Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge – 2014 Blogging Resolutions

 

Parajunkee is hosting the Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge.  I enjoy participating in these challenges, so I will be joining in as often as I can.  Here are my 2014 blogger resolutions.

1.  First and foremost – don’t put so much pressure on myself to blog the “right” way.  There is no right way to run your own blog.  I know that I host a lot of interviews and blog tours, but I enjoy them, so this content will continue into 2014.  For a while I was reading complaints that too many bloggers are hosting promo type posts, so I have gotten a little pickier about what I feature, but I like interacting with authors and look forward to introducing them to you, so I will keep doing so.

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Happy New Year!

Bumble and I spent spent most of the evening cuddling on the couch.

 

Poppy wasn’t sure she was into that.  She continually dive bombed Bumble’s end of the couch in an effort to get him to play.  While Bumble was hardly amused, I thought she was pretty funny.

Hope your New Year is full of joy and happiness for you and your loved ones!

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas got off to a rough start, and I had to take Bumble to the local doggie ER.  He ate something he shouldn’t have, and I was concerned, so I rushed him up to see the vet.  Two hours, an examination, and a couple of shots later, he appears to be doing better, but we’ll be staying home today and chilling with the dogs.  It’s given me a chance to try out my new Disney coffee mugs, as well as take a couple of naps with the puppers and read.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holiday.  Enjoy your day, your family, and all of those cookies, candies, and cake you keep trying not to eat.  You can always hit the treadmill tomorrow!

I took the picture  above at Disney World – this is from the gingerbread display at the Contemporary Resort.

Margie Jordan Guest Post – Teen Author Boot Camp and Giveaway!

Here’s some info about the Teen Author Boot Camp.  Shannon Hale will be delivering the keynote address! If you are interested in attending virtually, I have one registration to giveaway, so please fill out the Rafflecopter to enter!

Guest Post by Margie Jordan and Teen Author Boot Camp Info

There is a famous line from a movie that says, “I was always a band geek. I just never joined the band.” I could relate. When I was in high school I was a president of the dance team, a singer in the choir, a hang-out-with-my-boyfriend-until-mom-and-dad-forced-me-home kind of person. But in my heart, I was a writer. This is why I tell people all the time, “I was always a writer. I just always hated English.”

Because I was a closet writer, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of, no one to tell me when I stank, no one to teach me how to craft a really great story. My teachers were the millions of books I read (not in a closet—but hidden away when my friends were around). And I WISHED I could have had someone to talk to about my hidden obsession.

If this sounds like you…. Then I’m happy to say there is a solution.

The Teen Author Boot Camp, founded by the Utah-based group Writers Cubed and sponsored by Utah Valley University is one of only a few writing conferences nationwide geared solely for teenagers who have a love for the written word. For the first time ever, Writers Cubed is offering the conference to anyone who wants to attend through Live Stream.

Interested? Here are the deets!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013

From: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST)

Where: Worldwide via the internet

Who: Teens, teachers, librarians, book lovers

Cost: $4.99 for the Live Broadcast; $9.99 for the All Pass

The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome

9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors) Class: Imagine and Create.

10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother) Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.

12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot Like a Villain.

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice.

2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett

3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing remarks.

If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine–haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.

To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”

Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on this blog

Margie Jordan is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who createdthe Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. In her spare time, like when she isn’t writing, she is a Literacy specialist for her local school district. Please visit her website at www.writerscubed.com.

Giveaway!!!

Enter below for a chance to win a free subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast. (Value $4.99)  If you win, you can also upgrade to the All-Pass subscription, and  you will receive a $5 off coupon!

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