Friday, March 22, 2013

Celebrating 100 Followers! A Grateful, Small Achievement + Save-A-Word Saturday


To celebrate reaching my 100th follower, I wanted to do something big, bad and funny. We all need a laugh, and I'm seeing the picture above as something funny, not sad. (You know, as in it was a gag picture.)

In celebrating this most small achievement for Celebrate the Small Things Friday (again Thanks VikLit for hosting this weekly blog hop), I wanna first thank all who have taken the time to follow this blog, read my posts, comment, and be a positive presence in this blogosphere.


Now for gift time! I wanted to give something to everyone who wants something. So here you have it:

1. A free download of an eBook version of Anticipation of the Penitent from Smashwords.com (for any and every one of my followers!)
2. $10 gift card from Amazon.com (for two winning followers)
3. A surprise gag gift (for two other winning followers)

To enter this giveaway, be a follower of this blog and express your interest by leaving a comment or sending me an email to nlarondajohnson-author@yahoo.com. The winners for gift numbers 2 & 3 will be randomly selected from those who express their interest. This giveaway will end on Friday, April 5, 2013.

P.S. - If you comment on this blog but aren't a follower, maybe because you don't have gmail, you can still enter this giveaway. Just send me a note that you do comment on this blog and that you wish to enter.

Happy Celebrating the Small Things!



This is a word lovers and prompt writers bloghop. Here's how it goes:


1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to The Feather and The Rose blog - our host.

2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.

3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.

4. Add your post to the linky list below (sometimes I add it later in the day). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!

5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

Today's theme iscastles

My word today is: canticle - From 1175-1225 Middle English
Noun – one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services; a song, poem, or hymn, especially of praise

And here's my writing for this word:
“I am sure it was Eugene’s evocative canticle that reached heaven and brought God to our aid. That is the only reason this house, our castle, withstood the devastating attacks from those lawless thugs.”

“Don’t give up on them, Harriet. As long as they have breath, there’s a chance that even one of them could see the truth and be the catalyst for our next victory. Remember, God doesn’t give up on anyone. Neither should we.”


66 comments:

  1. I'm interested. First you give me an award, now you're having a giveaway. I feel so loved and spoilt. Happy 100.

    queendsheena@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you Sheena-kay. So glad this has made you happy too!

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  2. Hey Nancy,

    Congrats on the achievement - and way to go to pay it forward :)

    Keep on trucking... see you soon at 200 :)

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  3. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers, that's a great milestone to hit :)

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  4. Congrats Nancy. Its a great milestone.

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  5. Congrats on 100 followers and that picture cracked me up :)

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  6. Yay for 100 followers! That's wonderful ;)
    Great giveaway, consider me entered.

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  7. Congratulations on receiving 100, love the funny pic to accompany your post! I'm always up for a giveaway, thank you :)

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    1. Funny, I must have been posting on your blog while you were posting on mine! Glad to have you entered. Thanks Suzanne.

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  8. Happy Hundred! I hope you get a hundred more soon! :-)

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    1. Okay, I'll try this again, minus my hilarious typo's:)

      100 reasons to celebrate! Congrats on your followers! It's always exiting to watch those numbers rise:)

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    2. I know how that is! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  10. Congratulations! That first 100 feels wonderful. Giveaways are a nice way to give back.

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  11. Nice way to celebrate! Have an amazing weekend!

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  12. Congrats on the 100! A giveaway is v generous of you :)

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    1. It's a good thing to celebrate with you web people!

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  13. Wow, congratulations on your 100 followers! That's so great! *dwarf ovation here* And so nice you're giving away gifts. I'll be downloading your book, that's for sure! :)

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    1. I accept the dwarf ovation. :) Happy to give the book to you. Can't wait to hear what a dragon has to say about a serial killer!

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  14. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

    I remember hitting 100. It felt awesome reaching that milestone.

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    1. Oops, I was on blog break and didn't see this. Yes, I'm in if it's still going on.

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  15. Congrats! That is exciting. I know how slow it can be to build a following. I'd like to participate in the give away :)

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    1. I've got you in from your comment on my media kit! Thanks Sarah.

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  16. Make that 101 (at least!) And I can't imagine a better blog to follow. (Did you note that? - now I'm chuckling!)

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  17. Congrats on the 100 follower mark!

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  18. Nancy, do you remember when you wrote a lovely post for my blog? Wow-- seems like you were just on the horizon of blog land and now you are a rising sun! So glad you post and are part of this writing community.

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    1. I do remember that, and remember how inviting and thought provoking your posts are. You were also the first to invite me into this community by posting about me. I thank you for that and for continual encouraging words.

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  19. Congrats on the 100 followers mark!
    That picture is ideal, there's nothing sad about it!
    I would like to be part of your giveaway!

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  20. Congratulations! You are so good about supporting other bloggers. It's no wonder you are generating support :) I'm interested but I'm not religious (I'm assuming your book is about religion?) Take care!

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    1. You're sweet! Thanks for this encouragement. :)

      The book is not overly religious. You can check out Elise Fallson's take on it here: http://elisefallson.blogspot.com/2013/03/in-review-anticipation-of-penitent.html

      I'll include you in the giveaway and we'll see.

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  21. Ha ha ha! Love the 100th Birthday picture!
    Have a great weekend. :-D

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  22. Congratulations on 100 Followers!!! (tyreantigger@gmail.com)

    Canticle #13 in the green Lutheran hymnal used to be a favorite of mine . . .canticles can be beautiful!

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    1. I'd never heard the word before. It's good to know some people are up on religious terminology!

      Does your email mean you're in the giveaway?

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  23. Love the pics. And congrats on 100 followers and gaining 4 more so quickly. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda. The pics are funny, aren't they?

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  24. Ahh congrats on 100 followers!!!!! And nice word, and use of it. :)

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  25. Let us all lift our voices to sing a vibrant canticle to celebrate your 100 followers. Congrats, Nancy!!!!!

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    1. And oh what a beautiful song that was! Thanks Demetria.

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  26. A big congrats to you, Nancy, for over 100 followers now!! It's a milestone worthy of celebrations!!!

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  27. Congratulations on your blogging milestone, Nancy! Yay for 100+ followers! :) :)

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  28. Congrats on 100 followers!! That's awesome. Consider me entered in the giveaway. And I love the word canticle. It has a nice flow to it, doesn't it? :)

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    1. You're in! Yes that word does have a good flow.

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  29. Happy 100 Followers! Canticle is an awesome word.

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  30. Thanks everybody for your awesome congrats and encouragement!

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  31. Hi, Nancy,

    Congrats! Yours is the first book to be featured for my A-Z challenge!

    I really like the premise. I can't wait to see what I come up with... I never know until I read over the material and get a glimpse if the cover.... I play up the Orion and atmospheric elements when I write intros.

    I plan to write yours on Wednesday ... Getting a bit if a head start. I wish I had thought of this theme sooner. I had planned for something else, but since these intros have been such a hit on my blog, I changed to this theme... And I'm glad I did!


    Also if you could sent me your email so that I can contact you easily.

    Michael

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    1. I'm honored that I'll be your first! :) Thanks so much. I'll send you my email.

      I also understand about getting a head start. I've written my first post for the challenge, and now see how having a theme or writing more posts earlier would be a benefit. Oh well, we'll do our best.

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  32. Congratulations on your 100 followers achievement :)Anticipation of the Penitent looks good. I'm interested in the giveaway, especially the suprise gag gift-I'm intrigued! I also enjoyed your 'save-a-word' passage, very creative!

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    1. Thank you Anstice. I'm happy to add you into the giveaway! Good luck.

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  33. Hi, Nancy ....

    Congrats on you followers! What an awesome beginning! I remember how excited I was when I hit 100!

    Thanks for your generosity ... Count me in for this amazing giveaway.. So thrilled to be reading your novel... After I write your intro I was quite intrigued!

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    1. I'm so excited that you'll be reading it too! I'd love to see in which ways you think your intro matches and doesn't! Either way, your intro on your blog was an intriguing work of art!

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  34. I am also interested. Congrats! I'm so happy that the A to Z challenge has introduced me to all these wonderful blogs!

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