Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Operation Help the Elf

 Operation Help the Elf (Pete) is the brainchild of Angela and Becca.. What a wonderful way to end 2012!  We're supposed to let Pete know someone who been especially good this year....Now I know a lot of you have been really good, so it was really hard to chose one person to tell Pete about, in fact I couldn't chose one person.  I settled on telling him about two people.

Robyn Campbell and Theresa Milstein


 Robyn is an amazing woman and a great writer and critique partner.  She is one of the most positive people I "know."  She has lifted my spirits so many times over the past twelve months.  I don't usually talk about my religious beliefs, but let me tell you...Robyn is an amazing prayer.  She has prayed for someone I love daily.  In return I do the same for her family.  This year her family has been through a lot of things and even through everything, Robyn, kept a positive outlook on life and continues to work on her writing goals.

I am so proud to call her my friend....Robyn, be watching your mail for a little something from me.  (wink)  Be sure and hop over to Robyn's blog and meet her.

I "met" Theresa a couple years ago.  She was a struggling substitute teacher.  A position I had been in many times.  I tried to comfort her and encourage her not even thinking about the writing side of her life.  Her blog was just one of those blogs I had to visit to see is she was okay.  Over the past year we've become closer, trading manuscripts (OMGoodness she is SO helpful), emails and even a phone call.  I know my mg novel will be better because of her.  Not only has she ripped my manuscript to bits (LOL), she gave me suggestions on how to improve it, and she has encouraged me so much this year.

I am grateful to consider her one of my friends and a critique partner.  If you haven't met Theresa (or T, as I call her) please hop over to Theresa's blog and check her out.  T, keep an on your mail a little something should arriving in a couple days from me.

Our writing community is full of selfless people and I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

If you didn't join in on Operation Help the Elf and you'd like to give props to one of the people who have influenced, helped you or made a difference in your life...feel free to do so in the comments.  (It will make you feel good, whether they see it or not.)

Have a wonderful holiday and I'll be back on schedule after the new year.
(((HUGS))) to everyone!

30 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sharon - what a lovely thought "Help The Elf" .. and I quite agree about Robyn .. she is always there for all of us. I love getting her replies to comments I make - there's always a sunny reply ..

While Theresa really puts Substituting Teacher into life .. and she's moved house .. so her family has been ultra busy .. and she is as you say always helpful .. and it's great to know she's helping you critiquing your ms ..

Have a fabulous Christmas - may it be happy, peaceful and blessed - with hugs to you all ... Hilary

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS to Robyn and Theresa for being on Santa's nice list!

Sharon, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome choices Sharon. Both Robyn and Theresa are amazing. Happy Holidays Sharon. See you after the New Year.

Al Diaz said...

It's wonderful when you find such friends. Congratulations to the good girls for making Santa's list. Merry Christmas!

Theresa Milstein said...

I didn't know about Help the Elf, and I certainly didn't know I'd be on the receiving end of such a nice post related to it.

Sharon, I did NOT rip your manuscript to shreds! You had the wonderful manuscript that needed a change in age and focus. Funny thing is that my middle grade had the same transformation before you looked at it, based on a feedback from a conference years ago. So we've felt the same overhaul pain. I know your manuscript is going to get lots of interest from agents and editors.

It's funny how different people fulfill different needs in our lives. You've given me invaluable support through two manuscripts and a recent rough patch I've gone through. I can't thank you enough. xo

Old Kitty said...

Yay for Robyn and yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay for amazing Theresa! She's lovely!!! They're both lovely and super duper talented!!! Hoorah!! Take care
x

Matthew MacNish said...

Great choices, Sharon! Happy Holidays.

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm doing you too. :-) Thanks my wonderful pal. If I could tell the world how amazing you are in three words I would use loving talented friend. You are a true friend. You know the meaning of the word. The true meaning. I HEART YOU WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Robyn Campbell said...

Thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Mwah!

Kelly Polark said...

What a lovely idea! Great to see wonderful posts like this during a hard week!

Jackee said...

What a perfect bloghop and two very deserving ladies! Just like you! Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you all. <3

Angela Ackerman said...

Haha, I was just at Robyn's blog, and she feels the same about you! Sharon, great choices. These ladies both give a lot and are wonderful people! As are you!

Pete offers a giant thank you for helping him out here. He's laying off the nog and going to stay organized next year!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year, Sharon! Thank you for being such a bright piece of the universe. :)

Angela

Lenny Lee* said...

WOW!! for sure those are really cool choices! i know cause both of them are my special blogger friends and are fantastical ladies. they been just the most big help and big supporters for me and for everyone.

...hugs from lenny

LynNerdKelley said...

Great choices, Sharon! Robyn is also my pick! I couldn't agree more with all the nice things you've said about her. Congrats to Robyn and Theresa for making Santa's Nice List. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a super duper Happy New Year!

Karen Lange said...

Hopped over from Robyn's place - glad I did! Love these two ladies, and happy to meet you, Sharon! :)

Brian said...

That is a really great and smile filled project!

SA Larsenッ said...

You've chosen two of the most amazing ladies!! So wonderful. Have a wonderful holiday, Sharon!

klahanie said...

Hey Sharon,

What you note here in this awesome and thoughtful posting, really embraces the ideals of the caring aspects of this amazing community.

Angela, Becca, Robyn and Theresa, inspirational examples to us all. And not forgetting you Sharon, my human friend. I have posted up your article via the various social networks. Such a clever dog. Arf! Arf!

A peaceful holiday season to you and your loved ones.

Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, Penny xx

Munir said...

This is a terrific way of appreciating people. Congrats to Robyn and to Theresa.

Jemi Fraser said...

Lovely choices! I hope all of you enjoy a truly wonderful Christmas! :)

LTM said...

oh, yay! Fantastic choices! I love both these guys. Great job.

Have a wonderful holiday, Sharon! :o) <3

The Desert Rocks said...

Thanks for the idea about Operation Help the Elf. Yes, I have a few critique partners that are awesome and deserve recognition. Someday, I'll get around to posting about all of them. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas Sharon!

Joanne Fritz said...

That was very sweet, Sharon. I've only recently gotten to "know" any of you, but I can see why you chose Robyn and Theresa. You deserve praise, too, for your part in the #bepositive campaign. Happy holidays to all.

Misha Gericke said...

Those are two great choices for the nice list. :-)

Connie Arnold said...

Those are great choices! Hugs and merry Christmas, Sharon!

Carolyn V said...

I didn't know they were your crit partners! So cool! They are both such amazing people.

Have a super Merry Christmas Sharon!

Froze8 said...

What a sweet idea! It is so true that our writing community is amazing. I have always found the publishing world to be so giving and accepting, something that we don't see often enough in our fields of work! So glad you have these wonderful people in your life :)

-K8
http://froze8.blogspot.com/

Nas said...

What an awesome idea! I love Theresa and Robyn, too!

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Dawn Simon said...

What a nice idea! Congrats to Robyn and Theresa!

I'm so thankful for the kind people in the writing community. Cool that you honored two special people at your blog.

nutschell said...

Love this Help the Elf thing. Congrats to Robyn and Theresa. WTG, Write On-ers!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com