Sunday, December 9, 2012

Giving Back- Thanks Alex

It's finally here-- time to thank Alex Cavanaugh for his positive and helpful influence in our hemisphere of the blog world. Alex, I know there were guidelines for participation in this hop and you have a lot, I mean A LOT, of blogs to read, so I'll keep this short n' sweet. Just thank you-- for reaching out to me, for helping to promote various efforts I've made, for stopping by and commenting on so many blogs.

Somehow, through it all, you manage to remain humble and keep perspective. Your heart shows through. Best to you always in your writing endeavors. You are being used for higher purposes far beyond mere print to page.

As for what you may look like, I picture a Sean Connery suave guy with a ninja sense of style. Don't ruin it for me.

And while the rest of you are here, I won't dilute the purpose of today's post too much, but want to point you towards a couple great articles I read this week:

1. Check out James Scott Bell's article in The Kill Zone titled "Ten Ways to Sabotage Your Writing". An excellent article to help you refocus on who you are as a writer and why you write.

2. Also, take some time to read the article titled, "Do You Want To Create, Then Prepare for Pain" by Jeff Goins, Writer.  It will remind you that with creation, comes pain, but if this is what you are meant to do, you will embrace the pain with joy.

Keep Writing,

Julie

72 comments:

  1. Oh... this is such a sweet post! And Sean Connery? LOL! Love it.

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    1. Sean Connery is still my icon of sexiness-- just saying.

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  2. Will definitely check out your recommendations. I Sabotage my writing all the time. And if the pain of creation is rejection,yeah...got it...

    Love the tribute to Alex. He is a man with a lot of heart.

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    1. He indeed is a man of heart. Hey, and congrats on your planner! Are you a CO resident?

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  3. I need to refocus from time to time. I just found a breakthrough for my last problem of my current WIP and it took a little refocusing to reach that point.

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    1. Oh boy, you and me both Stephen. That's my goal for Jan.

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  4. Great humor and sentiment. I'm sure Alex will be tickled.

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    1. It's sincere-- he and so many of you have been such great supporters. Thanks Nancy.

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  5. i have a hard time picturing sean connery without doing his sexy deep voice... :D

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    1. Oh, I totally think Alex has that voice...

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  6. Thanks to you, I am now getting the kill zone into my reader, thanks again.

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    1. I love The Kill Zone, Christiano-- it has fantastic contributors and helpful articles.

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  7. ooo, sean connery! nice!

    and great article titles!

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    1. They're very helpful reads if/when you find the time, Tara.

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  8. Alex has touched so many lives with his caring attitude!

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  9. It's really nice to see someone achieve a certain level of success and continue to be humble and give back. That's one of the many qualities I like about Alex too. Great post. (:

    And Sean Connery, thumbs up! (:

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    1. It's been fun reading all the funny and poignant thanks to Alex.

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  10. Sean Connery, I love it! Alex has indeed been a mentor to us all. And #1? I probably could have written it, lol!

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    1. I appreciated that article by James-- good to read that perspective from someone who has most definitely made it.

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  11. Second vote to Sean Connery. I presume Sean Connery in the "Hunt for Red October" look? Or more of a 007 Sean Connery?

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    1. Any. He just has that "it" factor that is ageless.

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  12. Hey, Julie,
    Alex is indeed a beacon on the blogging landscape.
    Going to check out that Ten Ways article. Thanks, as always, for the useful references.

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    1. Hi Joy-- indeed he is. Hope you enjoy the article.

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  13. Fun and education, all in the same blog. Thanks Julie, for the links and for the heart-felt wishes to Alex. Shows what wonderful folks both of you are. :o)

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    1. I loved your Latin take and the short fiction excerpt too. It's been fun and satisfying to see all the nice notes of appreciation for Alex.

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  14. I won't ruin it for you!
    Thank you so much, Julie. Only a higher purpose could keep me going. That and all of you!

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    1. It is a great community, I agree. Thanks Alex.

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  15. I just started following Alex not too long along, but he seems pretty cool and down to earth. With all his many followers, he definitely takes the time out for everyone.

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  16. Wonderful things you said about Alex :)
    Thanks for the great links, too!

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    1. Hope you enjoy the articles-- yes so fun to see him getting a well-deserved boost.

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  17. Sweet tribute to Alex. :) And, I really enjoyed the article by James Scott Bell. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I loved that one too-- thanks for the follow and friending!

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  18. We all love and respect Alex.

    And yeah, I read JSB's post at TKZ and realized I'd been doing the first few a lot lately. *smacks head on desk*

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    1. Hi Nancy-- Yeah I've done all of those lately. Sigh! We do all love and respect him, indeed!

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    1. I saw a couple other Connery references-- I think it's his cool, suave demeanor. It's been fun reading all the great and creative articles. I'm afraid my creativity was in a lull for this post.

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  20. I don't know about Sean Connery. So far I've seen Hugh Jackman mentioned. If that's truth, then I vote Alec shows us his awesome Hugh Jackman abs on his blog. :D

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    1. Can you imagine? I think he's much too understated and modest for that! Too funny.

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  21. Now I'm off to meet Mr. Alex "Sean Connery" Cavanaugh....

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  22. A Sean Connery ninja. I can see that!

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  23. Alex has a great way of including everyone, and it's always such a thrill and honour when he comments :-)

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    1. So true, Annalisa-- he makes a point to comment on so many blogs!

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  24. Ain't Alex the tops? Such a great blogfest honoring him.

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  25. Already saw your comment about the mullet, Julie. Picturing it now... Great, heartfelt sentiment!

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    1. Jeff, I can totally picture you with a mullet. Come on, tell us the truth...

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    2. Yes, I had a mullet, for YEARS. Daughter nearly wept when I cut it. LOL What gave me away?

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  26. Alex is the best, Julie! I don't know how he does it all! He must have some magic powers or something! ;)

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    1. He's been a huge support, Livia. Agreed!

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  27. Nice sentiments for Alex. I don't know much about him, but you guys make him sound terrific.

    Also, love the sound of the articles you suggested. I'm definitely going to check them out. They sound like something I need to read.

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    1. Alex has really helped create a community.

      Hope you enjoy the articles. They were good.

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  28. Great post, Julie. Really like Bell's article, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Bell's articles are always so good on the Kill Zone-- he just really cuts to the chase of writing.

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  29. I missed out on this blogfest, but still enjoyed reading some of the entries! It's so nice to have such an awesome, supportive writing community! It's a great place to be!

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    1. I couldn't have said it better Talynn and you're one of those supportive, awesome people.

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  30. Great post, Julie. Nothing wrong with short and sweet. Your words rang true. Thanks for participating! :)

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    1. Thanks David for stopping by. My time was a little limited this week thus the lack of creativity, but I sure didn't want to miss an opportunity to thank Alex.

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  31. Hah! I love that you said, "Don't ruin it for me." :)

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  32. This was a nice tribute. Took me 3 days, but I finally got through everybody's posts. They were all so great.

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    1. There were a lot of great posts to read. Wonder how Alex does it?

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