Three quick things I just HAVE to mention.
First, two of my absolute favorite writing bloggers are having contests that are pushing-against-their-contest-seams with fabulous prizes.
Erinn celebrates Awesomeness with a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a full manuscript critique (she reads my work, and I am telling you, she is excellent), and a pre-order of Where She Went (the sequel to If I Stay by Gayle Forman). Check it out!
The Blue Lipstick Samurai offers sweet treats, music, bookmarks, a $15 gift card, a query critique from Elana Johnson, a 15 page critique from Claudia Mills, and a surprise from Janet Reid (aka the query shark). This contest is a MUST. It ends TODAY so HURRY!!!
Second, if you are not following Angela Felsted, you are doing yourself a disservice.
She's a musician, poet, and writer. Her poetry is posted frequently-- for me it's a soothing counterpart to the usual posts everyone else (including myself) is writing.
In addition to all of that, Angela is working to construct a dictionary of bio-signs. Just the kind of uber-brainy project that a writing nerd like myself adores (and you will, too).
She catalogs bio-signs for every emotion.
For example, here are some from Fear (taken DIRECTLY from her website):
28. Denying it/shaking head
29. Making demands/taking charge
30. Throws back shoulders/ puffs themselves up
31. Hair pulling
32. Fist pounding
13. Every muscle in your body goes stiff.
14. You stutter and trip over your words.
15. You see people’s mouths move but don’t hear them.
16. You jump with every sound or touch.
17. Your stomach sinks.
18. You want to scream.
19. You have the urge to hit something.
20. Your heart pounds in your throat.
She has dozens for each emotion and feeling, and includes (find them on her right-hand side bar):
and MANY more
Read hers, add your own, or simply soak up some inspiration!