Monday, October 3, 2011

Nook or Books?

My work always gets in the way of my passion...
My only escape has been reading at night before going to bed. I was so happy to receive  Lisa Fee's  novella After Dark. I love this book. I can't review it just yet because I'm not finished. As soon as I do I promise I will.

I was also super excited to receive in the mail-a signed hard copy of Witch Song by Amber Argyle. For those of you that don't know I am a nook fanatic. Because I can carry all my books in one place without hurting my back and I can get online and stalk all you guys whenever I want. However, when I won Witch Song on David Powers  site (owe you big time buddy) I didn't think I wanted the hard book version. I thought I wanted it as an ebook. But, when I received Witch Song in the mail, I fell completely in love with it. I rubbed my hands over it's velvetty soft cover and simply fell in love with a book-not a nook. It is so soft and beautiful that I couldn't put it down.

I guess I didn't know what I was missing until I held this book in my hands. I understood all the reasons why I wanted my nook. But I could not express to non readers how this book made me feel, I guess the nook didn't really give me the assoiciation I gave books,in other words my nook now seems impersonal if you can understand what I'm trying to say. Holding books in comparison to my nook some how makes me feels like I am really connecting with the authors. I know all the work ebook authors put into their books, mainly because I've purchased so many of them. However, holding the book in my hands made me feel like I know the author better somehow. I know you will probably think this is weird, and do not fret I will continue to purchase ebooks (more than hard copies) no matter what but I wanted to share what I experienced holding/reading this book.

Although I am trying very hard to be a minimulist I just don't want to miss out on the way books feel in my hands. Am I alone in feeling this way or have you encountered some of these feelings when reading a hard copy or a nook?  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sharing the Love

This will be a short & sweet post to share the love with you all for your comments and following. You guys are so amazing! It makes me feel good to know that I am not alone in this challenge of making time for writing, blogging and all the other social media out here.

Abby Fowers of Something to Write About; has presented me the lovely award on the left  sidebar. In my acceptance, these things are asked by the person selecting them to do three things:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself (I'm shy so this one is hard). 6 more to go!
3. Pass this Award along to 7 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it. It was supposed to be 5 but I'm going with 7 because they're awesome. 

I thank Abby Fowers for presenting me with this award and I honorably accept!

So here I go sharing my 7 things about myself:
  1. I love chocolate
  2. I love to write,
  3. I don’t like sharing my writing, yes I'm chicken!
  4. I have never been to Disney
  5. My family and I are going to Disney December 2011
  6. Visited Canada at least  five times
  7. Traveling to Europe through an educational program with my boys in 2013… guess what you and your kids can join us, just shoot me an email.

I am passing this award to: 
1. Tia Bach
3. Tirz

Please visit and congratulate them and let them know The Writing Well gave them an award. I will be posting this weekend after doing my favorite thing (you got it stalking all of you) hope to hear from all of you again soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A High Five to a Great Platform Builder

Welcome back to The Writing Well everyone. Thank you for joining my blog. I am so happy to meet all of you. So many of you have shared great thoughts throughout the cleanup after Irene and I appreciate you for that. I have visited and joined all of your outstanding blogs read many of your shorts. It amazes me how much great work you all have out there.

I am so thankful to Rach Writes for creating such a great space for all of us to get to know each other, work together and see each others' work. I would love to give her a high five for such a great idea for building our platforms. Rachel YOU ROCK!!!

Now, I'd love to thank and highlight several of your blogs like I promise to do with every post. Please visit Peggy Eddleman her blog is awesome and on Fridays there are cookies yummy. Next, visit Lisa Fee she has a great preview chapter of her new book titled After Dark. Last but definitely not least please visit Abby Fowers her blog is awesome and she's so friendly, sincere and also follow her on twitter. Not only is her blog awesome but she just presented me this beautiful award on the left hand side *doing the Vanna hands*. I didn't even have to beg she is amazing!

I would like to have an amazing list of contributors so I will be enlisting some of you to answer a few questions as I spotlight your blog or writing. Please keep checking back to share your ideas on contribution pieces highlighted here at The Writing Well.

In the meantime what have you done besides the the Rach Writes' campaign building to get your work noticed? Enquiring minds want to know!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Surviving Irene

After a week of preparing for Irene and then spending another week cleaning up and unpacking. I finally found the time to post again. However, I am so addicted to visiting and reading everyone else's blogs and comments that I have to drag myself away grumbling from my laptop or nook. Recently I re-read the first comment I received on one of my first posts, and realised that I had to take the advise seriously. The advise was "just don't spend so much time learning that you aren't writing too!" given by Lauri. Her blog was one of the first I followed because she seems to be very focused on what she is doing and so nice. I also see, now after visiting so many of you, that you are very focused on your projects and are very determined to completing almost everything you start. Hence the inspiration (addiction) to keep reading.

Also, all this reading and blog hopping was not in vain I won Witch Song by Amber Argyle on David Powers King giveawy. I am absolutely ecstatic that I won something to read some more! Thank you David -your brains astounds me! Everyone go take a peek!

I decided that I would probably only post once a week and spend more time writing and working on the writing well project. In the meantime, I'm not giving up any of my precious reading time!

Today I am giving out a few shout outs because I am learning so much from all of you and I would like others to know you too. I will highlight at least three of my fellow campaigners or just wonderful writers I've met along the way. Please hop over to Lauri's blog above, my very first supporter and partner Differences Magazine, Jessie's B-WORD, Castles In the Sky. Stop by any of these blogs and magazine, say hi and let them know The Writing Well sent you. 

I  am looking forward to the campaign beginning tomorrow. I am so honored that you all have stopped by and said hi and joined us. I wish I could give you all a prize for being so nice. But, I guess that would be bribing huh? I will think of something else to do for all of you soon.

Please share, how do you balance your time of writing, blogging and stalking hehehe?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friends of mine and yours...

Today has been an extremely exciting day for us at the writing well. GP Ching authour of The Soulkeepers Series just joined our blog and is now following @writingwellproj . We have a very special place on our shelves for The Soulkeepers Series. So we have been following GP Ching on her journey through the indie author world. Join her blog and tell your friends. Visit her fan page on fb we are sure most of you are friends already, so you have nothing to lose. I know the experience will be outstanding.

I know what you're all thinking -stalker much? Yes, I stalk The Soulkeepers just because I'm a huge fan. I also stalk all my friends on this blog and others you don't see.

Hop over to  the soulkeepers and come back and share your thoughts.

Visiting Awesome Bloggers

Hi everyone first off I want to thank all our new friends on our blog and say YOU ARE AWESOME!!! We are visiting all of you on your amazing blogs and are now visiting often to get great information and neat ideas.

The next thing we want to announce David Powers King is having a great giveaway. Closing date is August 31st so hop on over to his amazing site and get your entry in.

The Writing Well has joined Rachel Writes Writer's Platform Building Campaign click here and join in or click on the badge to see all rules.  Entry expires on August 31st. We are so excited to be among all these wonderful authors so join us in the fun filled journey of networking and building our platforms for our projects.

Changing topics; we live on the East Coast so Irene is whipping through (not fast enough) and we are getting plummeted with rain and wind. Hope we can get some work done. We're also hoping the power stays on.

What's happening in your neck of the woods? Let us know if you are getting great work done on the east coast or is the sun shinning out there?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Worked Hard and Hardly Worked...

Today, The Writing Well began its' first  community service project. We adopted a cove out in an Arboretum and began a collaboration between an all girl organization and this writing group. We will take time to write about our experiences on our project, go back and enjoy the beauty of natures bloom. We all will share several stories on what we learned through this community service project. I see great writers in the making!

The Writing  Well then went to support some good friends at the beach at a Polynesian Festival, where the beautiful culture was displayed for everyone to enjoy. Several vendors showed off their talents and ingenuity through their products for sale. I loved every moment of it until the rain came. We enjoyed several groups teaching us how their stories are told through music and dance. This is where I got a little mushy... I saw our America an array of cultures coming together to celebrate one or many. Everyone in the audience watched intently, genuinely participated and savoured every moment, the colors the smiles especially the food.

This has now become one of our traditions. We will visit, dance and taste the deicous food Polynesian Festival in all its wonderful expressive beauty.

Did you do any hard work this weekend or did you hardly work at all? Please share your weekend special with The Writing Well.