Link love abound!

Better late than never. It’s still Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Blogging is hard work. We can all suffer disillusionment and burnout. I think Roni Loren did a great post on the life cycle of a blogger. It helps to recognize that even if you go through a period where you are down on blogging (or way up, like moi) that there’s ebb and flow to it and we just gotta hang in there.

Write Out Loud:

  • Have y’all seen Amy Shojai’s series on media tips? They are fantastic. The last one has what I consider to be some of the best tips yet. With over 10 years in the biz, I can tell you, she’s hit the nail on the head. Check it out and be sure to scan through for the rest of her posts on the subject. Wonderfully useful!
  • Patricia Sands did a wonderful interview with writer Torre DeRoche that is a must-read if you haven’t already seen it. It also includes a wonderful post by Torre on her journey to find the strength and determination to finish writing a book. I think you’ll all love it!
  • Have a little fun and check out Jennifer Meaton’s blog and her post on Wordle. I hadn’t heard about it until Jennifer introduced me to it but how cool! You load something you’ve written into it and it gives you a visual representation of the frequency of your words; the bigger the word, the more you used it. I think this would be very useful if you are looking for repetitive words in your books.
  • Shea MacLeod was invited to be a part of the recently released Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories. It’s an amazing story how the book, which features personal stories from each women as well as excerpts from their novels, came to be.
  • I loved loved loved Roni Loren’s guest post Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Plot Building for the Character Driven Writer by Ashley March. Having just started out with the plotting thing, and been SUPER excited because I am an UBER planner, I was devastated when things didn’t just jive. How do I know what would come next, I don’t know what that character would do?!?!?!?! The pantsing/plotting technique Ashley describes in this post sounds like the exact mesh of plotting and simultaneous character development that would work for me!

Laugh Out Loud:

Life Out Loud:

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. Wow, I’m in awesome company–thanks so much for the blog love, Natalie!

  2. We do love you – can’t help it! Serious or hilarious, you rock! What a blogging queen you’ve become … and I mean that in all the best ways! Thanks for the mention. I loved connecting with Torre and I believe there is so much in her personal story that hits home with all of us. Thanks for sharing the blog luv!

    • Snifffff…that is the nicest things to say…ever! Thank you so much Patricia. I really, really appreciate the huge vote of confidence (I mean…honestly…who wouldn’t love being called a blogging queen…hello!?!?!). You rock! 🙂
      I loved Torre’s story and was thrilled that you brought it to all of us.

  3. Patricia’s right, we do love you and you do rock! Thanks for including my post with Patricia is this amazing line-up. Now I have so much reading to do! Thanks, Natalie!

  4. Thanks for including me in your list! I keep thinking of things to load into Wordle. Such fun!

  5. OMG, not only did I make the Thursday links, but I got the Laugh Out Loud category to myself??!! Since I know how busy you’ve been these last few weeks, this is a huge compliment that you took time to read my post.

    On the blogjacking, I don’t think you were guilty on the Undie Chronicles. Now the Sexting post? The Hartford Blogjack is FAMOUS. Y’all are building a cult following over at my place. Your Portmanteau Prowess is prolific…and legendary. 🙂

    • Yip and you rocked it! 🙂 I should have included your sexting post as well since the comments were hilarious! LOL!
      Hmmm…very true – it was the sexting post we totally blogjacked – we can be a weee bit obnoxious like that. Glad your peeps enjoyed us though…hubby’s been insane with the Portmanteau Prowess ever since. He is portmanteauing EVERYTHING! LMAO!
      Famous…Cult Following…Legendary – hmmmm – now I like the sounds of that!
      MUAH xoxoxox

  6. So many wonderful posts! I’ll be checking all of them out, Natalie. Thanks for rounding ’em up!

  7. Sorry I’m late! Great links. Awesome post ~ I think I managed to get most of these read this week. Whoohooo! Thanks for always having super fabulous linky love on Thursdays!

  8. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Great line-up once again Natalie. Thanks for pointing out what I’ve missed.

  9. Great links, sista. I gotta check them all out. I love having all the fabulous info at my fingertips. Thanks for doing all the research and sharing. You’re the best 🙂

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