 500 total on the blog. To honor that, and thank all of you who have kept this tiny little blog on your reader, on your radar, I’m having a giveaway. Yep, a giveaway. It’s been a while.

Don’t worry, it’s totally easy to enter. You just have to comment on this post. I’ll draw random winners at the end of May. There are four prizes.

Grand Prize (1 Winner):

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
A full manuscript beta read

First Prize (2 Winners):

A full manuscript beta read
A $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (or iTunes, if you want to use the card for ebooks)

Third Prize (1 Winner):
A partial manuscript read (50 pages or 5 chapters, whichever is longer. Also, round up if 50 is mid-chapter)

Thanks for being here, friends.

Contest rules: One entry per person. Leave a comment to enter. Please spread the word about this. If you’re not a writer please don’t hesitate to enter. Just let me know in your comment and I’ll re-award the manuscript critique from your prize package. Contest not necessarily limited to four winners. Manuscripts submitted for critique must not be erotic or overly steamy. Otherwise any genre is allowed.

"Sacred Places" by Angie Lofthouse: Blog Contest Tour Stop — May 20, 2011

"Sacred Places" by Angie Lofthouse: Blog Contest Tour Stop

It’s my pleasure today to host my friend, Angie’s, Out of This World Blog Tour and Contest.  Angie has been around my blog almost since its beginnings.  We’ve met in person and I can honestly say she’s among the sweetest and kindest people you’ll ever meet.  She’s a prolific writer and an editor to boot.  (And be sure to check out her book Defenders of the Covenant from Walnut Springs Press, due later this year.)

Sacred Places” first appeared in Irreantum Magazine’s Winter 2003/Spring 2004 issue, after receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2003 Irreantum Fiction Contest.

Life on a distant planet with her archeologist husband is not all that Rachael Murray had hoped it would be. With two small children, a busy husband, and neighbors she’s not sure she wants to meet, Rachael feels homesick and neglected. But if she opens herself up to the possibilities, she may find more to love in her new home that she ever imagined.
To enter The Out of This World Adventure giveaway, click on the story title to read the story, then come back here and answer the following question in the comments:
Have you ever learned to get along with someone you didn’t think you’d get along with?
Your comment will give you one entry in the grand prize drawing (includes an Amazon gift card, free book and other fun stuff!), plus one commenter on this post will win a Milky War bar. Mmmm. Include your email address, if it isn’t on your profile, so we can contact the winners.
Be sure to visit the other stops on the Adventure and good luck!
Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Random — September 17, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Random

Today, randomness.

1- Culinary school is intense.  I knew it would be, but I don’t think any amount of mentally preparing for that reality can actually set you up for the intensity.  When each class only goes for 9 days and then you’re done with it forever, it’s nuts.  There’s a lot of information to ingest in such a short amount of time.

2- As if I’m not busy enough, I am considering opening a food blog of some kind.  I’m not sure what that will entail so I’m letting it stew.

3- It’s finally the weekend!  And I have a project to work on!  Woot!

4- I’m so close to 200 followers that I’ve decided I’ll give away a $20 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble next week.  (This both in honor of hitting 200 followers and 300 posts on the blog.)  I haven’t decided how it’s going to work yet, though, so stay tuned for the details.  (It’ll be easy, I promise.)

Follower Giveaway Winners! — March 8, 2010

Follower Giveaway Winners!

Thanks, everyone, for being here.  If I had more funds I’d give more prizes.  I hope to keep entertaining you for a long time to come, but if I ever lose your interest I wish you all the best.

And on to the winners.  I used a random number generator to do the selection so there was no favoritism.

Drumroll please!

Congratulations to Susan Mills and Embee!  Send me an e-mail to and I’ll get you your gift certificates.

Have a great day everyone!

Belated Birthday Bash — December 5, 2009

Belated Birthday Bash

With cake!

I realized today that I’ve missed my one year blog birthday.  What many of you don’t know is that this blog began on October 30, 2008.
So, yeah, I’m a little behind.

But whatever.

To celebrate, I’m doing a whole week of contests.  Complete with prizes!

I’m still deciding on the prizes, but there will be book giveaways, gift certificates, and some other special goodies.

Two grand prizes will be given away at the end of the week.

So, tweet, retweet, facebook, blog, etc. and you could totally win!

More details to come tomorrow.  The celebration begins on Monday!