Monday, June 24, 2013

The Thrill of it All Blogfest

The fabulous Heather M. Gardner and Tara Tyler are our hosts for this awesome blogfest. They're celebrating their own publishing thrills. Heather with MCGUIRE'S CORNER and Tara with POP TRAVEL. Congratulations, ladies! I'm eager to read both books.

The rules are simple: on June 24th, share a big thrill. It can be real or fiction. Just keep it to a paragraph or two. Tara and Heather will be judging the posts, and they're offering great prizes.

1) An e-copy of MCGUIRE'S CORNER.
2) An ARC of POP TRAVEL.
3) A $20 Amazon GC.
4) A banner or caricature by Tara.

Make sure to sign up on the linky list and read everyone's big thrills!

Now onto my big thrill!

It was only a buck. The story was about alien pet care. A silly thing called "Pretty Bows." It was a drabble. Just 100 words. I wasted hours on it. But it was the first piece I ever got published.

I jumped for joy. Ran around the apartment. I was on cloud nine for days. Something I wrote was published. I was afraid to submit anything for years. Yet this one little acceptance was the biggest thrill in my writing career.

I still have that one dollar. (They paid in cash!) It's in a frame beside my writing desk. Never has a buck been worth so much to me.

32 comments:

  1. That's such a sweet story, Christine! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  2. Aw, how awesome! I think it's so cool how you framed that dollar. What a great way to remember such a happy moment!

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  3. I love that you kept the dollar. It's a special moment, that first sale.

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  4. Brilliant story, Christine! It's the thrills like that, that can keep you motivated for the rest of your career. It's so cool you kept the dollar and framed it. :D

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  5. That's a cool story! Your first dollar as a writer.

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  6. I think it is great that you framed the dollar, Christine. A special memory, one to certainly keep! Good for you!

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  7. That thrill of yours is so cool!!! Love it.
    CD Coffelt ponders at Spirit Called
    And critiques at UnicornBell

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  8. What a great story! I would have been thrilled, too. I think it's great that you framed the dollar. What a wonderful source of inspiration it must be. :)

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  9. awesome story, that's what it's all about in this writing game.

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  10. That's a really nice story. That's pretty groovy that you still have that dollar.

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  11. Drabbles are hard to write. No wonder you spent so much time on it! When keeping it to 100 words, every single one must count!

    ~MPL
    PepperWords

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  12. I felt the same way about a few flash fiction pieces included in an anthology that was free. It counts. I was proud of those stories, too. Great thrill.

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  13. That's awesome!!! I remember the thrill the first time I was published (for free), and the even bigger, cloud nine thrill I had when I first got paid for a short story.

    Love that you kept that buck framed. :)

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  14. Love this story and that you still have the dollar, that's awesome. :)

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  15. That's wonderful, I envy that dollar of yours and hope to one day experience the same thrill myself.

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  16. I think I'd have done the exact same thing... including framing that dollar!
    How exciting!
    Writer In Transit

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  17. Great little story, Christine! It certainly is exciting when you have something published!

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  18. Ha! A story about alien pet care sounds awesome! Yes, that first publication is a huge, huge thrill, no matter what.

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  19. Aww! That's so cool! And I'm sure it was a hard-earned dollar. :)

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  20. I love that story. That's really thrilling. And I would've framed that dollar bill, too.

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  21. HUGE thrill! I love that you have it framed.

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  22. That is a great THRILL! Of course you were on cloud 9! Thanks for sharing that with us!
    Thanks for participating!
    Heather

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  23. Love that story! The first acceptance means so much.

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  24. Great story! I like that you kept the dollar. We all have to start somewhere!

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  25. that is an awesome thrill! love your story of first fame!

    i was ecstatic when THE janet reid gave me honorable mention in one of her flash contests!
    i know the feeling!

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  26. That is awesome that they paid in cash so you could keep it!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  27. I've kept all the copies of the newsletters where my stuff was published. I wish I got paid for it but Gives you confirmation. Bet that dollar means more than a regular paycheck would. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Your first publication and a buck to go with it, special!!! You've come a long way!

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  29. That first publication is the most amazing. Good thrill Christine.

    .......dhole

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  30. That is such an adorable story...:) loved it.

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  31. That's definitely an important dollar - it was the beginning. :)

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