A New Campaign

I’ve joined the mini Write Campaign over at Rachel Harrie’s blog.

You should too.

Why? I’m glad you asked…because as writers we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads, sometimes doing quite dastardly things. A little company is good. Companionship reminds us that we don’t live in a tower at the top of the precipice. It only feels that way.

Besides this is Valentine’s Day, time to spread some love…uh…you know what I mean. Hand out the romance. Do some sweeping. Whatever.

If you jump on the platform campaign you get to visit the blogs of lots of other writers. That means you’ll find new books to read, new authors to admire, and lots of discussion about the craziness that infuses our heads. You can also hop over to twitter and visit hashtag #writecampaign for energizing chatter.

Don’t forget, there’ll be two challenges in this round. Good times. These will be opportunities to put our writerly bits to work and share with others. C’mon, it’ll be fun!

If you don’t join, there’ll be NO chocolate for you. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch. The big goose egg of chocolatey goodness will not land in your lap. Neither will diamond shiny-shiny things from your honey, or multi-book deals from Penguin, or huge advance payments from Amazon for your next series.

Just saying…

I’m only the messenger – don’t aim that thing at me.

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  1. #1 by Marion Spicher on February 14, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    If I keep joining these things I will never get a manuscript puiblished! But it is a great idea, and I hope many benefits from it. Someday ….

    • #2 by Leslie on February 15, 2012 - 10:09 am

      I hear that, Marion!

      I’ve been indulging myself with workshops and flash fiction, blogging and social media for months and months…the madness has to stop. I can’t say there hasn’t been forward movement toward goals but there is no question my focus has been fractured and time management has gone cartwheeling. It’s just…it’s all SO fun.

  2. #3 by Cherie Reich on February 14, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    It’s nice to meet you from the Campaign.

    • #4 by Leslie on February 15, 2012 - 10:09 am

      Welcome Cherie!

      I’m going to start making the rounds today….lagging a bit.

  3. #5 by Bridgette Booth on February 14, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    I’ve seen the badges around the blogosphere, but didn’t know what they were. What type of campaigns will you be doing?

    I’ll let you be the canary this time, though. :)Just finished our taxes and my earning were down so I am sacrificing all types of fun events. (Poor me! lol.) Anyway, will be watching for updates from you.

    Good luck!!!

    • #6 by Leslie on February 15, 2012 - 10:12 am

      The last campaign people blog-hopped around and visited (you sign up by genre or style of work), other writers with similar interests. We did three flash fiction challenges in the last campaign and will do two this time. The March campaign is a mini and the August one is huge…almost 400 participants last time.

      It’s a lot of fun but it can be time-distracting to visit and read and complete the challenges (especially reading everyone else’s). I promied myself to be disciplined. Hah. That was irony.

  4. #7 by Angela Orlowski-Peart on February 14, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    I participated in the last Campaign and it was a great idea. I met a ton of fabulous bloggers and I keep in touch with most of them.

    I decided not to join this time since I have to concentrate on finishing and editing my manuscript. But I will visit the Campaign blogs from time to time to read entries.

    • #8 by Leslie on February 15, 2012 - 10:15 am

      It was fun! I still visit many of the blogs I discovered too, although I’ve been remiss in keeping up conversations with most. It feels like there just isn’t enough time for everything.

      I understand about the manuscript completion. I’m about to jump into what I actually believe is going to be the FINAL edit for a novel! There should trumpets and fanfare, confetti and shouting just because I actually put those words out into the universe. Last. Final. Penultimate. Whew….you have NO idea how many revisions this puppy has been through. If it was a puppy…it would be approaching old age.

  5. #9 by Ali Dent on February 15, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Good luck with the campaign. I hopped over to look at. Wish I had the time right now to join in. Keep me posted as to how it works out.

    • #10 by Leslie on February 15, 2012 - 10:17 am

      Thanks Ali!

      The campaigns are fun but like any form of socializing they can really suck up the free time. I’m going to try and participate without getting pulled into the deep end this time. During the last round I did some judging and provided prizes, but even so – it wasn’t overwhelming. Rachel and her crew of minions are quite organized. The big campaign is in August and there’ll be a ton of happenings.

  6. #11 by Ryan King on February 16, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    “live in a tower at the top of the precipice” – You mean.. I don’t?

    • #12 by Leslie on February 16, 2012 - 2:00 pm

      Sadly, we can’t all do that…there aren’t enough precipices. If you’ve got one I think you should offer tours so the rest of us can see what it’s really like.

  7. #13 by Kim Knox on February 17, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    Hi Lesann, we’re in the same paranormal romance group and I’m popping over to say hello 😀


    • #14 by Leslie on February 17, 2012 - 4:38 pm

      Hi Kim!

      I signed up in three categories and haven’t made my way into paranormal romance yet (it’s the biggest crowd!), but will this weekend. Thanks for dropping by – I can’t wait for the first challenge.

  8. #15 by Elodie on February 19, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Hello from the Campaign 😀 It is fun and I´m looking forward to know what the first challenge will be…

    • #16 by Leslie on February 20, 2012 - 8:34 am

      Welcome Elodie!

      I participated in the last campaign and it was really fun. The opportunity to meet a bunch of new bloggers with common writing interests is brilliant, which means Rachael is brilliant!

  9. #17 by Betsy Love on February 21, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    I’m a new follower from the campaign. This has been a lot of fun. I’m in your cozy mystery group. Nice to meet you and read about what you do!

    • #18 by Leslie on February 21, 2012 - 10:30 pm

      Welcome Betsy!

      Thanks for visiting – the campaign is fun. I was surprised at how few of us mystery writers there are…I guess that makes us exclusive!

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