Monday, November 8, 2010

ReviseMo, Wk. 2 - Kudos & Deep Thoughts

I'm in the trenches, but I can see the light. Woo! Still, I'm creatively sapped, so today's post is shout outs and a little inspiration.

First, BIG CONGRATS to three people who've recently had amazing publishing news.

First, my sweet Mom, Theresa Talbert, who has led ladies' Bible studies since I was too small to remember recently published The Kisses of His Mouth, an analysis of the book Song of Songs. Here's a link to where you can buy it. Mom has touched so many lives through the years with her love and ministry, and I am so proud of her. To Mom--Whoot!

Second, Jessica Bell, the Alliterative Allomorph, recently signed a publishing contract with Lucky Press! Jess writes literary women's fiction and poetry, and her first book Dead in the Corner of my Bedroom is due out Dec. 2011. Visit her blog for full scoop--she's making the official announcement today as well. To Jessica--Whoot!

And last but fabulously NOT least, one of my newer bleeps, Clarissa Draper signed a three book deal with WiDo publishing. Clarissa writes crime novels and mysteries and she was so so helpful to me with a poisoning scene in WIP3. Visit her blog here. And to Clarissa--Whoot!

That's so exciting. Man, I love it when my peeps and bleeps shine.

I have two awards to pass.

First, RaShelle gave me the gorgeous Irresistible Blog award. Thanks, RaShelle! She is just the cutest, sweetest thing. RaShelle reminds me of friends I've had and MCs I've written. Visit her blog at this link.

The second came from Lydia Kang, the supercool Humphrey Bogart "You're Going Places, Baby" award. Thanks Lydia! Also the cutest, sweetest thing, Dr. L. is an actual physician, and she dispenses medical wisdom on Mondays. Go get some at this link.

Here's the deal, when I don't get a number of who to pass these to, I've decided it means ALL my followers share these awards with me. So if you follow me, I award you--take one and peace be with you. I couldn't keep this up without you guys.

Which brings me to the Inspirational Portion of the show...

Writing is such a solitary pursuit. Combined with the time commitment required, it's easy to become separate from the other humans in your life. With the holidays coming, take time to connect and serve someone you love. I recently read this in a book I'm studying with some friends:

"If you can't do great things, Mother Teresa used to say, do little things with great love. If you can't do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can't do them with a little love, do them anyway. Love grows when people serve."  -John Ortberg, The Me I Want to Be

Til Thursday~ <3


S.A. Larsenッ said...

Aw...thank you. So much positive energy here, today. You do sound tired, though. Keep plugging away. You will finish. Have faith in you!!

Vicki Rocho said...

I somehow missed Jess' news! (I'm a bad blogger, BAD!)Thanks for the heads up!

What an upbeat post today. Love happy news to start off a Monday! Glad to hear revisions are moving forward for you!

DEZMOND said...

whoo hoo, a lot of ladies I adore are mentioned in this post - RaShelle, Clarissa ... :)

Congrats on getting all these awards, Leigh and congrats to all of those who got published!

Jessica Bell said...

Thanks for the shout out, honey! :o) yay! Release date isn't set yet, it's just an estimate at the moment :o) Love ya!!!

And wow! That's so great about your Mom!!! And SO SO great about Clarissa! I already knew she'd signed, but not a three book deal! Wow! Congrats, Clarissa@

Old Kitty said...

Brillian news all round - especially for your mum!! Yay to your mum!!!! Good for her!!!

And congratulations to everyone here getting published - yay!!!!

And congratulations with your fab awards - double yay!!

GOOD LUCK with your writing! Take care

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the awards, well done. A special congratulations to the three lovely ladies with the amazing publishing news, an extra hug to your Mom.

Thoughts in Progress

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow, that's lots of awesome news. Congrats to everyone!

Candyland said...

There's good news in the air lately! I hope I catch the bug :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

I'm so happy for those gals!! And congrats on your awards and especially the leeway in your revisions!

PK HREZO said...

Congrats to your mom and I just love that quote... I'm copying and pasting it on my Facebook FLOAT page today.

Congrats on the awards... you're so deserving. I love the Bogart one! Thanks for passing it on. ;)

Best of luck with your continued revisions. Get down, g'head, get down! *funky music playing in background*

Talli Roland said...

So much good stuff going on - I LOVE great news, especially on a Monday! Happy Monday!

Unknown said...

Amazing news all around the blog and in your neck of the woods! How amazing! I love it! Hard not to be happy this time of year!

Congratulations to everyone!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Congrats on the awards! And to everyone on their amazing book deals too!

Hart Johnson said...

GO GO GO GO GO! (I'm reading!)

You're doing great! Editing always totally saps me, so I hear you!

And congrats on the awards!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the award! That's cool so many of our friends are landing book deals.

Lydia Kang said...

So much good news! Woohoo! We need to have a blog party somewhere!

Natasha said...

Time to party. And do congratulate your Mum.

Lola Sharp said...

I'm new here...hi! *waves* Nice to meet you. :)

CONGRATS on all your awardage.

And CONGRATS to your mom!


LTM said...

I thought this was sort of a wimpy post, but now I'm thinking it's good sometimes to pause, recognize accomplishments and breathe! Yay, everyone~

@PK--I just loved that quote. Esp. the part about "do it anyway." :D Glad you could use it. Getting down now~ :D

@Lydia & Rayna--Bring on the party! Your place or mine? ;p Mom says thanks~ <3

LTM said...

@Lola--why hello! I think we cross commented, but woo hoo! It's time to party! And thank you--have an award~ :D <3

Unknown said...

:) And also with you.

Julie Musil said...

The quote at the end gave me chills. Loved that!

I love reading all this good news! It's so exciting for our blogging buddies to get these publishing deals. Awesome! And your mom? You must be so proud, and she must be so proud of you. It must be nice to bounce all that great energy between the two of you.

And good luck on those revisions. I know you're working so hard, and it will definitely show on your manuscript!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Wow, those are some great tidbits of news! I love it when people share their successes - that really inspires me! :)

And thanks for the reminder to take time for the family and the holiday season. It's so easy to get wrapped up in your WiP (well, for me anyway) I end up looking up and saying "Huh? Thanksgiving??" :)

LTM said...

LOL @Anne. Your Catholic is showing~ ;p

Julie-I know! I esp. laughed at the "do it anyway" part. It's so true that if we'll just start the wheels turning, the rest takes care of itself. And it's a little pay it forward-ish, too.

Yes, Dr. Quinn. :D I do that myself--work work work, and then I emerge from the cave rubbing my eyes all, "where'd everybody go???" ;p

RaShelle Workman said...

Ah, Leigh, you're such a sweetie. Thanks for the compliments. xoxo