Tuesday, February 8, 2011


1) Lolapalooza PARTAY and giveaway! 

Oh Jayne, come party with us!

I'm throwing a Lolapalooza PARTY IN YOUR HONOR! 


A celebration of LOVE and KINDNESS!

A celebration of my gratitude and appreciation for you!

A celebration of my love for WRITERS and AUTHORS and Agents and Publishers and Editors and Cover Artists and READERS and Librarians and ALL HUMANS who care and treat others with kindness and respect. 

To those who support others and check their egos at the door. 
To those who share and give and lend a hand.
To those who genuinely feel joy for another's success. 
To those who who show their gratitude and give back.
To those who follow our peers back on Twitter and/or their blogs...not caring about numbers/status, Doing so to show fellowship and make a friend.

To those who pimp and promote for others before themselves.
To those who stop work on their own WiP (or watching TV/gaming/sleeping/family time) to critique for   another writer.
To those who take the time to leave thoughtful comments.

To those who give to others before they receive.
To those who give expecting never to receive. 
To those who understand, or are seeking to understand, that WE GET BY GIVING.
To those who lift us up when we feel down.

THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you.


Thank you for your grace.
Thank you for your love and kindness and humor.
Thank you for inspiring others.

And so, this brings me to the part where I PAY IT FORWARD (Lolapalooza-style) and GIVE PRIZES!!

Is this not the most beautiful bus you've ever seen? LOVE!

First, the Prizes!

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:

I Think You Are Wonderful by Philosophy gift set

'Lola' (pink) nail polish by Zoya

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

(If you already have any of these items, you can always PAY it FORWARD by sharing)

(Also, sorry, these prizes are only open to U.S. and Canada...but if you are from elsewhere, PLEASE play along and I'll do lots of shout-out links)

Okay, so here's all you have to do to earn a chance to win:

 Be a follower in my little box of friends on my sidebar and leave me a comment on this post.

Yep. That's it. 

 to really make this giveaway even more fun and meaningful
and to earn extra entries...

here's the Pay it Forward by Showing Love and Kindness part: 

Earn one extra entry for each mission below accomplished:

 (PLEASE KEEP TRACK and write your RUNNING TOTALS, 'cause I hates maths and am a bear of very little brain...and have them in to me by midnight eastern February 28th)

  1. 1) Link to and 'shout out' your gratitude about someone(s) (on your next blog post) who has helped you along your blogging/writing path. Perhaps they don't know they've helped you. You might just make their day/week/month. (come back here and tell us in my comments...let us share in your fun and go to your blog and then follow your link to theirs...join in your thankful party :)

  1. 2) Support someone, pimp them/their blog/their book/their post/send them a card/help them/send an email to cheer up someone who needs cheering...pay for the coffee or toll of the person behind you...do something kind and generous for someone else who doesn't expect it. (Then come back here and tell us in my comments! Earn an extra entry.) 

  1. 3) If you come back to my comments and visit those that do the above and give them some love in their comments...then come back here and continue to total your points in my comments...in other words: visit with and thank others who are kind and earn an entry. 

  1. 4) If you do something big or something small to make your own Pay It Forward-palooza...please come back here and let us know...and add another entry.

  1. 5) Visit, follow and comment on any of the people on my sidebar, blog roll, including the contests.

  1. 6)

    1. Rach Writes is doing her second Writers' Platform-Building Crusade. Join the Crusade (and make sure you visit everyone) and earn an extra entry here. You'll make lots of new friends as a bonus.

  1. 7) If you've left me more than 5 comments prior to this post, thank you SO much, and add another entry.

  1. 8) If you pimp this post/giveaway in a blog post, please come back and link and add another entry. 

  1. 9) Add one more entry for adding (& keeping) this on your sidebar until the contest is over. 

  1. 10) Add another for tweeting...up to once/day.) (Lawsamercy, please, PLEASE keep track and update your totals in my comments)

  1. 11) If you follow me on Twitter, add an entry. 

  1. 12) Share your favorite story of kindness and how it impacted your and/or someone else's life in my comments and earn another entry.

If you come up with something fabulous, something beyond, and you deem it's worthy of another entry...let us know in my comments and give yourself another entry. :) Thank you for participating! Have fun and spread the kindness.

*PLEASE add your totals in the comments*

Lolapalooza Giveaway ends at midnight (NY eastern time) on Feb. 28th. 
Prize winner will be announced March 1st. (prize only open to US and Canada)

2) There are two other really yummy giveaways I'm DYING to win...and you will too:

Tere's having a Mardi Gras Carnival theme Giveaway from NOLA!
http://bit.ly/hlHW9c Tell her hello for me...and that I want to win! Really I want to be there partying with her, but I'd 'settle' the next best thing...a goodie box from her. She's lovely.

Want a SIGNED ARC of @suzanne_young's A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL? (I DO! *begs*) Go meet Jill and Suzanne and read their interview: http://jillscribbles.blogspot.co
They are both delightful. (and no, we didn't really stab Suzanne)

Guess what? If you follow the ladies above or below, not only will you have a chance to win their prizes, BUT, you can have another entry in mine for giving them some love. 

3) My sweet friend Nicole is having a fun easy blogfest (with prizes!), please go check it out.

4) I am going (mostly) offline to hunker down for the next 2 weeks to complete current novel and revisions on the last one. Please understand and forgive me for not getting around to visit everyone...you know I will make up for it when I get these projects done. I will visit you like a baddass blogging,tweeting ninja in a couple weeks.  I sincerely adore you. I just need the time (and undistracted focus) for a couple weeks. (I will poke my head out of my cave for Nicole's blogfest and visit many of you that day) (and I will check my email/comments daily) (I love parenthetical jabbering) (It's a sickness) 

5) Oh, I love this:

And...if you are struggling with believing in yourself as a writer... believe THIS:

 I believe in you.

Tell me, who do you want to pay it forward to? 
Who makes you feel good about yourself? 
Talk to me.

(Most images from weheartit.com)


Janna Qualman said...

Awesome post full of so much worth. Thank you for the warm thoughts and touching pictures. We all need to hear this stuff once in a while.

Love the pay it forward aspect. Love it.

Kelly said...

I love LOLApalooza and the idea of Paying it Forward! Awesome contest, girl! Kindness is contagious!

Emy Shin said...

I love this post; it's definitely put a smile on my face. Thanks so much for being so wonderful!

Old Kitty said...

Ms Lola- you are such a beauty!! I am so dazzled by this post!!! I wish everyone all the best with your amazing giveaway competition and I thank every beautiful blogger out there making blogworld such a happy lovely place that I always enjoy visiting!! Take care

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

You are sooo awesome! I love you to pieces, Lola. For reals!! I'm going to come back and figure out how to pimp your Lolapalooza in style, but I just wanted you to know I think you're the best!

((hugs)) Nicole

Lisa Potts said...

Love you too, sweetie! I'll be back with much pimping and sharing.

M Pax said...

This is a great community. I much appreciate you, Lola. How's revision hell?

The Words Crafter said...

wow wow wow wow!!!!!!!! By the end of this, I was misty-eyed.....

You've really set a challenge. And awesome prizes!!!! Sweet!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Smiled all the way through this post. You have spread the sunshine!

LV said...

Pretty, pretty post (the writing as well as the Philosophy stuff. Honest!). I have written about similar today...sadly, no prizes :P but totally agree!

So nice to find writers being nice to each other. Goodbye Byronic coterie, lol.

Jess said...

Sweet, sweet post. Great message. Great pictures. Great motivation to continue to love the writing community. Thanks Lola!

Jemi Fraser said...

You give me all kinds of warm fuzzies every time I visit Lola - you really are something special!!!

VR Barkowski said...

You are so amazing, Lola, and this is such a beautiful post. You know who makes me feel good? You. You make me proud to be a part of the blogging community. *hugs*

Jolene Perry said...

What a happy, happy post. And I'm looking at the face of the FREAKING awesome Cobain as I write this, so thanks for that.
No idea. I too am terrible with keeping track of points and all that. I pay stuff forward on my blog lots. I don't know. TWO points? I'll be easy.
Thanks for passing along some happy!

Melissa Gill said...

Lola your blog always puts a smile on my face. You are the Queen of pay-it-forward. What a great idea. I really love your spirit soooooo much.

Jeff King said...


Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome and generous idea!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I love the idea for this contest, and I love the name (LOLApalooza) too! I think that just being part of a blogging community like this one helps to motivate me as a writer, because it helps to know that there are other people who are going through the same thing.

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

Lola, you are full of awesome! I'll do my pay it forward post/blog at the end of this week! (I'm kind of tied up in a series of posts!) But I'll tweet and Facebook and spread the love! Plus, I'm a crusader, I'm an A-Zer, A Kisser (Stina is having a blogfest too!) and a Bernard Pivoter! Wow! Busy month! Anyway, while the prize is fabulous, I'll step aside... and give someone else a chance to win! (Kind of paying it forward???)

TechnoBabe said...

Leave it to you with your kind and special insight to have a pay it forward post beyond all posts. How long did you work on this wonderful and full post? The photo of the kitten helping the other kitten up on the fence is adorable. I grabbed that pic for a future post. Your #2 in the list of earn extra entry, I cannot do. I do secret things every chance I face and do not tell about it. For me that is what makes it special. I don't twitter but I am so happy you are celebrating this way and sharing the love and fun in your blog. This is a great pay it forward celebration. As you hunker down over the next two weeks, think of all the joy you bring when you do write in your blog.

Jen Daiker said...

Lola my love this is amazing!!!! You are too sweet to the blogging world. We heart you long time!!!

Side note: It's been far too long since I've stopped in and I have to say I love your blog background!!!

Linda G. said...

What a great idea for a contest! I will do my best to rack up some more entries, and be back to tell you about them. In the meantime, thanks for being so very Lola! :)

Teri Anne Stanley said...

How incredibly fun and nice and ...oh, there's a picture of my boyfriend Eric Northman on the right...anyway, thanks for doing this. I'm going to go skip through the halls spreading love like flower petals...or maybe just saying something nice to someone.

Tina Lynn said...

I'm not entering because WOW! LOL. I'm in the middle of revisions and dying over here! BUT I did want to say that you are amazing, incredible, sweet, thoughtful, yeah...I could go on. *kisses*

Candyland said...

Great contest. I love people who pay it forward:)

Ann said...

This is one wonderful generous post and contest. Your are so sweet. I am useless at Maths...so I am not going to even attempt to sum up! I love that Bus.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

This is amazing and so generous and so true! I was practically clapping as I read this post--I love, love, love your posts. Paying it forward is such a big part of the children's book world--it's one of the many things I adore about it. Thank YOU!

Shari said...

Excellent idea to pay it forward. I'm a total believer in it. I am joining the Crusades, too. Thanks for the pay it forward boost!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

wow, you weren't kidding about something going on on yoru blog!

Put me down for 2 entries. I plan on doing a lot more, but i win a lot of blog contests so i don't need a lot of entries. That way, everyone else has better odds of winning.


Jackee said...

You are so adorable, Lola! Thanks for paying it forward and giving the whole writing community some love. It truly is a wonderous place here.

Thank YOU for all you do. I believe in you too!!!

Elana Johnson said...

I love that bus. I want to live in a bus like that for a few months and just drive around the country doing good things.

Talli Roland said...

FANTASTIC! I love the whole concept of paying it forward. So many great people have helped me!

I'm in the UK so not eligible but I'll still try to remember to mention it on my blog! :)

Heather said...

Wow lady, you are an inspiration and you make me smile! This is awesome. Truly!

Patricia A. Timms said...

You're always so sweet. Great idea. I hope your revisions went well and that you're out there querying, and if not, I hope you will be soon.

Tere Kirkland said...

Awesome bus, and an even cooler idea. Lately I feel so caught up in my own world, I forget to concentrate on helping others (unless it's obvious someone needs help. I'm not that mean, or oblivious!)

This post is a good reminder. And thanks for the shout-out, Lola!

Susan Tiner said...

Hi Lola, I thought I was already following, but am now :-).

I wish you two weeks of deep focus. Rock on!

Susan Fields said...

Wow, what an amazing contest! I think I will do a blog post on a fellow blogger who has been such an incredible help and support to me. I'll let you know when I post it.

I'm thinking about doing the Crusaders too, but I'm nervous. I can barely keep up with the blogging I do now. But it's such a wonderful idea and I'd love to take part! Still thinking about it...

Good luck with your 2 week break. I just came back from a break and, even though I missed everyone, I got a ton accomplished. It sure feels great to be back, though!

Carol Kilgore said...

What a great and wonderful thing you do. You ARE a LOLAPALOOZA!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a cool way to pay it forward!

Henya said...

You are a breath of fresh air, Lola. Just love your giving nature.

I'm tweeting, wordpressing, facebooking, and google buzzing this post...soon as I finish here.

Great meeting you and thanks for visiting my blog.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You are amazing, Lola. Truly. Lovely giveaway with beautiful motivation!

Sarah said...

Thanks to you too, Lola. xx

Lola Sharp said...

I adore you. Truth, that.

Every single one of you. *hugs*

Heather said...

I just started writing, and blogging, so this is VERY inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing and caring!

I was referred by Nicole at One Significant Moment at a Time

Christa said...

Oh, I like pay it forward. I feel like everyone wins bc they remember they aren't alone. Nice contest.

The Words Crafter said...

I have a goodie for you over on my blog today!

gideon 86 said...


This is SOOOOO Great! I just found out about it....

Paying it forward is what it's all about.... I know I do what I can!



gideon 86 said...


This is SOOOOO Great! I just found out about it....

Paying it forward is what it's all about.... I know I do what I can!



Lisa Potts said...

So far...

Twitter follower

Tweeted - http://mobile.twitter.com/lisampotts/status/36262658629967872

Blogged about - http://virginsheets.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-crusade.html


Visited many of the lovely blogs on your sidebar

Joined the Crusade

Have commented on your wonderful blog more than five times before today.

Whew! I may even be back again.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lola! i love that name for your contest. it got me smiling. what a cool idea for paying it forward. i saw that movie and it was soooo cool a idea. yikes! for me i got sooooo much people that been a help and make me feel good and do neat stuff for me and youre one of them for sure. how could i pick and not pick everyone. i just hope i been a help to someone or helped get a smile on someones face who could need it or say something that could make them feel better. i love all my blogger friends! ...hugs from lenny

Regina said...

You have such a big heart and I think it is a wonderful thing that you are doing here on your blog. I love the poem. Such an inspiration.

Theresa Milstein said...

What a generous LOLApalooza!

I'm already a follower!

#1 - On tomorrow's post, I'm linking Paul C at Quote Reflections because he just made a book of quotes:


#2 - I'm also giving it love on Facebook tonight.

#6 - I've already part of the crusade!

#9 - I'll put this on my sidebar!

LTM said...

YOU are beyond sweet. I love philosophy, and YOU are always encouraging to me. thanks for always being so up~ Happy Valentine's day! <3

Chris Phillips said...

Yes! I want the nail polish!

Janet Johnson said...

Happy Lolapalooza to you, too! I love pay it forward posts. So many good people out there helping others.

Tara said...

Lolapalooza, hehe. Love it.

Happy V-Day <3

Jamie Burch said...

THANK YOU, Lola! This is an amazing celebration! *Happy Dance* Good luck with your writing and revisions....:)

Danette said...

This is quite a celebration and a nice day to do it on! I popped over because I found your name on the Writer's Platform Building Crusade! Looking forward to getting to know more about you (although there are a lot of us aren't there?!?!)

Lindsey Edwards said...

Awesome contest!!

Just a quick note to say: You have an award waiting for you at my blog, The Write Words!

Melissa Sarno said...

What a great contest! I hope I win! I want to pay it forward to a lot of people. There are so many amazing blogging friends who have encouraged me non-stop these days. I am a lucky girl. And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today :-)

roxy said...

This is a happy celebration if ever I saw one. Love the photographs, Lola. Your blog is like a warm smile from a good friend. Have the best Valentines!

Susan Fields said...

Hi Lola!

I posted today about someone who's helped me on my blogging path: http://susanfieldswriter.blogspot.com/2011/02/thanks-to-jackee.html

And I posted about Lolapalooza:

And I joined the Crusade (hooray - I'm so excited!)

And I've left you more than five comments before today.

So I think that's four entries for me. :)

Have a wonderful day, Lola!

Cherie Reich said...

I read this post before, but when you commented on my blog, I really read through it again. It brightened my day, and I think it is great to pay it forward. :) That's why I have Promo Mondays on my blog to support fellow writers.

And, we're fellow crusaders, and I follow you on Twitter.

Gina Blechman said...

Thank you so much for this post. It's absolutely beautiful. People like you are the reason that I am so inspired to write and to reach out to others. I believe that there is no greater good than the good that we do for others and in turn, for ourselves. I'm certainly going to put a few shout outs on my blog today. Thank you for this inspiration.

(P.s. All of your musical inspirations make me happy. ...particularly David Bowie.)

Hannah Kincade said...

Of course, I'll sign up and of course, I'll link!! You are awesome.

Charlotte Rains Dixon said...

Hi Lola, I'm in your Crusade group, its great to meet you. And I just followed you on Twitter, so I think that means 2 entries. Yay! Thanks so much for doing this.

Aleeza said...

im not commenting to enter the contest (which is awesome, by the way), but to comment on that kurt cobain pic you've got on your sidebar. which might come off as random, sure, but i love that youve got it there. i miss him, too, a lot. his songs have inspired me so, so much.
okay, yeah, that was kind of strange. but oh well :)

Kristal Lee said...

Fellow crusader stopping by for a visit.

Donea Lee said...

Hi Lola ~ popped on over from the crusade. I LOVE your idea for Lolapalooza! This is so generous, supportive, touching, thoughtful, wonderful! I'm happy to link back to this when I post next week. Thank you for the opportunity! Happy revising! :)

Anstice Potts (Tizzy) said...

Hi Lola, I'm a new follower. What a great post with cute pictures. I'd love to take part in this contest, the prizes look amazing. I've already added you to my sidebar, so so far I have 2 points but I plan on completing some of your missions and will check back in with updated totals. Thanks for hosting this contest!

Susan Kane said...

When I read through your blog, I thought, "This lady's crazy!" Just like me, but with a whole lot more creativity. I didn't jump into the blogfest, as I am writing like mad on the "Broken Heart" "A to Z", and "SDP". But I will be following you, 'cause you are amazing. Susan

J. R. said...

Hello fellow crusader. I love reading such positive posts! Great job on this. I realized that we have a lot of the same taste in music. I've been to Lolla the last couple of years and it's always a good time. Hope to read more from you soon!

Anonymous said...

I love everything about "Pay it Forward" except the movie by the same name, it is too sad to watch.
X David

Deniz Bevan said...

What a lovely lovey dovey contest! I'm a follower and think I've got two entries so far, for commenting here and for having commented before. Will certainly blog about this and come back to retally! Now let me think of some kindnesses I can do around the blogosphere...

Trisha said...

As an Aussie I am not eligible, but I wanted to say I think this is a great post anyway! :D

Jamie Burch said...

Here are my extra entries:

#2 - I purchased a fellow blogger's book that was not in my usual genre to read and then wrote a review for them on Amazon.

#7 - Left more than 5 comments prior to this post.

#9 - Sidebar Love


I believe that's 4 total, if you are counting my original entry.

Thank you, Lola, for this fabulous giveaway and for inspiring us all to spread the love!


RJ said...

Oh my gosh! How is it that I just now found your blog?? You made my day, Lola. Thanks! Great, great contest!

I have three entries. One for following your blog, one for following you on twitter, and one fore tweeting. Thanks again!

Pk Hrezo said...

Well what took me so long to get over here??? Anyway, I pay it forward to my writer friends by doing weekly spotlights on my blog to help other bloggers get more followers.

I'm doing a tweet right now.So I guess you could say I've earned 2 or 3 points. And I'll be paying it forward this Wednesday with another spotlight post. (love my bloggy friends)

But what a great contest and wishing everyone best of luck. I LOVE Philosophy products.. so awesome. You have impeccable taste. :)

Anne said...

This is beyond amazing! I heart you all the way to the moon and back.

Laura Howard said...

I hates the math! But, I just want to be paying it forward to you in every way since you are one cool chica. I guess I deserve 3.
Anyway, don't ever stop being YOU!

I iz giving away Barnes and Noble Gifties

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I believe in you, too, babe. Hope all is well. <3

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome, awesome giveaway! :)

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