Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let's just jump right in.  I know I am neglecting all 3 of my readers, haha.  However, I have been busy, busy, busy.  It finally stopped raining.  That meant yard work and playing with the kids.

Then, there is the fact that 2 of my kids are trying to finish out their homeschool year by the end of the month, so we are knocking out a lot of last minute projects and assignments.  I am still hopeful that we will be done by the 27th.  I could use a break, too.  Homeschooling 3 kids is not exactly restful.

Finally, I have been doing a lot of reading, movie watching and entering contests.  I spent about 4 months at the end of last year entering giveaways and contests and I did very well.  However, in order to do really well, you have to approach it almost like a job.

So, I spent hours a day on line- entering, writing essays, uploading photos, etc.  It paid off- we had a great Christmas and I only spent $70 out of pocket.  I won everything from a great Nikon camera to several high value gift cards to various retailers.

Anyway, I got sucked in the other day when an interesting giveaway popped up on my Facebook page.  Now, I am starting to get  back into entering  again.  I would really like to be able to get some summer items for us and if I devote some of my 'free' time I just might.  Who needs to shower everyday, anyway?

4 comments:

  1. Oh April! Everyone should shower every day! You crack me up in true American fashion ;) I hope you get lucky again! Wow, how super that you won a camera. I have never won anything. I admire you greatly for homeschooling your kids. Good luck with reaching your target!

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  2. Thanks for the well wishes. I never really had won much, either. The camera is my proudest 'win' because I wrote an essay that was judged the best. If only I could find time to pound out a great bestselling novel.

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  3. Between the giveaway wins, the focus group pay and the rebating I do ok for an unemployed SAHM....or I did until I fell off the rebating bigtime this year. And now that I think about it, the sort of giveaways I use to enter just aren't happening as much this year. So yah, I suck lately.lol But good for you on a camera win...that's awesome!!

    My best win was when Dove first got onto facebook and I won a random drawing for $350 in gift cards. Sweet!!

    If you do pound out that bestseller you might want to self-publish it. I have a friend who just published his 1st novel. After 2 years of going round and round with his agent and the publisher, he said F* this and just published it himself(including making it available as an e-book). He is doing ok with sales too. He found out that it's very difficult to get one of the big publishing houses to take a chance on an unknown or a 1st timer in this economy, even with an agent, someone on the inside giving him advice, an editor or two working with him on rewrites, etc. Folks going from obscurity like Rowling to fame and multimillion dollar deals is very rare these days.
    You not only have to have the talent to write that novel but the know-how to market it and yourself.

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  4. Oh I do hope you write that book!

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Give me something to think about.