Friday, June 27, 2008

I’m in Heaven

There I was, checking out my Entrecard drops inbox, and then I saw it. It’s a newbee in my place that I haven't seen before. It's saying "VISIT US TODAY". I took it's meaning literally and accepted the invitation right on the spot. (I know, I should be wary of strangers, but what the heck, it looked pretty harmless with its inviting face, how bad could it be?) So, I clicked on it and paid it a visit. I wanted to thank the owner or owners for dropping me an Entrecard. When I arrived there, I liked what I saw. The blogsite’s design and layout are impressive. It has many bells and whistles, arranged in a very organized way.

No one seemed to be home at the time, so I let myself in. I opened some doors and peeked through but still didn’t see anybody. I took the liberty to roam and browse around like a snoop while the homeowners or rather the blog owners were away.

I learned that the owner goes by the name of Eric S. He's married to someone who loves to play video games. He says that this works out pretty well for them. At least they don't fight over the computer or the TV. He with the computer and she with the TV. From what I gather, they breed and raise Chihuahuas. In fact, Eric’s avatar is a Chihuahua.

I was in a bit of a hurry at the time, so I quickly went to read his latest post. Poor him, he was in misery with a toothache. He wrote a very nice post. I wrote my thank you note and then left. I wanted to read more, but work was calling for me.

A few days later, I went back to see if Eric saw my thank you note and to read more of his posts. Just like before, no one was home. I let myself in and started reading his post. I was impressed with his style of writing and what he had to say in "Mondays Awesome Writers of The Web"--dated June 23, 08, so, I kept on reading. Then all of a sudden I was reading something about The Big Picture—A Novel”. "Woow, this is me and my novel he's talking about!"

It turns out I was reading an independent and unbiased review about my novel. I was pretty blown away by what he had to say about my novel. His words levitated me and sent me to heaven. I was walking on clouds, for days. I’m still in heaven and haven’t come down to earth, yet. I’m very glad now that he had a toothache (sorry Eric), even though I felt bad for him at the same time. Otherwise, he would not have discovered my novel. Hehehe. What surprised me also is that he never left any comments in my blogsite before, until yesterday, that is. So for me to read such a great review about my writing is pure heavenly.

I’m so ecstatic to share this terrific news to everybody I know, so here’s the link if anybody’s interested to see what Eric had written about my novel that's making me go gaga. LOL. While there, you might want to read “About the Author”. It’s an excellent and an interesting read.

Thanks again Eric for the great review you gave my novel. I can’t thank you enough.


Jules said...

Tasha, That is the sweetest story ever! What a gift it is to stumble upon a review of your work without solicitation from anyone.

You deserved that! Good things happen to good people!
Way to go! I am off to Eric's to see what he wrote!


tashabud said...

Jules, so good to see you here again. Yes, like what I said in my post, I was blown away by it. Thanks for your interest.

I'll be coming over to your site somwtime today. July 4th is getting pretty close. And July 5th, too.

Jules said...

I posted some pix of some Patriotic goats! They are darling. Yall are going to have a tough task ahead!
I will email you and the other judges so yall can discuss your thoughts.

We should judge by July 3rd, ya think?
I better post it.

Eric S. said...

tashabud, I'm am delighted you enjoyed my site. I posted about your novel as you now know because I genuinely like it, AND HOPE YOU CONTINUE, soon. Smile and wink You are very generous to comment about it here, and the way you comment wow. This just goes to show your true nature as a writer. I love how you turned it into a story of it's own.

P.S. You're welcome anytime, come on in and make yourself at home.

tashabud said...

Jules, yes, July 3rd sounds like a good idea. Is there a specific time of day to turn in our votes?

I'm already dreading the actual judging. It's so hard to judge when the entries are all well-deserving. But, I'll give it my best.

tashabud said...

Eric,I'm glad you approve of the way I'm saying thank you to you. I had great fun writing it.

It really is an honor to be commeneded the way you did to me. I'm so, so greatful.

Have a great week.

Jules said...

I think by midnight the 3rd. That way we leave room for error! hehehehe

Jenaisle said...

Wow, am I late for the party? That's very sweet of Eric... Let me go to his site and read it too..

You deserve the honor hats off to you.

Happy blogging!

tashabud said...

Okay. July 3rd @ midnight. Gotcha.

tashabud said...

Thank you Jena for your kind words. I'm glad to know you're going to give Eric a visit. I'm sure he'll appreciate it. Thanks also for your interest.

Henson Ray said...

What a great surprise...especially because you totally didn't expect it. Just shows that hard work and a good attitude can bring you little rewards you didn't expect. Just keep moving forward....Congrats!!!!

tashabud said...

Henson, Thanks so much. I thought for sure you're going to ignore my request. I guess I'm wrong. Have a great week.

Lizzy said...

Wow! That's awesome! He wrote a nice review on your novel, actually. Hehe.

Anyway, I just got back from a wonderful vacation. On my last day of vacation something weird happened. I posted about it.

Jasmine Shanea said...

Such a powerful testimony of how blogs can connect people! Thanks for the birthday well wishes! :)

tashabud said...

Thanks for visiting again. I'll be coming to to your site to read about your wierd encounter.

Thanks to you as well for visiting, and you're welcome. It's amazing that you and your husband have the same birthdate.

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Tasha...Im not clear on what you're asking me about Digg...feel free to call me on my cell


Matthew S. Urdan said...

Tasha, that is so awesome!

Would you be interested in reading a draft of my novel?

All, it's Sunday and I'm catching up on comments for the week. This is in response to your comment on my post: Almost Wordless Wednesday: Pixar's WALL-E.

Linda--WOW, thank you so much for the kind words, the superlative, and the validation.

Jennifer--I actually refer to Short Circuit in my review. Johnny 5 was hilarious. The difference between Johnny 5 and WALL-E though is that WALL-E can't talk. Johnny 5 had clever dialog for his humor. WALL-E just has expression and gestures--which is far more difficult to do--especially to animate. Let me know what you think of WALL-E after you see it.

Sizzlingpopcorn--Thanks Jean! No doubt...You know, there's always the possibility of Best Picture as well--Beauty and the Beast got a nomination...WALL-E is better.

the bushie--it's dramatic, but very lighthearted. Make sure you stop back at MTMD and let me know what you thought about the movie after you see it.

Henson--You are so right! Have you seen WALL-E yet? I'm anxious to know what you think, especially considering our recent discussion on animated films.

tashabud--Yeah, well, when I love something, I glow. Kind of like ET's Heartlight. ;) Let me know what you think after you see WALL-E!

Crazy Working Mom--You won't be disappointed. Why don't you go see it today? The night is young. Do it now.


Matthew S. Urdan said...

All, it's Sunday and I'm catching up on comments for the week. This is in response to your comment on my post: Digg This: Making the Most of Digg w/ EntreCard.

Thank you very much for your comments and the response to this post. It's been very gratifying and a great validation.

CLARIFICATION: At this time I also want to let everyone know that it is perfectly OKAY TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN POSTS TO DIGG. We have verified that with content on the Digg site. See the post above for details.

Pam--Thank you. Yes, spam is in the eye of the beholder, but I think we can agree that we don't want to receive shouts to digg posts such as: Today is Thursday. My dog died. I'm very sad. Plus my husband just beat me again.

You know what I mean...the ordinary and the content that just really can't be considered quality material appealing to a wide general audience.

Susanne--thank you. And thanks for raising the issue of submitting your own posts. But as Ken pointed out, Digg says it's perfectly acceptable. Digg does recommend that posts submitted do appeal to a wide audience.

The shout situation seems to be improving. Either everyone removed me from their friends list, or people have mostly received the message. I hope the latter. Because I did remove one friend today for shouting out about the same post 6 times. I buried his post and defriended him--nice verb, btw: defriend: what a horrible thing to do to someone. I guess I'm just a horrible guy. ;)

the judge--Thank you so much! I've favorited you on entrecard now, so I should be stopping by every day. thanks for the kudos and the tip about the bury command--see my comments to Susanne above.

luckygirl--Again, thanks for the kind words, and again--it's cool to submit your post to Digg. If everyone on entrecard does this right after they make the post, it really will make it easier for all of us to digg posts we want to while we are dropping entrecards. And as has been clarified, it's a practice acceptable to Digg.

Tasha--again, I'm not sure what you're asking. Feel free to call me on my cell--I did forward you my number. I'm not some internet predator that's going to follow you down and stalk you, really. Wait, there was that one time.... No, really. ;)

ellumbra--what a very interesting name you have there! That's an awesome way to put it--a shout is like a salesman visiting your door. Most of us aren't buying. That's why the salesmen that stop by should be very good salesmen with a very good product to sell in your post you're shouting about.

Patricia--my pleasure, glad I could help. But I gotta warn you, if you photocopy the print out of my post and start distributing it I'm going to have to cry copyright infringement on you and call my ambulance chasing cousin to chase you down and collect $0.38 in royalty fees.

Brad--thanks for stopping by and commenting here, and on my post Celebrating 10 Years of Rafting. I wish there was an active link to your blog or your email address so I could visit your blog. Please, the next time you stop by, leave a URL or at least a calling card where I could find you. Glad you found my posts informative and useful, and I welcome you as a reader.

Amy--just like I said to Tasha, call me. Just like I said to Tasha, you have my phone number so use it and call me if you want help. I'm not an internet stalker...except for that one time...but I'm reformed now. REALLY! No really, I'm a mensch! ;)

Jo, my pleasure! The ones that are asking for reciprocal diggs are going to find that they will be defriended by other digg users. But I think this is partly Graham's fault. On EntreCard, we have a culture of reciprocity. Graham didn't do a very good job of explaining what all of us were getting into on Digg. I think he assumed we were all rather literate internet social-networkers, and as we have discovered, that is a bad assumption. You know what they say about people who assume, right? ;)

Cindi--you're welcome. Like you, I'm very selective. You can see what I choose to digg in the digg widget I put in my left sidebar. Those posts will stay there a long time because I'll really be surprised if I ever digg more than two or three stories a day in addition to my posts--which, like Monday's post which is more or less just an announcement, I will not be digging at all.

Bill--thank you. Yes, change your behavior. Honestly, who has time to reciprocate on every digg? Even if the diggs being solicited for are for great content? It's like dropping 300 cards every day. Time is a commodity in short supply. It should be worth $4.09/gallon. Or something like that. But reciprocating every digg is just bad policy. It's giving a stamp of approval on content that might not deserve it, and probably doesn't. I think each of us would be hard pressed to produce more than one post of really worthy quality a week. Unless you're like Ken Armstrong.

Ken--are you looking for a job as my research assistant? Because you've got the position if you want it, Mate! Great find validating user submission of their own posts on Digg.

A--thanks for the validation of Ken's find. Yep, I turned off email notification within half a day of having 200+ friends. What a disaster that was. There needed to be better information passed along. Ah well, we're in a good place now. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers everyone!

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I know what you mean about good reviews making you feel great. I feel the same way when I get them too! I just came from Eric's blog and finished reading about him. Very interesting!

Petula Wright said...

That's wonderful! What a wonderful surprise.


Mariuca said...

Hi Tasha, thanks so much for visiting my blog! And congrats to you on having ur novel reviewed, are u still walking on air? :):):)

tashabud said...

Karen: Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you visited Eric's. I thought that his shot bio is a very interesting read that is worth sharing.

tashabud said...

Petula, yes, it sure was a real surprise. As you can tell by reading my post, I was totally blown away. Thanks for visiting.

tashabud said...

Hi Mariuca, nice of you to stop by. You're very welcome. Congratulations again for being the recipient of MTMD's award.

I think I finally have come down from heaven. But for a while, it really felt as if I was walking on air. I'm now back to earth.

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