400 Follower Milestone and Giveaway

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Earlier in the week I hit 400 followers. As I approached this milestone, I grew very reflective. I am still new to twitter. I joined in November of last year after talking to my different Nanowrimo pals – and I haven’t regretted the decision since!

In my 4 1/2 months on Twitter, I have dived headfirst into the writing community. I actively participate in all manner of #wordsprints and #wordwars and faithfully participate in #writeclub every Friday:)

In December, I learned about the world of contests. Through #pitchwars and #pitchmas I met a group of people that would help me understand pitches, loglines, betas, and CPs and made some good writerly friends in the process.

As I type this (on my blog – which also exists because of my twitter writer friends), I can honestly say that I am a much better writer today than I was 4 months ago. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Okay, now that the crying is over – it’s giveaway time!

In honor of my 400 follower milestone, I am giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card. That’s enough for maybe 2 frappuccinos:) Follow the instructions below (via the rafflecopter link) and I will announce the winner on my blog and twitter on Monday.

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Multitasking (Or a Feb. Write-A-Thon Update)

Curse you grad school!

I truly value the power of education and I am a nerdy girl who LOVES learning new things. I love learning about diseases and what is wrong with health in our country. It is my hope that one day, my little voice will help shed some light of some preventable health issues and give people longer lives.

But this month – I am at odds with my educational obligations.

I want to write, revise, and repeat. I want to wholeheartedly participate in Ashley Farley’s Feb. Write-A-Thon (http://ashleyfarley.net/). I was in the midst of revisions on another MS and heard about this event. My mind started ticking, my hands started outlining, and man I am LOVING what is being put on paper – when things get put on paper.

As per the usual with me and writing – life happens. Earlier this month, everyone in my house was sick so I was taking care of them. By midweek I was sick, and had 2 papers due. From that point on, I have been playing catch up with my writing. My goal this week is to at least reach 15K by this Friday. I am hoping for 20K is a good #writeclub Hail Mary attempt:)

So okay, maybe not curse you grad school. I do love you deep down in my heart. I just need to refocus myself so I can balance you and my writing.

How do you juggle your writing life and other things?