Monday, January 16, 2012

Kick start - wait, it's Monday already?

That weekend went by quick! But some of us are enjoying an extra day off today in honor of MLK, Jr, peaceful protagonist.

In sports this weekend
We had another basketball tournament, in addition to our regular games. Exciting as always! Boys were successful on the whole.

In writing news
Don't forget to sharpen your skills and take a break from the monotony of editing by writing a short story for Auntie Tara's Short Story Prompt! Still 2 weeks left.

I just found this great "perfect pitch" blogfest/contest via Cortney for YA and MG writers that started yesterday! Jan 15-17. Even if you don't sign up or that's not your genre, writing a 35 word blurb is an awesome challenge! Leading into the next piece below...

The results for the "What makes you buy a book?" survey are in. It looks like a creative cover will draw people in and the cover blurb on the back or inside front, will seal the deal. Thanks for participating! Looks like I will have to do a cover blurb contest or challenge!

Genre
  7 (41%)
Cover
  10 (58%)
Title
  3 (17%)
Author
  9 (52%)
Cover blurb
  11 (64%)
First page
  2 (11%)
Recommendation
  6 (35%)
Reviews
  1 (5%)
A movie is based on it
  0 (0%)
Random choice
  0 (0%)


This just in!
Psst. Listen. Come closer.

IT'S MY TURN TO GET THE COMMENTOR AWARD!

Thanks, Leigh/Abby! I'm supposed to pass it on to my top 20 commentors, but most of you have already gotten it! I'm still listing & linking you to say thanks! And you can pass it on as you like =)

Thanks to:
·  Dana
·  M Pax
·  mshatch
·  MISH
·  G-Man

Coming up
Try to make some time to stop by Laura's self-illustrated, writing enhancing blog and enter her Favorite Character Blogfest with fabulous prizes! It's Jan 23-25!

Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest starts next Monday 1/23. Not that I want you to compete with me...just kidding, go for it!

Another fun blogfest coming up is Crit my Blog at Teralyn's. On Feb 1, get your blog in tip top shape and trade critiques to help build your following! Thanks Margo for leading me to this.

Just for fun!
Now I leave you with two short challenge entries from Chuck @ Terrible Minds. The challenge this week is to write a 3 sentence story from the perspective of an animal from a given list. See if you can guess my 2 animals.

1) Who needs a pack anyway. And I’m leaving with my head and tail high. I’ll lick my wounds later.

2) Rabbit at two o’ clock, calculating trajectory. Diving, he’s spotted me and heading for the thicket, faster than anticipated. Abort, abort!

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Look who's all on top of the news today! And thank you very much for the award.

Dana said...

Thanks, Tara! Happy Monday!

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on the award, Tara! :)

Emily R. King said...

Congrats on the Great Comments Award, and thanks for passing it on to me!

Leigh Covington said...

Oh my gosh girl! You are full of wonderful information and events! I've got to keep better track of things. I love it!

And thanks for the shout out and the pass along on the award! YAY!

M Pax said...

Wow, tons going on. Thannks for all of that, Tara. and thanks for the award! Congrats on getting it yourself.

Yea, for your boys doing well in their sports.

If I wasn't madly trying to get the Backworlds written, i would take the time to do your prompt. Maybe next month. :)

Nicki Elson said...

I'll say Wolf and Hawk. Am I right?

Thanks so much for the award! I'm probably the only one who doesn't have it yet, haha.

Auntie Tara's prompt sounds fun. Keep it clean? Can I do it? ;P

Thank you, thank you, thank you for joining the Tumble 4 Ya blogfest! I think it's going to be a blast. :)

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on the award and thank you for passing it on. :) I say a wolf and a hawk for the animals.

Tara Tyler said...

thanks guys!
everyone is ready to write, with all these blogfests!

and the animals were wolf and eagle (but hawk is close enough) thanks, nicki & christine, for guessing!

C R Ward said...

Congrats on the award, Tara, and thank you so much for passing it on to me! :-)

Heather M. Gardner said...

Congrats and thanks!

I enjoy your blog so much. You are doing a great job of mixing your creative posts with your informative posts.

And...you almost hit 300 followers!

Who rocks more than you?

HMG