Friday, February 10, 2012

This has been an exciting week.

In the book-blogging world, I am so excited to have found the Southern Book Bloggers through the magic of twitter. This site connects book bloggers who live in the south, keeps track of regional book signings and events, and sends ARCs of fabulous YA books on tours from state to state. I am thrilled to take part in my first ARC tour with Black Heart, Holly Black's third book in The Curse Workers series. Be sure to check back in March for my review!

In the writer-blogging world, I discovered Rachael Harrie's blog Rach Writes. Rachel is embarking on her fourth Writers' Platform-Building Campaign. My favorite part of blogging is meeting other readers and writers. I'm looking forward to joining the campaign and embracing more members of this ever-growing family. Sign-ups for the campaign are open until Wednesday, February 15. Click here for more information!

I sometimes find that my Internet self and my real-life self are a tad disconnected. Coinciding with an enjoyable week in my reading-writing-online life, in my personal life, we had some disturbing news in our extended family. I'd rather not discuss the details, but I wanted to share the lesson I learned from this news. When you have a bad feeling about a person or a situation, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. So many times in life we sense that something is not as it should be, but we dismiss that twisty feeling in the pit of our stomachs. Don't. Do It. Speak up. Ask questions. Show concern.

Stepping off of my soap box now.
Happy Friday, everyone!

Music for today: Cath by Death Cab for Cutie

29 comments:

  1. I believe your real-life self and Internet self are not at all disconnected. Ok maybe sometimes. We adore you anyway we can spend time with you!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Doss. We keep playing phone tag ;)

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  2. Meeting new people is definitely the best part about blogging :D

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  3. Helloah. I'm a Plaform Building Campaigner (I write YA thrillers). I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your blog :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to getting to know you, too!

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  4. I'm also doing the PB campaign this year! Lovely to meet you! and re: "So many times in life we sense that something is not as it should be, but we dismiss that twisty feeling in the pit of our stomachs." --Very true, and something that should be said more often. I hope everything will work out for you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Nice to meet you, too.

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  5. Hey Laurie *waves* :D This southern book blogger sounds great! I was looking for something similar in my area but so far no luck (International book blogging ARC tours...)
    I am also in the campaign, yay!
    When it comes to you family, hope everything works out and thank you for the advice, it´s a good one to remember!

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    1. Hi Elodie! I was excited to see we were in the same group. I am so thrilled about these ARC tours; I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Does Net Galley do international? I have a friend who has started getting ARCs that way.

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  6. I'm also in the campaign. :-)

    Sorry to hear about the member(s) of your extended family. I hope that he/she/they are all right. It's so true that people should go with their gut instinct. I've managed to escape some potentially nasty scrapes in my life because I use mine as a compass.

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    1. Nice to meet you, Misha. Thank you for your comments. Thankfully our family members are all safe and sound. I'm looking forward to reading your posts!

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  7. Hello! I'm in your campaign group! So excited to begin following you!

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    1. Hi, nice to meet you, Ashley! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Hi Laurie, I am in your campaign group, and I am coming around to say hi to everybody and introduce myself :) I look forward to getting to know you better!

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    1. Hi, nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Hi, I'm in your campaign group as well! Just wanted to stop in and say hi. Also, Cath is one of my favorite Death Cab songs. Great song choice!

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    1. Hi! Thanks! Ben is such a great storyteller :) Nice to meet you!

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  10. Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Here's hoping we have a great time in the campaign. :-)

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  11. I am also in your YA Campaign group, stopping by to say 'Hi!' Hope all is well with your family and that southern book tour sounds like fun. To bad there's not a NORTHERN book tour! lol My writing persona can be found at http://mywithershins.wordpress.com . (I have been having a lot of trouble using that address to post comments on Blogspot) Please drop by anytime! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I have a terrible time with my multiple Google accounts. Something about Wordpress won't let me use this account to post comments. Nice to meet you!

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  12. Just a quick comment, Laurie, to let you know I've given you the Kreativ Blogger award. See my blog for more information. Congratulations! :)

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  13. Finally making the rounds of the blogs in my campaign group -- hope you've had a great Wednesday! ~ Sara

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    1. Thanks for coming by! Nice to meet you :)

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