Thursday, June 13, 2013

News Day?

Seriously. Is it Thursday already?

Man... I feel terrible for just disappearing, but this week has been a tough one. And...

Well... I don't see my workload as getting any better in the near future.

Which, of course, means that I won't be able to do a News Day either. So. I think I'm going to let it fall away. Instead, I'll try and post one or two interesting links whenever I find something worth sharing.

I'm really sorry to do this, but I just need to make life easier on myself somehow.

BUT! For now, the Paying Forward Awards and the Word Master Challenge will be continuing for now.

Here's a recap, for those of you unfamiliar with these two events.

Paying Forward Awards

The Paying Forward Awards are basically a way for the blogging community to make some of its members' day. We do this by recognizing and rewarding excellence. But I can't do this alone. I need your help. If you have anything that you think will make someone's day that you feel you can give as a prize, please become a sponsor. When I say anything, I mean anything. From query crits to care packages to vouchers to beta reads to e-copies of books and everything in between. Nothing will be turned away and nothing will go wasted. Also, I'm willing to reciprocate by hosting guest posts and/or interviews to promote your book or blog etc. 

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "Paying Forward" as the subject. You have until 23 June 2013 to volunteer. 

Please note: I can only take gifts offered by e-mail, as I can't always reach everyone through the comments. 

The theme for May/June is:

Famous Adaption

Take your favorite famous book. Write a scene from it. In a totally different genre.

Bonus points if the reader can guess the original book without you telling us. More points if you can do the scene without it strictly being from the book itself, but we get the same sense from it.

Word Count: No more than 300 words.

Closing Date: 30 June 2013

Prizes: $10 Amazon Voucher or a 10 chapter critique by me or a query critique by me.

PLEASE NOTE!!! Don't enter your link until you've written your entry. I want to be linked directly to your Word Master Challenge Post. NOT to your blog's home page. Also, please make it clear that the entry is in fact for the Challenge. I don't want to wonder about this later. Easiest way to do this is to copy/paste the badge above. Or to start the post's title with "Word Master Challenge". Go to this link to enter.

So yeah... that's me for today. I'll be having to rethink my blogging now, because I need to fit it into many many other necessary activities. Any suggestions? 


  1. I so understand. We writers a busy lot. That's for sure.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. I think one of the greatest signs of wisdom is knowing when too much is too much, and being brave enough to step back. Way to be!

    Take it easy, eh? And may the cheese be with you. ;)

  3. Sometimes taking a step back is the best thing you can do as a writer.

  4. Take all the time you need. As long as you keep at it that workload will eventually shrink.

  5. That's a cool contest! I bet they're be some amazing entries. Good luck with everything you have going on, Misha! I hope you get some time to relax! :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  6. Yeah, it's all about making things easier on ourselves. Believe it or not, your life is about to get crazier with Doorways going into production.

  7. It seems a lot of us are having to slow down with blogging, lately. A sign of good things to come. :)

  8. You have to make life easier on yourself...nobody else will! ;)

  9. I've taken time away from my blogs these past months...and now that I'm back, I find I need to plan my blogging time better. Best of luck with your blog, Misha, I'll know things will turn out well, whatever you choose to do. :)

  10. I understand. Writers are busy people. Have a great weekend!

  11. Misha, I can understand your busy phase, I am finding it difficult to blog, write and do everything else that I do.

  12. Time is often an unforgiving companion. Prioritizing is the key and it sounds as though you're already doing that. Best of fortunes to you.

  13. If only we could get a great deal on 48 hour days... Blogging once a week works for me -- not too much of a time suck.

  14. I've cut my regular blogging to one day a week. I try to get around to others at least once each week too. I find the fastest way is to have a chart with links to all the blogs I follow. I note when I visit each time.

    Good luck.

  15. I've cut my blogging to one day a week. Actually, during the summer with my limited internet access and travel schedule I'd be lucky to get one day in.


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