“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Writers are a funny, and in many ways extraordinary, breed. One thing I hadn’t realized when I had my own “OMG, I’m a writer!” epiphany, was how something so deeply fulfilling can also feel isolating at times. Holed up with my characters or concepts and a steaming cup of chai remains my soul’s candy. But if all you ever get is candy, you start to miss fruits and veggies.
Okay, not my best metaphor, but I bet you know what I mean!
Blogging helped assuage those gaps in powerful and unexpected ways. It still does.
Even knowing that, I was blown away by the supportiveness and community the Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VII participants stimulated. Given today’s political climate, other “this world” type factors and personal challenges I know so many of us have had in recent months and years, the fest brought a wave of light not only through story (the posts were AHH-mazing!) but through fierce support of one another. It moved me as much as the posts, which says a lot.
I’ve heard from numerous people that this year’s fest felt like the “best yet,” and while each year feels special, I can’t help but agree.
So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, all who participated.
Extra special thanks also to Erica De Sutter for your fierce assistance and enthusiasm, to our incredible prize sponsors and to Melanie Wise, Megan Hubbel and the whole Artemis Motion Pictures crew for the fantastic Twitter party. You all added so much.
Here are the raffle winners!
1. Handmade accessory or craft clutch from Caroline of Mykimoona, filled with goodies
2. beGlammed electronic gift card redeemable for 1 in-home blowout or dry style
Winner: Jess Witkins
3. Original painting by Elemmar Valle
4. Professional manuscript evaluation from Jennifer Silva Redmond
Winner: Kassandra Lamb
5. Free login to season 1 of OMGyes
Winner: Wriggly Kitty
6. Skype & Style from Style by Rayne
Winner: Diana Beebe
7. The Queen Bee with patented PulsePlate Technology™
Winner: Dr. Vixenne
Kinky Sex Tips For Curious Girls by Mona Darling
Winner: Maeve Thunderchild
8. Fine art print from Maeve Thunderchild
9. Ruby Glow
Winner: Kitt Crescendo
10. B-wom: 1 Premium annual subscription
Winner: Ali Greig
Congrats, winners! Please email Erica (boawfest at gmail dot com) with your best email address and/or mailing address at your soonest convenience to get your prize within the next couple of weeks. To read more about the prizes, click here.
While the Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VII is officially over, the posts remain live on the fest page and contributors’ sites! So if you missed out, click here to enjoy the wonderful contributions.
What did you think of #BOAW2018? What did you enjoy most? What would you like to see adjusted for next year? I love hearing from you.