Monday, May 3, 2010

Check It Out!

Oh, happy day! I won Jackee's 100 Followers Contest over at Winded Words and my prize came today. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm so excited - I can't wait to take a nice long bath with all my new soaps and scrubs and lotions. Thank you, Jackee!

There's so much going on in the blogosphere at the moment, I just can't keep it all to myself!

First off, I hope you all got the chance to check out the entries in Lilah Pierce's Last Lines Blogfest and Charity Bradford's Baking Blogfest on Saturday. I entered the Last Lines Blogfest and enjoyed it so much, I'm going to be signing up for many more in the future. I've added a list of upcoming blogfests to my sidebar. This week, be looking for:
Raquel Byrnes hosting Primal Scream Blogfest on May 5.
Andrew Rosenberg hosting Bad Girl Blogfest on May 7.

Sharon Mayhew has posted her interview with author Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) over at Random Thoughts. Be sure to check it out and sign up to win an autographed copy of one of Laura's books.

T.J. Carson of T.J. Carson's Writing Endeavor is the proud hostess of The Famous Friday Contest. It's fun and easy to play - just name the noun you'd most like to be, give three reasons why, write a brief paragraph about what you would do if you were this noun for a day, and be creative! T.J. announces the winners of the previous week's contest and begins accepting entries for the coming week on each Friday. She also passes out a stylish Fabulous Friday Winner badge to each week's three winners (you can check it out on my sidebar - that's right, I'm a Famous Friday Hall of Famer!)

Carolina Valdez Miller over at Carol's Prints is hosting the Will Grayson Squared Dance Contest to celebrater her 300 (wow!) followers. Congrats, Carol! Enter by May 25 to win some fanastic book packages.

And lastly, T.J. Carson has tagged me. I must answer the following five questions five times and then tag five people, so here goes:
Question 1: Where were you five years ago?
1. Taking the Institute of Children's Literature Advance Writing Course.
2. Sending my youngest child off to kindergarten (which was not a tear jerker, but an "hallelujah!" moment for me)
3. Several pounds lighter than I am right now. :(
4. Recovering from running my first (and only) marathon.
5. Not reading nearly as much fiction as I do now.

Where would you like to be five years from now?
1. Agented.
2. Published.
3. Several pounds lighter than I am right now. :)
4. Sending my oldest off to college (that probably will be a tear jerker for me.)
5. Contemplating my husband's retirement and a move to somewhere warm.

What is your to-do list today? (this is an easy one since it's sitting right next to me!)
1. Finish wip edits so it can sit for a week before final read-through (done!)
2. Write tomorrow's blog post (in process).
3. Research agents (not done yet).
4. Do bible study for tomorrow's class (not done yet).
5. Run on treadmill (next up).

What five snacks do you enjoy?
1. Fiber One bars (which is a constant source of amusement for my children, but they're really, really yummy!)
2. Yogurt.
3. Peanut m&m's (or any form of chocolate, really).
4. Grapes.
5. Cashews.

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Buy a house on the ocean in California.
2. Buy a house in Hawaii.
3. Buy a house in the mountains in Colorado (that would be my hubby's choice - not mine!)
4. Donate to animal welfare charities all over the place.
5. Put my kids through college with no loans.

And now, I get to tag five of you: (okay, I really can't count - I'm a writer not a mathematician!)
Tag! Sharon Mayhew at Random Thoughts
Tag! Jackee at Winded Words
Tag! Old Kitty at Ten Lives and Second Chances
Tag! Niki at Wool 'n' Nuts
Tag! Theresa Milstein at Substitute Teacher's Saga
Tag! Amy at The Invisible Sister.

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!


Theresa Milstein said...

Congrats on that awesome-looking basket!

I like this past/future tag. Oh, the pounds. How do they creep up? I'm glad it's spring so I can shed them. Unless I don't by summer. Why does bathing suit season come so quickly?

Kelly@ JustWrite said...

Hey, I tagged you in the same game!:)Congrats on your prize, that looks awesome! And I haven't ever done a blogfest...not really sure what it is actually. But you make it sound so fun, maybe I'll look into it?

Velva said...

What a beautiful package of lotions, potions and bubbles. Love it.
Your blog is really hopping these days. I enjoyed learning more about you too.

Christine Danek said...

Congrats on that wonderful prize. How lovely!

Jen said...

Awesome tag and great job on the prize, it's beautiful! Congratulations!

Piedmont Writer said...

Congratulations on your beautiful prize. And thanks for all the info/links. Busy busy busy.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on the great prize. Your husband is never going to get to see you now. ;)

Joanne said...

Wow, a whole latte fests and contests happening on the blogs! Happy Tuesday to you, too :)

Lola Sharp said...

Wow, that is a whole bunch of fests going on in the sphere!

CONGRATS on that gorgeous swag!!!

Old Kitty said...


Oh wow - what a lovely prize!!! Oh beautiful - well done you! Yay!!

And goodness - so much going on in writers' blogland.. phew - thanks for keeping up and keeping the rest of us up to speed with all these events!

Good luck with the Hookline blogfest!!!

And wow! Thanks for tagging me!! How exciting.

I love that you're gonna be buying houses left right and centre once you become agented, published and make your first billion! :-) And you ran a marathon - that's just fab! Your snacks are much too healthy!! Awwww and it will be a proud, proud, proud moment when you send your oldest to college! Yay!


Take care and thank you so much for tagging me! It's such a fun thing to do!!


Amanda J. said...

Oh man, that looks like a fantastic prize pack! :) Thanks for all the links!!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Wow what an awesome looking prize! Hehehe, I got tagged yesterday too. Great way to get to know each other, don't ya think?

Don’t miss out on my contest!

Tara said...

What a great prize :)

I love those Fiber bars as well - they're so yummy!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now that's some cool swag!

Jackee said...

Aww, shucks! You're making me blush. You are welcome of course and thanks for the tag.

Ann said...

Congratulations on the wonderful basket. Many spa like evenings in your future to enjoy!!

Great points. Love the house by the ocean!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Oooh Congrats! Well, I don't have any bath bubbles but there is a neat little award waiting for you on my blog:)

Crystal Cook said...

Congrats on that cool prize! And just so you know I received my gift card in the mail yesterday :) Thanks so much!

I love this tag game, it's just so fun. Glad to know more about you.

chopchop83 said...

the question was if YOU were a billionaire (not your husband...) so toss out the house in the colorado mountains need to come up with another answer suds.

Myrna Foster said...

Congratulations on winning Jackee's basket! They're lucky, ya know?

Talli Roland said...

Oh, that bath stuff looks delightful! Enjoy!

Thanks for sharing more about you, Susan! It's great to get to know more about you!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for mentioning Laura's interview. :)

Wow, what a lovely basket...I know you're gonna love that!

Scott is thinking about retiring????

Anonymous said...

Thanks Susan :o)) Congrats on the basket, it looks gorgeous. It's so neat to learn more about you XX

Dawn Simon said...

What a beautiful basket! Congrats!

I loved reading your answers--very fun! Nice way to get to know you better. :)

Elana Johnson said...

What a great prize! I'm so jealous.

And yeah, I'd like to be living somewhere warmer in five years too. Let's do that, okay? Okay.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome prize. My wife would love something like that. Congrats! and enjoy.

Stephen Tremp

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Super roundup of links, Susan! Thanks so much for mentioning my contest as well.
Congrats on your contest win, too, from Jackee! Looks like a fab basket.

AND big huge congrats on finishing your marathon. I've never done one, but I'm in awe of those who do them.

Jai Joshi said...

Congratulations on winning that award! It looks like a basket of lovely delights!


T.J. Carson said...

AWW thanks for the blurb about my contest!!! Not so many entries this week though! :( eh maybe once more people win and see the pretty badge then everyone will want one :D haha. And wow you want to travel ALOT! That sounds amazing. Tropical is the way to go! And I hear you about the no college loans thing (that is why I wrote a novel) haha. pretty much freaking out how a minimum wage job is gonna pay for gas in my car and far it does not ugh. But fiber one bars are reallly good. you should try special k bars too!