Monday, December 17, 2012

Unexpected Kindness...


Goodness.

I first want to thank all of you who participated in the Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest. It was a HUGE success and a BLAST to read all of the amazing/hilarious/meaningful posts--and it was great to be connected with new faces. Looks like Alex survived... though I hear rumors of a new victim for next year...

Also, I want to thank all of you who have been so kind in supporting me with my writing journey. I was doubtful whether to post my story, which is why it took me several months, but the response has been so  kind and it's so nice to know we're not alone on this crazy journey.

Next, for my querying friends, one of my FAVORITE tools is querytracker.net. Querytracker asked me to do an interview, and it was just posted yesterday, so if you want to check it out, click here.

And finally, to bring in the holiday spirit, I HAVE to post these pics. The sickly talented, Michael Di Gesu, handcrafted these gorgeous stockings for our kids! I mean, how incredible are these? Take a look:








He also made gourmet cookies for my hubby and knit a phenomenal scarf for me. It's this kind of selfless giving that sometimes seems to be lost today. Opening that gift really brought in the magic of what this community/friendship is about. Hope this doesn't embarrass you, Michael, but I had to show off your rare skills!

Along with Michael's gifts (and your gift, Melissa-TY!) and just finishing reading Madman Koop's ridiculously amazing WIP, I think I'm set for having the holiday spirit this season. I hope we can all have peace and happiness in these upcoming days--I know it's been difficult with everything going on--but hopefully we can focus on all that we do have, cling onto our loved ones, and move forward with renewed strength.

Red. Head. Out.


56 comments:

  1. Wow, those stockings are amazing! That was really awesome of Michael to make those for you.
    Mark's book is funny? Never would've guessed!
    Ninja is singed but very much alive. Now for paybacks...

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  2. they are the coolest Christmas stockings ever:)

    thanks for the kind words Morgan, and merry Christmas to your family, Michaels family and the entire writing family that I'm so proud to be a part of:)

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  3. thanks for having us on your journey...those stocking are hot!!

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  4. I love the Christmas season, and I love your stockings!

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  5. The stockings are adorable!!!

    I can't wait to read Mark's book. What an amazing story!

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  6. Michael is so talented! And even better, a phenomenally good person. Happy Holidays to you and your fam Morgan! Btw, I've heard that you're mentioned in the acknowledgements for an upcoming book release, where you shall live on forever in the Great Hall of Digital Infamy and Wisdom! (Sounds more impressive than 'E.J.'s Amazon Catalogue'...) :-D

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  7. Love the stockings. And querytracker.

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  8. Those are adorable!! Michael is so sweet.

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  9. OMG those stockings are insanely awesome!!!!!! So quirky and cute. I'm off to read your guest post on QT.

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  10. Awesome stockings! They look like elf feet :) (Sorry, I'm still recovering from post-Hobbit awesomeness.) And I love QueryTracker interviews! Off to read yours :)

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  11. Amazing stockings! Happy holidays!

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  12. The stockings are amazing. I'm looking forward to reading the interview!

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  13. These stockings are great. And congrats on having so much support during your writing journey.

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  14. Those stockings are really a labor of love. I can only imagine how long it took to plan and craft each one.

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  15. Oh my gosh, I love those stockings!! So very talented, Michael!

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  16. Such whimsical stockings! Wow, and cookies too? You were obviously on the "nice" list this year. :D

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  17. Those stockings are so fun! Just read your interview on Querytracker and I have to say the premise your story sounds really intriguing. Thanks for sharing your query. It's so helpful for those of us just writing our queries to see what worked for other people.

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  18. Very cute stockings! I wonder what's inside!

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  19. Cool stockings. I wish I could do stuff like that. I am off to querytracker now to read your inteview.

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  20. You're amazing Morg! And the Alex-fest turned out great! I didn't get to participate but I had fun catching some of the entries! Totally made me laugh-out-loud!

    And WOW - props to Michael on the stockings! Those seriously SO cool!

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  21. Those stockings are so cool! And who knew Mark's book would be funny... *wink*

    *waving* Merry Christmas, dear friend. And many blessings as you begin a new year.

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  22. Wow, those stockings are gorgeous!!!

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  23. Michael's stockings are completely awesome! He is such an amazing talent and generous spirit. As are you, my friend. So thankful we connected. :)

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  24. How cute! It's so nice to have friends like that! Cute, cute, cute!!

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  25. Thanks for sharing your incredible writing journey with us, Morgan!
    Wow! Talk about designer stockings... they are gorgeous!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

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  26. I am so jealous of those stockings! They're amazing!

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  27. It has been wonderful reading about your journey and seeing you unfold as a successful writer! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    And what gorgeous stockings! Amazing work Michael. I can picture them hanging in a fancy shop in Paris right now. (:

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  28. Hi Morgan .. it was a great fest - well done for organising and there were some amazing posts.

    Michael's talents blow me away - aren't those boots wonderful - stunning ... wonderful how Michael covered all the bases - scarf and cookies ...

    Loved your writing journey - amazing journey of life you've been on .. and now I'm going over to read your interview ..

    Happy Christmas week - Hilary

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  29. The stockings are amazing.

    Now I am off to read your interview.

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  30. Cute stockings! And I enjoyed your writing journey, even if I was a little jealous, ha! ;)

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  31. The stocking are adorable! Have a very Merry Christmas, Morgan. I hope to see you next week!

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  32. He made those? Those are amazing! I didn't know there was a man on Earth with such talent!

    Off to check out your interview.

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  33. Those are awesome stockings!!! I can't wait to read your interview! YAY! So happy for you! (Do you think that's enough exclamation marks?)

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  34. Michael Gesu is incredibly talented. How wonderful to share such a personal connection with you and then you with us. Morgan, you are so selflessly giving. I don't think enough published authors of your caliber reach out to writers who have the hopes and dreams of being traditionally published with the Big Five. It warms my heart to see you doing that with Mark.

    May all of your Christmas wishes come true.

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  35. I do love those stockings. Read your interview. Good job. And it's always great to read others' queries.

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  36. Wow! Those stockings are amazing! Happy Holidays!

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  37. BLUSHING .... FACE FLUSHED almost as red as the stocking!

    THANKS for the kinds words everyone. I really appreciate it. Thanks for the tribute Morg.... SO happy they brought you and your family such joy!

    Off to read you interview!

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  38. I'm excited because I'm responsible for The Publishing Pulse this week on the QT blog, which means I'm the one listing your name, Morgan. And while I can't do it for real, imagine that I've made it extra sparkly in your honor. :D

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  39. Those stockings are awesome! I wish you and your family the most merry of Christmases ever. Now I'm off to read your interview!

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  40. Those stockings are beautiful. Michael is truly talented. I hope you have a merry Christmas.

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  41. I agree with everyone else...those stockings ROCK!!!!!!

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  42. You have one VERY talented friend. This makes sense, because you are very talented in your own right, and we know (talented) birds of a feather, flock together.

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  43. Awesome of Michael to make you those amazing steampunk stockings and other gifts. Yay for random acts of kindness. Happy Holidays!

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  44. Amazing! Michael is so talented :D I love these-they are fabulous! I hope you and yours have a happy holiday season. I agree it is a difficult time, but as you said, we need to cling to those we love! Such a fun and uplifting post :D

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  45. How wonderful! Those are amazing! And such a kindness. That is rare now. But it makes this time of year all the nicer.

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  46. I'll check out the interview.

    I love the stockings. Michael is extremely talented.

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  47. Those are beautiful. Michael is so thoughtful!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  48. Checking out the interview...

    Beautiful stockings, lucky kids!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    Nas

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  49. The Hobbit is worth seeing alone for the wonderful scenes alone - acting and story aside. Everything about it was wonderfully done.

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  50. How lovely! Thank you for sharing your photos, Morgan. :)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  51. What fun stockings! I'm glad you've been on the receiving end of kindness and I'm also glad to see such support for your story. I love to hear success stories because behind every one of them is a soul striving for greatness.

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  52. I enjoyed reading about your journey Morgan! Love the stockings! Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Julie

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  53. That was a great interview and attention-grabbing query! 2012 has been a great year, but 2013 is going to be even better. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!

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