Celebrate + Sisterhood + Tree Of Life Collaboration

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeITS CELEBRATION TIME!

Welcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety as it unfolds and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.



For those of you who are in the dark about this project, The Tree of Life is the truly inspired brainchild of Samantha Redstreake Geary collaborating with Audiomachine whose Tree of Life album was released Tuesday July 16.  Guest writers have been preselected to participate in this collaborative writing project. These writers, representative of all writing genres, and from all across the globe, will contribute their own 150 word excerpt (word count is flexible) to a continuing story, collectively written over the course of 26 days. How cool is that? And I have been invited to be a part of this collaboration.

Each of the 26 writers will find inspiration in a featured composition from the motion picture music production house, Audiomachine’s new TREE OF LIFE album. These clever masters of the craft will spin the story in whatever direction they choose, picking up where the previous writer left off, resulting in the ultimate collaborative tale.

Go HERE for more details.

Isn't this an awesome award? It was passed along by Murees Dupe from Daily Drama Of An Aspiring Writer. She is such a down-to-earth and sweet lady. Thank you Murees. I don't have to do anything except share this award with 10-12 other female bloggers. There are sooooo many kick-ass bloggers whose blogs I really enjoy, so this is quite difficult…
So here are the 12 awesome ladies——————– if you haven't visited their blogs before, I encourage you to check them out!

1. BEVERLY from The Beveled Edge… she can really kick-ass… and I mean that in a lteral and figurative sense!

2. MINA who is an amazing blogger buddy with a super-cute doggy who steals the limelight, everytime!

3. PK who is my jet-setting sistah from anotha mistah!

4. JOY from The Character Depot… another wonderful writer, and supportive bloggy buddy… this multi-talented, award winning writer posseses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to PR and marketing your work!

5. SAMANTHA blogs at Evoking The Essence Of Memory, and is the brainchild behind the Tree Of Life Collaborative Writing Project!

6. VIDYA who is always going a-musing, collecting smiles… with her warm, wonderful inspirational posts…

7. MEDEIA who is undoubtedly one of the most disciplined and organised writers…I always pop over to her place for a boost of inspiration! Plus this lady devours loads of books – within a week!

8. JULIE is so warm and witty… she has a special brand of humour and blogs at Empty Nest Insider… her entertaining blog posts are just what the doctor ordered!

9. CRYSTAL who is a happy-go-lucky, cheese-eating, musically-spirited writer… creator of "The Secret Project" — watch out Broadway!

10. SHELLY and her adorable fur-peeps… a loyal supporter who spurs me on… and makes me think that I too can one day publish a story!

11. MARY who blogs at Play Off The Page… a fun-loving blogger who journals about art, theatre, music, kids, quotes and life… a constant reminder to relax and let go sometimes… "connect to the inner child" that resides in each one of us…

12. ELISE who is warm, kind, very supportive, adventurous, witty, whacky, full of mischief… and multi-talented too… she is a writer, illustrator & photographer… some of her photographs have been accepted by Vine Leaves Literary Journal! Congratulations!

Ah no! I've reached the maximum, but there are loads of other super-duper blogger ladies who I wanted to include in this tribute…

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This post is part of the weekly hop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.


~ Don't forget WRiTE CLUB which is in full swing! Go vote for your favourite entries. Click on the badge for more info.


This week I'm celebrating the following:

~ Writing: My story is dragging along… BUT I'll be sending off some story snippets to one or two 'brain-storming-buddies' and I'm sooooo nervous…

~ Reading: I completed the second instalment of a space opera story which is part of a series… the world-building is amazing… I don't know how sci-fi/fantasy writers come up with these ideas… it boggles my brains…

~ I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday… nothing too fancy… I wanted to keep it simple… anyway, I'm getting too old for big parties. LOL        

~ Happy 95th birthday to Madiba on Thursday (yes, we're one day apart…)

So what have you been celebrating? Please share with us! It's already Saturday and this post is one day late. I'm off to enjoy some "winter sunshine" and will catch up later with blog visits as well as reading/writing activities… so enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. Elise Fallson on July 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Glad to hear you had a nice birthday, wish I could have celebrated with you! And thank you for passing on the blog love–you are too kind. (: I'm also happy to see you're writing! Great news, just keep at it, little by little. It's going to go through changes and evolve but soon it'll be a full ms. It'll be great–I just know it. And the Tree of Live is a great idea, can't wait to read your contribution! (:  

  2. Sam on July 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Many thanks for thinking of me, Michelle, I appreciate it:)  I'm so excited that you're joining us on the Tree–your writerly talent will be an asset to the story! Thank you for the shout-out–It's so much fun seeing authors with widely different genres, styles and even cultures, build a story together:) Sending you a virtual Birthday cocktail *Cheers!*

  3. L. Diane Wolfe on July 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Congrats and belated happy birthday!

  4. Medeia Sharif on July 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Happy belated birthday!


    Thanks so much for the award. I will post it in a few weeks. I'm in good company, as I can see from that list. 

  5. Vidya Sury on July 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Nothing brings more joy than peer recognition, Michelle! Thank you so much – I am truly honored. 🙂 That's such a pretty button too!

    Incidentally, as soon as I received Viklit's latest post by email, I headed over to your place as both your emails arrive together (coincidence!) but this post wasn't up yet. 😀 (So, yes, there are benefits to stalking!)

    Happy birthday! No age is too old to celebrate!

    By the way, I am participating in the Tree of Life collaborative writing challenge. Such a fabulous idea!

    I've been a bit quiet for the past few days, thanks to toothache 😀 – slowly returning to my routine. I've had a good time though – offline rocks!

    Hugs! And thanks again!

  6. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on July 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Wonderful award, and the Tree of Life seems like a grate challenge. Good luck in Write Club, and happy belated birthday!

  7. Julie on July 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats on your award, and thanks so much for sharing it with me! I also really appreciate your kind words. I'm excited that you're participating in Tree of Life, and I can't wait to read your contribution. Glad you had a wonderful birthday Michelle, and many more happy and healthy ones!

  8. Alex J. Cavanaugh on July 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Congratulations on the award! Fine ladies you've chosen to receive it.

    And happy birthday! Yea, I'm to the point I don't want to make a big deal out of it. Unless presents are involved of course.

  9. Randi Lee on July 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What an awesome idea! And I love some of your choices–don't know all, but the ones I do are all great ladies!

  10. C. Lee McKenzie on July 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Yay! You're going to add to the Tree of Life. Me too. In August. OMG how am I going to bring this story around so I make sense and add something of value to it? Guess we'll find out.

  11. Lexa Cain on July 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Woohoo! Happy Birthday and I hope you had an awesome day and got lots of presents! Iknow what you mean about SF — I adore reading it, but the world-building has to be so detailed, logical, and technical that I know it's too much for me to write. Congrats on your SF installments! Keep up the progress. 🙂

  12. Carol Kilgore on July 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Congrats on the award! And Happy Birthday Week!

  13. PK Hrezo on July 21, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Hey a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to you sistah! Right on right on! Or should I say, write on write on! 😀

    Thank you kindly for the award and I shall display it with honor upon my blog. Congrats on yours as well. Very much deserved, I might add. 

    I know that feeling when the story feels like it's dragging. Ugh. I'm dragging thru revisions right now and getting a bit muddled on some mega rewrites. Wah! 

    Here's sending you some writing mojo, and hoping it boomerangs right back to me with some much needed good karma. Thanks so much for thinking of me!! 😀


  14. Lara Lacombe on July 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Happy belated birthday!  Hope you had a great day.

    The Tree of Life project sounds amazing–what a fun thing to do!

  15. Ana on July 21, 2013 at 6:42 am

    That's great you are sending your writing to others for some feedback. Happy belated birthday…yippie!!!



  16. Murees Dupé on July 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

    You are so kind! Wow, you sure are a busy lady. Good-luck with all the writing. 

  17. Beverly Fox on July 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Michelle!  And 'Yay!; for the productivity!  I myself am so behind on my writing schedule it's just absurd.

    Thank you SO MUCH for the award!  I'm honored to be on the list with so many other kick-ass ladies.  I will let you know when i've posted it.

  18. Shelly on July 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hmm. I celebrate everyday. One never knows when their last day will be.

    hugs and chocolate,


  19. Trisha on July 22, 2013 at 2:30 am

    You named some of my favourite lady bloggers up there! 🙂 Congrats on the award! 😀

  20. Crystal Collier on July 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Aw, thanks for the award, and happy birthday! You shouldn't be nervous about exchanging with brainstormers, you know. There are no right answers in a brainstorming sessions. 😉  Keep up the awesome work, awesome lady!



  21. Sam on July 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Here's your inspirational track, my dear, Audiomachine's "Life Chronicles" Can't wait to read your part of the tale on Monday, July 29! I sent you something via FB message!

  22. Cherie Reich on July 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Wonderful news! Congrats for the award, and I'm glad you had a good birthday!

  23. Leslie Rose on July 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Happy Birthday. I hope there was ice cream cake involved. Yay for the award. There are some super choices there and new friends I can't wait to meet. Thanks for the intro.

  24. J.L. Campbell on July 26, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Happy belated birthday! Thanks very much for the award. It's interesting how we all inspire each other.

  25. joylene on July 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry I'm late wishing your birthday greetings. Hope it was a wonderful day that just keeps getting better and better. You're an inspiration.

  26. Karen Lange on July 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I appreciate your input!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  27. Gary Philip Pennick on July 28, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I'm ever so sorry that it has taken me thing long to arrive and leave one of my highly collectable comments.  Or something like that.  Indeed, the Tree of Life collaboration is quite the amazing endeavour.  Wishing those involved in the ongoing story, muc fulfilment and interaction.

    Congrats on the award and to all those you bestowed it upon.  Sisters, evidently, are doing it for themselves.

    Sorry I missed your birthday.  Thus a very belated happy birthday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Gary 🙂



  28. Michelle Wallace on July 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks to all you wonderful bloggers who visited and also left birthday wishes! 🙂 🙂

  29. Donna K. Weaver on July 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Happy belated birthday. July 20th is one of my granddaughter's birthdays.

    What a plethora of peeps to honor. Congrats to everyone. What an awesome idea. My youngest son did the music for my trailer. So fun.

  30. Tammy theriault on July 31, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Big hugs to some awesome ladies!!! And for you, too

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