Happy Halloween! I was pleasantly surprised to be the winner of the 4th Annual Scary Booton Contest from Busy Beaver Button Co. There were more than 40 entries, so I was shocked that mine was chosen. I will receive $200, a $50 gift certificate (which will be used to buy buttons for Jump Little Cake, Jump!) and some awesome monster buttons! I recently got back into design work and this was just the boost I needed for my design confidence. Let me know if you have any projects you need a designer for—I am interested in new, creative freelance or collaborative projects.
I just had to share this video my mom and I made as an audition tape for Cupcake Wars, Season 8. My mom got a call from a Cupcake Wars casting associate about 2 weeks ago asking her to submit a video with her assistant for the show. Since we get along so well (most of the time), she decided if she was going to get chosen to go to L.A., she wanted take me, so here is our audition. We are a bit silly, but from what we gather they are looking for personality for the show. We are excited and really hope to be picked!
Here is a story I wrote last month for Community Impact Newspaper – Lake Travis/Westlake edition. This long-time real estate broker established her own real estate company in West Austin almost 30 years ago. I interviewed her at a home for sale in Westlake and learned a lot about why she went into real estate and how she grew her business to about 75 agents. She was a very lovely lady and gave off a sincere attitude as well as having a lot of wisdom. In addition to her business she also runs the family ranch, located near Waco. One of the reasons I love to write is meeting new people and learning and sharing their stories, so this article was successful by my standards!
In this video I tell about my favorite character featured in a book from my childhood. We have approved the proof for our children’s book “Jump Little Cake, Jump!” and will have the books in our hands in about a month. We decided to reflect on some of our favorite childhood book memories while hoping that our book will inspire new ones for others. Please leave a comment letting me know who your favorite character from a book was when you were a child.
Since I’ve been writing more and more freelance articles recently and been asked to provide samples of my work, I have decided to compile some of the articles I’ve written in one place.
Pinterest already has a great way to organize things, so I decided the best way to do it would be to pin the articles. This will make it easy to share my articles with publishers, but also will allow my friends and family an easy place to see what I’ve written recently without me having to harass them—they can follow or not. Easy-peasy!
That being said, feel free to follow any of my boards or this one at http://pinterest.com/tyoungster.
I’d love to hear how the rest of you have used Pinterest to organize your business or interests, so share your ideas in the comments section!
Today my latest article was published on the front page of snooth.com: http://www.snooth.com/articles/austins-best-wine-bars. See something missing? Post a comment on what your favorite wine bar in Austin is and I will go check it out. It may even make my next article.
Last week I volunteered to take pics of MediaBistro’s Happy Hour Party at Wine House in Austin, TX. You can find the rest of the photos here.
I enjoy taking pictures and wanted to try my hand at taking pics under pressure—there’s nothing like taking pictures from a party not knowing if it will be inside, outside, how many people will be there and making sure you have them all edited with captions by a certain time the next day. The experience was good and just goes to show everything takes longer than you think it will! Everyone at the party was very fun and mostly willing to have their photos taken, although there weren’t a ton of people there. It looked to me to about 30 people throughout the night, although some people were rotating in and out, so it was hard to keep track.
MediaBistro volunteers are also given a credit towards its site to use, so I am using my credit for an AvantGuild membership, which I hope takes my writing business to the next level. You can see more of my photos here.
Hey! I know many people missed the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to pre-order a book and CD. We are taking pre-orders for “Jump Little Cake Jump” at http://jumplittlecake.com/buy-the-book. We are finalizing everything now and expect the book to be back from the printer at the end of the summer. Hooray!
I am super-excited to announce that, not only did we make our Kickstarter campaign, but we made a little bit more than the $7,500 goal. We’re now on our way to making a children’s book! It will have about 12 short songs to go along with it and narrations for each character. If you want to learn more, you can visit Jump Little Cake, Jump!
Here’s a children’s book I’ve been working on with my boyfriend, Antonio, and friend Lindsay! We are doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to print the book. So far we are 6% funded and have 42 days to raise the rest. Please download a chapter of the book and a song at http://noisetrade.com/jumplittlecake and then head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1002202694/jump-little-cake-jump to pre-order a book.