Time for a BIG Giveaway!

This is how I've been feeling--a little depleted, a little overwhelmed, and a lot tired. My creative blog juices are running a little low. I'm sick of the non-stop construction on my street. I want a good treat and can't have one for ten more days. I want to be finished with the revisions on "For What It's Worth" and I want to start working on my next book (it's a love triangle). Summer is going by too fast, but Bruce's mission could go a little bit faster.

I'm in a bit of a slump and I need your help.

I heard of someone who asked her readers what she should write about, so that's what I'm doing. 

WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT?

In exchange for your ideas, I'm going to give away a great prize. 

A $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card to buy a great summer read or two (or three or four if you shop the bargain tables).

AND

A chocolate chip cookie pie from Cookie Heaven. (worth $25.00)

So, help a sister out. 

Leave a comment with your idea for a blog posting and you'll be entered to win.
If you want extra entries, follow me, tweet this, post it on your facebook or fly an airplane banner with my blog address. Be sure to leave me a comment about each of these (and a picture of the banner).

I'll be randomly choosing a winner at midnight on July 11.

BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR COMMENTS.

91 comments:

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear you are in a slump! I think that could be a result of "the dog days of summer!" I hear ya on all of your "wants!" An old saying that might help..."this too shall pass." Topics to write about?
1.Casey Anthony trial and verdict.
2.Greatest joy...greatest sorrow.
3.Since you are feeling down,think about yourself and recognize your own personal gifts and share. (or not)
Well, that's all I have for now.
Last word of advice from the great actor, John Wayne. "BUCK UP LITTLE CAMPER!" Love ya, LMH

mormon birth mom said...

you could "honor" someone, tell a family reunion story, 40 Something (how do we cope with all these life changes?!), cheap date ideas, being snubbed on Facebook or other FB oddities, and maybe "teen-agers" (almost any angle on this subject would be good reading!) Do I get an entry for each idea? hee hee

Leslie said...

you could write a posting entirely about me. :) hahaha.

Leslie said...

okay, fine... that was a joke ;).
let's see...

lisa's posting on facebook about child birth being a business... that would be a good one. or something similar.

Torrie said...

You could do what I've been doing--try something new every week and then blog about the experience. Or you could go to an online writing prompts site and just pick any prompt at random (that's what I do for my weekly writing posts when I don't know what else to write about). You could revisit every year of your life and write a short story about one significant event from each year.

Good luck with everything! Slumps are no fun, so hopefully you'll feel back to your normal writing self soon!!

Lisa said...

i facebooked this.

Lisa said...

i can't remember my flippin password to my twitter account. i have tried for 20 minutes and think this should still count as another try.

Melanie said...

Dreams! I know I've had some pretty entertaining ones (like the one where I lived in an apartment building where all the other tenants were muppets) and I'm sure just about everyone else has had some interesting ones too. It would be fun to hear a rundown of your favorite (or least favorite?) dreams.

Melissa said...

If you're talking about book writing, you could write about a step family struggling to get along : a mom and a dad who each divorced and then married each other (or just adopted kids when they were single).

Or, maybe write about experiences you've had as a child/adult -- in third person!

If you need ideas for your blog, here's an tip: come up with a list of random topics, write/type them all on paper, and then cut them in strips and store in a "Blog Buddy" jar. Then, when you need some inspiration, pull out a "Blog Buddy" from your jar and type away!

{You can even have a separate jar for topics that have been recently used.}

Melissa said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect!

Melissa said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

Melissa said...

I posted about this giveaway on Facebook!

Oh, and the 11th is my birthday! This would be a nice birthday present!!

Kristi said...

Let's hear about your own love story. How did you and your husband meet/fall in love?
I always love the postings of your past experiences.

Rebecca Adams said...

I love Kristi's idea of writing about your own love story! I love reading how others met and fell in love, and then everything that went into wedding planning and all that. :)

You could also write about how many relatives you have on the Higginson side of the family. It's always fun counting (and trying to name) everyone in the family since there are so many of us (cousins, cousin's kids, etc.). haha!

How about an animal post? How many pets have you had growing up?

Meal ideas? I'm always interested in what meal plans everyone else has (not just one dish like you have on the recipe blog, but all the dishes that you would have in a meal). I love food! :)

That's about all the ideas I have for now. Hope this helps!

Rebecca Adams said...

I posted on facebook. :)

Rebecca Adams said...

I'm a follower!

Danielle Thorne said...

Write a story about a burned out woman who gets a shot in the arm when something wonderful and unexpected shows up in her mailbox. A chance of lifetime that rocks her world....

How's that? But I think just a plate of chocolate chip cookies from a friend would help you out. You need a girls night out!

Danielle Thorne said...

PS Following now!

Aim Aug said...

You'll get out of your slump! Something will come. I think your should use the phrase, "Oh, what do you do in the summertime?" as inspiration. I would love to hear some White family ideas.

Anonymous said...

How about writing about finding a little piece of joy in your life everyday to get you through the hard times....laughing at yourself as therapy...or maybe how a good cry can make you feel better. Thanks. irishluck1114@yahoo.com

Edonna said...

Write about hobbies, what do you do "if" you have free time? Or what you would do if there was such a thing? What have you done in the past for run, how have the hobbies evolved? What skills and gifts have you discovered about yourself as you spend time doing what you love? Going to have to go blog myself now. Not my free time, however.

Edonna said...

I already am a follower:)

Edonna said...

I don't and refuse to "tweet". Sorry.

Edonna said...

Your link has been shared to my FB wall.

Regarding another's suggestion, I found interesting journal/story prompts online when I was teaching English last year.

I can't wait to read what comes next (book, blog...whatever), I love your perspective, insight, thoughts and critiques on life and its vagaries.

Mindy said...

I love your funny stories... just those life stories that end up being humorous after all is said and done. I don't know how many of those you have up your sleeve, but I LOVe them!

shirley fin said...

Write about your favorite foods

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shirley fin said...

like you on fb

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shirley fin said...

posted about this on fb

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Tena said...

I say write about something completely personal ... a time of trial in the past.

Tena said...

I follow via GFC.

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Karey said...

This is fun. I'm going to try to do something with all the suggestions, so keep them coming and spread the word.

Some of these might be scary interesting.

mendyd said...

I love reading books about Ireland and romances of course.
A book for a begining blogger would be nice also. Ebooks are ok, but I like to have something in my hand to read and following directions.
I hope your slump ends soon and thanks for hosting a giveaway.

mendyd said...

following you on gfc

mendyd said...

I didn't leave my email with my comments...sorry. It is in my profile and here also.
mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

mendyd said...

http://twitter.com/#!/mendyd/status/89649990535872513

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Karen F said...

I can totally relate with the writing slump... this may even help me too ;.)
1. writing noticeable tweets
2. life in a large family
3. sharing some of your recipes!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

KarenatMommysMoments@gmail.com

Karen F said...

I am a new GFC follower
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Karen F said...

Tweeted the giveaway

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Karen F said...

shared on facebook

http://www.facebook.com/karenhargisfoster/posts/183249438401040

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Smarty Pants Mama said...

I learned that your the oldest of 11. I would love to hear/read you compare how your childhood is similar and different from that of your children.

Small Footprints said...

How about a post on living green or something on the environment? I think, as I look around your blog, that it would be a totally different post for you blog ... might be fun!
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Small Footprints said...

I'm a google friend connect follower.
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Small Footprints said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/smallftprints/status/89749100093902848
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Small Footprints said...

I posted this giveaway on my FB wall:
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=215658911811911&id=100001790640076
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Dee said...

I think you should write about summer songs. Just talk about the best summer love songs vs. the best autumn breakup songs. At least you'll get to review fun music lol.

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...
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Dee said...

I follow via gfc as Dee

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

shared on fb as Dee G http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=251807218169606&id=1449584700

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/DeeGee13/status/89850319193907200

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Mandi Tucker Slack said...

I love smarty pants idea....my husband is the oldest of 12 and he has some very fun stories to tell. This blog was a great idea btw! Very creative. Thanks, Mandi

Anonymous said...

How about writing about inexpensive summer activities that anyone can do.
Lost_Star_99 (at) yahoo (d0t) ca

ewhatley said...

How about posting an awesome (easy) recipe-we can never have too many of those. We would love it and it might be slump-buster.

mybeachylife at gmail do com

mendyd said...

http://twitter.com/#!/mendyd/status/90210195640295425

cucciolo25 said...

You could give a tribute to someone who has passed on. Or someone that is your second to youngest brother. You could write about the wussification of our silver-spooned youth. In other words, tell how much harder we had it than kids have it today; Or, how much harder they have it in some ways than we did...social everything, etc. I can't wait for my cookie!

Melissa said...

I posted this on Facebook again today!

Melissa said...

Oh yeah -- you should have my email address

but in case you don't:

melissadawn84 {at} gmail

Roz McClary said...

I don't have a good idea, but I loved your book, I couldn't put it down. In fact I stole it from Bryce the copy you signed so I could finish it. Keep writing!!

Melissa said...

I have flown an airplane banner with your blog address!

The photo can be found at:
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/Raeli3/AirplaneBanner.jpg

{original from www.grabbaggraphics.com}

Tawnie J said...

You could blog some funny stories about your husband.
Share a favorite recipe.
If you could have any car, what would it be and why?
If you could go on any vacation, where would it be? And with who?
If you could meet ANYONE, who would it be?
If you were an animal, what would you be?
If you were a plant, what would you be?

If you were a bug, what would you be?
If you were a zookeeper, what animal would you want to take care of?
If you saw a grizzly bear, what would you do?
If you saw a black bear, what would you do?
If you saw a polar bear and you didn't have a coat on, what would you do?
If you were at build a bear, what would you build?
If you were a koala, what would you eat?
If you were a panda, what color would you be?
If you were a gummy bear, you would be soft and warm in my pocket all day.
If you were Ferris, what would you do to sluff school?
I'm just getting started, I'll let you know the rest later.
Good luck. Can't wait to hear your answers.

Tawnie J said...

Oh, I just thought of something I'd LOVE to know about you....
If you were a planet, which one would you be? Why?

Callie said...

Would love to read more about your writing and publishing process. What kept you going? What was the hardest part? How long was it from seed idea for your novel to publication? Will you do it again?

catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

Magpie Shinies said...

I was in a slump recently, and a friend lent me The Crafter's Devotional http://www.amazon.com/Crafters-Devotional-Techniques-Unlocking-Creative/dp/1592535313 . It has been helping! Maybe you should check it out and write about that?

kimbahleigh666 at gmail dot com

mendyd said...

http://twitter.com/#!/mendyd/status/90484828163670016

Leslie said...

okay, i forgot to mention before that i posted this on facebook a few days ago.

Leslie said...

and i just posted it again on facebook. hopefully you get more comments. woo hoo!

Kacy said...

Blog about Harry Potter.

Anonymous said...

What about politics? Or National Debt? Or corruption? I've liked it when you've done book reviews, too. You could do more of those.

mandap@hotmail.com

Vea McDonald said...

How about: How do you figure out what the best use of your time is, when there is so much to do and so many skills/talents you want to improve on? Are there such things as talents that aren't of any worth?

Ladytink_534 said...

Do a post on your favorite cookies. Ones you loved when you were a kid, ones you love now, etc. I used to love these Keebler ones that had this fudgy center but they don't make them anymore.

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pamk said...

Tell a funny story from your life. Love to laugh
And those prizes would care me up too.I am in a reading slump so I could pick something new.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a GFC follower: Ladytink_534
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Ladytink_534 said...

Tweeted
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Pamk said...

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missy said...

Hey, sometimes my problem is just narrowing down all the things in my head and others it seems that nothing is exciting enough to pen. Maybe just write about a "typical" day in the life... I know days are rarely typical which might make for some good reading. Anyway, I'm sure you'll come up with some great stuff. You're blog is always a happy place for me!

Cheers!

Scott / Lori said...

Hi I shared this on Facebook. One entry for me.

Scott / Lori said...

I think you should write about road trippin across the USA with our family when we were young. Nothing can beat those stories!

Scott / Lori said...

I follow your blog.

Angel Jacklyn said...

I MOSTLY READ ARTICLES PERTAINING TO CONDITIONS & SYMPTOMS I CAN RELATE TO - FOR INSTANCE, WHEN I CATCH SOMETHING ABOUT TINITUS, OR IMMUNE-DISORDERS, THAT KIND OF THING... OR EVEN PSYCHIC-HOW- TO'S, LAW OF ATTRACTION, CREATING OUR OWN UNIVERSES, ETC OTHERWISE I DON'T BOTHER READING. BASICALLY, IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING UN-ORDINARY & SLIGHTLY "OUT THERE"!

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FOLLOWING YOU ON GFC NOW!

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Just Coupons said...

After reading your BIO, maybe you could write about what it was like coming from such a large family. How others perceived your family, how you felt about being from such a large family. It could make for a very interesting read for all of us.
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Lisa said...

i follow your blog

Lisa said...

shared again on facebook today.

Lisa said...

posted to my crafting blog.

Lisa said...

you could write about your favorite treats and why you love them.

Lisa said...

i also think it would be great to do a short biography-type posting. maybe even just one anecdotal story about each of your grandparents.

eclairre said...

I think it'd be great to do a post about a memory that you think about close to every day. Do you have any of those?

Burcu said...

I like to read about inspiring stories.

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