Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Welcome back, Giraffe

After gracing the home page of CeleryTree, the South African giraffe is mine once again. The CeleryTree site has been redesigned and refurbished, for its use as a site where writers can send people to purchase autographed copies of their books. It's still a bookstore, but there are no membership fees, no shipping within the U.S., and no requirements other than to be published with print books to sell. (Ebooks are no longer available on CeleryTree.)

To take a look at the updated website for authors (recently purchased by WiDo Publishing), you can go here to ooh and aah over the awesomeness of it.

And I am very glad to see Giraffe back on Coming Down the Mountain!

30 comments:

  1. Hi Karen .. wonderful to see the giraffe back - I love this photo - brings back many memories ...

    ... and I'll get over to the new site - sounds good .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, And I thought of you as I put up the giraffe! I can't remember if Travis took that photo at a wildlife reserve in South Africa or if it was Namibia.

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  2. Gorgeous photo. Glad you got it back.

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  3. Ohhhhh, ahhhhhh .... Very cool and congrats on the purchase of your site - if I'm understanding correctly.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it now belongs to WiDo, although they're welcoming other authors as well.

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    2. How does it feel not to own it anymore? Were you ready to move onto something else?

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    3. It feels wonderful to not have that huge responsibility. It never did really happened in the way I envisioned-- and I'm not very good at managing details and organization. I think I was in way over my head!

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  4. Welcome, home giraffe! Will have to check out the Celery Tree site now.

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  5. Woo! My favourite camelopard is back!

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  6. Missed your wonderful giraffe and am so glad it's back here!! Take care
    x

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  7. Hey Celery Tree, I'm in there! :D
    Love the photo of the reader on the couch. That too would be me if I ever get done with XYZ.
    Curious about the alphabetized order of authors by FIRST names. Unusual.

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    1. Mirka, I agree with the odd alphabetization. It's one of those things that went up funny when the site was first designed and hasn't been changed yet. I'm going to put in a change request for it.

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  8. Yay! I missed the Giraffe.

    ......dhole

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  9. Hi, Karen,

    I SO LOVE THIS LITTLE/BIG guy! Giraffe's are one of my FAVORITE animals. So graceful and elegant. Poised at all times.

    Congrats on the sale! Now you'll have time to cook, bake, and write.

    How was your vacation? I hope you had a great time.

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  10. I wasnt here in the past but I have to say I looooooooove the giraffe! What a beauty! Im off to the other site.

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  11. Just like old times. Welcome back Giraffe.


    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  12. The Giraffe looks comfortable. Glad you got it back.

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  13. Love the Giraffe, Karen. It is so majestic.
    May it be a symbol because, of it's exceptional reach, for you to write very many 'top' stories.

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    1. Dear Eddie, Thank you, and can I say that your particular comment was exactly what I needed to hear after a really depressing writing day trying to hack out a new draft of a novel.

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    2. Have some sad news at my place.

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  14. Love the giraffe. Welcome back
    Have a great weekend

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  15. It's good to see the giraffe gracing your space again. Congrats on the success of Celery Tree, and now, the newfound freedom of having someone ELSE tending to the nitty gritty details of running it. (So YOU can spend more time writing!) Life is good.

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  16. Speaking of Celery, did you read this article: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/05/imagining-post-amazon-world.html

    - Eric

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    1. Eric, Thanks for the link. I read his post and all the comments, most of which captured my own feelings on the idea. I can't imagine anyone selling books better than Amazon does it.

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  17. Sounds great! Congrats on having things reorganized and the wonderful giraffe back!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  18. Every time I see giraffes now, I think of you. It's your trademark. Or writerly mascot. Whatever you want to call it, I'm glad it's back. :)

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  19. I just saw the refurbished Celery Tree. It's looking pretty slick!

    Jai

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