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Pay It Forward: Birthday Celebration

In the wonderful way that synchronicity often happens, today is my blog’s first birthday and I won a contest.  What do the two have to do with each other?  Well, the contest involves paying it forward.  Because I won something, it is now my duty (and pleasure) to pass on a prize as well.  And since it is my blog’s birthday, it seemed fitting to combine the two.

But first, let me tell you about what I won and where I won it from.  One day I discovered Too Cute Pugs and spent quite a bit of time there because it is the diary of pugs Pearl and Daisy and full of wonderful pug photos and pug banners and all things pug.  Since I am of the firm opinion that the world would be a better place if pugs ran it, or at least if everyone on the planet owned a pug, I was entranced.

Pugmama (Okay, her name is Sue) at Too Cute Pugs was running a Pay it Forward contest and all you had to do to win this adorable tote bag that she had painted was to leave a comment.  Since I was planning to leave a comment for her anyway, this was a wonderful thing.  And guess what?  I won!

And now it is my charge to continue to pay it forward and offer prizes on my blog.  Since I have absolutely no talent for anything besides writing (well, knitting, but I never finish anything so I’m not going to offer a half-finished scarf) all of my prizes are word related. So, are you ready?  Here we go:

The first three people to leave comments on this post will receive:

1.  A one-half hour coaching session to kick-start you in your writing.   We can talk about frustrations, fears, lack of time, goals,  how to establish a regular writing practice, whatever your little heart desires. I love coaching and helping to get people back on track with their writing.


2.  A manuscript critique of up to 20 pages of writing.   I also love reading and critiquing.  Fair warning: I’m not offering line editing here, but more big-picture type stuff, with thoughts on story and character and so forth.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a pressing deadline, I will not be fulfilling these prizes until after April 15th.  But then I’m all yours, baby.

So leave those comments for me and I’ll post the winners whenever I feel like it all the prizes have been claimed.

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7 thoughts on “Pay It Forward: Birthday Celebration

  1. Jen

    OOOH! I’d love a coaching session!!

  2. Lauri Griffin

    Here I am, commenting! I love the idea of a pay it forward contest.


  3. Lori

    You seem to attract “Lori/Lauri” writers!
    Here I am, commenting also. I can’t believe I missed this post until now. So glad I found it – the article that brought me here what just what I needed to get my head back on my articles (that are overdue) and get busy.

  4. Lori

    Sorry for the typo – I got so excited to be the third that I wasn’t paying very close attention!
    “the article that brought me here was just what I needed…”
    That’s better!

  5. Charlotte

    Hooray! I have three awesome prize winners. Thank you Jen, Lauri, and Lori. If I haven’t already been in touch with you, I will be soon.

    Now you guys get to give away three prizes on your blog!

  6. Mandie

    Darn! One comment too late. A coaching session would have been just the ticket to get me back on track with my writing.

    The past couple days have been spent on this blog alone because it’s been so full of interesting tidbits. Writing blogs are my newest addiction and this is definitely my favourite so far.

    I look forward to future posts. You’ve got a fan for life.


  7. Charlotte

    Thank you so much, Mandie! I love hearing that the blog has been useful to you. And please, keep an eye out because I’m going to be doing a survey in the next few days, and everyone who responds to it will be placed in a drawing for a free coaching session.

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