Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May I Tell You About Someone Else? Sweet 'N Spicy Layout Design, and The Dust It Off Blog Hop!

This is my 100th post!  Woot!

I wanna thank everyone whose been coming by to read my blog!  I've received over 1000 comments (outside of mine), many in the last few weeks due to A to Z, so squeeee!  I'm feeling the love and have met  some great people!   

(And maybe I should warn you here, this is going to be a really long post, but lots of cool stuff abounds...)

And one of those great people is Joshua from Vive le Nerd!  Double-Woot!

He's a husband, father, blogger, tweeter, freelance copyeditor, writer, movie-lover, loves video games, and likes his caffeine and sweets!  It's like he's my brother-from-another-mother!  Seriously, we even have very similar glasses, both our sons decided to come early and spend some time in the NICU, too.  LOL.  Okay, I'll admit, I'm not the hugest video game person, but I play a mean Lego Harry Potter and Star Wars.

I had the very great fortune of randomly clicking on Joshua's link the very first day of the A to Z Challenge, and very quickly his blog became a must-read for me.  During his A to Z, he posted T-shirts and great images from his I-pad with hilarious captions.  It all started with this shirt:

Then, the very next day, it was this shirt:

Woot! Independents Unite!


Anyway...after this, I was hooked!  I thought, this is my kind of blogger!  A self-professed nerd just like me!  Plus, he likes his T-shirts!  I am so a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl, and would wear them all day, every day if my job allowed it. 

Anyways, the greatness just kept coming!  Here's a few of his wonderful collection that I covet something fierce:

Harry Potter House Babies!

Down at Fraggle Rock!

All the great ones represented in one shirt!

I've studied computer programming and this one speaks my language!  Subtle, but funny!

A Fathers' Day gift from his kids!
Anything in Star Wars is great...and it's pink!  You know what they say:  Real Men Wear Pink!
There's one for every day of the alphabet and they're all full of awesome!  Plus, he shares great stories and images and is just full of the best kind of nerdtastic humor!  ("Word to the Nerd")  
Go check out his blog - you won't be sorry!
(all of Joshua's images were used with permission)
Vive le Nerd!

To read about another great person I've had the fortune of meeting, visit NA Alley today!


Sweet 'N Spicy Designs

In other news, I changed the layout for my design site today, and I was thrilled to go check on Brenda Novak's Auction to Cure Diabetes today and see that the design package I donated is already up to $115 (after 7 bids in only 24 hours!)  It was only $2 when I went to bed last night.

Anyway, here's my new layout.  It's so funky and loud - almost too loud, but I love it!  I'll probably get bored with it soon and change it, but it's good for now.

You like?


Dust It Off Blog Hop
It's the first day of the Dust It Off Blog Hop hosted by Courtney Pearson and Theresa Paolo, two other bloggers I've had the fortune of stumbling on in the last month or so.    

From Courtney's Site:

Got a shelved ms?

We'll do some spring cleaning on those first manuscripts, our first babies, those bodacious attempts at writing that we learned so much with and worked so hard on that never really seemed to *pan out*. Those characters we fell in love with, the story we poured our souls into--I know I still think of mine!!

Both Theresa and I believe nothing we do is ever wasted. Even if nothing happened with those first/early projects, we've all learned essential things to improve, to take this writing thing to the next level. So pull Ol' Shelvy off the shelf, and get ready to let us know what it was all about!

May 3rd: Post a 1-2 sentence pitch as to what Ol' Shelvy was about. (Great way to practice pitches!! And it will also give everyone some grounding for what your story is!!)

May 5th: Post your favorite excerpt from Ol' Shelvy. 300-350 word limit. ;)

May 7th: Post what you learned from this WIP. We become stronger, more rounded writers with each project we take on, and we want to know what you learned from writing Ol' Shelvy!!

So, here's my Ol' Shelvy pitch:

The last person Andrea Manconi expects to see at her life-long best friend's Christmas wedding is Marshall Isley, the man who charmed the pants off of her ten years before with his sweet words, and then disappeared. She just has to survive the next twenty-four hours without falling under his spell again, but that proves easier said than done when he tells her the real story of what happened all those years ago, and she realizes that the man who symbolizes the worst period of her life may just be the most wonderful man she’s ever met.

Just an FYI - this has been polished and is the pitch I submitted to the Entangled Publishing Pitch at The Rockville 8 Slam Pitch in January and it was requested (still haven't heard back on it, am about to send a gentle nudge to the editor who requested it) - it's still my first original MS though.  


  1. That is an awesome pitch! I wanna read that right now!

  2. Joshua is cool! The Ninja one spoke to me as well.

  3. I like the t-shirt blog idea. How fun!! Maybe I should do one with bowling shirts. :)

  4. Congrats on the 100th post!

    I agree, it sounds good too. I want to know what the real story is.

    1. Thank you! And...hmmm, don't know if I can tell you that. LOL.

  5. I gotta know why he left her all those years ago! Great pitch.

  6. Sounds like a fun novel. Good luck with Entangled! I look forward to hearing more!

  7. Those t-shirts are awesome! Great pitch for the MS..sounds intriguing and I wanna know what happens next..Gah! :)

  8. Fun t-shirts! And Jaycee, great pitch! I want to know his reveal!!! :D Tons of luck to you with Entangled!!

  9. What a fun pitch! and those shirts are awesome. Thanks for sharing so much today -- totally worth the length of the post. ;)

  10. Congrats on 100th post!
    The Sweet 'N Spicy Designs new design looks FUN!
    Hum, that pitch sounds FUN too! Man, I hate a misunderstood love story. Great pitch, sista!

  11. Those are awesome shirts! I will for sure check out his blog :) And that pitch of yours was pretty fantastic :D

  12. Ooh. I love that pitch. Misunderstandings make the best stories.

  13. That was an awesome pitch! Well done. And Joshua is cool. Love his shirts.

  14. I think I was really out of it when I responded to your email last night. That's what hard yard work in 85 degree and humid weather will do to you. Thanks again!

    1. Hope your brain got some rest! Thanks again for letting me feature you and share your awesome collection!

  15. I like your pitch. It sounds like the kind of book I'd be going 'Aww!!" at a lot. Ha ha.

    1. Well, I have a mouthy best friend, a snarky heroine, a hot hockey playing hero, and a geeky friend. Lots of fun stuff, but some sadness, too. :D Thanks!

  16. There is nothing I don't like about this pitch. I love all of it. Seriously love it. This is my type of story! I would pick this up in a heartbeat, grab a glass of wine, park my rear on the couch and dive in. Good luck with it. I really hope Entangled picks it up because I want to read it!

  17. Congratz on the number of posts! That's great and I've never heard of this Joshua guy and I'm very intrigued. Thanks for sharing oh and that new site is boss! I totally love it :D

  18. I like your pitch, love the main character's name too. Such a great name! :D I also love your other site, sweet and spicy designs.. woo!! Very nice work!


  19. Ooooo... Crossing my fingers for you with Entangled! That's great! And I would totally read it ;)

  20. Good luck with your submission! It sounds like a good read.

  21. A request! I'd say that pitch is a winner :) Best of luck with the submission. Looking forward to your excerpt. Congrats!

  22. Oooh, awesome! Love the sound of this one x and good luck!

  23. Must. Buy. T-shirts.

    Great pitch, too. Now I want to know what really happened.

    Good luck subbing!

  24. Oh, I take a break and I miss all your cool posts! Josh is one of my favorite bloggers too.

    And Jaycee!!! You are a Lego HP and Star Wars fan??? We must have a chat about the awesomeness of these things :)