Monday, May 14, 2012

Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!


We interact with people all the time. They encourage us and brighten our days in unexpected ways. I believe that the writing community is particularly adept at this. Wouldn't you agree? Writers are, in a word, awesome.





Think about the writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your article or manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports, and keeps you strong when challenges arise. The author who takes time from their schedule and offers council, advice, and inspiration.

What about the ones who take time to make us feel special by commenting on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums, and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook. They're treasures, all.

As Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi put it,
 
Kindness ROCKS! 

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 think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too! :)

I am blitzing Susan J. Reinhardt of Christian Writer/Reader Connection. Susan and I met shortly after I started blogging, and she offered endless support and inspiration. I barely knew which end was up in the blogging world, and Susan patiently guided me over the many hills and valleys.

Our friendship blossomed from there, and she is now like a sister to me. We chat, brainstorm, laugh, and critique each other's work. We're even collaborating on a novel, and you don't just do that with anyone! As a token of my thanks to Susan, and to celebrate this Blitz, I'll be sending Susan a little surprise via snail mail soon.
 
Do you know someone special that you'd like to acknowledge? Don't be shy, come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness is one of the best ways to share with and celebrate the others in our lives. :)

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

What Random Act Of Kindness have you been gifted with lately? Do you like to surprise people with random, no special occasion actions or gifts?


Happy writing,
Karen

30 comments :

  1. Karen,
    You echo my sentiments. I believe that we should always pay it forward. Best wishes on your book collaboration with Susan.

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  2. Hi Karen -

    Wow! Thank you for getting my week off to a great start.

    I love Angela and Becca's idea. I'll hop over there to get more details.

    Thanks again. Our friendship/sister relationship is one I will always treasure.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)))

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  3. Linda,
    I think this is something most in the writing and blogging community do. We are blessed to be a part of it!

    Susan,
    I too, will always treasure what we have. You totally deserve this, friend! :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  4. So cool to see you doing the #RAOKBlitz too! And you couldn't have picked a better recipient--thanks for making me smile!!

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  5. This is such a great idea! So fun to see other writers spreading smiles today :)

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  6. Karen, I'm blitzing you with this 'award.' You are so faithful at encouraging me, wherever I happen to be writing, and I can't even tell you enough how grateful I am.

    You've set a high bar, my friend, and I pray it comes back to you in heaps and bushels.

    Gratefully,

    Rhonda

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  7. Jill,
    I know - it's such a great idea, and fun too! What a unique way to launch a book! As for recipients, you picked a good one too!

    Cindy,
    I know - I love it! Spreading smiles - I like that! And I love the writing community; what a great bunch!

    Rhonda,
    You are a sweetheart - thank you so much! I am grateful for your support and friendship as well. You are a peach!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  8. Susan sounds like a wonderful person.

    This blogfest is such a cool idea :)

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  9. Congrats, Susan, and you, too, Karen! I'm loving the way this RAOK thing is branching out and reaching new people!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  10. I love this, Karen! Great idea. And I love Susan too. :)

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  11. I love this!! Yes, sometimes it's the little kindness we show that really means so much!

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  12. Rosaria,
    Thank you! I think it is a fabulous and clever idea. :)

    Rachna,
    She is a treasure! I love her bunches. :)

    Laura,
    I agree! It was fun to stop at your blog and see who you blitzed. :)

    Becca,
    Congratulations on the book release! Can't wait to read it.

    Melanie,
    It's a wonderful idea, isn't it? I think most of us love Susan! :D

    Jennifer,
    I agree. Just to know someone is thinking of or praying for us can be a huge boost.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  13. What a neat idea, and I'm happy to see that you blitzed Susan. I also consider her a sister-friend. We met several years ago through Facebook.

    Just yesterday, I got a small RAOK at the market. I paid it forward, and I hope that it just kept on going :-) Sometimes it's the little things that bring the biggest smiles.

    Blessings, Friend.
    Jean

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  14. So sweet to have a writing friend.

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  15. Karen, you always make me feel so warm and fuzzy when I visit your blog! This RAOK idea is wonderful, and thanks for introducing me to the Bookshelf Muse.

    I try to practice the RAOK philosophy as often as I can. It makes me feel better, so it's win-win.

    Great pick regarding blitzing Susan. Coincidentally, I just told her yesterday what a lovely person she is. :-)

    Blessings.

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  16. Jean,
    Okay, so if you think of Susan as a sister too, then that kinda makes us related, right? :) She is a gem! I agree, the little things can give the biggest boost.

    Glenda,
    It is very nice! I am grateful for all of you who I've met through blogging. Perhaps one day we will meet in person!

    Janette,
    You are a sweetheart! Your kind words always make me smile. I love the Bookshelf Muse - it is such a great resource. Hope you find it helpful too!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  17. Sweet! Kindness rocks!
    Yesterday my teaching facilitator for my C.S. Lewis class at our homeschool co-op showered me with huge praises about my teaching. I nearly cried. I have re-learned at our homeschool co-op just how much I love teaching, and so getting complimented on it is really wonderful.

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  18. I received RAOK from Carrie Butler yesterday. She not only mentioned my name, but she built me a beautiful header for my blog, and stated where everyone could buy my books. I was blown away. People like Carrie make my heart overflow.

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  19. I am just hearing about this blogfest today, and enjoying clicking around to read about everyone's great ideas for spreading kindness. Special, supportive writing friends are a true blessing. Congrats to both you and Susan.

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  20. Tyrean,
    Congrats on the class success! I am sure you are a wonderful and inspiring teacher! :)

    Joylene,
    And the header is lovely! Congrats also on the silver award! Who knows how many more awards might come your way this week? :)

    Ruth,
    It's a great blogfest, that's for sure! I love being proactive about helping others. Thanks so much, and congrats to you too on your newly acquired agent!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  21. What a lovely post. You have given me a good start to my day. Thank you :-)

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  22. This RAOK event has been fantastic. It's so wonderful seeing so many great people being named and thanked. I love this community!

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  23. Diane,
    Thank you! Angela and Becca get the credit for the general post theme. :) Good to meet you; thanks for following!

    Lynda,
    I agree; it has been a rousing success! I need to get around to more of the participants. This community is wonderful!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  24. Somehow I KNEW you & Susan would be great buddies. What a blessing for your to feature her.

    Random acts of kindness always make me smile :)

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  25. The unexpected blog award yesterday was another RAOK!

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  26. Kathleen,
    See, we always need to listen to what you say! Yes, we hit it off quite well. :) I'm happy too, to have met you in the process! :)

    Rahul,
    Congratulations on your blog award! Those are very nice surprises!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  27. Yay for random acts of kindness! :)

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  28. Miriam,
    Yes! I second that thought! :) Thanks for coming by!
    Blessings,
    Karen

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