Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Time for Thanks

What a whirlwind adventure this year has brought to me in writing!  I had hoped that this year would propel me into the world of an writer, but could never have expected just how much progress I'd be able to make in becoming the authoress I've always dreamed of being.  As I sit and reflect on how much I have to be thankful for this year, the list is astoundingly long.

I've been given the blessings of a career change, the opportunity to write both online and in print, the completion of one novel and the beginnings of a second, a position creating content for a wonderful company on the verge of exploding in a joyful mess of growth and progress, the support of friends and strangers, and even more that I can't think of right now.

This year hasn't been all roses and double rainbows, and it certainly hasn't been the easiest year for our family; but it has been a year of personal and professional growth, a reminder that I have an incredible family to lean on when times are tough, and continued support of my dear friends.

To those of you who have been with me during this year of struggle, accomplishment and organized chaos, thank you.  Each of you, whether you are a stranger who has commented on an article I wrote, my husband who has proof-read every single article and story I've written, or a friend who's listened to me gush over earning $10... every one of you has helped me to get to where I am and I sincerely thank you for your time, support and care.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Becoming a Featured Contributer

A lot of growth has been seen on the writing front these last few weeks.  As I mentioned last week, I have been accepted as a writer for but I've also seen some great forward movement in my other writing.  As Associated Content has become merged into the Yahoo! Contributer Network, I decided to go out on a limb and apply for one of their featured writer positions.  I am happy to announce that I have been accepted as a Featured Travel Contributer!  What this means for me is more consistent writing assignments, more money (hopefully) and greater exposure on the web.  I'm very excited by this, even though it is taking me some getting used to the new content guidelines that Yahoo! has put together.  I'm sure that with practice I will catch on soon though.

For a quick trip through the travel articles that won me my Featured Contributor title, please feel free to click the links below.  And the next time you're looking for a vacation, give one of them a try!

Travel by Train this Holiday Season
Casino Games Always Pay Out with the Coyote Club at Spirit Mountain Casino
Flying Cheap with Continental Airlines
Dragon*Con 2010 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Castle Bed and Breakfast in Lakewood, Washington
Top 3 Weekend Getaways for Fall in the Pacific Northwest
Top 10 Unusual Hotels in the U.S.
Pacific Northwest Underground Tours
Ghost Tours in Seattle, Washington
Blast from the Past: The Teardrop Trailer
McMinville, Oregon: A Weekend Getaway in Your Own Back Yard

Thornewood Castle; Lakewood, Washington
Photo taken by Denise Kawaii

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Writing Opportunities Knock

As is often the case on sleepless nights, one night last week I was pointing and clicking my way around the internet when I happened upon an advertisement for  Interested to see how they match up with Associated Content, I started to do a little digging through online forums and several of the articles posted on AC about what is drawing other online writers to Examiner.  I was intrigued by what I found, and decided to apply for an open slot they had for an Action Sports writer for the Portland area.

I am pleased to announce that after going through the application process, I have become the new Portland Paintball Examiner.  The first writing piece that was accepted on this site can be seen by clicking here.  And please do check it out since it is all about one of the newest paintball fields in the Portland area, Impact Action Sports.

I'd like to send a big "Thank You" to Jason from Impact Action Sports for giving me the green light to write about his company, and to all of you readers out there who have made it possible for me to expand my writing avenues.  

As a Portland Paintball Examiner, I have promised to keep updated with local paintball business and event information so if you have a paintball group or event that you'd like to see covered, please contact me at for information on how to be spotlighted in a web-article.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Let the NANOWRIMO begin!

Well, we've already reached day two of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and my word count is still stuck at a big, fat 0.  I'm not disheartened about it yet though as I've blocked out two full days this week to dive into my novel-to-be.

In the meantime, I'm working on some more great projects with Associated Content and have submitted an article to a magazine.  Hopefully I will have a lot of really great updates later on this month.  For those of you who are also in the NaNoWriMo challenge with me, feel free to contact me at d.kawaii@gearheadzpaintball to share your victories, troubles and day-to-day writing achievements!  We can do it!

Write a Novel in 30 Days