Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back and Beaming in the Sun

(Photo by Chris Fries - 2012: Beaming Sun)

Well, I'm back!  Sorry I was gone so long, but my vacation sort of exploded into a time of craziness at both work and home and I just have not had the time to get caught up on anything -- until now.

But the good news is that it's been a great summer so far, although my writing has dragged a bit.  Still, I'm putting words to paper, albeit slowly.  Plus, this post is to catch you up on two new writing events I'm taking part in, both on the blogs of two fellow writers I'd really like you to check out if you haven't already:

I.  Nicole Singer's Olympic Blog Relay: "Ignite the Fire!"

Nicole at Write Me a World is hosting a Blog-Relay from July 27th through August 12th, to coincide with the Olympics in London!  Each day, Nicole or a guest blogger will add a post about the inspiration, competition, and challenges of the Olympics, and it will be a fun and awesome way to celebrate the games.

I'm adding my part on August 6th, but I encourage you to visit Nicole's blog each and every day during the relay to experience the Olympics in a writer-centric way.  ;^)

Learn more about the Olympic Blog Relay HERE!

II.  DL Hammons' "WRiTE CLUB 2012!"

DL at Cruising Altitude 2.0 is once again hosting his awesome writing event, "WRiTE CLUB" for 2012.  This is a fun writing competition between anonymous submissions of 500 words, beginning July 30th and stretching out once a week until the finals begin October 22nd.

Sign up at DL's blog and you can vote on your winner each week.

And here's a slight secret:  I've submitted a piece!  ;^)  

While the competition is going on, I will NEVER reveal which piece is mine, or do anything to even suggest which one might be mine.  That's cheating and not in keeping with the spirit of WRiTE CLUB!  And, depending on the number of anonymous submissions Don gets, there's a possibility that mine might not even be randomly drawn to make it into the competition.

But if it does, I'll be sure and clue you in so you can see how my writing did in the ring -- but only AFTER the competition is over.

Learn more about WRiTE CLUB 2012 HERE!


I'm really looking forward to these two competition-themed events, and I hope you'll enjoy them both.  Be sure to check out them both!


Heather Murphy said...

Welcome back! There are going to be great!

Elise Fallson said...

I guess I'll be seeing you in the ring... (;

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back!
I'm participating in the Olympic Blog Relay but just voting for Write Club entries.

DL Hammons said...

Thanks for the WRiTE CLUB mention! It's bigger and badder this year and one can only imagine where it can go from here! The entries have been pouring in and I'll probably have to expand the bouts to two per week.

More fun for everybody!! :)

PS. Welcome back!

Tonja said...

Awesome you submitted to Write Club! I think I'm just going to vote.

Mina Lobo said...

Glad to see you posting again and best of luck with Write Club!
Some Dark Romantic

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Welcome back! I'm psyched about the Write Club, too. It'll be my first, and I've written something for submission, too. Haven't sent it in yet, but I will within the next day or so. (Ready to rumble? HA!)Good to have you back in the ol' blogosphere again.

Simon Kewin said...

Welcome back. And thanks for those, they sound great.

Nicole said...

Welcome back, and thanks for the shout out! Good luck with Write Club.

Chris Fries said...

@Heather: Thanks! And youre right -- I'm looking forward to them!

@Elise: LOL! You, too. ;^) Good luck!

@Alex: Thank you very much! I think they're both going to be a lot of fun.

@DL: You're more than welcome, Don. I think it's going to be awesome -- last year's was a lot of fun just voting. I'm also excited to see how my anonymous piece does, too. ;^) (And thatnks for the welcome back)

@Tonja: I missed the beginning last year, so I just voted and it was great, bu also hard. There were so many excellent submissions, and sometimes it was difficult to choose between two really good ones.

@Mina: Thank you very much!

@Susan: Best of luck with your submission! It's going to be fun, regardless of whther mine gets knocked out in round one or goes all the way. I look forward to seeing all the great entries!

@Simon: Thanks! And yeah, I think they'l be a lot of fun.

@Nicole: Thanks, you're welcome, and thanks again, lol! Really looking forward to the Olympics blog!

Nancy Thompson said...

Welcome back! I'll have to check that relay out, though, to be honest, until I get my son off to college in 3 weeks, I'm just a wee bit preoccupied.

Milo James Fowler said...

Welcome back, Chris, and have fun with both of those blogfests!

Chris Fries said...

@Nancy: Thanks! And I totally understand about how much work it is getting your kid ready for college. ;^) Never enough time or money, lol!

@Milo: Thank you! I think they'll be fun!

Precy Larkins said...

Glad to hear you've had a fabulous summer vacation. :) Good luck with both blogfests/writing contest!

Gina Gao said...

Welcome back! I'm glad that you are having a great time now.

Liesel K Hill said...

Glad your summer's been good and glad you're getting back to blogging. Thanks for the heads up on those two events! They both sound exciting! :D

LTM said...

Hey! Welcome back! I was out for a few weeks, too! Must run over and check out Write Club! I can't believe it started w/o me... :D <3

Chris Fries said...

@Precy: Thanks - and I know yours has been filled with awesomeness, too! Congratulations again!

@Gina: Thank you!

@Liesel: Thanks and you're welcome. I think you'll enjoy them!

@LTM: Thanks, Leigh! And I totally get it -- you've been busy! Congratulations on the book deal!!!