Monday, January 23, 2012

And Now a Word From Our Sponsors



Just a brief (for me) post today.  I’ll try to post something more profound later this week.  I know, I know, I’m not keeping to my newly published blog schedule, but my life is a bit frantic right now.  I have one more medical test today then I have to start applying for a multitude of financial aid and scholarships for my son and that takes priority.  But I do have a few things I wanted to mention:


First, and most exciting for me…I booked BoucherCon 2012!  Yes, I finally scraped the cash together and booked my first writer’s conference for October.  Now I have to get the airfare. 

Second, I need to spread the love and thanks around to three lovely fellow bloggers:

Ø      To Jamie Ayres for sponsoring a wonderful contest to celebrate her 100th follower.  She invited twenty-one followers to submit their queries to be judged by literary agent, Nicole Resciniti, who would then, hopefully, request a partial or full from one lucky entrant.  But by some miracle, Ms. Resciniti requested fulls from two talented writers and partials and synopses from the rest of us!


Ø      To both Nick Wilford and C. Lee McKenzie for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Both have wonderfully written blogs, so if you haven’t gone over for a visit and followed them yet, hop to it!  (Since I've done this award twice, I won't repeat myself.)

Lastly, I wanted to let you all know about two blogfests being held in February, because I think these bloghops are the best and easiest way to meet new writer/bloggers and acquire new followers, and heck, bloghops are fun!  So here they are:


Ø      Nicki Elson has teamed up with Mary Pax and Suze at Analog Breakfast for the Tumble 4 Ya Blogfest being held on Friday, February 10th to ask one simple question:  Who was/is your 80’s celebrity crush?  If you're interested, go check out these wonderful bloggers and sign up.  


Ø      DL Hammons has joined forces with Creepy Query Girl, KatieMills and my two online writer crushes, Alex J. Cavanaugh and Matthew MacNish to sponsor the Origins Blogfest.  “On Monday, February 13th, you should post your own origin story.  Tell us all where your writing dreams began.  It could be anything from how you started making up stories as a child, or writing for the school newspaper, or even what prompted you to start a blog.  How about stories about the first time somebody took an interest in your writing, or the teacher/mentor that helped nudge you along and mold your passion, or maybe the singular moment when you first started calling yourself a writer.  It all started somewhere and we want you to tell us your own, unique, beginnings.”  I think this one will be a blast so head on over to any of these blogs and sign up using the Linky Tool. 

Well, that’s it!  I hope you all go visit my wonderful blogger friends and participate in the blogfests.  After spending the last week battling two snowstorms, one ice storm, and yet another wind storm, I’m off to conquer the world…or my corner of it, anyway.  Have a great week!  

35 comments:

Lynda R Young said...

Many great things are happening over the blogsphere. Congrats on your award, your partial, and booking your first conference. Woot

Freya Morris said...

Congrats!

Thanks for the Origins fest - I'm heading over there now. : )

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Congratulations on the awards. The blogosphere is so busy these days.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the award and for booking the conference! And wow, don't think I've ever been someone's crush before...

L.G.Smith said...

Fingers crossed for the med test. And I know you'll have a great time at the conference.

I've signed up for both of those blogfests. I can't help it, I'm a sucker for a built-in blog topic. :)

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats, girl!!

Cassie Mae said...

That was so awesome that Nicole requested partials from everyone! I nearly passed out when I saw that. I'm like, what an awesome agent!

And good luck for the med test :) Sending awesome vibes through the computer.

Blogfests rule! I'd totally do the 80's one, but um, ya... wasn't exactly living during that time haha.

Al Penwasser said...

Profound? We're supposed to write something profound? Aw, crap. And I had to go ahead and write that post about Viagra.

Jasmine Walt said...

I'm not old enough to do the 80s blogfest, LOL. But I've signed up for the Origins one!

Have you already submitted your partial to Nicole? I'm still working out the kinks in my synopsis. :)

Richard said...

Congrats on your awards. Pretty good post for not having time to put into it.

Suzie F. said...

We're going through FAFSA joy too! Congrats on your awards and on attending a conference. I hope your tests go well. I'll be participating in the Origins blogfest too.

Joylene said...

Congratulations on the award, best of luck with the financial aid search, and yes, I'll definitely check out the other sites. I hope everything works out just the way you want. I'm cheering for you, Nancy.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on the awards, Nancy! Good luck with the financial aid. (That's often a level of hell, all to itself...) Also, I hope your test went well today. I've been praying for ya. :)

Lisa L. Regan said...

Congrats on the awards! I am so excited about Bouchercon! WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Tara Mero said...

You are gonna be over close to me for Bouchercon!

Congrats on the award, chick!!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Congrats on signing up for your first writers conference! I am so very excited for you!!

And congrats on the awards!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Yay for Bouchercon!

Sending you much love, my dear. Hoping you're healthy and that everything is A-ok. Let me know if you need anything. Hugs.

Liza said...

Thanks for the links. Hope all goes well for you.

M Pax said...

Thanks for mentioning the blogfest.

Yea, on your first writers conference. That's really exciting, Nancy! Best on getting all your life chores completed.

jamieayres said...

Congrats on your award & thanks for the shout out!! Can you believe I've gotten 82 more followers since that contest? Craz-E, in a gOOd wAY:) Hmmm, I'm thinking another prize when I get to 200 . . . on a smaller scale but still something fun! Good luck w/ everything!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Congratulations on the award and thanks for the scoop of the blogfests and bloghops.

I hope your test went well. And good luck with the applications. It sounds like you deserve a nice conference as a treat for yourself. ; )

Nick Wilford said...

Good luck with everything! A busy lady. That conference will be something to look forward to. Wish I could get to one! And thanks for the nice words about my blog!

Deana said...

You are going to love the conference! I sure loved my first one:) And congrats on the blog awards and of course the partial request!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I hope that your test went well. I'm sorry that I didn't stop by sooner, but you've been in my thoughts and prayers. How wonderful of you to take time out to highlight other bloggers in the midst of all that's going on in your life! It shows what a wonderful person you are, and how you only deserve good things. Julie

Siv Maria said...

Hope you enjoy the conference and that the rest of your busy schedule works out for you. You are lucky to have a writers conference to go to, we have no such thing here that I am aware of and if there was it would be for Norwegian writers.

Kittie Howard said...

Hope your tests come out okay (have a good feeling they well) and your projects come together - you've got a lot on your plate. I admire how you're juggling and walking forward at the same time. I couldn't help but smile when I read you're going to the conference - this is wonderful beyond words! I know you'll worry a bit when you get there about home, but try not to worry too much - throw yourself into the conference and have a glorious time!

Great Aunt Edna was my father's aunt. Yep, his mother (Ma) got pissed because of her profession. And, yep, my father was cut from the same cloth as Edna - which probably led to my mom slamming the door when she walked out, eventually.

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Nancy,

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the really nice comments re. my review of "Courageous."

I was laughing out loud (and the other peeps around me in the coffee shop moved a little further away) especially when I read about your husband (and you, of course:) getting ready to let your son fly the coop...

I am *always* "moaning" to my wife about how long it's going to be until we are empty-nesters (we have three boys under five:) but I *so* know I'll be bawling like a little girl when the day happens :)

Thanks for the smiles:)

The Golden Eagle said...

Hooray for the writing conference! I hope you have a great time. :) I've never been to one, but a lot of people rave about them.

Congratulations on the partial request and the award!

klahanie said...

Hi Nancy,
The following comment is sponsored by...well actually it was a grant by those good folks at 'Blogs R Us'.
Aha, so this is a short posting for you. Okay. Certainly covers a lot and proves how busy you are in your life. And well done for all those awards. Indeed, those gosh darn fun blog hops, and hop is the perfect word for this being a 'leap' year! :) Mustn't forget those blog fests. I love to do satirical postings on them. Of course, I know that those blog fests are just good fun and in no way are those who organise them trying to bring attention to themselves. Wonderful stuff in this the um, all different, all equal, blogging community :)
Take good care Nancy and happy writing.
With respect and a baseball cap, your way, Gary :)

Donna Hole said...

Good luck with everything Nancy :) And I'll be joining you for the blogfest.

.......dhole

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats, Nancy. Have you submitted yet? I was totally blown away by the request. I finally sent it tonight, and now I'm preparing for the prayer card (rejection). lol

tfwalsh said...

Great to meet you Nancy - am popping over from Lynda R Young's Great Aussie BBQ:)

So many great links, and congrats on the award... I'm joining the 80s one... I'm a huge 80s fan.

kmckendry said...

I'm doing the Origins blogfest too. I don't know yet about the 80's one.

Saw you at Lynda's BBQ and decided to hop on over.

Patsy said...

Congrats on the request and the award!

Julie Musil said...

Woman, you are paving the way for me with this financial aid and scholarship stuff. I'm looking ahead to that with dread. But I know your son is stacking up the acceptances, which is AMAZING!!! Good luck!