Jan 4, 2010

Critique This presents the "Love at First Sight Blogfest"!

I'm a sucker for a good romance.When I hit the local bookstore, I make a B-line for the romance section. And no matter how many crazy love stories I read, I need more. (More, I tell ya, more!) Some people may say that I've reached my romantic quota while others might just make me look like a novice romance reader. Hey, a girl can hope... So when the Kissing Day Blogfest came around, and I missed it, that was okay, because I had 80-some blog posts to read, all of which contained incredible romantic scenes, minus all the build-up of a four-hundred page novel. Perfect.

But I wanted more! And I wanted to toss in my two cents--err, scene. So when the No Kiss Blogfest popped onto my radar, I was thrilled, no--beyond thrilled, jubilant. This time, I had caught the train in time to jump on board. Except I totally missed the boarding call and missed the train to romance-ville. Well, damn-it, son-of a-birth-mother, and any other expletive you find appropriate for this little whoopsie.

Okay, so I'm oh for two. No biggie. I can just view everyone else's  vacation photos--completely green-eyed-monster free, I might add. And they were great posts...but of course they were great, they were romance! Still, I'm growing more disappointed that I keep missing the complete "awesomeness" that is blogfest.

Lucky for me, I am apart of a terrific critique group--Critique This--a group who also loves blogfests. In fact, the founder of the Kissing Day Blogfest...in my group! That's right, Sherrinda over at Writer Wannabe, AKA creator of the Kissing Day Blogfest, AKA amazing writer of amazing romance---my friend! (*point, point* I know that girl!)

So, like I was saying, my critique group and I were chatting about blogfest and how much fun it was (at least for those who remembered to post their scenes...) and how great it was to read everyone's contributions. In the end, we decided to host the Love at First Sight Blogfest!

That's right, the Love at First Sight Blogfest will be made up of those steamy, sometimes awkward, first-meetings, the ones where your two characters meet for the first time. Or, if your characters didn't have a love-at-first-sight kind of relationship (because mine sure didn't!), the scene where they realized, "wow, I think I love this person".

So get ready, writers! Post your scenes on Valentines Day for all to see! Or, if you're one of those people who just likes to read over the hot and steamy contributions, we'll see you February 14th for one hell of a blogfest!

If you'd like to participate in the Valentines Day Love at First Sight Blogfest, sign up below. Spread the word; let's make this the best blogfest yet! Who's in?! So far we have the Critique This members:


    55 comments:

    1. Well, you know I'll be there! I participated in the other 2 and since our critique group is hosting, how could I not be? I totally stoked for it too...and I've got the perfect scene!!!

      I'll post an invitation on my site too directing writers to your blog to sign up on the Mr. Linky thingy.

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    2. Okay, so I totally missed the bandwagon with the other 2 kissy kiss blogfests, which I could have kicked myself for. Erggg....but you're right. I very much enjoyed reading the kissy blog posts. But this time, I'm signing up. I think maybe that was my mistake...waiting until the last minute "just in case" and then I miss the boat. So, I figure maybe if I sign up it will force me to get my butt in gear and PLAN AHEAD. Very cool concept. I'll be sure to write something in advance.

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    3. I missed them too - although I read through a bunch of great scenes. I'll put this one on my calendar :)

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    4. Oh, heck. I had fun with the no-kiss blogfest, so why not run with this one too? I wonder what weird and twisted thing my mind will come up with for this? Hmm...

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    5. Wow, your blog is very nice, very organized, and very fun! You have quite a voice, Courtney! I've never heard of blogfest before, but this definitely sounds like something fun that I'd very much like to be a part of!

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    6. Cool idea :-) I'm LOVING these blogfests!!

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    7. Such a great idea! I love love, and romance.

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    8. LOL, this totally shows how I think, because I was considering hosting a "Bloody Valentine" blogfest on Feb. 14, where everyone posted some BLOOD and GORE from their WIPs. Enough with the romance! Haha, I kid, I kid. Great idea!

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    9. Sounds like fun! Love this idea!

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    10. Hi Courtney! Thank you for following my blog. I just love it when I see new faces there--I consider them my friends! So welcome! And thank you for doing THIS! I am so crazy about sharing my writing with others out there and hearing feedback from writers. So fun, don't you think? I can't wait for Valentine's day and I have the perfect one--the book is written in honor of Cupid, my MC, too--so enjoy!

      Hugs :)

      PS--Happy New Year!!

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    11. I haven't participated in any of them yet either. Seems I always forget. But I've got my calender out.
      Check.
      I'll try to make this one!

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    12. I missed the other ones as well, but by Valentine's Day I should be done editing and have my revised novel back out to editors (cringe). So in other words, I'll need a distraction. Thanks for doing this!

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    13. I caught one and missed the other. Darn it. I'm on board this time.

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    14. Oooh exciting! This will be my first blogfest and i'm glad we have plenty of time.
      Oooh i hope i don't forget...

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    15. I have no idea what scene I'm going to post, but I am IN.

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    16. Yay! I'm so glad you guys are in! This is going to be a fun blogfest =)

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    17. Hi--not sure how I've missed your blog and this post for so many days, but I found you now (sound of ominous music playing!) Um...I *want* to participate, but I'm not sure if I have anything that I can post (who my character eventually ends up with is kinda a surprise later in the series, so I don't want to spoil it.) But I'll dig through my old stories and see if there's anything I can use (or if I can whip up some flash fiction). I don't want to sign up and then not fulfill, so I will come back if I find something. (I'm following your blog now: dun dun duuuuuuuuuun!) Great idea though. If nothing else I can't wait to read all the posts. :)

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    18. I was just checking in my spam and this is where your stuff went - I hate that!
      Glad I checked

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    19. just got blog you sent me in spam. I hate that!
      Glad I checked - a little too late for the Blogfest but there is always next time.

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    20. Ooh, this sounds kind of cool! Maybe I'll look into it!

      ~Kendrabelle

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    21. Yay! Thanks for the fantastic idea, Courtney. I participated in both of the aforementioned blogfests and they were a blast. Donna over at First Novels Club has me inspired to write from a male point of view. This is gonna be fun!

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    22. Sounds like fun. I came over here from Laurel's. Like Laurel, I will write from a male POV. (My MC will probably fall in love like a girl...)

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    23. !! I'm so excited for this blogfest! And I love the idea of writing from a different POV. I'll have to keep that in mind for when I write my LaFS post. Now the wheels are turning! What to write? What to write?

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    24. Cool, I'm excited and nervous. This is the first time I've even noticed blogfests. Can't wait to read everyone's posts.

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    25. I'm in...but your gonna have to tell me how this works. Blogfest newbie.

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    26. These blogfests are so fun. Thanks for hosting! Feb 14th is going to be a great day!

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    27. Charity- Me too! Have you decided what you're going to do yet? I can't decide, and I won't until I start writing. haha

      DL- Blogfest is so easy! Just blog your LaFS scene on Feb 14, then go check out the other people on the Blogfest Sign Up Sheet. Can't wait to read your scene!

      Nisa-I know! I love blogfests. I wonder what the next one will be? Maybe a horror scene for Halloween? That would be fun!

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    28. I'll totally be there! I might even jazz up a scene from my WIP. That will be a good motivator!

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    29. Stephanie- Kill two birds with one stone! Thanks sounds great (and fun)! See you at Blogfest!

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    30. Hey Courtney! I'm in for the blogfest and I signed up. I'm also spreading the word by including it in my Friday Link Love post:

      http://skymeetsground.blogspot.com/2010/02/friday-link-love-pooch-outlaw.html

      Thanks. Looking forward to reading everyone's work!

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    31. Finally, someone told me who was hosting this fest. :) I'm including a link to your LAFS fest on my Loveapalooza contest.

      Happy Valentine's Day! (a bit early)

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    32. Happy V Day to you too, Karen :)
      I'm glad you found us and thanks for posting a link on your blog. I just started writing my scene for Blogfest. I think it's going to be pretty good! Can't wait 'til the 14th!

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    33. Hi guys! Elizabeth here.

      I found this site through Charity Bradford; it's my first blogfest, and I am PUMPED! Love at first sight, what could be a better topic to blog about?

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    34. Sounds great, I've signed up. I don't write straight romance but I do have romantic bits in my WIP - and I can't wait to read everyone else's!

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    35. This is kind of last minute... but it sounds like too much fun to miss out on! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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    36. This sounds like fun. What a great idea.

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    37. I can't wait! I had so much fun joining the Kiss a day late, it'll be much more exciting getting the day right! ;)

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    38. I'm not going to participate in this one- but I sure will read them--it may just help "steam up" my V-Day! :)

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    39. I, too, missed the kissy blogfests. So I'm glad I caught this one; just in the knick of time! Thanks for hosting, Courtney!

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    40. I have never participated in a writing blogfest before and I'm quite excited! Thanks, Courtney!

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    41. I'm a bit late joining but my post is up anyway!

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    42. I'm beyond late signing up, but my entry is posted anyway. :) Happy Valentine's Day.

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    43. Thanks for this awesome blogfest. What a great idea! I know where I'm going to be this afternoon. Sitting at my computer, reading these excellent blogs. :)

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    44. Thanks for hosting this blogfest. I just posted my scene!

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    45. Great idea! My first blogfest too! My story is up!

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    46. I played! Had to celebrate V-day someway. Fun :)

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    47. I'm beyond late signing up too--just heard about it. I love these blogfests!

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    48. Loving reading through these! It'll take a few days, but I plan on getting to them all.

      Meanwhile, I'll play, too. Better late than never, right?

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    49. What a fun idea -- I had to join! Happy Valentines day :)

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    50. I think I might just freak out. Again, I linked to the wrong page. So if you read my kissing day blog (I'm glad you visited and read, so yay!), you actually didn't read my love-at-first-sight blog...so click on the second posting of my name...it is further along on the list. I think Mr. Linky hates me. Sorry!

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    51. Thanks to everyone who participated in Blogfest! I'll be spending the next few days reading everyone's entries!

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    52. I know I'm late. I wanted to participate and life got away from me!

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