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Welcome to my humble internet abode! In your honor, I’ve been pushing hard to fix up the place (you know how it is when company’s coming 😉 ), so please, make yourself at home and feel free to look around!

The Navigation Bar is one big “treasure hunt” of pages jam-packed with descriptions of all the “goodies” you’ll come to find each time you visit. Some are already there just waiting to be discovered, and you’ll find plenty of treats filling the Home Page sidebar and the footers on every page, too! So be sure to turn up the music—you’ll find the Play button on the sidebar! This IS a party, after all 😀

In fact, to do this in style, everyone (in the continental U.S. & Canada) has a chance to win some special “Party Favors” 😀 Throughout the year, typically 1 prize will be offered for each Giveaway, BUT–since this is in celebration of BOTH BLOG LAUNCHES, I’m offering 3—yes, DIFFERENT ITEMS!

BOOKMARKS (set of 3)……………...MOUSEPADS..……………and NOTEBOOKS!

Bookmarks-10%brighter    WriterSideUp-Notebook&Mousepad


To enter, all you need to do is follow the corresponding LINKS for the PARTY FAVORS you hope to win—and you’re IN! All giveaways will be randomly picked, and if you don’t win this time around, I’ll be handing out prizes regularly throughout the coming year! Follow my blog, and you’ll never miss a Giveaway 🙂 Also, I must ask you to be patient with me on announcing the winners since I am a Rafflecopter Rookie! 🙄

Win a Set of 3 BOOKMARKS!

Win a “Writer Side UP!” MOUSEPAD!

Win a “Writer Side UP!” NOTEBOOK!

NOW, as excited as I am about finally launching these blogs, what I’m over-the-top THRILLED about are the SPECIAL GUESTS who’ve generously agreed to join me for a “Lighter Side Up” Q&A as my FIRST OFFICIAL POSTS here at Writer Side UP! AND Creativity Cookbook! The special occasion that pushed me to finally launch my blogs (because I REALLY wanted to participate in it) happens to land on September 15th-ish. Yes, some of you know which day I’m talking about! It’s INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY! And who will I have gracing both blogs? None other than THE Ambassadors of Writing, Illustrating AND Creativity: Peter H. and Paul A. Reynolds!!! Yes, you read that right! 😀

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to christen my blogs. I get to create my first Dot to celebrate this great day with its founders*. I hope you will be here to join in the merriment!

(*IMPORTANT UPDATE: Peter Reynolds has a very generous spirit. His desire to please others (like myself), who are very enthusiastic about Dot Day, is very genuine, but as there are only 24 hours in a day, and he and Paul are extremely busy people, it was decided to postpone their “Lighter Side Up” Q&A originally scheduled for Fri., Sept. 12th. It is now pending for late Nov./early Dec., once Peter’s high-demand publishing schedule eases up. At that time the brothers will be able to give the thoughtful answers they prefer, rather than ones rushed under pressure 🙂 I sincerely appreciate their consideration, wanting to supply quality in all they offer, whether as guests on fledgling blogs or their work worldwide. So much to be admired and I’m sure you will agree—they are certainly worth the wait! What’s exciting is Terry Shay has stepped up in agreeing to move up HIS Q&A!)

For more GIVEAWAYS, please check out my sister blog, Creativity Cookbook” now!


*I would be remiss not to mention Terry Shay, the man who first had the idea for Dot Day, based on Peter’s book The Dot. I will also have the pleasure of doing a “Lighter Side Up” Q&A with him VERY soon!

67 thoughts on “5-4-3-2-1 “UP!” BLOG LAUNCH! FIREWORKS & PARTY FAVORS!

  1. Woo hoo! #Wag #wag #woof #meow ConCATulations on your launch. We both give your site two paws up. #HappyDancingPaws for you, friend. Entering the giveways now..
    Most Creative Quality:
    This is Cool Mom, honestly, my bigger issue is turning the creativity off. Can I say creativity in marketing as my strength? 🙂
    Off to share about your Launch and we are all super excited about your first guests and the later interview with Terry Shay – he is so nice, too!

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    • Hey, gang! You know the support of ALL of you means so much 😀 And we have the same issue—the creativity NEVER ceases! lol And though I’m not sure it’s your greatest strength (you have so many!), I totally agree—you are a marketing maven! 😀 Thanks for the shares and I, too, am SO looking forward to the upcoming interviews!

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    • Thank you, Ste J! That means a lot coming from you 😀 So glad I’m finally at this point! Love that you want to explore, and please—explore my sister blog, Creativity Cookbook, too! After all, literature is not the only creative endeavor 😉


        • Food? There’s ALways food! Kitchen’s open. Check out the refreshments table in the corner 😉

          And there really is a lot, I know! Intentional, of course 🙂 More variety and all kinds of possibilities! Right now most pages are descriptions with content to fill in as I post, but there is content scattered about 😀


  2. What a great blog, Donna! And such cool party favors, too! Congrats!
    As for my greatest creative strength, I’d have to say it’s coming up with new ideas. My notebook is overflowing. Now if I could make more time to get to work on them. 🙂

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  3. SO excited to see the blogs launch! You’ve outdone yourself with their style, guests and prizes!
    My creative strength: channeling my inner child – who is alternately ridiculous, anxious, awed by the universe, and then ridiculous again.

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  4. Congrats on getting your site LIVE! Looks like this is going to be a home to so many great things, and I am so happy for you. I live the idea of your “Creativity Cookbook” site as well…keeping our personal wells filled really is important to all of us. Nicely done! It’s also nice to put a face with the name on your about page, too! 🙂

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    • Angela, thanks so much! 🙂 And the pic is the only one I have that’s even semi-decent right now. I hope to put up a different one at some point. I’m not as photogenic as I used to be! lol I hope to see you here when you can be 🙂 You already KNOW how much I love your site and are one of the few (so far) links I have listed under my LINKS for WRITERS 🙂


  5. Congrats on your website Donna! I look forward to keeping up with your blog (I’ve subscribed) and maybe we can find ways to collaborate in the future as well. 🙂

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  6. Dang girl, look at all these comments! You are hot! You can interview me any day Maybe some of these folks would like to hear about kids book. At any rate, I am pleased as punch to see you up and running. Yeah!! You have done a great job (oh, I do not want to win the bookmarks-I have a few already, so skip the entry I just wanted to do whatever you needed done like the tweet. Now those two I would like to win. I am thrilled to have your site to comment on . I am proud of you. I know how many long nights went into this and all the hard work you have put into it. CONGRATULATIONS DONNA!!!

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