Monday, May 14, 2012

Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!

← Looking for the First Loves Blogfest? You can find my post here. ←
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People are awesome...

You know that right? (Okay, maybe not all people, but today is about focusing on the good.) It just so happens that our writing community is full of awesome people. More encouraging than a Hallmark card, more supportive than a Wonderbra, more... well, you get the picture.
 
Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports, and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice, and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums. and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.

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! Because I think KINDNESS is contagious (and I deeply respect both women), I'm participating too!
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Today, I'd like to acknowledge Joylene Nowell Butler
(No relation, I promise!) 

If you want to find the spirit of the writing community, look no further. This woman is encouraging, helpful, and offers the very best advice. Seriously, if she didn't live 2,536 miles away, I'd take her to lunch.

For now, I'm going to go with the one thing I can offer: a blog header! No pressure to use this, Joylene. I just thought it would be fun to play around with one of your gorgeous photos. :)

Click to see full-size.
Doesn't everyone want to visit Cluculz Lake now?  I do!

I would love it if you guys bombarded Joylene with greetings and follows today. (Like a big ol' chain of kindness!) You can find her hanging around these places:

If you'd like to show your support by buying one of her books, you can find them at these places:
(Broken, But Not Dead)
(Dead Witness)
Thanks! :)
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Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly 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 makes the world go round. 

And you thought it was momentum...

Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you, too. Hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up. :) Seriously, go now. How fun is this?

Question of the week:  Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness?  

Have a great week, guys!

77 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Joylene. Off to check out her blog.

Donna K. Weaver said...

And congrats on being blitzed yourself!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like randomly attacking people with kindness!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Awesome! I love the header! I'm going to go check out her blog.

And speaking of people being ROAKBlitzed... Check out mine. ;)

Creepy Query Girl said...

Oh my gosh! what a wonderful ROAK gift! Very creative and thoughtful! Congrats Joylene!

Melissa said...

Great choice. :) Great blogfest, too.

Mina Burrows said...

That was so nice. And what a beautiful header too. :)

JeffO said...

Very nice.

Giora said...

Great line .. more supporting than a wonderbra. The world need more random acts of kindness, and my novel talks about it. Not knowing many people, Carrie, I send you a random virtual act of kindness and wish you a wonderful day.

Cassie Mae said...

How cool is this??? I love it! This is why the blogging community rocks it. :)

Ruth Josse said...

Hello, Carrie! Hopping over from Peggy's place. :)

Fun and awesome gift! I'm following the kindness trail today so I'll head over to Joylene's. :)

Christina Lee said...

What a cool gift!!

*waves*

S.P. Bowers said...

I just hopped over from Peggy's place. This kindness trail is awesome! It's so exciting to see and hear of all the wonderful things that happen in the writing world.

Talli Roland said...

I don't think I know Joylene, but she sounds lovely! :)

Natasha Hanova said...

Random acts of kindness are good for karma. :-)

And can I just say, what an awesome gift. I already tweeted it.

Becca Puglisi said...

Congrats, Joylene! And thanks for the kind words and for sharing the love, Carrie!

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

cleemckenzie said...

I'll be sure to stop in and visit Joylene. Her name is lovely and perfect for this "lovely" RAOKBlitz.

Emily R. King said...

Thanks for introducing, Joylene! I'll check out her books and blog now.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for introducing us to Joylene. I came over to your blog to congratulation you on being RAOK Blitzed by Peggy. Congratulations!

cluculzwriter said...

LOL. I couldn't understand why these kind people were stopping by to congratulate me on being blitzed. I was scratching my head and wondering what i missed. LOL.

Oh, Carrie, what a dear and sweet girl you are. You brought tears to my eyes. And yes, if we were closer I'd take you to lunch and give you a big hug. Before you ate, of course.

Thanks for making my day. Not sure what else to say. LOL. Gotta go blow my nose.

cluculzwriter said...

Thank you for your kind words, everyone!

Leslie Rose said...

I'm loving this BLITZ. I dropped off two books at the local high school library and they were beyond surprised. The blog header is gorgeous. I'm off to visit Joylene.

Patti said...

I came over from Peggy's blog on you. This has been great. I love reading about everyone and what they've done.

Carrie Butler said...

I'm sure you'll love it! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you! I was so surprised when I saw that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Me too! :)

P.S. I'm glad you included "with kindness". You are the ninja captain, after all. *Grins*

Lisa Regan said...

Joylene is seriously amazing! Excellent choice. Hope she gets lots of traffic from this. She is an inspiration!

Jennifer Hillier said...

What a great post! If Joylene is half as amazing as you are, then that's pretty freaking amazing.

And how talented are you with those blog headers? HELLO, artist!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Pegasus! :D

(For those of you who don't follow Peggy, you should. She made me tear up in a parking lot, for crying out loud! LOL)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Katie! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Melissa! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Mina! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Jeff! :)

Carrie Butler said...

*Grins* Thank you, Giora. :) I agree. You too!

Carrie Butler said...

I love it, too! I vote for a RAOK Blitz every year. :D

cluculzwriter said...

I LOVE MY NEW HEADER! TOO KEWL! Thanks, Carrie. You're the best.

Carrie Butler said...

It's great to meet you, Ruth! Thank you for stopping by. :D

Oh, thanks! That's kind of you. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Christina! *Waves back* Welcome! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for stopping by, S.P.! I agree. What a way to start the week! :D

Carrie Butler said...

I hope you get a chance to. She's great! :)

Carrie Butler said...

You bet! :) Thanks, Natasha! I appreciate that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

No problem, Becca! Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Lee! I'm sure she'll appreciate that. :)

Carrie Butler said...

No problem, Empress King! Thanks for helping pass on the RAOK love. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Sharon! I appreciate that. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! Sorry about that, Joylene. I got home later than I intended. I wanted to send you a heads-up on Twitter.

...I'm glad this wasn't a surprise birthday party. LOL

No need for tears! We'll get to go out for lunch someday! *Grins*

I'm so relieved that you like your header. :D Happy RAOK Blitz!

Carrie Butler said...

Oh, I bet! That's so kind of you, Leslie. I'm sure they appreciated it. :)

Thank you!

Carrie Butler said...

Welcome, Patti! :) I'm enjoying this, too.

Carrie Butler said...

Heck yeah! Yet another thing we agree on. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Jennifer! Oh, she's cooler than I am. That's for sure. :)

...Stop making me blush! People are going to wonder what I'm looking at. LOL Seriously, though. Thank you. :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I want that header!!! I don't even have one at all! I am lame, I know. I have a theory: all Butler's are awesome :)

Carrie Butler said...

You don't have one at all?! This is unacceptable. E-mail me sometime. We'll remedy that. :)

Aww, thanks!

Mark Koopmans said...

What a kewl idea.... must try to be kind to someone this year... I heard it's good for you :)

PS... this is my last line in my comment on Dave's interview over at FFF :)

"...I'm Mark, and I can't believe Carrie beat me to this line :)~"

Rachel Morgan said...

Such a beautiful photo in that header!!

Tara Tyler said...

i love this fest! you all are great! its inspiring to see all the giving!

Candilynn Fite said...

OMG, what a terrific header, Carrie!! Awesome pick for your RAOK. :))

Morgan said...

I'm just catching up!

Gosh, what an awesome idea... love the kindness shout outs. And Joylene is great. :D

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a fantastic RAOK. Gorgeous blog header. I just came over from Peggy's blog--congratulations on being named in her RAOK. And now I'm off to visit Joylene.

Miriam Forster said...

What a gorgeous blog header! Such a great RAOK present. Which reminds me, I need to do something different with mine... *ponders* *adds to endless to-do list*

Lynda R Young said...

This RAOK event has been truly fatnastic. It's wonderful seeing the community come together to celebrate kindness.

Carrie Butler said...

Wouldn't be a bad idea, Mark... *Grins*

Whoa! That proves it. We really do live on the same wavelength! ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Isn't it? Joylene takes wonderful photographs. :D

Carrie Butler said...

I love it, too! Angela and Becca made this fest so much fun. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Candilynn! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Yesterday was a bit chaotic, wasn't it? I'm catching up, too!

The blogosphere has a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. :D Heck yeah!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Cynthia! I appreciate that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

I agree, Lynda! :D

Michelle said...

You are so right! Kindness does rock!
Gorgeous banner.
Xx

Clarissa Draper said...

These acts of kindness are great. Great header gift.

Carrie Butler said...

Yeah, it does! :) Thank you, Michelle!

Carrie Butler said...

They're re-energizing the writing community. :) Thanks, Clarissa!

The Golden Eagle said...

That's a beautiful header. :)

Hooray for RAOK!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Eagle! :) Hooray, indeed!

Candilynn Fite said...

Carrie, I wanted to let you know, I've put a "follow" gadget and a "follow by email" gadget on my new blog. I'm still working on my scary stories, but I'll be updating the blog weekly. I also worked on a new blog header for the Texas paranormal stories. :)) Feel free to leave your comments and check back as often as you like! www.candilynnfite.blogspot.com

Carrie Butler said...

That's great, Candilynn! I'll be right over to check it out and follow. :D

Julia King said...

Great idea! We don't make it alone in the writing biz.

More support than a wonderbra ---> HILARIOUS GIRL!

Well, thanks for your support by dropping by my blog. You are wonderful. Thx

Carrie Butler said...

We certainly don't. :) Thanks, Julia! You too!