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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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mindyalyse
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.

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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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