Monday, May 14, 2012

BLITZING Some Kindness 'Round These Parts!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I've been helped by their posts, and others in our writing community more times than I can count, I wanted to take part!


So, today I’m thanking fellow blogger Dianne Salerni!
Dianne is the author behind the historical fiction ‘We Hear The Dead’ (Sourcebooks Fire), the upcoming ‘Caged Graves’ (Clarion Books), and the blog ‘In High Spirits’. 


All blogging business aside- I’m a huge fan of her published (and non-published) work.  She’s my hero - which is why I’m all the more grateful to have had her help during my writerly journey these last of couple years. Not only is Dianne the best beta in the world (she has seriously taught me so much and made me a better writer) - but she also gives of her time and expertise freely to those who ask; Her and Marcy Hatch’s  monthly ‘First Impressions’ series has helped dozens of fellow writers improve on the first 250 words of their manuscript.


To thank Dianne for all that she does, I’ve chosen to send little something special as my ROAK gift. That’s right, people. These coffee spoons are made of chocolate. And, I promise, they are imbued with magical, brain-stimulating powers- sure to get any writer through the trickiest of plot patches. I call them 'thinking spoons':)


Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.


What was the best writerly gift you ever received? An eye-opening critique? Encouragement when you needed it the most? A new laptop or notebook from a loved one to jot down your ideas?

29 comments:

Sarah said...

Aw! I'm a huge fan of Dianne's, too. And I can't think of a better way to thank someone than chocolate spoons. My dear friend and beta, Justine, has sent me some pretty awesome writerly gifts, but what I'm most grateful for is her support on an every day basis. That's absolutely invaluable.

Jessica Bell said...

Aw, you're so sweet! :) Dianne and I haven't conversed as much as it seems you two have, but when we have it was clear how lovely and supportive she is. Chocolate spoons, hey? Right ... where's my cereal gone ...

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Aw, daggone, Katie. You've made me get all teary over my breakfast.

Thanks so much for the shout out and I look forward to the chocolate spoon! You, too, are an awesome beta reader -- the #1 person I send a manuscript out to.

I'm glad I've been at help, and I am anxiously looking forward to reading your next WIP ... especially having had a peek at the premise!

Natalie Aguirre said...

How awesome! I've heard Diane's name around but didn't know her. Thanks for shouting out about her.

SA Larsenッ said...

Dianne is awesome! Couldn't agree with you more, Katie. ;D She's one of the first bloggers I met when I started exploring the blogosphere. Love that you highlighted her.

Matthew MacNish said...

That's one seriously awesome set of spoons! First impressions is one of my favorite things to read.

TC Avey said...

Thanks for this info!

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! I have WE Hear the Dead by my bed and can't wait to read it!

E. Arroyo said...

Woohoo! Such an awesome choice!

Miranda Hardy said...

I love reading these RAOK posts. She'll love this gift.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Aw, Dianne's awesome. Great choice!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Best writing gift? Can I say my iPad?

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Holy COW! Chocolate spoons!! And I can think of no one more deserving than Dianne (love her, *waves*). What a great ROAK!

LTM said...

Yay for Dianne!!! I think she's made it in the RAOK twice now--she's neck-in-neck w/Sheri~ :D Great stuff, and a great choice. <3

Rachel Morgan said...

Wait. Chocolate spoons? What amazingness is this?!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww what a most fabulous gift for Diane! Yay! Awww such wonderful kindness in blogland - love it!! Take care
x

Christina Lee said...

AWWWW, Dianne is the PERFECT choice!!! She IS pretty special!

Heather Day Gilbert said...

I think it's so cool what Dianne and Marcy are doing to alleviate some of that first-page angst. And CHOCOLATE spoons? Oh my word. That white chocolate looks great!

Talli Roland said...

Yay for Dianne and special people like her who are so helpful to writers. Great choice!

Gina said...

Aw, yay Dianne! What a nice post :)

Angela Ackerman said...

NOM!!!! That is one awesome RAOK Gift! Thank you so much for joining us in doing this!

Angela

Patti said...

Chocolate Spoons. Those are awesome and a great gift.

Dana said...

Great choice--and great gift! :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Katie! I enjoyed your post. Dianne is an awesome person! Those spoons are chocolate? Yum!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I couldn't think of a better person. I love Dianne's blog, and she is a ultra cool person.

I love your gift, Katie!!!!

Carrie Butler said...

Chocolate coffee spoons? That's brilliant! :)

Miriam Forster said...

WHAT IS THIS MAGIC? *ogles chocolate coffee spoons*

That's really too much awesome to take in, I think.

Susan Roebuck said...

I'm a day late - but, hey, kindness comes every day doesn't it? Ooooh - chocolate spoons!!!! yum that's a lovely gift.

Maryellen Brady said...

Chocolate spoon!! Wow, awesome way to say thank you :) Dianne sounds like an amazing lady!

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