Friday, September 23, 2011

Goal Progress and a Giveway

I can hardly believe it, but it has been three months since the #lifelistclub began. In celebration, we're going to have little party.

Wait, how did all those people get in here? I only made enough cookies for three dozen. 

Hum, I might just have to horde them for myself. 

As a checkpoint to when our goals began, we are all doing a little recap of what we've accomplished so far (or haven't accomplished in my case) 

As far as writing/revising goes, I think I've kept you well updated. I'm nowhere near the place I wanted to be, but I am learning to be patient so that my book can shine :)

Here are my other goals and my progress:

1. Play with my kids everyday, get down and dirty -- I've been trying to take them somewhere everyday that disconnects me from the computer and allows me to really enjoy them. I'm going to keep on, keeping on.

2. Workout for at least one half hour three times a week -- I actually got pretty close to my goal weight, but I haven't been sticking to an exercise routine. Although, since my son started Preschool I have been walking him which I think is pretty darn close enough.

3. Use the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt -- This is a slow and ongoing process, but I'm sticking to it!

4. Be more involved in my church and community -- hum, I haven't been great about this one, but I have been trying.

Now for the reason you all came. The Giveaway! To one lucky U.S. Resident I am giving away paperback copies of Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, and A Little princess.

Aren't they so pretty?

Since the books can go to U.S. residents only I am also giving away a 10 page, in depth, critique.

All you have to do to win is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below telling me which prize you want. I'll be doing the drawing using The winner will be posted on Monday. 

And as if that wasn't enough, each of The Life List Club writers has a gift for one of more subscribers/commenters on today's post. Check individual writers blogs (below) for how many winners will be chosen and when their drawings will end. 

Jess – Prize to 1 winner
-Signed copy of Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Pam – Pkg of prizes to 1 winner
-Winner's choice of excerpt from my novel-in-progress or a copy of my short story   
- I will interview the winner on their goals and ambitions for a future post in Hawleyville.
- Option to publish a piece of their own fiction/essay (up to 2,000 words) or do a guest
     post at my blog.

David – 2 Prizes, 2 winners
-to a commenter, a copy of a short story, Bubba’s First Cruise
-to a subscriber, a guest post swap.

Marcia – Pkg of prizes to 1 winner
-a copy of flash fiction - Night Moves
-invitation to guest post or be interviewed on my blog
-winner's name used for a character in my trilogy, The Dance and The Dancer

Sonia – Prize to 1 winner
-Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering Ebook

Jenny H. – 2 winners-choice of prizes
-Choice of a guest post from Jenny for the winner’s blog OR an interview of the winner  on Jenny’s blog. Two winners – 1 subscriber and 1 commenter

Violeta – Prize to 1 winner
-In-depth Critique of two WIP chapters

-a copy of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces
-an in-depth critique for fiction up to 15,000 words.

Emily – 1 prize, 1 winner
-a 5 piece (4X6) photo series by Kate Moir.
Happy hopping!


jesswords10 said...

Hey Jennie girl! May I please have cookie, please?!

I love your goal of getting down and dirty with your kids and also incorporating it with part of your workout routine. Why not make life easier? I did the same thing when I went home to see family. I knew I would make it to the gym that day, but I ran around with the kiddos and played fetch with the dog. Just being active is still progress towards your goal.

Awesome giveaway, the covers are beautiful. Congrats to whoever wins them, enjoy!

Marcia Richards said...

Hey Jennie! You did great! Look at all you accomplished! Don't forget, this is only the 1st quarter. You still have another 3 quarters to work on oyur goals! I, too, love this playing with your kids everyday goal. So many parents let this slip by, so kudos for tackling that most important goal! Love having you in LLC and look forward to the next 3 months with you!

Jenny S. Morris said...

All of your goals are great. I really like the one with your kids. I need to do that too. My church is doing a Dave Ramsey class that I should go to, but can't because of soccer practice. I'm sure you will accomplish all the goals you have set for yourself. As Cooking Mama says, "You can do it!"

All the books look SO pretty, I don't know which one...A Little Princess. I think my niece would really like that one.

J. A. Bennett said...

@Jenny, it's a prize of ALL THREE books or the critique. So I'll put you down for the books :)

Emily R. King said...

Great giveaways! What a fun celebration! I'm hopping right now...

Chantele Sedgwick said...

What a fun giveaway! Those books are really pretty. I'd go for the books. ;) And I want some of those cookies! YUM! I may have to go make some now... Have a great weekend! :D

Sarah Pearson said...

Don't include me in the draw, being from across the pond and all that, just wanted to say that I think you're doing great. You got the most important one, your kids, nailed :-)

Abby Fowers said...

Oh my gosh! So much awesomeness! I love it. Definitely enter me to win!

Also - great goals! Those are very similar to my own. I need to do better on all of them. Some days I do great - other days, not so much. Glad you shared.

David N Walker said...

Dang, I forgot to bring cookies or punch either one. Glad you brought some. Good job on the goals. Keep up the good work.

Pam said...

Happy Milestone day, and cheers to your successes!

Lyn Midnight said...

Looks like you're making good progress, Jen! And I love your giveaways. I'm beyond happy that you brought out the big guns: FIREWORKS. Ahem. Btw, what's the Dave Ramsey plan? OK, keep partying! :)

cherie said...

Good for you, Jen! I'm so proud of you for your goals and accomplishments! ;)

I would love the books! (One can never have enough books, LOL)

Kathleen Doyle said...

Some worthy goals you have here=) Good luck with fulfilling them!
I would love to win the books. I think reading them to my daughter would be a great activity for both of us!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Wow! Those goals are in SO MANY AREAS! It's so amazing that you can focus on so much at once! I'm seriously impressed.

And I'll take a critique of yours any day.

elizabethreinhardt said...

Love that you're spending more time with the kiddies...that's always on my list and the most fun thing to get done! Awesome goals!

And I would love to put my hat in the ring for a critique!

Elizabeth Mitchell said...

I'm with Jess and Elizabeth above, that I really like that you include your kids in your goals--it's what keeps me sane (or a little more sane, anyway, lol). I adore the books, but I will put my hat in the ring for the critique (much, much, more needed!)

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

Firstly, I'd like to say that your goals are excellent goals. I've been trying to spend more time with my dog because I work too much (then I hurt my knee and can't really do anything with him :( )

Secondly, I'm a follower of the blog, can I be included in the contest? I'd like a ten page critque...or A Little Princess.

P.S. You're awesome, thanks for the comment on my blog :)

Sonia G Medeiros said...

Mmmm...cookies! Congrats on everything you've done! :D

The Tame Lion said...

Wow! Excellent!

Emily Moir said...

I love where you say you're going to "keep on keeping on". Way to go! You're doing awesome.

Jenny Hansen said...

I am so glad I'm on vacation when calories don't count! I'll be sitting down with YOUR cookies and Jess' punch. Yummy.

I think your goals are beautiful, Jennie. They're very focused in the "Now" things that matter. I can't wait to see how you feel in three more months. :-)

Scott Bryan said...

You won an award!

Sarah McCabe said...

I struggle to get down and dirty with my kids as well. But then, I left the ranks of childhood before I should have.

I'd love to have those books!

ellieannsoderstrom said...

Those books are SO pretty. And I'm with ya on the "get down and dirty" play with the kids, and with finding church and community--such great goals.

WilyBCool said...

Thanks for all of your help yesterday! Really appreciated it and I'm off on running! May there be many more cookies and give-aways for you!

Billy B

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a fun hop. And I love your goals, especially #1. Our children grow up so fast it's important to grab all the moments with them you can.

*heads to check out the other blogs*

Anita Grace Howard said...

What a great blog hop idea, and a fun party to boot! When need to have a #goatposse shin-dig one of these days. :) Your goals ROCK, and I'm so proud of you for striving to meet them and all you've accomplished so far. Now put that plate of cookies away. I think I gained five pounds just looking at them.