FAB posts on blogging, tweeting, writing, living and laughing…

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

Blog/Tweet Out Loud:

Write Out Loud:

  • Since I am planning to embark on writing women’s fiction, I got a ton out of Roni Loren’s guest post by Sierra Godfrey on creating the all important dark moment. The post was super helpful on making sense of structure elements I’ve been reading about.
  • Jami Gold offered a fantastic gem on what makes a story feel realistic that’s a definite must read.
  • You HAVE to go read Shéa MacLeod’s guest post, the Phoenix and the Darkness, by Lizzy Ford. Lizzy is another of the amazing Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories and her post is powerful and left me a smidge speechless. I was enthralled with Lizzy’s story and her writing. You will be too.
  • Jennifer Eaton had a very serious scare for any writer. Go read her post and then go back up your stuff!
  • Kristen Lamb puts together another winner with her post on the importance of the antagonists. I hadn’t ever thought about it that way but it MAKES sense! I am just starting out and I am going to follow this little ditty to the letter. Besides, I think it’s one character profile I’ll have a blast doing.
  • Jody Hedlund did a great guest post on Writers in the Storm about 4 steps she uses for organizing plot ideas into a novel. I loved the post. It was practical advice that I think will totally work for me. Add a little of Kristen Lamb’s advice and any writer would be well on their way – I know I hoped to be!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed Kathy Owen’s post this week on how writing is like putting up your Christmas tree. I loved the parallel she made and how she tied it all together! Great analogy!

Life Out Loud:

  • I just ADORED Piper Bayard’s post on spreading the moxie. Essentially, you need to know what you want in life and then not be afraid to ask for it and go after it! Sometimes, it just works out! Her post inspired me to go after what I want – no excuses!
  • I loved Nancy J. Nicholson’s post on recognizing that sometimes the shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line. Sometimes taking a break, walking away, and letting the frustration slip away will only help your creativity blossom.
  • Did you SEE Marcia Richards NEW blog DESIGN!?!? Like O.M.G.! It’s totally up my alley and I love it! She also did a wonderful post on the history and meaning behind advent calendars. I had no idea. I love how she made her own that created ahhhmazing and meaningful family memories!
  • Friendships are sooo important. And if you are traveling around the world, making new galpals can be a great way to experience the real culture of the area. Patricia Sands made friendships that will last a lifetime half way around the world and got a real taste of France.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • TELL me…ASSURE me that you all read Jenny Hansen’s post on how her secret coffee concoction led to her friend Clair being…well…propositioned!!!! By a married man no less. He drank the coffee and lost his mind! RIOT! And the hubby and Jenny had a portmanteau-off in the comment section with Jenny pulling out the win (in my humble opinion…lol).
  • Have you seen what The Bloggess has been up to lately? She scored an enormous, wearable taxidermied wolf and then…she wore it to the opening of Twilight with a friend who dressed up like the Volturi – OMG the photos are hysterical! Seriously funny!

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. Thanks for the linky-love, Natalie! I’m so glad you liked the post. Looks like I’ve got some cool blogs to check out!


  2. Yay! I’ve been so out of the blog loop. Just what I need to get back in there. 🙂

  3. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Great links! I’ve been so busy lately writing, that I feel like I’ve been ignoring the blogging world a bit. You narrowed it all down into some great ones! Thanks!

    • Fabulous – glad I could help Jillian! And thrilled that you are so immersed in your writing. That’s a wonderful thing and we’ll all be here when you have a bit more time for the blogosphere. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the link! Great collection here–I’m checking out some of the others now. 🙂

  5. Natalie – thanks for the WITS shout out!

    Beautiful graphics on your blog – so easy on the eye – love your masthead!

  6. Thanks for the shout-out, Natalie! Funny, I was going to ask you what you thought of my new blog look…now I know! 🙂 Great mash-up…gotta go read some I missed. Thanks!

    • OMG it’s GORGEOUS! I saw today you added flowers to your masthead – SWEET! I love it. The flow, layout, colours, and entire vibe just ROCKS!!! Girl…I got me some blog envy! 🙂

      • Oh, thanks, Nat! I love yours, but didn’t want to copy you. My blog is morphing into being about strong women, so I wanted feminine and sasy, but something that relfects the strength of women. I kind of took the look of your theme and made it more me. so, basically you inspired my new blog look! Your blog fits you exactly and it’s awesome!

        • No way?!?! I am so honored and touched!!! Awwwww….wow. You kind of left me speechless. 🙂
          I love your new look and I think it embodies exactly what you are hoping for. It’s feminine, sassy, and classy!!! It fits you perfectly. Beautiful and strong! And I am thrilled to bits if I had any small part in inspiring that. 🙂

  7. Wonderful list of links — I love when others gather them for me 🙂 You are fantastic, sista!

  8. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Natalie, You are so wonderful with the blog love. Thanks!

  9. AWWWWW! Well now that we got this love fest underway – break out the Blumpkins!!!!

  10. Great links! I follow some of them. I’ve been writing like crazy and squeezed for time these past few weeks. Aside from the writing blogs, I’m addicted to design blogs, too. That doesn’t help. Thanks for the smorgasbord of fabulous links!

  11. Thanks for the shout-out, my friend. I went directly to The Bloggess and just about died laughing. I hadn’t dropped in there for a few weeks. You always manage to put together the best links. How do we ever get any writing done with all this fab stuff to read????

    • My pleasure!
      I know…wasn’t it HYSTERICAL! I loved it and could just see it now. LOL!!!
      Glad you enjoy my lineup. I just pick away at the blogs throughout the week. It’s an addiction. 🙂

  12. At last I am baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! I read (and liked) this post first thing this morning and tried to get back all day. Baby check-up today with a fire drill (literally) and SHOTS *shudders*. I needed some adult shots by the time we got out of there!

    Thanks for the link love – you and your mashups are always a treasure. I’ve got your post open to read all the gorgeous posts tomorrow (as soon as I get home from the morning errands and get Baby Girl down for a nap).

    • Shots – ouch – poor baby girl! That’s no fun…for either of you! 😦
      Absolutely – my pleasure Jenny – your posts rock my world. Hubby and I have been chuckling about Clair’s Coffee Debacle (CCD) all week! LOL!!!

  13. Super awesome links! Yikes, I was behind this week, but you’ve got me all caught up!

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