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Cancelling the next Writers’ Campaign (+IWSG)

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeUnfortunately, I’ve decided to cancel the upcoming Writers’ Platform Building Campaign. As you may have noticed from my previous posts, I was super excited about hosting the Campaign, but I’ve had a bit of a crash back to reality this week. After several weeks of waking only once a night, my baby, Mackenzie, has decided to return to waking three to four times a night. She’s also entered a stage of separation anxiety, meaning she often cries if I walk even a metre away from her.

As a result, I’ve realised that as much as I WANT to, I just don’t have the time to run a Campaign at the moment. I need to be investing my time in my baby, not on my laptop. It’s a simple case of my enthusiasm getting the better of me. I’ve got heaps of time to think but not much time to actually DO, which means I’m constantly coming up with exciting ideas but don’t have time to follow through with them.

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“Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!” Alex J Cavanaugh

Apologies to everyone who was looking forward to the Campaign. 🙁 I hope you understand why I’ve made this decision.

I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to connect the dots on how this fits with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). I’ve used this as my post for IWSG because I wouldn’t mind some virtual hugs from my fellow writers – I still really wish I COULD run the Campaign, I’m just trying to make a grown-up decision and put my family first.

One thing I must say – the more I planned for the Campaign, the more I realised how much goes on behind the scenes and my already-mammoth appreciation for Rach Harrie continued to grow. Rach, you rock!

Your turn

I have a question for other writers/bloggers with children – how do you balance your writing/blogging with parenthood? Was there an age where you found you got more “you” time back? Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving being a mum and I’m more than happy to be spending my time singing Old Macdonald to my little girl; I’m just interested in hearing about others’ experiences.


Here are some recent photos of the cherub who’s keeping me from Campaigning. 🙂


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More info about the fifth Writers’ Platform Building Campaign


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I’m getting super excited about hosting the next Writers’ Platform Building Campaign in September. I have a feeling it’s going to be epic.

For those who’ve been Campaigners before (and also for new Campaigners), I thought you might like to know how Rach and I are planning to structure things this time around. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments. If you missed my announcement post about hosting the next Campaign, it would be a good idea to pop over and read that one before reading the rest of this one.


One of the biggest aspects of the Campaigns is the groups. As regular Campaigners know, after you’ve signed up to the Campaign overall, you then head over to the groups section and pop your name down in one or more groups. The idea is that you become bloggy buddies with the people in your group/s by visiting their blogs and commenting regularly throughout the Campaign (and forevermore, if you find bloggers you like!).

Past Campaigns have had both large groups and small groups, and we’ve done a bit of brainstorming about what we think works best. This year, groups will have a maximum of ten Campaigners. Hopefully, this will allow group members to really get to know each other as it will be manageable to support all of your group members throughout the Campaign. Campaigners who have time to support more than ten people will be welcome to join more than one group.

One of the biggest ways we support our fellow group members is by subscribing to or following their blogs, so make sure it’s easy for people to follow/subscribe to your blog by having all of your options easy to find in your sidebar (for example, follow by email, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Google Friend Connect if you’re on Blogger etc).

As per tradition, there’ll be groups based on genre/category (such as fantasy, young adult, new adult, romance), but there’ll also be ‘mixed bag’ groups for Campaigners who want to connect with others outside traditional boundaries. Groups for newbie bloggers have been really well received in the past (I know, because I was in one once!) so we can’t go past having those again as well.

Campaigner Directory

A new addition to the Campaign will be a Campaign Directory, which will list each Campaigner, their blog address, writing genre/s and/or category, Twitter handle, location (country and state/province – completely optional), names of any published books, and where they’re at with writing (e.g. just starting out through to several published books). That way, if Campaigners are interested in connecting with others at a similar stage (or in the same location), they can!


As I said in my previous Campaign post, there will be two awesome Campaigner Challenges and, hopefully, oodles of prizes. We’ll be streamlining the prizes this time to make it easier administratively and also to make sure winners get prizes they want/need.

What do I mean by that? Well, before we were writers, we were readers, so I’m assuming we all like books. Thus, all of the prizes for this campaign will be books – e-books, hard copy books and vouchers for books. This means no manuscript critiques etc. Don’t get me wrong, critiques are extremely valuable, but you have to be at a particular stage of writing to make use of them, which may not be the case for our Campaign Challenge Winners. But we can all never have too many books to read!

Your turn 

What do you think of keeping groups to ten Campaigners only? Are there any other groupings you’d like to see? What are your thoughts on having a Campaign Directory? Do you think it will be useful? Is there any other info you’d like to see included in it? And what about the prizes – would a big pile of free books be your ultimate reward? Rach and I would really love to hear your thoughts so please don’t be shy in commenting!


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Breaking news about the next Writers’ Platform Building Campaign!

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Did that headline get your attention? I bet it did! You may have seen that the wonderful Rachael Harrie (Rach Writes) recently posted the following:

Guess what…I may have some exciting news (of the Campaign variety) to announce shortly, so stay tuned!!!

Well, I’m thrilled to join Rach in sharing that news with you…

The next Writers’ Platform Building Campaign will be taking place this September, and it will be held here on Cally Jackson Writes.

Excuse me for a moment while I:


How did I come to be hosting the next Campaign? Well, Rach has been taking a much-needed break from blogging for the last few months. I dropped her a line recently and told her how much I missed the Campaigns and offered to host one on her behalf. She agreed. Simples.

Rach will still be involved every step of the way. I’ll just be coordinating all of the work that will (hopefully!) make the Campaign a smashing success for all involved.

What’s a Campaign?

For those who aren’t familiar with the Campaigns, here’s a bit of background info.

The Writers’ Platform Building Campaigns are a way to link writers, aspiring authors, beginner bloggers, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. Almost 500 Campaigners took part in one of Rach’s last Campaigns so that gives you an idea of how popular they are!

Campaigners are people who genuinely want to meet others, pay it forward, and make connections with other bloggers. This therefore gives you a pool of bloggers (some starting out, some established) who you know are in the same position. You can make friends, find critique partners, get support in your writing etc etc – basically, it’s up to you.

For those bloggers who are just starting out (and even those who’ve been blogging for a while), a Campaign gives you a head start in finding other like-minded bloggers to connect with. And as an added bonus, Campaigns are also a lot of fun. If you’re interested, you can read more about the Campaigns Rach has held previously.

What will be involved in this Campaign?

This Campaign will be similar to Rach’s previous ones (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!).  Campaigners will join groups based on writing genres (and a few other things), and there will be two Campaigner Challenges for everyone to take part in. Here are some key dates for you to make note of:
  • 1 September: registration opens and the campaign begins!
  • 7 September: registration closes and no more entries accepted (so don’t be late! ;-))
  • 9-13 September: first Campaigner Challenge
  •  23-27 September: second Campaigner Challenge
  • 30 September: Campaign ends

I’ll also run a Campaigner Noticeboard every Friday, where Campaigners can announce book launches, blogfests and anything else they’d like to share with other Campaigners.

I’ll provide more information about the Campaign over the next few weeks and will be canvassing for volunteers to help out, but in the mean time, get excited and spread the word. The Campaigns are back, baby!

Are you as excited as I am? 

Let me know in the comments if you think you’ll take part in the Campaign. Any early offers of help will also be greatly appreciated!


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First campaigner challenge: shadows crept…

As part of her fourth campaign, Rach has issued her first challenge. Exciting!

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeHere’s the challenge in Rach’s words:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

  • end the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count)
  • include the word “orange” in the story
  • write in the same genre you normally write
  • make your story 200 words exactly!

My entry is below. It meets all the criteria above except it’s not quite my normal genre. I had fun writing it, and I hope you have just as much fun reading it. Let me know what you think. 🙂

The last flame

Shadows crept across the wall of the cave as the sun set on the last day of my life. My heart began to pound beneath the satin fabric of my tattered party dress as I watched the last hints of orange disappear from the horizon.

Six hours to go. Six hours until I’d take my last breath. My vision blurred as tears formed in my eyes. Dammit. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.

Beside me, my campfire flickered. I warmed my hands over the flames and examined my fingernails. Only one was still perfectly coated in red polish, the rest were chipped and torn.

To think the party was only two nights ago. To think I’d been worried about whether my shoes matched my dress. I glanced at my feet, covered in bruises and cuts, dirt and blood. My toenails had fared better than my fingernails though – only three were chipped.

I sat down beside the fire and breathed in the smoke. All I could do now was wait. As the hours passed, each flame dwindled to nothing. The night became deathly cold. I hugged my legs to my chest and shivered.

Finally, the last flame died. Everything faded.


Make sure you check out the other entries!


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It’s campaigning time again!

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeThe awesome Rachael Harrie is hosting her next platform building campaign. Hooray!

In case you’ve never heard of Rach or her campaigns, they are “a way to link writers, aspiring authors, beginner bloggers, industry people, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. The Campaigners are all people in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others’ online platforms while at the same time building theirs.”

I’ve got so much out of participating in Rach’s previous campaigns, and I owe many of my blogging connections to Rach and this fabulous idea of hers. If you’d like to know more about my experiences with the campaigns, read this post about what I got out of my first platform-building campaign.

If you’re interested in joining the campaign yourself, do it quickly. Registrations close at 11.59pm EDT today – I’ve only just scraped in myself!

On another note, you may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet recently. I’ve been quite unwell but I’m getting better by the day and I’m looking forward to being very healthy again soon. This illness has reminded me of how important it is to look after yourself and put your health first, and for me this means scaling back on blogging somewhat. So I’ll be blogging when I have something to say or share – and the time to write the post and still get a good night’s sleep – rather than sticking to a specific schedule. I hope you’ll still enjoy my blog just as much and I look forward to continuing to share my writing and reading experiences with you. 🙂


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It’s campaigning time!

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeI’m so excited! Why? Because Rach Writes’ 3rd platform-building campaign has begun!

In case you’ve never heard of Rach or her campaigns, they’re “a way to link those of us in the writing community together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. The Campaigners are all bloggers in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others’ online platforms while at the same time building theirs.”

I got so much out of participating in the last campaign (then called a crusade), and I believe I owe most of my blogging connections to Rach and this fabulous idea of hers. If you’re interested, you can read more about what I got out of the last platform-building campaign.

If you’re a writer, I strongly encourage you to take part in the campaign. Hope to see you there! 🙂


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