I love days when I get to share good news and cool people. This morning, I’m happy to announce this month’s winner of the pay it forward contest. For those of you new to the blog, I decided to give away 25% of Pipe Dreams sales to help other authors and artists achieve their dreams.
28 people helped launch Pipe Dreams and paid it forward by regularly promoting the book on their own blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts. I am so honored and awed by their efforts. I wish everyone could win, but because they can’t I’m going to keep doing this for awhile. Everyone who has already helped is entered in the next drawing (and if you help again, you’ll be entered twice). If you haven’t helped and want to pay it forward, you can promote Pipe Dreams on your social media outlets. Just make sure you let me know what you’re doing so I can enter you in the next drawing.
Now, without further ado, this month’s winner is Robyn Chausse. Robyn is a beautiful soul and her new venture, Museiddity, embraces the heart of the creative community. She also has a personal blog, A Ponderance of Things. Check her out and say congrats!
Now, I’m thrilled to introduce another creative dynamo.
Christine Corretti, Ph.D. is an art historian, artist and the author of A Father’s Wish: the Tale of King Big Bear the Fat and Pinterest for Business: a Complete, Updated Guide for Ultimate Success (June, 2103). She’s participating in the Amazing Women Authors and Artists series and her answers to the interview questions are below.
From where do you draw inspiration?
I always loved to draw, especially with black ink and colored pencils. I’m always inspired by the worlds of high fashion and jewelry design; nature – especially animals and flowers; and European art and architecture. Having written a children’s book, I’ve also become interested in fairy tale art, such as the illustrations of Dulac and Rackham.
What is the hardest thing about your creative process?
The hardest thing about creating art is photographing my work. Even though I shoot in natural light, the picture always changes a bit once it becomes a jpeg.
Do you work every day, or only when inspiration/opportunity strike?
I work every day on multiple creative projects. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want.
How do you feel about the current art market/art climate?
The current art market is easier to maneuver now that most art collectors and galleries shop for art online. The same goes for the writing world. So I feel blessed that I can connect with a wide audience so quickly and easily. I’m particularly active promoting my art on Pinterest, given the visual nature of this awesome site. The reason why I wrote a book about Pinterest is that I discovered and concocted a myriad of new, effective ways to increase one’s exposure, following, and sales there.
Talk a little bit about your current project and why you decide to embark on it.
Right now I’m at work on two major projects: a book about how bloggers and authors can benefit from Pinterest and a large collection of drawings of fancy home interiors. The latter project is the result of all the nice interior decorations I see on Pinterest!
How does being a woman impact your work?
I think women love beautiful things more than men do. My tastes/shopping interests are inseparable from my artistic interests.
If you had the opportunity to address a group of young girls, what would you say to inspire them?
If I had to talk to little girls I would say that they all have a talent, even if they don’t know it yet. And with time and study those talents will develop into something great.
I have been so fortunate to be part of the wonderful blogging community. I follow a lot of blogs and seldom find the time to comment because I tend to move at lightening speed. Today, I’m going to introduce you to some of my favorites.
Take some time and get to know these wonderful, caring, and amazing writers.
Ana Lewis Gonzales at http://womenontheverge.net
We are a global online community that empowers women of all nationalities, races, political affiliations, sexual preferences and aspirations. Our mission is to serve our members in the most inclusive and supportive manner via our FREE online community.
Teri Polen at http://teripolen.com
Some of Teri’s favorite things in life are books (no romance), music (preferably alt/rock and absolutely no country), movies (rarely chick flicks), red wine (no merlot), and dark chocolate (please don’t add any fruit to what is already perfection).
Stephanie Stamm http://stephaniestammblog.wordpress.com/
Technical writer by day, creative writer by night & weekends, Stephanie is the author of A Gift of Wings, a YA fantasy and the first volume of the Light-Bringer Series.
Kira at http://wrestling-life.com
Wrestling Life blog is Kira’s journey on the twisted road through the dark addiction forest of “love, and sex, and men…oh my” desperately seeking the distant speck of hope’s silver light barely visible to her shadowed addict eyes.
Ionia Martin at http://readfulthingsblog.com
Ionia is a writer, a reader, a musician, a photographer and a mother. She is also a book reviewer/blogger and love to read books of many genres/styles and varieties. She loves discovering new voices in literature and spend almost every minute of her spare time with a book of one sort or another in front of her
Robyn Chausse at http://museiddity.com
Back in 2009, Robyn had an epiphany. She wanted—needed—to express my creative side. Now she’s created Museiddity — a place to play and celebrate our creative selves. She invites you to come along and explore living a fully creative life.
Jennifer Howard at http://www.jennifer-howard.net/
When not writing, Jennifer enjoys being a wife and mom, reading, cooking–especially the sweet stuff, and traveling. She self-published a children’s book, entitled Lucy and the Land of Lost Socks in 2009. The Healing Heart is her first true endeavor into the ‘adult’ world, and she hopes to pen many more novels in the future!
Wyndy Dee at http://wyndydee.wordpress.com
Happily Married to her husband for 24 years (25 years July 30), 3 kids and a grandson whom she totally adores. She was injured in an accident April 2011 and had back surgery including placing a new disk and screws in her lower back. She has not been able to work since as a Paramedic in the ER nor will she most likely ever be able to work in that field again. She was able to turn a hobby and love into an Awsum Career as an Editor with The Writer’s Coffee Shop and Leader of Team Awsum.
Marie Ann Bailey at http://1writeway.com
Marie Ann, “finally started to wake up to the fact that those things–career, working in an office, going to meetings, conferences–means little to me. I’d rather be writing (ideally, in my jammies with a pot of hot tea for fuel).”
Sarah M. Craddit at http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com
Sarah is a writer. More specifically, she is the author of the House of Crimson and Clover series.
Like most writers, it’s hard for her to remember a time in her life when she didn’t write. She was always the kid with the vivid imagination and an answer for everything.
Sarah Solmonson at http://sarahsolmonson.com
Sarah Solmonson began her writing career crafting books in crayon and fondly considers “My Daddy’s Airplane” (1991) to be her first draft of her debut memoir, Taking Flight.
Charles Yallowitz at http://legendsofwindemere.com/
Charles is the author of the Legend of Windemere series. He says, “You see, my reason for writing these stories is because I like seeing the expression of interest and enjoyment on the face of a person reading my story. I love hearing that there was a character that they connected with or a scene that made them laugh or cry.”
I’ll introduce more in the coming days. Hope you take the time to check these people out and say hello. You’ll be glad you did.
Yes, I’m dancing on my toes ( alternately literally and metaphorically) because the day has finally arrived. There were some glitches — the paperback won’t be available on Amazon for a few more days — and some scary moments, but it’s done.
I’m free to read other people’s books and I don’t have to revise it again!!!
As most of you know, 25% of the sales of this book will go toward helping another author or artist achieve his or her dreams. All you have to do to be entered to win is help promote this book.
For those of you who have already said you want to help, it’s time to rock and roll.
Here are some talking points:
If you like Margaret Atwood, you will love Pipe Dreams.
What the world might look like next year. #pipedreams
Pay it forward and buy #pipedreams
All this week, I’ll be featuring my pay-it-forward friends here, on twitter, and on facebook. If you have some news you want to share, please email me at destinyallison (at) aol (dot) com with your blurb.
Happy hollering and thanks so much to all of you who are helping. 🙂
But why should you care?
- Because you love dystopian fiction?
- Because Pipe Dreams is fast paced, immensely enjoyable, and hard to put down?
- Because it speaks an important truth about how society evolves?
Maybe, but I think the real reason you should care is that I’m paying it forward. 25% of the sales of this book — at least through the end of June — will go to an individual in pursuit of his or her dreams.
That person could be you. If you want to see why I’m doing this, click here.
Here’s how you can be entered to win and/or help someone else with their creative process.
1. Tweet about the book and encourage people to check it out. Use hashtag #pipedreams or my handle, @sfsculptor
2. Blog about it and how I’m paying it forward.
3. Post it on Facebook and share on my wall at https://www.facebook.com/shapingdestiny
Here are some tweetables:
If you like The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love Pipe Dreams. 25% of sales go to helping another writer/author achieve their dreams. #pipedreams
Fast paced, dystopia. #pipedreams and it helps other writers. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LM7FXE
Check this out and help other writers/artists achieve their dreams. #pipedreamshttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LM7FXE #pipedreams
Please RT Pipe Dreams helps other writers/artists achieve their dreams. #pipedreams http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LM7FXE #pipedreams
I’ll be paying attention and, in addition to giving away 25% of my sales, I’ll be featuring people who help on my blog, twitter, and Facebook for the entire month so that I’m helping to promote you as well.
Hope you’ll join in and make this launch super successful for everyone.
If you plan on helping, please let know in your comments so I can start doing my part to help you. Thanks in advance!
As promised, I’m going to spend a little time talking about moments in my life where someone lent a hand and furthered my journey. The concept of pay it forward isn’t new, but it’s still important.
Paying it forward means doing a good deed for someone without getting anything in return. The truth is, when we do something for someone else, we get a lot in return.
Recently, Michael Norton gave a TED talk on how money can buy happiness. In it, he describes how spending money on other people radically effects how happy you are. If you’ve got ten minutes, the video is worth watching.
On some level we all know this, but it is often not part of our daily consciousness. We’re all so busy trying to survive, get ahead, and take care of ourselves and our family that we don’t think about the small things that make all our lives better.
In 2002, I was working like a slave building my art career. I’d paid my dues and it was going well. For the first time in my life, I had money in the bank and wasn’t living paycheck to paycheck. Then, the unexpected happened.
My youngest son had just entered 7th grade. Against my better judgment, I had allowed him to attend a local public school. Santa Fe is known for its poor education system and his school was no exception. Almost immediately he was bullied. His clothes were thrown in a toilet and some tough kids shoved his head in also. I didn’t know this. All I knew was that he wasn’t happy.
I did all the things mothers do to try to resolve the situation, but nothing worked. Eventually, in a meeting with his teacher and the principal, a long tale of bullying came out. My son was terrified to go to school and miserable while there. He was failing all his classes and I worried for his mental health.
When all recourse failed, I pulled him out and put him in private school. The tuition for the remainder of the year was $7,000 – everything I had managed to save. It was just before Christmas and I had planned on purchasing a plasma cutter. For those of you unfamiliar with direct metal sculpting, a plasma cutter is a critical tool. It’s also really expensive (around a $1,000) and I was so happy I would finally be able to buy one.
My son’s tuition set me back more than a year – a year I couldn’t afford if I was going to continue developing my art and my business. Nevertheless, his education and mental health were more important so I did what most mothers would do – sacrificed what I wanted and needed for him.
At the time, I had just started seeing someone. Over lunch with him, I burst into tears recounting my tale of woe. My date and I had known each other professionally for years, but we weren’t close. He offered to buy the tool for me. I turned him down. Our relationship had not developed to the point where I was comfortable receiving expensive gifts from him.
My refusal crushed him and, over days, I discovered something about him I had not known. Deeply committed to the importance of art, he truly wanted to help. Even if I weren’t in a relationship with him, he would have made the same offer. Eventually, he convinced me and the tool jumped my career exponentially. It cut my time in half and vastly improved the quality of my art which led, of course, to increased sales.
I married this man and he is still the love of my life and one of my greatest inspirations. To this day, he continues to help creative people achieve their dreams through gifts large and small. Even strangers are recipients of his generosity. In honor of him, Pipe Dreams will be released on our wedding anniversary.
I’ve been fortunate to have had several people reach out to me when I needed it most. Those of you who have read Shaping Destiny know what the foundry owner in Boston did for me. There are many others. Sometimes the gifts were large. Sometimes they were so small as to be almost imperceptible. Regardless, each moved me forward on my journey.
I’m going to pay it forward with, Pipe Dreams, and I hope you’ll help. As I noted yesterday, 25% of the sales from my launch will be donated to someone so they can further their dreams.
How about you? Has someone gifted you what you needed at a critical moment or furthered your path by being generous? Let me know. I love hearing from you.