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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, October 29, 2010

Haunting Blogs and Stressing over November

Theresa Milstein at Substitute Teacher's Saga is having a Halloween Haunting, for anyone wanting to make some new blog friends. I'm always up for finding new blogs to feed my addiction, aren't you? Plus she made it easy, which I like.

Make a comment and go haunt some new blogs, and if you spread the word you can win some great books. The rules are so easy that even those gearing up for NaNoWriMo and stressing out about it can do it-- leave a comment telling about your blog and if you are looking for a critique partner. Then go visit the other commenters new to you. Go blog trick or treating lol!

And for those of you planning on writing a novel in November, this cute guy may help you not stress out so much. 


He's the awesome design of Michelle Gregory over at Beautiful Chaos. He's going on my sidebar for the month and whenever I feel like giving up on my new November novel, I will look at him and smile. He and my giraffe are buddies. In fact I'm feeling less anxiety about NaNoWriMo just looking at his cute face.

30 comments:

  1. I knew Michelle's giraffe would find a home here!

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  2. Great picture...LOL I'm doing NaNo as well and am so excited!

    The haunt is awesome, if you havn't gone- go--go now. LOL

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  3. ha ha did you know Sophie the giraffe is the number one toy for babies in france?

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  4. I'm on the haunt. But NaNo is just a little over my head right now. I'm planning on following as many as I can though. :)

    Cute little guy :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  5. That IS a wonderful giraffe! I love it!!!
    Ann

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  6. I am entering my first NaNo this year - sweating already! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  7. Love the giraffe! I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, and right now am still in the excitement stage. I like that your giraffe will help keep the stress at bay! Off to check out the haunt now.

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  8. OH WOW!!!!! The Giraffe is just WONDERFUL!! Yay!! Awwww what a cutie!!! Brilliant!!

    Awww good luck with your Nano!!!!!! It's so exciting!! Yay for Theresa too! Take care
    x

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  9. I hope the stress stays at a minimum, my friend!

    Theresa is a genius, the blog haunting is going to be just what I need to feed MY addiction... er... *find* new friends.

    Thanks for the links! Good luck Nov. 1st!

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  10. I've got my name down for NaNo, but I think I'll give it a miss this year. I simply can't write without editing.

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  11. glad the giraffe will help. maybe she'll help me, too. i'm jumping in to finish a novel in Nov. best wishes.

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  12. Hi KarenG.

    Thank you again for visiting my Substitute Teaching Blog via Theresa Milstein's "Halloween Haunting" of blogs. It is a great way to meet others on the web.
    I am forever looking for a critique partner.

    I love the giraffe image. Aren't we all "sticking our necks out" trying to make it as a writer?

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  13. Hey Karen! Uh, do you have a giraffe? I love the photo; I might steal him for my sidebar! (I have a thing for trees, cats, and giraffes, to name a few.) Thanks for stopping by and it's nice to meet you, too. This is a fun idea Theresa had, huh?

    I'm doing my first NaNo this year....gulp. Good luck with yours!

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  14. Hi Karen! I'm on the haunt right now and am so excited to discover new blogs. Good luck to you with NaNoWriMo. I'm not going to brave it this year (well, I never have in years past either, ha!) but I'm dedicated to writing a lot this November. The word vomit and the 50,000 just scare me too much to take on the challenge. :-)

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  15. Not doing NaNo this year. I've started a book that I can't wait to finish. But because of NaNo I wrote my first MG novel, SEVENTY-TWO HOURS. Good luck, I'm rooting for ya.

    Lovely to be here eating cookies with you. :) Mmmm, double chocolate chip. Ahhhhhhhh Heaven.

    The giraffe has made me think of a picture book. Nice! Following you back. Happy Halloween. Bwa ha ha ha

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  16. Robyn, Melissa, Words Crafter and Victoria Marie--

    Thanks for visiting from the *haunt* over at Theresa's. Your comments are all clever and funny, I look forward to following your blogs!!

    *Bwa ha ha ha* LOL I love it!

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  17. Love the giraffe. November will sure be a busy month for me but I'm looking forward to it.

    CD

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  18. Love the giraffes - and good luck with NaNo!

    Happy Halloween Hauntings - I'm here to haunt you back - Mwa-ha-ha!

    Try not to stress about NaNo - unless stress is what you need to finish! Then go for it! I participated last year and found it both motivating AND guilt inducing... but definitley motivating ;-)

    Good luck!

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  19. I love the giraffe picture! Good luck with NaNoWriMo, and be sure to relax at least a little. :)

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  20. I'm visiting you as a result of Theresa's haunting, I'm looking forward to following your blog and I like the Giraffe too.

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  21. I really wish I could do Nano. Even if I didn't complete an entire novel, I still think it would be fun, and it'd be a good way to connect with other writers. But November is a really busy month during the school year, and I get even more neurotic when I'm overworked. It's like, I don't even NEED to drink caffeine because I'm in hyperdrive 24/7. But good luck with Nano though! Let us know how it goes.

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  22. Hi, Karen!

    Here to haunt you from Theresa'a Halloween Haunting! Sorry I missed your Labor Day blogfest, but I've got it on my calendar for next year!

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  23. This guy is sooooo cute (the giraffe, just to clarify...). I definitely need to do some de-stressing. :)

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  24. OMGoodness that is one cute badge! Have fun with NaNo...I'm not joining in this year. I have family coming in from England and then we are taking a trip to visit our family in Arkansas...so Novmember will be gone before I know it....Good luck, Karen. :)

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  25. Hi, Karen.

    I’m posting this on the blogs of those of you wonderful followers that I don’t want to lose touch with.

    “A glitch in Blogger forced me finally to delete my old blog. I imported everything except the followers (which you evidently can’t do) into my new one whose title is now “A” Long Journey Home instead of Long Journey Home. I’m now re-following you because I don’t want to lose touch with what you’re writing/doing in life!!”
    Ann

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  26. Love the giraffe....but now I'm stumped. What does a giraffe say? Do they make any sound? They have to, don't they? I'm pretty sure they don't moo....

    Good luck with Nano!

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