Monday, March 11, 2013

Lotsa Love

First off, did you hear my CP Taryn Albright signed with agent Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency last week? Hop on over to read her story and give her some congrats. Yay Taryn!!!

Happy birthday to my little sister today. Love you Leimomi!

Hey, lookie there ---> I've hit 300 followers! How about a 10 page critique from me to celebrate? If you're interested, let me know in the comments and I'll randomly choose a winner!

So much love through the blogosphere last week for great writers and great causes. Like an anthology about overcoming adversity to help send a young man with cerebral palsy to college. The release of an MG novel from a writer whose daughter is in the hospital recovering from the removal of a brain tumor. Or tomorrow's release of a debut novel from an author who passed away from cancer in 2011. I was blown away by how writers came together to support one another. Truly humbling to see.


Speaking of helping fellow writers, I enjoyed my first IWSG post last week as well. I whined and complained about not knowing what to write next, and boy did you all come through with ideas and suggestions that work for you. And I took that advice. I watched movies and read books and searched through Pinterest. I people watched and took showers :) and even tried writing prompts. And guess what? I have a new idea that I'm super excited about. I spent the weekend plotting and am anxious to get started. So a huge thanks to YOU, my blog readers, for helping this girl out. Writers are the best! Anything I can help you out with this week--let me know. And don't forget to tell me if you're interested in a 10-page critique in the comments!

Here's an interesting music video (warning for the queasy: there is a pool of blood in one shot) that gets the gears in my writer brain going. Watch it til the end if you have a few minutes, and tell me what you think happened...or will happen next. Happy Monday!

28 comments:

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Congratulation on the 300 followers, your first IWSG, and your new writing idea! You have had one amazing week!

Yes, yay for Taryn!

Suzi said...

Yay for the 300 followers. And good to hear you got a story idea. That didn't take very long. It's so fun to be starting a new project. Have fun!

jaybird said...

YAY! I knew Stella would get her groove back and you'd come up with a seriously cool new concept for a WIP in no time.

Happy B-day to your little sister. Big congrats on making 300 followers. And I'm always interested in getting a critique from you.



Connie B. Dowell said...

Congratulations! On the followers and the project. Starting a new project is always a blast.

Also, I would absolutely be interested in a critique.

Cassie Mae said...

yay for followers!!! and i'm with you, totally teary eyed over the awesomeness of our community, writers are the best :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

I'm always amazed had how wonderful the writing community can be. And so happy for Taryn.

ilima said...

Jenn-Thanks, it was a great week.

Suzi-No, it didn't take long at all once I set my mind to it. :)

Jaybird-Haha. Yes, I feel like I got my groove back for sure. :)

Connie-Thanks. I really love that honeymoon period with a shiny new idea. :)

Cassie-I know. Kinder, more supportive people I could not find.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Argh! Blogger ate my comment. Here I go again...

Music video: The guy slipped on a wet floor, was knocked unconscious, and spilled his bloody-red drink!

I've also felt the love online lately and have enjoyed seeing writers helping writers and doing what I can, as well.

So excited for your fully-fleshed new story idea and am so impressed with your continued dedication to keep writing, writing, writing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on three hundred followers! Glad you joined the IWSG. They are an awesome bunch of bloggers.

ilima said...

Jenny-I'm so excited for her too. Good things happening all over the place.

Katie-Why didn't anyone check his pulse to see if he was really dead, right? Idk, I think something paranormal is going on. :) And thanks for your excitement for my new story. ;) <3

Donna K. Weaver said...

I totallyagree! WIth very few exceptions, this writing community is a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Mark Means said...

Congrats on 300...I'm surprised you don't have more as you post very cool stuff :)

I realize I'm strange, but I got a chuckle out of the name of your CP's agency (congrats to her, btw) ,as I can hear the following conversation...

"Hey, do you know of a good agency to rep me?"

"Get Bent!"

I know, I know...it's the little things that make me chuckle :)

ilima said...

Alex-Thanks! Glad to be involved.

Johanna-Where did your comment go? I got it in my email. Dang blogger. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna-Writers rule!

Mark-Haha. Good thing they're one of the best agencies out there. :) And thanks for the congrats!

Nicole said...

Yay for new ideas! And all the other great news that's floating around lately.

Juliette said...

300 followers is pretty awesome. Hats off and all that, you clearly deserve it.

ilima said...

Nicole-I know, I'm so relieved I have something to focus on now.

Juliette-Thanks so much. :)

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats to Taryn on her agent and to you on reaching 300 followers, thats awesome. I'd certainly be up for a critque! Glad you had a successful IWSG :)

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats to Taryn on snagging an agent and congrats to you on the followers! AWESOME!
I'd be up for a 10 page critique, so count throw me into the drawing! :) Thanks Ilima!

ilima said...

Suzanne and Leigh-Thanks for the kind words! And I'll put you both down for the critique draw.

Robin said...

I always LOVE the pictures you post-I look forever and rarely find the image I'm wanting. Enough about that though-your new MS and inspiration sound amazing and I'm thrilled for Taryn and excited for all the goodness going around for Josh and Bridget. I'm excited to be getting POISON tomorrow-it'll be one of my library donations.

Also, Yay for 300 followers.

ilima said...

Robin-Ah, the joys of a Shutterstock account. :)

Emily R. King said...

Yay for 310 followers (and counting)!

David P. King said...

Congrats on your 300 (and growing) milestone! Glad to see that IWSG has helped you. Seriously, it's the best writer/blogger group out there. :)

Mark Noce said...

Cool post:) And yep, there are lots of great people in the blog-o-sphere out there:)

ilima said...

Emily-Thanks!

David-I'm excited for many more months of writer support.

Mark-There sure are. I love it. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Congrats on 300 followers! I loved that video. It was Cranberry Juice, of course!

Tammy Theriault said...

Wowzers...popular award is granted straight to you!! I will hop over and see your CP! I would love your critique...and later for your hubs to create my cover when I'm done... :D

ilima said...

Jennie-Thanks. Yes, a very bloody juice, I think. :)

Tammy-Ha. I'll let him know. :)