Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrate: Too Relaxed? & Giveaways


An egg ...  or meee?! 

I was sleeping very comfortably, somehow not realizing it was Thursday and I'd forgotten to do a Celebrate post. But I accidentally woke up in the wee hours and whipped this off!

I've had a good, relaxed week, and I think I've come up with the character arc I so desperately need for my next novel. (I can't write a character if I have no idea what that character's arc is.)  So yay for me and Paris Underworld! Now I just have to finish Coldest Night ...

Have you ever lost track of what day it was, especially when you have days off work?


Happy Memorial Day!


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 26, 2017:

Free Online Short Stories – Celebrate’s own D.A. Cairns of Square Pegs blog has an ezine called Square Pegs Ezine. David runs it, chooses submissions, and edits. You can read all the free online short stories on the Square Pegs Ezine HERE. Wouldn't it be fun to see your own story there? So check out the Submission Policy for his ezine and sub a story of your own HERE.

Free Middle-Grade Comedy Paperback - Win How to Be a Super-Villain by Michael Fry, about a boy expected to follow in his evil family’s footsteps and become a super villain—only the boy is so nice, he keeps failing the tests. Be one of 10 winners and enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central Blog. (US/Can only; ends May 28)

Free YA Epic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Hardback Novel – Win Shift of Shadow and Soul by Hilary Thompson, about an exiled community with links to ancient magic and pursued by a vengeful king, with only a girl and a boy trying to save them—but the girl has some of the forbidden magic and the boy’s the enemy general’s son. The author is giving away a hardback copy, internationally, via rafflecopter on the My Book Addiction blog. (ends May 29)

Free Signed YA Contemporary Paperback & Cookbook – To celebrate the release of The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield, she’s giving away her first book, A Strange Companion, about a woman who struggles with life, death, grief, and the possibility of reincarnation, and also giving away Recipes for Love (Cooking with Kat), a cookbook by the novel’s main character. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books blog. (ends May 29)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the prequel to a Paranormal series, The Angel Knights by Mary Ting, about Fallen Angels, Demons and the family of Demon Hunters charged with finding and ridding the world of them, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends June 17)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

43 comments:

D Biswas said...

Lots of wonderful giveaways here!

PlanetKimberly said...

Yeah, I kept thinking this past Monday was Friday! I almost forgot about this week's post, too. Haha!

That is a great idea to have your character's story arc before writing. I always have a problem finding the story arc. Maybe that's why I have struggled so much with my novel.

Laura Clipson said...

Even when I'm at work I occasionally lose track of the days! Have a great weekend :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Because I'm self-employed, I lose track of what day it is all the time, LOL. That's great how you've been so relaxed lately, and many congrats on the character arc! I always feel stuck until I can figure out such things, too. Best of luck with Coldest Night and Paris Underworld! (Love those titles!)

Sarah Foster said...

Hooray for figuring out the character arc!
I always forget what day it is. All I usually know is whether or not I have to go to work.

JeffO said...

Cool picture!

I know what today it is--Friday. And I've got a three day weekend. Yay!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I've done that before where I jump out of bed to whip up a post. There are so many great books out there and so little time. Have a great Memorial Weekend, Lexa!

Erika Beebe said...

Right there with you Lexa. I didn't forget. I just got lost behind the busy time of year. Happy Memorial Day to you. May the memories of all those you love lift you up. I really like the name of your new work, "Coldest Night."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I take a day off and it will just completely mess me up. But I'm all right with that.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you had a relaxing week and figured out your story line. Enjoy your weekend!

Patsy said...

I often lose track of what day it is. Now I can claim it's because I'm a writer and every day is the same - but I used to do it when I had a 'proper' job too.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lexa, I lose track of time very often especially when I'm off work :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I'm constantly looking at the calendar or the computer to see what day it is. Don't know what that means.
So happy for you that you found the characters arc.
Have a great weekend. It is Friday, right?

Mark Murata said...

I once went to church on a Saturday morning, thinking it was Sunday.

T. Drecker said...

Post? Today? Lol! I almost forgot too. With the kids out of school, my sense of time totally disappears. So glad you slept and those ideas came floating to you. Happy writing!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My husband is home today and I'm all confused thinking it's Saturday.

I love that cat picture. The photographer was very clever.

Suzanne Furness said...

Yes, I sometimes get confused about the days too! Pleased to hear your character arc is coming together well. Enjoy your weekend.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Oh yes, but lose track of the day even when I work. :/

Kate Larkindale said...

I'm always losing track of the days, but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part because I always want it to be closer to Friday than it is.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Yay for you for sure! That's a big thing to celebrate. Have a great weekend.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I can definitely relate to this. I never know what day of the week it is, probably because I'm not working and living on a boat. I often have to check my calendar to check and even see what month it is ;-)

messymimi said...

If it were not for my paper calendar and writing down everything on it, i would most assuredly lose track of days. Hope you have a great weekend!

Rhonda Albom said...

Not bad for something wiped off in the middle of the night. And, relaxed is good.

DMS said...

It is amazing to think that our brains work so hard when we are sleeping and we sometimes wake up because something is bothering us in the back of our minds. You did a great job getting this post done!

Awesome news about the character arc!
~Jess

Sue Bursztynski said...

Yes, before I got my present job, I would wonder what the day was. Back then, the one difference was that on weekends most shops were closed, but these days you don't even have that much difference!

On Some Visual(King)Arthurs

Donna B. McNicol said...

I'm retired and rarely know what day of the week it is - it's a wonderful feeling! LOL!

Stacy Uncorked said...

HA! You are not alone - I woke up Friday morning realizing it was Friday instead of Thursday and I hadn't done my Friendly Fill-Ins / Celebrate the Small Things post the night before. :) It's been such a crazy busy week, I think I'm several days behind on just about everything - and Memorial Day snuck up on me, so I didn't plot and plan our usual camping trip - oops! But hey, the weather's awesome for once on this particular weekend, so we'll enjoy some grillin' and chillin' time at home! :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Patricia Lynne said...

My days off go by way too fast and I half the time never know what day of the month it is. LOL

DA Cairns said...

My problem with days off is not forgetting what day it is when I'm off, it's forgetting what day it is when I go back to work. We have regular activities in class, each week on certain days, so public holidays wreak havoc.

I was interested to read that you have to have a character arc before you can start the story. Happy to hear you got it.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Love that photo - so clever!!! Mixing up days of the week happens to me too - sometimes I'm ahead of myself and at other times behind - but I know it's the weekend now and that's ALL that matters!! Enjoy yours and thanks as always for hosting :)
Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Sharon M. Himsl said...

Ooh...Paris underworld. Now that sounds intriguing. Good going, Lexa! I noticed David had an e-zine and was curious. Need to check that out!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Good luck with the book! Both books.

I don't know if I've ever forgotten what day it is, but I've definitely lost track of time.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa,

I lose track of days all the time but I find when we have a holiday weekend that I really lose my way. This summer I'm taking it way easy with posting, eventually, I will work back in CTST. I just need to find a nice groove for keeping things going while I'm taking a semi-hiatus from blogging. So, glad you developed your character arc for your next novel. Have an excellent week, my friend!

Robert Bennett said...

Nice set of giveaways here.

Also, yes. I have definitely lost track of the days. The worst of which was after a major surgery. A combination of laying around taking medications while I recovered and just watching the sun come and go...an entire month fell away in a smear of sunlight that occasionally wiped across the sky.

Murees Dupé said...

I'm always out of sync with what day of the week it is;) It happens. Congrats for figuring out that story arc. Good-luck with the writing of your novel.

Annie Neugebauer said...

Haha! Yes, I always lose track of the days when I'm off work! That cat is cute. There's a whole subreddit called "stuff on cats" where people stack random things on sleeping cats. That's what that made me think of. :)

L.G. Keltner said...

I lose track of days all the time during the summer. With the kids home all the time, it's bound to happen.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Hi Lexa! I've nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award - check out my post about it here. The Mystery Blogger Award

cleemckenzie said...

Losing track of what day it is, is a common occurrence here. I bow down to my Google Calendar for keeping in on track and at appointments I've scheduled and forgotten.

I'll guess that the image has to do with something you can't create an omelet out of, but I've been wrong before.

Kim Lajevardi said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Kim Lajevardi said...

Have I ever lost track of days? Um ... can you see my blush? I have had to apologize on my blog at east a half dozen times for totally spacing the day. It is especially bad when I'm on break.

Yay for the character arc! I can't wait to finish reading Coldest and then move on to Paris

Tamara Narayan said...

If the kids have Monday off from school, then I'm totally discombobulated for the rest of the week.

Lara Lacombe said...

I can never remember what day it is if I don't have some kind of external schedule (work, appointments, etc.) to keep me on track!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...