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The End of the Crusade

The three month Platform-Building Blog Crusade hosted by the wonderful Rachael Harrie has come to an end. My blog had huge numbers of hits every day, many comments on every post, and I’ve gained followers. My Google Reader is full of new blogs and I left uncountable numbers of comments all over the blogosphere.

I’ve learned that the key to blogging success is generosity and reciprocity. I’ve learned that there are people out there, all over the world, like me – and who can like me. I have found things in common with a graphic designer in Arizona, a francophone community leader in Saskatchewan and a teacher in Wisconsin, among others. I have found new writing friends and critique partners.

It was a great experience. Thanks, Rach! Thanks to all my new friends!

In other news, one of my new writing/blogging friends, Akoss, has posted an interview with moi on her site, Nye Louwon – My Spirit. Please stop by and say hi.

I hope to continue seeing you all around. Thanks for your support!



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Flash Fiction Crusade Challenge

This month’s Crusade Challenge is to write a 100-word or less flash fiction story that begins with the words, “The goldfish bowl teetered…”

I have never written any flash fiction before.  Rachael added the extra, yet voluntary, challenge of writing it in our usual genre.  I took it a step further and used characters from my current YA wip and put them in a situation that doesn’t exist in my manuscript.


The goldfish bowl teetered when Vincent’s hip banged into the antique table in the salon.

Vincent steadied it.  “Wouldn’t want to kill Maman’s precious poisson.  Sophie, I warned you I can’t dance.”

I bit my lip to hide the smile.  “You can dance, with the right teacher.”

I gazed into his chocolate brown eyes.  I had no chance with such a hottie.  My summer in Paris would end with me alone, as usual.  But he made me feel like anything was possible when he looked at me like that.

He grinned down at me and held out his hand.


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Bloviated Compassion

Our first Crusade Challenge is:  In 300 words or less, tell us one secret, one lie, one interesting quirk, one annoying habit, one of your best character traits, and one of your favourite things in the whole world.

The post can be in any format, including poetry, but must include the random words, “bloviate,” “fuliguline,” “rabbit,” and “blade”.

Yeah, I didn’t know what those first two random words meant either (until I read some of the posts of the other crusaders).

My brother had a rabbit when we were kids, but my dad wouldn’t let her live in the house.  She spent the winter in the garage (in NY) – actually, she spent part of the winter in the garage because she didn’t last the season.

But it’s very cool that my parents now have fuliguline friends who visit their pool every Spring, until their offspring are big enough to move on to their usual summertime home. 

One of my best character traits is compassion, despite my father’s on-again, off-again example.

I hate to bloviate; I always come straight to the point.  I know, I’m just quirky that way.

I’m sure it’s very annoying to my friends that I blather on about writing and querying.

I love to share foodie adventures with my blade-wielding husband. 

Can you prove how well you know me by figuring out the lie?


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Blog Crusade

Instead of a Read-Through Thursday post, today I pay homage to the awesome Rachael Harrie, creator of the Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade.

As Rachael says: “We have the passion and the drive to make it, but…we could all do with a bit of support.”

The 2nd Blog Crusade runs from February 1st through April 30th. Rachael is keeping a list of all of us who have chosen to participate on her blog. We just have to visit each other and get to know each other and leave each other comments (and tweets and Facebook posts, etc). And Rachael will group us together by what we write so we have a smaller group to really get to know.

And there will be monthly Crusades writing challenges – yikes!

Isn’t that a cool idea? I’m looking forward to making many new blogging writer friends.

Thanks again, Rach!


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