Monday, May 20, 2013

Thinking, a Winner, and Good News






Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



Indeed, there is life happening in our heads, isn't there? The mind is where we process everything, battle challenging thoughts, and formulate any number of things. As writers, we might also say, "Writing consists in what a man is thinking of all day."

While all this thinking is a good thing, a break is nice too. Especially when the brain is on overload or you hit a wall with a project. Pen and Prosper's Jennifer Brown Banks offers help in this post, How to Reboot and Rebound. While Jennifer actually references bad computer days, her tips provide therapeutic refreshment for the intense writing life.


A Winner

Congratulations to Bethany, the winner of Ann Gabhart's book, Scent of Lilacs! Thanks to all who stopped by to see Ann in last week's post.


Good News

I signed a contract with Helping Hands Press! They will be publishing my book for homeschoolers later this year. I'm still numb, the entire process happened in a flash - but I am excited! Will keep you posted. :)


What things will you be thinking on today? What do you do to refresh and reboot?

Have a great week!

Happy writing,


Karen


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31 comments :

  1. Congratulations on the book deal! That is awesome.

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  2. Congrats, Karen! That is wonderful news.

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  3. Congrats to you! Such wonderful news! Happy dancing with you...

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  4. CHA CHA CHA! I'm thrilled for you. I know that I know you have wanted to expand it for a while now. I cannot wait to read it. Congrads to Bethany! And special congrads to you, amigo. YaY. You're famous! ;-) xoxo

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  5. Alex,
    Thanks a bunch! I'm excited! :)

    Diane,
    Thanks so much! :) Looking forward to it, obviously. lol

    Loree,
    Thank you! Yes, there's been a bit of happy dancing around here. :)

    Robyn,
    Aww, thanks, amigo! It's one of those things that just kind of happened. I'm still numb for the most part. :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  6. That is so completely thrilling!! So happy for you!

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  7. Wow, Karen. So happy to hear about your book! Good for you. That was wonderful news. Susan

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  8. I go to the beach! But if I can't get there, just getting away from my desk for a bit helps. The patio, a walk, even a trip to the grocery store.

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  9. Karen,

    How great for you; congrats on the book! No wonder you've been so busy. :-) Thanks too for the blog mention. Much continued success!

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  10. Jennifer S.,
    I have to admit, I am thrilled! Thanks so much! :)

    Susan,
    Thank you! Everyone's support means a lot to me. :)

    Carol,
    Yes, getting away from the desk can be so helpful! Have to go to the grocery store tomorrow. I'm hoping it will be therapeutic. Lol :)

    Jennifer B.,
    You are most welcome! Your blog is a treasure. Thanks so much! :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  11. Hey, super on the book deal!! Congratulations!

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  12. Congratulations, Karen! This is great news. And I'll for sure want a copy once the book is published--my daughter has just started the homeschooling journey with my five-year old granddaughter and we'll both want to read your book. Yaayyy!

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  13. congrats on the book deal!!! that is such good news

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  14. Hi Karen .. that is amazing - many congratulations on your book deal - there seems to be a great deal of home-schooling in the States, so I'm sure you have much to offer ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  15. Clapping wildly! Congratulations! You deserve it. More good things to come, I'm sure.

    Happy spring, my friend.

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  16. Oh wow, congratulations Karen, that is wonderful! Please, keep us updated... the publishing process can be lengthy :)

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  17. Sally,
    Thanks so much! :) I appreciate it!

    Kenda,
    You are so sweet! Best wishes to your daughter on their journey. It's a rewarding one! :)

    Tammy,
    At the risk of sounding silly, I am still smiling. :) Thanks so much!

    Hilary,
    It is a very big thing here, and a great alternative if it works for a family. Thank you! :)

    Rhonda,
    Oh you are one sweet friend! :) Thanks a bunch! Happy spring to you too.

    Marja,
    Thank you! :) I am excited. Will keep you posted!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  18. Karen, that's awesome news! Congratulations!

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  19. Cheering loud and proud for you Karen. Congratulations. Yes, Jen's blog is wonderful, also.

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  20. Wonderful news!!! Congratulations! I'm excited about your book!

    Let me know how I can help spread the word - with an interview, a guest post, a book cover reveal - just let me know!

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  21. Lisa,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Linda,
    Thanks so much! Gotta love jen, right? :)

    Tyrean,
    Thank you! I will take you up on that offer! :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  22. My sister and one niece have home schooled for years. I'll be tooting your horn to them. =0)

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  23. Karen, that is wonderful! Congratulations!

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  24. Congratulations on the book deal, Karen. Its super awesome.

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  25. Congrats Karen!! Such awesome awesome news :)

    Have a great holiday weekend my friend!

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  26. Susan,
    You are a sweetheart! :) Thanks so much!

    Lydia,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Rachna,
    :) I'm sure you know the feeling! Thank you!

    Keith,
    Glad you came by! Thanks a bunch!

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  27. I just discovered your blog on someone's sidebar, and apparently I arrived at a very happy time - congratulations on getting your book published!!! Our thoughts are indeed powerful, I am daily challenged to keep mine on what really matters. Mary

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  28. Congrats, Bethany. Your news is so wonderful, Karen. I'm thrilled for you!

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  29. Mary,
    I'm so glad you stopped by. It's great to meet you! Thanks so much. Yes, thinking on what really matters - you are right, that is key. :)

    Joylene,
    Thank you! Your support and friendship means a lot! :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  30. Congrats again on the book deal! I just hopped over from Susan R.'s spot, where I read and commented on your interview.

    I hope you're savoring your success and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment. You deserve it!

    Hugs to you...

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  31. Janette,
    Thanks so much! :) Thanks also for visiting Susan's blog. It is a good feeling, mixed with some nerves too. But that's a good thing; it'll keep me from getting a big head! LOL
    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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