Monday, February 09, 2009

Scrabble Tag

Heidi of HeidiWriter tagged me. I’m not sure if the tag is called “The Love of the Written Word” or the “Scrabble Tag.” But here are the rules:
List at least five things you do to support and spread a love of the written word, then tag five people. (If you list something that touches youngsters, you get a bonus letter!)
Here goes:

1. Every week I send out a free e-newsletter to writers across the globe. It includes publishing news, contests, conferences or other events, and links.

2. Every day I post here on Straight From Hel. I talk about writing, editing, publishing and just about anything having to do with books.

3. Each year I volunteer for the Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship Fund. This Journalism Scholarship is given out each year to a junior or senior university student.

4. Each year I volunteer at the Texas Book Festival. The Festival has lots of children’s authors, readings, and events, as well as events for adults.

5. Although I haven’t done it recently, I used to go to local libraries and work with kids on writing mystery. It was always great fun.

Okay, now I’m tagging 5 others.

1. Jean Henry Mead

2. Gwyn Ramsey

3. Katie Hines

4. Christine Verstraete

5. Lauri Kubuitsile

Remember to visit these five people and Heidi, as well.

Thanks for thinking of me, Heidi.


  1. You definitely qualify for that award.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Congrats! (Especially on the volunteerism qualifier.)

    Thanks for contributing to our virtual Gumbo today too.

  3. Hi Morgan - thank you. You are very sweet.

    Hi Angie - Thanks for stopping by.

    Everyone, click over to Morgan's site, always a treat. And go over to Angie's site (, she's cooking up virtual gumbo today and looking for ingredients.

  4. Helen,
    You didn't say how long you've been publishing your newsletter. I don't remember how long it's been, but I know I've subscribed for a number of years, so it's defintely been awhile. That's a lot of issues!

    And I have a hard time posting three times a week—I'm in awe of your daily blog postings.

    Of course, your volunteer work is excellent as well.

  5. Okay, I must be dying. All my friends are being really nice to me! ;-)

    Doing It Write has entered its 10th year of publication. I am amazed by that. Really.

    I got into the habit of posting every day during a challenge. Why is it that some habits are difficult to break, like blogging and sending out the newsletter ... and eating stupid stuff?

  6. Thanks, sounds fun Helen. You're a busy gal! Let's see what I can think up.

  7. Hello Chris. The good news is that this tag is all about writing or books!

  8. Hi Helen, I stumbled across your blog while searching for "Scrabble", I like the meme!

    Was reading your other entries; I'm intrigued by your ideas, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter (Homer Simpson reference).

  9. Eric, I'm now following you on Twitter. I'll send you a DM about signing up. I need your email address so I can tell Topica to send you an invitation to subscribe.

    Haven't played Scrabble in eons.

  10. Hi Helen,
    I'm impressed with all you do. Congrats on this award, looks like you've earned it.

    Pop over to my blog today. I used your idea as my tip for today. Thanks.

    Joy Delgado
    follow me on twitter:

  11. Hi Joy. So glad you popped over from Going Beyond Reading, which, incidentally, is a great blog.

  12. Thanks for stopping by, Jayson.

  13. You're welcome, Helen. Glad you had fun with this. I did too.



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