Blog of the Year 2012 and #ROW80

Welcome back to Scarlet Thread Sunday, when I throw out a thread of something I’ve learned from the labyrinth of life. You’re probably wondering what that image to the left is. Am I really that awesome?

Way back on January 2, I opened an email from author Patricia Yager Delagrange announcing that she had awarded me the Blog of the Year 2012. Wha-wha-what???

In the accompanying blog post, Patti said: “I have learned SO much from reading her ‘Amazing Words Wednesdays.’ She blogs about other topics on other days (like high school – I love that), but my favorite day is Wednesday. I look forward all the things I learn about words. And not just because I’m a writer. It’s just really cool.”

So I’ve learned that someone out there likes my blog. 🙂 Actually, I was so overwhelmed that I just kept putting off announcing this. Perhaps I was worried that if I didn’t think through my response, I’d end up saying something stupid like this:

But here is a better response:

Of course, I’m especially grateful to Patti. Thank you.

There are rules with this blog award. Here they are:

  1. Select the blogs you think deserve the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with this award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page, Blog of the Year 2012 Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post.
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link Blog of the Year 2012 Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

Obviously, the marvelous Patricia Yager Delagrange has already been nominated, and you can check out her blog HERE. Also check out her book, Moon Over Alcatraz: “Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty. But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return.”

As to my picks, I could nominate several. But I considered whose blog I’ve seen grow and increase my interest in the past year. With that in mind, the blogger that struck me is none other than my DFW Con roommate, Jess Witkins.

Jess Witkins

In May when we roomed together (never having met IRL before), she was blogging but I don’t know how much. Yet she ramped up her writing in 2012, and the result has been a beautiful hodge-podge of posts on films, books, culture, travel, and guilty pleasures. Her distinct and fun voice comes through in her blog and makes me all that more eager for her to “finish that book!” The name of her blog even gives you a sense of what she’s about: The Happiness Project.

So there you go. Check out Patti’s blog and Jess’s blog. And now onto my…

ROW Update


  • Complete full rewrite of SHARING HUNTER. I’m using the different opening I wrote last week and starting to replot scenes on a timeline. I still love this story, but it sure has dragged me around the track a few times.
  • Work with editors on short story for Orange Karen AnthologyDone.
  • Revisit GRACE & FIRE (1st novel) and run through one more round of edits. In a holding pattern while I work on #1 above.



Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. I’d like to claim that it was the stomach virus that kept me from exercise, but since that didn’t arrive until Thursday…
  • Take a true Sabbath–no working and time with God and family one day a week. Yes.

About my goals: More than anything, I MUST show progress this coming week on two items above–the timeline for SHARING HUNTER and exercise. I’ve not done nearly enough about them. So if everything else falls apart this coming week, I still plan to come here next Sunday and say what I got done on those two items.

Now I invite you to share one or more of your favorite blogs in 2012. And how are your own goals going? Do you find one or two goals getting too little attention week after week? How can I encourage you?

Be sure to check out fellow ROWers HERE!

23 thoughts on “Blog of the Year 2012 and #ROW80

  1. Congratulations on the blog of the year, very cool and well deserved. Whenever I change gears in my WIP, it always takes me a second to get going again. Hopefully you’ll feel the flow this week and hopefully today you’re feeling much better. Have a great week, Julie.

  2. What a lovely post, Julie. And thank you for the “thank you” and the links to my blog and book. That’s really nice of you. I’m going over to Jess’s (is that the right spelling?) blog now and check it out.

  3. Congrats on your blog award! I do love Amazing Words Wednesdays. As far as picking another blog for Best of 2012, I read so many good ones I would be really hard-pressed to choose just one. I missed your BOAW post – going to catch up now!

    1. It is hard to pick one. I really have about 12 favorites, but I just decided to go with one that has, IMHO, grown my interest over the year. Thanks, Jennette!

  4. Awww… what a great idea! A nice way to spread joy through the internet.

    Sounds like you have your editing work cut out for you! Good luck!

  5. Awwwwwww, Julie, thank you so much!!! This is the sweetest award and it came at the perfect time when I feeling down in the dumps about my writing. Thank you for thinking of me and the shout out! You’re the best!

    Patti was right to nominate you because your blog rocks! Can’t wait till DFWcon!

  6. Congrats. Well deserved. I ♥ you & jess, so I’ll have to check out Patti now! Hope you are finally feeling better (although you had great progress even with that!). Hope you have a great week!

  7. Congrats on the well deserved award Julie!!

    You’ve done really well on your goals even if there are a couple you aren’t completely happy with. I hope you see fabulous progress this week!

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