Links out loud: blogging, writing, laughing and life

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Some of you may have notice, I’ve updated my Gravatar photo to a real life photo of myself. I also updated my twitter profile picture to match. I had been pondering the idea for some time and after reading Angela Orlowski-Peart’s post on the importance of your profile picture, I took the plunge. Read it – you will to!
  • Kristen Lamb did a great post on what numbers matter and what ones don’t. And then she followed up with this one (where she also features YOURS TRULY in your mash-up of awesomeness…eeekkkkee…thanks Kristen, we are totally BFF). Read them both. It’ll help ease your worries about the number of followers you have and let you know what really does matter.

Write Out Loud:

  • Awhile ago, someone mentioned to me in my comments that I had a great voice for chick lit. Until then, I hadn’t really thought about a genre for my WIP. When I started investigating, I got confused over what constituted chick lit and what was women’s fiction. Well this week, Roni Loren featured guest contributor, Sierra Godfrey, who interviewed Roni’s agent Sara Megibow  (if you were able to follow THAT…gold star for you!) on just that topic! Thank you ladies because now it’s clear!
  • One of my favorite bloggers, the Hack Novelist, wrote a great post this week about the importance of getting honest feedback from objective folks for your novel. Fantastic read and he makes a poignant argument!
  • Do you…and be honest here (this is NOT a trick question) know the difference between editing and proofreading? Because…there is a difference. A big one. If you aren’t sure, be sure to swing by Nicole Basaraba’s blog where she featured a fantastic guest post by the uberlicious Jenny Hansen who breaks the editing/proofreading mystery down for you.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Need a laugh? Heard about twitter’s latest and hottest hashtag the #pantypeeps (long live the #pantypeeps)? Well…head over to Jenny Hansen’s blog to get the low down on that and so much more (hand-knit g-strings in fun fur, and…the truth behind Thunderwear). I promise, you’ll be in mass giggles!
  • Paige Kellerman had me giggling with her post on making do and tightening the old purse strings now that they are down to one income. I am not sure how the glued-together-envelops will make for toilet paper but it’s unlikely to be a hit. Although, I give her an A for effort! LOL!
  • Ummm…Noa Gavin has a stalker…and she did a video about it. O.M.G funny!

Life Out Loud:

  • I read the most heartfelt post this week. Stacy Green’s brother (age 50) has been battling stage 4 throat cancer for nearly eighteen months. His story is one of inspiration! He is a hero in his spirit and his positive attitude. He is a living reminder to all of us to cherish life. As Stacy said “Life’s too short to waste time being angry or hiding behind our fears. Embrace them and move forward.” Ain’t that the truth Stacy?!?! In her brother’s honor, I hope you will join me in living large!
  • My good friend and ROW80 Sista Nancy Nicholson did a wonderful post this week about preparing for life’s next steps. In the sailing business, it’s all about being as prepared as possible and then…well…just going for it. Life is much the same, isn’t it!?!?! Great post Nancy!
  • Take a morning stroll with Patricia Sands through Antibes, France. I guarantee her photos will sweep you off your feet!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…



  1. You know what I love about your mashups. The are all linked through a nice narrative. Much more enteraining! Thanks Natalie.

    P.S. If you get into the chick lit let me know. I’m your gal ’cause that’s my genre of choice. 🙂

    • Awww…glad you enjoy Nicole. I always got something to say about something. LOL!

      SWEET – I definitely will! Is that what you write or just what you prefer to read?

    • I’m with Nicole. I basically write Women’s Fiction with a Chicklit voice. You definitely have a ChickLit voice.

      Have you read Marian Keyes (“Watermelon” or “Rachel’s Holiday” would get you started well) or Jill Conner Browne’s (The Sweet Potato Queens – any will do, but the SPQ Book of Love is hysterical)? They do a good blend of humor, Women’s fiction and Chick Lit.

      • Love that – women’s fiction with a chick lit voice. That I could do!! :)))

        Nope but am off to order on amazon. Can’t wait to dig in…they sound delicious! 🙂

      • I got Rachel’s Holiday and SPQ Book of Love for the Kindle last night…woot woot! Started with Rachel’s Holiday and so far, I LIKE IT!!! Nice tone, voice etc…this is more my style than Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series (cute but almost too fluffy for me). Thanks for turning me onto some great women’s fiction with a chick lit tone – super pumped to read! 🙂

  2. You have the best mash ups! Where do you find all the time to read these amazing blogs? I always find so much information here. Thanks, Natalie!!!

  3. I’ve *always* figured you wrote chick lit. Now I’ll have to follow your link to figure out if I even know what chick lit is! lol.

    • LOL!! I definitely feel like I have a natural tendency towards chick lit but not sure if it’s what I’ll venture into or not. Still figuring it out. I think women’s fiction might be more my genre – showcases my serious side! 🙂 LOL!

  4. Great mash-up, as always. Thanks for the shout out, Natalie, you know I’m a fan!

  5. Thanks for including me in the mashup. 🙂 Glad Sierra and Sara’s post helped you clarify. I definitely didn’t know the difference either, lol.

  6. THANK YOU for the linky love. I too love your mashups and find the best stuff here. I mean, really, #pantypeeps was born when you linked to Lani’s post on thongs a few weeks back. The info here is always SPARKLY!

    BTW, My post tomorrow is about dating and relationships (and sex) so you might want to alert Hubby. 🙂

    • I will always be proud that #pantypeeps was born of my mash-up! :))) And it thrills me to know everyone loves the info and hits the links! :))

      Ohhhhh…I can’t wait for tomorrow’s post. I told hubby and I got a “ya better email it to me…” Request. LOL

  7. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Natalie, Thanks so much for the blog love. You have a wonderful mash-up and I’ll probably take the next hour to check them all out. Thanks.

  8. Thanks so much for the love and kind words, Natalie. It really means a lot:) Will be checking out the other links, too.

  9. So that’s what you look like! I was surprised when you posted on my site. Nice to see you!

    • LOL…I’ve been over a few times to visit but didn’t have a chance to fire you a comment yet. Love your blog and your style! I want to find the time to read the beginning of each novel and vote but it’ll be a week (gotta get the major event behind me at work). 🙂 Thanks for your ongoing support and visits. Cheers!

  10. I’m so glad you liked the my post, Natalie! It’s a topic near and dear to my heart, and what I loved most was the revelation that chick list IS selling. I know it is anyway, because *I* buy it and read it.

  11. Thanks so much for including me in your mash-up! I’m an idiot and just now realized this…er…that you put me in the mash up, not that I’m an idiot – I’ve know that for a long time…LOL

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