The Writer’s Platform Building Campaign

Monday starts off with a bang this week!  It’s time for Rachael Harrie’s 3rd Writer’s Platform Building Campaign!

This is a great opportunity for writers, parents, teachers and librarians!

For writers, it’s a chance to connect with other writers, both in your own specific genre and across the board.

For parents. teachers, and librarians, it’s a great way to explore the blogs and books of lots of writers whose work you might not be familiar with yet.

If you’re a writer, I think you’ll want to check it out!  Not only will you get to meet new people who share your interests, learn new things about your craft, and exchange ideas with other writers, you’ll get to join in writing challenges, a Yahoo group, and all kinds of other fun including giveaways of all kinds.

If you’re a parent, teacher or librarian, you can go to the list of Campaigners here and check out all the blogs and books of writers in every category of children’s literature (as well as adult literature.)  Many writers’ blogs have a lot of information on the world of children’s books where you can get to know the authors who write the books your children read or whose books you use in your classroom, and there are often giveaways where you can win books for your personal, classroom, or school library.

I did the 2nd Writer’s Platform Building Campaign and had a wonderful time, finding lots of interesting blogs and meeting people who are now friends.

So go check it out and let me know what you think!

Remember to check back here Wednesday for a new Would You Read It which, this week, is going to include some VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!

See you then 🙂

The Second Challenge

So I’ll probably be the last one to post for the Second Crusader Challenge, but better late than never, right?

This time, the challenge is to write a flash fiction story of 100 words or less beginning with, “The goldfish bowl teetered…”  For an extra challenge, you can try to write in your own genre.  You know me.  I love a challenge…

The goldfish bowl teetered in the basket of Jessie’s bike.
“Be careful!” said Jenny.  “Without the fish, the deal is off!”
Jessie pedaled more carefully.  Jenny trotted alongside, hauling the red wagon, ready to grab the fish if it fell.
When they reached Bryan’s house he looked the fish over and nodded in satisfaction.  “It’s a deal,” he said.
Jenny handed over the handle of the red wagon.  “Bye, Joey,” said Jessie and Jenny.  “Remember,” they told Bryan, “no backsies!”
So easy!  All it took to get rid of their pesky baby brother was a single goldfish!

97 words!  Not bad for the Queen of Longwindedness!  Anybody else want to try?

P.S.  A set of my books, inscribed to the winner’s specifications, will be available for bidding on Write Hope tomorrow.  Please spread the word and bid if you can.  It’s such an important cause.

UPDATED LINK FOR THE AUCTION!!!  Susanna’s Books on Write Hope

First Challenge!

Okay, folks, this is exciting!  We are off and running with the first writer’s platform building challenge today!  The winner will receive an awesome prize, and as you well know, I  am all in favor of prizes 🙂

As of the writing of this post, I have deliberately not read anyone else’s challenge yet, because I didn’t want to be influenced (or intimidated out of even trying!) so I’m really looking forward to reading them all once I’ve finished mine.  The rules state that we must include one secret, one lie, one interesting quirk, one annoying habit, one of our best character traits, one of our favorite things in the whole wide world, use the words bloviate, fuliguline, (yes, those are actual words and yes, I will have to look them up before I can use them!) blade and rabbit, and accomplish it all in 300 words or less in any writing form we choose!

Ready?  Go!

Susanna was not like the other rabbits.  She liked to get up at 5 AM, not 6 or 7.  She preferred the openness of the meadow to the safety and confinement of the briar patch.  She loved how blades of spring grass tickled her feet, like fuliguline down.  And while the other rabbits were quiet and kept to themselves, Susanna liked to hop up on the back porch steps of the farmhouse where the sun was warm, and bloviate at length about the merits of vegetarianism to anyone who would listen.  She spoke especially firmly about this to the dogs, a habit the other rabbits found bizarre.  Why would anyone talk to dogs?  The other rabbits figured that the reason she enjoyed public speaking and communing with dogs was because she was adopted.  No denying she was odd, but they were willing to overlook her eccentricities because she was loyal and kind and always quick to help when called upon.  Susanna loved her home and her family, but sometimes she felt her differences and couldn’t help but wonder where she had come from, and how and why she had ended up here.  Still, she was a happy rabbit – how could she not be with all the good fortune bestowed upon her by not just one but four lucky rabbit’s feet 🙂

There you go – and only 220 words – pretty good for the queen of long-windedness 🙂  Those of you who have read Punxsutawney Phyllis may recognize the familiarity of the opening lines 🙂

Now, here is the question:  I may have revealed something about myself that isn’t strictly true (actually, of course I have, because the rules required one lie!)  Can you guess what it is?  The answer will be in my next post, but I will look forward to your guesses!  If you want to, feel free to try to guess the secret, too, and/or follow the guidelines listed above and submit your own list/paragraph/story/poem in the comments for us to enjoy and guess at if you’re not already in the Crusader Challenge (because I know a bunch of my followers are very creative and not crusaders!)

So, see if you can guess and/or add your own attempt!