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It was so much fun participating in RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) during the launch of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. I bought the e-book as soon as it was released, and LOVE it.  What a fantastic way to celebrate the birth of an amazing book.  I love how much this helped bring our wonderful writing community even closer, and think it would be great to participate in an annual RAOK. Surprises are always fun, and it's nice to know how much you mean to people (and let them know how special they are to you). 

Thanks for all the sweet comments on my RAOK post...and for entering to win a critique of a picture book or the first ten pages of a chapter book, MG, or YA.  I wish I could give critiques to all of you...but then I'd probably end up a zombie and my manuscripts would complain that I'm neglecting them.  

I wrote all the names on pink pieces of paper and placed them in a bag.  Then, my daughter offered to choose the winner.  Actually, she asked if she could put her name in first, then if she chose herself, I could do her homework assignment instead of giving her a critique (and no...I didn't add her name, but tomorrow morning I'm bringing in bagels and special cookies to thank her for helping me).

Here's Sammi holding up the name of the winner.
It's a little hard to read in the photo, but...

Congratulations, Sue--you won the critique!    

But wait...there's more to the story.  Sammi wanted her friend to pick out a name, too.  And since she pulled it out of the bag and this celebration encourages random acts of kindness, I decided that I'd critique a picture book or five pages of a chapter book, MG, or YA for another winner.  So...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                  Congratulations, Jennifer Rumberger--you won a critique, too! 

This was fun, and I can't wait to read the winning manuscripts.  Did any of you participate in Random Acts of Kindness this week, or have someone honor you with one?  I'd love to hear about it!
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May. 19th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Mindy, I am soooo excited to have won a critique from you! I waited to post this thank you--afraid I might say the wrong thing in the JOY of the moment:)
You may not believe this, but I woke up this morning, wishing for a critique of the very chapter book pages I sent you a few hours ago. I know for a fact your critiques rock! And revising this particular ms has been like wrestling an alligator. So yeah!
I'll pick up a copy of The Emotional Thesaurus this coming week. It will be a lifesaver when I'm struggling with my character's emotions.
Thanks again for the free critique and for RAOK. It's an awesome way for writers to help other writers suceed!
I can't wait to get your thoughts on my manuscript:)

Hugs, Cali
May. 20th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Squee!
Your sweet, enthusiastic message made my night! (((Hugs))) I'm so glad this critique came at the perfect time for you, and can't wait to read the beginning of your chapter book.

LOL, I know the wrestling an alligator feeling. In fact, I think I just managed to toss an alligator out of my MG and into the lake in my community (oops, hope he doesn't start bugging someone else soon).

I hope my critique will help send your alligator away, too. :)

Let me know what you think of The Emotion Thesaurus. I have the e-version and love all the links in it. I thought I'd use it on my iPad, but ended up using the Kindle for PC version most of the time. The printed version looks great, but might take a bit more time to flip to the page for each emotion.
May. 19th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, and please give my thanks to Sammi!!!
May. 20th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
I'll let Sammi know tomorrow. She had so much fun choosing the winner! I wish I took a video of her shaking up all the entries, then fishing around the bag for a while, trying to find the perfect one.
May. 20th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying visiting the RAOK posts! What a wonderful way to celebrate the release of a book :)
May. 23rd, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by. I've been loving all the RAOK posts, too. You're right--it's the perfect book launch celebration. :)
May. 28th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Great RAOK gift, Mindy! Thanks so much for being such a fan of this! We will have to do it again. It was wonderful to see so many writers celebrated!

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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