Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mish Mash o' Stuff

This is the actual one: photo taken from Hudson Mills Metro Park
Today I am REALLY over at Burrowers, Books and Balderdash talking about the tornado that came THIS CLOSE last week. But I gotta couple sumpin sumpins here...

(the photo to the right is actually from a video--these loons stood there recording the thing when they should have yelled RUNAWAY and then DONE IT!--but you can find it on YouTube--Dexter Tornado)

So yesterday's post had a lot of great responses, but one in particular was HELPFUL... my friend Kathy actually does this disaster preparedness stuff and has a great blog with that in mind, in case you think you want to start prepping!  Go check this out. Some of it, I am not nearly domestic enough for (or don't have the storage or marital fortitude for---hubby can't handle what HE calls hoarding) but a lot of the ideas are great!

Next up...

L. Diane Wolfe is holding a Sad Songs Blogfest on March 30, so head on over and sign up! List the sad songs that really inspire you!

And finally...

Today is one of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award cut-offs--Quarter finals. I should find out mid-day some time and will come leave a note when I know. Whatever the case, you can rest assured I am currently obsessing and hitting refresh at least hourly. And then I will hit the ABNA boards where some sad people will behave very badly. Always happens. I love this contest and this community, but I think there is a growing process we all need to go through and for SOME people it is instigated by an ABNA cut. I've pouted and ranted about my work being better than I thought I was getting credit for. (secret:  It really wasn't ready yet, but you won't hear it until you hear it... usually requires writing something BETTER to see it).  Anyway, if you could all send a little mojo, it would be very appreciated.

UPDATE:  I did in fact make Quarter-finals, as did a few of our blogger friends. So congrats, too, to Roland Yeomans and Theresa Milstein!

23 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sending much mojo!
And that tornado is way too close for comfort. King Author would've run away.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hello, my lovely Royal highness Tart... Sitting naked in the tub might help relieve some of the stress.

I know how you feel. Stressing a bit myself. This is my third time going through this round. My some miracle I hope I finally make it into the quarter finals.

I just read through the pitch winners and was so happy to see so many of our blogger friends. It truly is reassuring seeing them there. At least the contest does recognize writing talent. The bloggers that made it through are truly gifted. I am so wishing we all make it through.

The odds are against us, of course, but knowing I have friends there is so helpful and encouraging.

Good luck sweets. I hope to see your name up there!

Your loyal servant...

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

*crossing fingers for you at ABNA*

and YEEEESH! that tornado was close!
and what a cool idea for a blogfest!

Bobbie Metevier said...

Another Michigan person here!

Good luck with ABNA! I'm also in this contest.

E.J. Wesley said...

"It really wasn't ready yet, but you won't hear it until you hear it... usually requires writing something BETTER to see it" No truer words, sister. No truer words ...

Glad you dodged the tornado! Having grown up in Oklahoma I'm pretty used to, but no less afraid of, them. All it takes is one trip through a decimated town to get the proper respect for what they can do. You won't find me filming them any time soon.

Best of luck with you ABNA entry!

Old Kitty said...

Am sending you waves and waves and waves and more waves of utter NAKED mojo-ness!! GOOD LUCK WITH ABNA!! I also have everything CROSSED for you!! Take care
x

Jan Morrison said...

lots of love and mojo for whatever occurs. Just remember -waiters wait - writers write!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, thank you, Hart! I do get accused of hoarding, but at least our house doesn't look like the ones on t.v., the kitchen is clean and you can still walk around here.

I am glad that you guys missed that tornado and I hope that no others come your way this week.

Best of luck on your entry, and I am on my way to see you being featured today.

Kathy M.

Stephen Tremp said...

I don;t listen to sad songs because they're so sad. So Far Away and Just Walk On By are two that come to mind. Love the songs. But they are just too sad.

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks for the luck, gang!

Michael-huge luck to you, too! And yes, very fun to see other blogger friends!

Bobbie-welcome! I've seen you over there! luck to you, too!

EJ-yeah, I can't imagine being in tornado alley where they happen all the time!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I'm rooting for you! (and i'm secretly pretty sure you'll make it)

Michael Di Gesu said...

YAY HART! CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations Hart!!! You made it.

Heather Savage said...

Congrats Hart! Looks like we're both safe for another round. So excited for us all that move on. And even for those whose ride stops now, what a great feeling to know that you've been read by big names and got that one step closer. Hopefully if we don't make a round at this stage, we get feedback to help us grow as authors.
--HK Savage, Whispers

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats! To you and the other quarter-finalists. A tornado touched down south of San Antonio last night and did a bunch of damage.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay!! I knew you'd make it! And congrats to the others as well! I know a few of my QueryTracker forum pals made the cut as well

Dawn Ius said...

Congratulations!!!!

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks, everyone!

And Heather-I SAW you! Congrats!

Carol-I hope everyone you know is safe!

Cold As Heaven said...

Tornados are scary stuff. But also fascinating manifestation of the power of nature. We never get them, to cold in the ocean here >:)

Cold As Heaven

Cherie Reich said...

Eek! Tornadoes freak me out.

And congrats on making it to the next round in ABNA!

LynnRush said...

Yay. Congrats. Super exciting!!!!!!

Helena said...

CONGRATULATIONS on getting into the quarter finals, you hot writer you!

And yes I'm a day late saying this but that's kinda how my days have been going lately.

Wonderful news for you and for us your fans!

vbtremper said...

Congrats on the Quarterfinals! I didn't make this round, but maybe next year. Good luck!

-Vicki