Friday, June 26, 2009

I Won a Superior Scribbler Award

My awesome writing buddy, Nichole, over at Nichole's Musings just gave me an award!

Now I get to join in the fun and share the rules with you.

Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.

Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!

Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

Okay so now it's time to pass on The Superior Scribbler Award to five of my bloggin' pals. I have a huge list of bloggers I could give this to-- but here's the five: Jen, Kristi, Shari, Janette, and Melinda. You gals rock! Thanks for inspiring me/making me laugh with your awesome blogs and for being my friend.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Get $100 off your order at The Original Scrapbox

I've been enjoying my new EZ View Desktop from The Original Scrapbox and can't wait to get you some pictures of my brand new craft desk that I won!

I had a few questions about my button on my sidebar--it says you can get $100 off shipping on your order. This is correct and so awesome! All you need to do is click on the button or any of my The Original Scrapbox links and then place your order, enter 100Writes in the coupon code area and it will automatically deduct $100.00 from your order.

So if you've been dreaming about your own Workbox, Craftbox, Minibox, or EZ View Craft Desk, take advantage of this awesome offer and save $100.
Let me know if you have any more questions and ENJOY!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I’ve been tagged! Christine tagged me a few weeks ago and I'm finally going to spill my CRAZY EIGHTS!
These are kind of fun, I've just been a little preoccupied lately with writing my new novel and some other exciting news...I'm not telling yet...

Here’s the Rules:
1. Mention the person who tagged you.
2. Complete the list of 8's.
3. Tag 8 other bloggers.
4. Tell them they have been tagged.

Eight Things I Look Forward to:
1. Holding my first published book in my hand
2. Becoming a New York Times Best-selling author
3. Eating zucchini, corn, and potatoes from my garden

4. Fitting into my favorite jeans (Can we say good-bye baby fat?)
5. Running some 5K races this summer
6. Going to Rupert to visit my family
7. Bear Lake Family Reunion
8. Finishing the first draft of my new book, Wind Song

Eight Things I Did Yesterday (Saturday):
1. Went running and got in just before the rains came down and the floods came up.
2. Rocked Dawson and sang to him
3. Read to my girls
4. Shared an A1 Peppercorn Burger from Red Robin with my hubby
5. Made 2 batches of rolls and one batch of cinnamon rolls for Father's Day
6. Wrote
7. Watched the rain with my lil family
8. Fixed Father's Day gifts and made cards with my girls.

Eight Things I Wish I Could Do:

1. Go to Hawaii on vacation
2. Be a best-selling author of several published books
3. Live in the country on a few acres of land
4. Go back to London on vacation
5. Sleep through the night- guess I should say Dawson sleep through the night
6. Catch up on my scrapbooks/organize pictures
7. Drive more than a half-hour without one of the kids getting carsick and throwing up, having to clean up throw-up because I forgot to give Dramamine--it's a legitimate wish, trust me.
8. Go on a writing retreat

Eight Shows I Watch:
1. Reruns of King of Queens
2. Castle- before the season ended :)
3. A few minutes of news
4. I
5. Don’t
6. Watch
7. Much
8. TV

Eight Friends I am Tagging:

1. Christensen Crew
2. Green Acres
3. Jenn and Chad
4. Steve

5. Sarah
6. Jewel at Pink Ink
7. Haley at A Future for Tomorrow
8. Okay, that's gotta be good since all the rest of my blogger buddies have been tagged

Friday, June 12, 2009

Good Things Come to Those Who Ask by Jack Canfield

I subscribe to Jack Canfield's newsletter and I loved this recent article. I've heard this before during my years in direct sales and it's so true, but I hope that you'll realize this works for everything in life. I'm particularly focusing on this as I strive to succeed in getting my books published. I've learned not to be afraid of the word, No. Hope you enjoy this:

Good things come to those who ask!Asking for what you need is probably the most underutilized tool for people. And yet, amazing requests have been granted to people simply because they've asked for it!

Whether its money, information, support, assistance, or time, most people are afraid to ask for what they need in order to make their dreams come true.

They might be afraid of looking needy, ignorant, helpless, or even greedy. More than likely though, it is the fear of rejection that is holding them back. Even though they are afraid to hear the word no, they're already saying it to themselves by not asking!

Do you ask for what you want or are you afraid of rejection?

Consider this: Rejection is just a concept. There is really no such thing as rejection! You're not any worse off by hearing no than you were before you asked. You didn't have what you asked for before you asked and you still don't, so what did you lose?

Being rejected doesn't hold you back from anything. Only YOU hold yourself back. When you realize that there's no merit to rejection, you'll feel more comfortable asking for things. You may just need a bit of help learning how to ask for what you want.

How to Ask for What You Want

There's a specific science to asking for and getting what you want or need in life. And while I recommend you learn more by studying The Aladdin Factor, here are some quick tips to get you started:

1. Ask as if you expect to get it. Ask with a positive expectation. Ask from the place that you have already been given it. It is a done deal. Ask as if you expect to get a "yes."

2. Assume you can. Don't start with the assumption that you can't get it. If you are going to assume, assume you can get an upgrade. Assume you can get a table by the window. Assume that you can return it without a sales slip. Assume that you can get a scholarship, that you can get a raise, that you can get tickets at this late date. Don't ever assume against yourself.

3. Ask someone who can give it to you. Qualify the person. Who would I have to speak to to get...Who is authorized to make a decision about...What would have to happen for me to get...

4. Be clear and specific. In my seminars, I often ask, "Who wants more money in their life?" I'll pick someone who raised their hand and give them a quarter, asking, "Is that enough for you?" "No? Well, how would I know how much you want. How would anybody know?"

You need to ask for a specific number. Too many people are walking around wanting more of something, but not being specific enough to obtain it.

5. Ask repeatedly. One of the most important Success Principles is the commitment to not give up.

Whenever we're asking others to participate in the fulfillment of our goals, some people are going to say "no." They may have other priorities, commitments and reasons not to participate. It's no reflection on you.

Just get used to the idea that there's going to be a lot of rejection along the way to the brass ring. The key is to not give up. When someone says "No"-- you say "NEXT!" Why?

Because when you keep on asking, even the same person again and again...they might say "yes"...

...on a different day
...when they are in a better mood
...when you have new data to present
...after you've proven your commitment to them
...when circumstances have changed
...when you've learned how to close better
...when you've established better rapport
...when they trust you more
...when you have paid your dues
...when the economy is better
...and so on.

Kids know this Success Principle better than anyone. They will ask the same person over and over again without any hesitation (can you relate!).

Getting a good perspective on rejection and learning how to ask will make a world of difference for you as you work toward your goals. Practice asking and you'll get very good at it! You'll even speed your progress by getting what you need, or improving yourself in order to get it later.

Make a list of what you need to ask for in all areas of your life, and start asking.

Remember, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE... if you dare to ask!

© 2009 Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at:

And The Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone for entering my giveaway! I had over 100 entries and lots of great ideas for how to use the EZ View Desktop from The Original Scrapbox.

I went to and used their random generator to find the winner and...
I'm excited to announce the winner of my giveaway is entry #65


Congratulations Daniela! Please email me: superfelt AT gmail dot com with your address and full name and I will arrange for your Desktop to be shipped to you.

Thanks to The Original Scrapbox for sponsoring this awesome contest and remember to check their website for new organizing products and check back here at Rachelle Writes for more cool giveaways!

Remember if you didn't win, you can purchase your own EZ View Desktop here for only $195 with FREE shipping! Also click on any of my Scrapbox buttons to save mega bucks on shipping on any of their Scrapboxes!

Have a super day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Enter to win a NEW EZ View Desktop from The Original for FREE!

This contest has now closed. Click here to see the winner.

These guys put a whole new spin on the word “Organize”!

Are you a scrapbooker, stamper, crafter, painter, collector, seamstress, entrepreneur, quilter--anyone who wants to organize something in a beautiful and easy format?

One of the newest products at is the EZ View Desktop.

The EZ View Desktop is designed with a clear, glass-like top and three drawers with built in partitions for easy organizing on any home project. The desk is 36 ½ inches wide by 25 inches and it stands about 3 ½ inches high. The EZ View Desktop is now available with FREE Shipping to the contiguous United States and is only $195.00, but how would you like one for FREE?

This unique versatile tool can be yours simply by entering my contest. The Original Scrapbox has agreed to give one lucky person a FREE EZ View Desktop on Friday, June 12, 2009. This will ship to anywhere in the contiguous United States for free. I've included some pics of my new desktop and it is so cool!

It can be used on any desk, coffee table, card table, even the floor. Just set the desktop on a flat surface and it's ready to go. You can make your furniture organized and beautiful by adding the EZ View Desktop!

Would you like to enter?

Here’s how:

There are 9 ways to get an entry in the contest—

If you are entering using one or more of the following entries, you can leave just one comment telling me all the things you did to enter. Please leave your name, anonymous comments will not be eligible for entry. I will keep track of all entries and on June 12th, the computer will pick a winner using an automated system. All comments and posts will be moderated by me and if there are any inappropriate comments/language your entry will be disqualified and your comment will not be published. All entries must be received by 11:59pm June 11th--that's Thursday night, folks!

Receive one entry for each of the following:

  • Visit The Original Scrapbox website and choose your favorite product. Leave a comment here and tell me what your favorite is and why you would like this product.

  • Leave a comment on this post with an idea for how you would utilize the EZ View Desktop.

  • Subscribe to my feed and/or become a follower of this blog.

  • Post about this contest on and use this link in your post and mention the EZ View Desktop. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve done this.

  • Tweet about this contest on Twitter and mention the EZ View Desktop. Let me know that you’ve done this.

Receive 5 entries for each of the following:

  • Post about this contest on your blog. In your blog post you need to post a photo of the EZ View Desktop by right clicking on the image and then selecting “Save As”, this will allow you to upload the photo on your blog post. You may use photos of the desktop from my blog or The Original Scrapbox. Feel free to copy and paste the information above into your blog. Please link back to my blog and also to The Original Scrapbox.

In your blog post, you must use the tags: The Original Scrapbox, Scrapbook storage, EZ View Desktop.

You must comment on my blog after you have posted about the contest with a link to your blog to get your 5 entries. Make sure that your blog allows access so that I can come and check it out. If you have a private blog, it will not be eligible for this part of the contest.

  • You can earn an unlimited amount of extra entries for each friend you refer who then posts about the contest on their blog. Just have your friend post an entry and then stop by here and leave a comment that says something like, “Becky told me about this contest and I posted it on my blog!” For each referral you get 5 entries. This friend will also be entered into the contest according to contest rules.

  • Utilize my banner or buttons for The Original Scrapbox on your sidebar with a link to for 5 entries in the contest. Just choose any of the three featured on my website and you will receive 5 entries for each item you implement on your blog.

  • Blog about any other item offered from and include this link in your blog post—this must be a separate and additional blog from your blog about this contest. Leave a comment informing me of your new post to receive 5 entries in the contest. In your blog post, you must use the tag phrase: The Original Scrapbox, Scrapbook storage,

You may blog up to 5 posts, each post must be for a different product from The Original Scrapbox and include correct links for additional entries.

The race is on! Get as many entries as you can by telling your friends about this contest and stay tuned to my blog for more incredible giveaways! Good luck and remember to follow the rules correctly to earn more entries in the contest.

I will announce the winner on June 12, 2009 and the winner must e-mail me their address at superfelt at within 48 hours to claim their prize. If the winner does not claim their prize, the random drawing will be repeated and another winner selected.

*All comments on my blog are moderated, so if yours doesn’t show up right away, don’t panic! I check all comments before I post them to my blog.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Purple Prose Contest Results!

I had so much fun entering a contest last week over at Query Tracker. It was called the Purple Prose contest and to enter you had to write one sentence of purple prose. Now, purple prose means that the writing has been overdone, overwritten, way too many adjectives and overkill in the descriptive sense, so much that the reader can get lost in the purpleness of the prose.

I had a blast making up my sentence and it was selected as one of 15 finalists out of over 100 entries. Then people voted on their favorite. So, if you happened to think mine was fun and voted for it--thanks a ton! Because my very purple sentence took first place.

I thought you'd like to see how fun it was for me to be a "bad writer" so here's the sentence that won, and yes, it's an incredibly long run-on sentence that would make my high school English teacher cringe and pull out her fully loaded comma splice assault weapon and start firing.

When he heard about the empurpled contest on Query Tracker, the coils of dark, multitudinous hair which made up his eyebrows knit together in fury, like a spry grandmother’s knitting needles, clicking incessantly and rapidly, the sun’s rays illuminating them with a silver gleam, like the gleam of a young child’s brand new bicycle bedecked in all its glory with lemon-colored streamers and chiffon paint with stripes of lavender that shimmered like the violet hue of his eyes which were now thoughtful; the wrinkles around his wide, pupil-inhabited orbs seemed pensive as he considered how he might win Query Tracker’s contest and emerge a champion like a magnificent Olympic sports-star—but not like Greg Louganis because he hit his head—instead his own powerful kind of win—the kind to fill a man’s soul with joy to overflowing like a large bowl of Rocky Road ice cream with ostentatious helpings of steaming hot fudge, but not butterscotch because it would contrast with the rich hues of the chocolate which was so sweet as would be his joy when he won—like a bareback rider in the National Rodeo Finals hanging on for dear life to a fraying strap of yellowed rope—he imagined this with fervor, gripping the gleaming pen in his hand as he began to write.

Too much fun and I won a great prize to boot! A critique of one of my query letters by a real live agent, Jon Tienstra! I'll let you know how it goes.

Check out Query Tracker, it's an excellent website/resource for all you publishing people and they have fun contests and info too!


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