MilSpouse Spotlight: Author Anna Scott Uses WattPad to Write

This is a sponsored post, however I chose to participate in this program to highlight the accomplishments of a fellow milspouse, which I believe is so important! I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.
As a blogger, I often come across lots of cool stuff. Of course I want to write about it all, but sometimes something comes across your screen that you jumps out at you. It is the marrying to two things you love, plus more. So here I am, getting to read an awesome book, blog about it, and there is a MilSpouse involved. What?!  I know right? It’s an inspiration for several reasons. First, she’s a milspouse with all the things that can and do go along with that. Things that other milspouses truly appreciate and admire when one accomplishes pretty awesome things while being that. She’s a first time writer, who simply started writing a story on her phone and its absolutely taken off.
Todd first wrote After entirely on her phone, simply as a hobby, using a program called WattPad. After is not being turned into a four-part series, and the film rights have been acquired by Paramount Pictures. It began in what might seem the silliest of ways. Todd an Uberfan of One Direction, used her love of the band to drive her book, including building a character based on Harry Styles. Her simple fanfic story grew to 25,000 pages and has been viewed over a billion times….whoa! People definitely responded so Todd took to instagram sharing pictures and artwork created by fans. It really is a fairy tale kind of story. It might inspire one *cough cough* me to actually write that book they’ve been talking about writing. I mean, I realize the odds of it rising into a huge success with rights being sold and billions of fans adoring me isn’t extremely likely, its still really fun.

Now, what is WattPad. This is actually the first that I’d heard of it. Its an incredibly awesome and unique online format, mixing story-telling and social media. All WattPad stories are free. Anyone can be a part of the WattPad experience and people share in the storytelling all together. Users of the platform contribute to the stories, leave comments suggesting plot line and character development, as well as creating original art and music to go along with the stories they are reading.

Stay tuned for an official review here in about a week! I’m neck deep in the book and I’m loving it! In the meantime, you can purchase it in paperback or e-reader format.

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MoonWalk 2013 in NYC! #MoonWalk2013

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share information about the MoonWalk 2013 with you guys.  It is probably one of the coolest things that I’ve heard about in a long while; and it immediately grabbed my attention and touched my heart.
What’s the MoonWalk?
Seventeen years ago Nina Barough, the founder of MoonWalk, decided it might be fun to get a bunch of girlfriends together and walk the New York City Marathon in their bras.  Their goal was to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  They raised $40,000 that first time.  The next year Nina herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A group of women decided that they would carry on the walk and walk the London Marathon in support of Nina.  The next year they walked the London Marathon again….and it was official, this was getting big.  Since 2000 Prince Charles has been a great supporter of the MoonWalk and became the official Patron in 2004.  This year is special because this is the official Inaugural even in America (since all other walks have taken place in Europe).

 Want to know more?

Make sure to visit the official page of the MoonWalk 2013 to get all the skinny on the event.  The walk will start at Randall’s Island in NYC where you will have a full marathon or half marathon choice.  What really struck me about this event, other than the total coolness of being at night, it seems to be more of a party then anything else.  It all starts at 8pm with live entertainment and fun!

 What does MoonWalk do?

MoonWalk is a grant raising charity, which means that they grant as many of the funds raised as possible towards vital research and care.  To date $126M has been granted to research and future health.  A grant is being made by Walk the Walk America to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to support their Breast Cancer Examination Center in Harlem, where 80% of patients are uninsured.  Breast cancer is a public health issue and they believe that everyone, regardless of where they come from and access to money, should be able to get the best care possible.
If you are going to be in around the NYC or know someone who is please send them my way to find out more information about the Walk.  I wish that I could get it together in time to participate myself.  Breast Cancer has a special place in my heart.  My grandmother was had a masectomy many many years ago, and unfortunately passed away when the cancer came back.  There is almost no one that hasn’t been touched by it in some way.  I think continued support and research in the area is so wonderful.  Doing it in such a fun way is great!  The feeling of community that events like these bring, I believe is so vital to the wellbeing of mankind.  We’re all in this together.
I participated in this campaign for One2One Network.  By posting, I am eligible for incentives.  All opinions stated are my own.
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