Friday, May 18, 2012

RAOK and a simple poem

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. There are industry giveaways, and cool prizes, but I think the best part of this Blitz is simply the act of sharing kindness. Kindness rocks!!!

Think about the writers and bloggers who have kindly shared their wisdom, thoughts, enthusiasm, and encouragement with you.

Think about the writers and bloggers who are newer to this whole blogging world.

Think about a post you've read that made your day, or a tweet you heard that made you want to reach out and encourage someone else.

Then . . . spring a Random Act of Kindness on those bloggers. Write a post, share the love. Encourage, give thanks!

For starters, I would like to say that if you are reading this, consider yourself a recipient of RAOK from me and if I could link you all, I would.

However, there a few bloggers that I'm going to highlight, just because they've stood out to me in some way:

Karen Lange at Write Now has shared kindness, wisdom, and encouragement with me from the beginning days of my blog. I really appreciate her, and give thanks for her.

Alex J. Cavanaugh walks the walk every day with encouragement and kindness. He gives shout outs for new bloggers and new authors every day.

Angela Brown is a blogger I met recently through A to Z, and I think her writing is stellar, and her kindness is obvious in all her posts.

Tara Tyler at Tara Tyler Talks and Unicorn Bell makes me laugh, inspires me with her fun posts, and always gives an encouraging word when she stops by a blog.

Laurel at Laurel's Leaves writes beautiful, thought-provoking posts.

Carol at Artzicarol Ramblings gives helpful insights into writing and editing.

Emily at Get Busy Writing makes my day with fun, and thoughtful posts on writing and life.

Angie at Notes from the Writing Chair has been an encouragement to me many times, and she is currently touring her book!

Susan Kaye Quinn is an awesome resource for writing encouragement and a look at the whole portfolio of the writing industry: indie, big pub, and small pubs. Plus, her new book, Closed Hearts is being released 5/23!!!

Between Burgers and Writing by Jeffrey Beesler is the BEST post I've read all week. Really. It is an awesome tribute to burgers and writing. You MUST read it. And I just randomly found it.

I could go on, and on, blogland is full of amazing, kind, encouraging bloggers!

100 Days of Revision, Day 18 Update
Writing is awesome!!! Revision is awesome too! I'm really getting my WIP whipped into shape, and although I still have major work to do, and I've made some mistakes in my revision process (you'll see my overworked first page at Artzicarol Ramblings next week), I'm still excited and feeling good about revision this time around. I'm also taking some time to scout out publishers, and agents, and research indie publishing too. It's an exciting time.

Changes in my Upcoming Posts (there's a lot going on)
Flash Fiction Blogfest on Monday (the same as before)
Critique at Artzicarol, and Closed Hearts Celebration for Susan Kaye Quinn (new Wednesday)
Wise and Beautiful Editors Who Say No? (moved to Monday)
Wise and Beautiful Editors Who Say Yes (same on Wednesday)

Oh, and I planned a poem today (previously on my facebook page in a moment of whimsy)


standing on my deck
 with my eyes closed, I can
almost imagine

 I'm standing
in the midst of
a waterfall

 the sound of rain on leaves all
around is almost the same


Angie said...

Thanks for the shout out! Good luck with your revisions. I like that poem too.hope you have a great weekend!

Laurel Garver said...

Thanks so much for the shout out, Tyrean. I always enjoy your faith-filled posts, too.

Angela Brown said...

Tyrean, you are just the sweetest. Thank you for the shout out. Tears warmed the back of my eyes, threatening to pour out, but I held tight so I could read the rest of your post. I'm glad I did. You highlighted some AWESOME bloggers that just rock my world seeing how they do what they do. It makes me sit and go:


I LOVED your poem. Your talent with words can not be denied. Seriously, it just can't.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Thanks for your kind words - and I'm excited you and your family are fighting over the Kindle! That's the best praise a writer can hear. :) Thank you!!

Allison said...

Great list of bloggers! Have fun with your revisions :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Angie - THanks!!!

Laurel - Thank you.

Angela - Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Susan - You're Welcome!!

Allison - Thanks! I should have included you on that list - please consider yourself on there.

Anonymous said...

I didn;t know Susan had a new book coming out. I read Open Minds and loved it. I'll definitely download Closed Hearts!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Stephen - I loved Open Minds too! Now, if I could just find where my daughters hid my Kindle, I could get back to Closed Hearts - I only read the first two pages before I had to pass it on yesterday . . .

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Tyrean! I appreciate that.
Glad you're enjoying revisions. It's my favorite part of the process.

Jeff Beesler said...

I really appreciate the shout-out. And I'm immersed in revisions on my horror novella, too. Fun stuff!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - it's amazing. I used to dislike revisions but now I can see my story coming together with more strength, and it's fun.

Jeffrey- Enjoy Revising!

Angela Ackerman said...

I am so happy to see so many familiar names on your list! These are all fantastic bloggers and it's lovely that you're recognizing them.

Thanks so much for joining in and spreading more RAOK! *hugs everyone on the blog*


Karen Lange said...

Thank you Tyrean, for your kind words! You are so sweet! This makes me smile after a long day. (My mother in law had surgery today and I got back from the hospital just a bit ago.)

I am so blessed to count you among my wonderful blogging buddies!

Thanks, blessings, and hugs to you,
Karen :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Angela - Thanks! Big Hugs Back! :-)

Karen - Blessings and Hugs to you! I hope your mother-in-law and you are both ok. Prayers heading your way.

Tara Tyler said...

you are such an awesome friend! thanks for tooting my horn! wait that didnt sound right...

anyway, its great you like revising, that's the longest part! i do not like it, sam i am, i'd rather eat green eggs and ham!

your pretty poem inspired me!
have a wonderiffic weekend, pooh girl!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Tara - You could revise in the train or in the rain, or with a mouse, or in a house? Maybe those ways might make revision more edible?

Thanks!!! Have a wonderrriffic weekend!

Luanne G. Smith said...

Love the RAOK blogfest. Such a great idea. And good luck on the revisions. I usually enjoy that part of writing the best.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Karen is one of my best buddies. :)

I'm also a fan of Laurel's Leaves. I'll have to check out the other blogs.

Miriam Forster said...

That's some really good imagery in your poem. I love rain. :)

Happy RAOK week!

Carol Riggs said...

Thanks so much for the mention! You're likewise awesome--I so love the writing community. :) Blessings to you!

Tyrean Martinson said...

L.G. - ROAK is wonderful! And for this project, I think revision has been my favorite part - or at least this particular revision.

Susan - They are some wonderful bloggers out there.

Miriam - Thank you! Happy RAOK week!

Carol - Thanks! Blessings to you too!