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Monday, May 14, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness BLITZ!

A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community
Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.
So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.

Kindness ROCKS!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ.  And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too!

So today I'm blitzing both Gary Corby and Renee Yancy.

Without Gary, who writes historical mysteries set in Ancient Greece and blogs at A Dead Man Fell From the Sky, I'd be sitting on two dead novels. It's a crime (pun intended) for a library not to have his books, and while the big library in town has both The Pericles Commission and The Ionia Sanction, my local branch didn't own either. So I ordered a copy of both to donate!
And to the best crit partner in the world, Renee Yancy, I'm sending a snazzy package of writerly treats. Without Renee, my novels would be overrun with the word "just" and probably make as much sense as a book about snow written in Swahili.

Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge?

Don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. :)

Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.


Carole Anne Carr said...

Certainly shall, the hopping over I mean. :0)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm having fun seeing who everyone picked for their RAOK. :D

I'm off to check out your selectees.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great choices! My writing would be so much less without my crit buddies - they're really golden :)

L.G.Smith said...

Such a cool idea. I have a great crit partner who just gave me some fast and friendly feedback, so thanks to her, Marsha Sigman!

Julie Dao said...

Love your choices! I won one of Corby's ARCs from you in the past and now I'm hooked on his series. Can't wait to read the new book!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay for RAOK!! Great shout-outs, Stephanie! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

What a great RAOK gift! I know he's going to be thrilled you're so passionate about his books!

And writerly treats? That had YUM all over it!

Thanks so much for joining in & your generosity!!


Gary Corby said...

Stephanie, your kindness well exceeds my assistance. Thank you!

I've just worked out how Stina discovered my blog.

Becca Puglisi said...

Congrats, Gary and Renee! I love the idea of donating books to the library. And thanks, Stephanie, for spreading the joy today!

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

Stephanie Thornton said...

Carole--Have fun hopping!

Stina--I saw you joined Gary's blog. He's got some great history stuff over there!

Jemi--A good crit buddy is worth her weight in gold! Or peanut butter chocolate ice cream!

L.G.- I love a good crit partner!

Julie--I'm glad you liked The Ionia Sanction. I think Gary's books are fantastic!

Shannon--RAOK is great, isn't it?

Angela--Thanks for hosting such an awesome event!

Gary--I'm glad to see you're putting those sleuthing skills to good use!

Becca--I'll be happy to see Gary's books on the shelves at the library!

Susan Roebuck said...

This must be the nicest blog fest I've ever done. I smile at every post I read. It's nice too, because I've found your site which I love. Lucky Gary and Renee! I'll pop over and say hello to them too.

Renee said...

Thank you, Stephanie! You have certainly made my day! I'm very glad to know that I have helped you with the crits. And I'm looking forward to the next book on the Genghis Girls!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Susan--Thanks so much for stopping by!

Renee--You're so welcome! Your crits are amazing!

Miriam Forster said...

I would actually be fascinated by a book about snow written in Swahili. If I could read it, that is. :)