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…

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Links Out Loud…more on blogging, writing, laughing and living

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

Blog Out Loud:

  • In my wana711 group, we have been talking about the time commitment of blogging. For most, it seems to take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to write a post (not a cutesy YouTube post…duh…I am talking about our 500-1000 word posts). And that is precious time away from the WIP (Work In Progress…keep up people…) In comes Michael Hyatt to save us all. His post on how to write a blog post in less than 70 minutes offers practical and useful suggestions that I am definitely going to implement in my blogging practices. And he’d know…he’s written like over 1000 posts. Talk about keener, eh?!
  • A great resource for all bloggers is the ProBlogger site. Check out this great post by Kiera Pedley on running a contest in 5 steps on your blog as a great way to generate new readership, reactivate stagnant subscribers, and increase the engagement of readers.

Write Out Loud:

  • Jenny Hansen featured a guest post by NakedEditor Tiffany Lawson Inman about the importance of finding your character’s voice and slammin’ it hard right out of the gate. I loved it and plan to run home and create the appropriate yellow stickies for my office.
  • Roz Morris touched on a fear of mine with her blog post on a critique group gone rogue. I am a real people pleaser with some self-doubts about my writing so my fear working with a critique group is that I would assume everyone knows better than I and that I should (and would want to) incorporate every suggestion into my writing; even at its own peril. Roz has some great advice.
  • If you hadn’t already heard (and if you were following me on twitter you’d have heards…right hand menu folks…click FOLLOW…duh?!?!!?) Steena Holmes is doing a FAB series of posts dedicated to formatting for self-publishing. The first installment on how easy it is does make it sound straight forward and it will help you start things off in the right direction. Follow her blog to get the rest of her installments or heck, click on her design tab and hire her to do your formatting.
  • And you’ve all heard me yang on and on and on about taking Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build a Brand course and how freaking incredible it was and continues to be. She’s going to be given the 2-month course again, starting Oct 1, 2011, and I highly recommend it (even to non-author bloggers – seriously – tons of good stuff to learn!) Check out her blog post and comments for tons of great info. Just to note, since taking and applying her course my blog stats have doubled (and are still climbing).

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Poor Laural from Laural Out Loud (yes…nice blog name, eh?!?!) is having a heck of a time at her house with mothagedon. An unfortunate incident that included rotten potatoes, maggots (god, anytime I write or say that word my skin crawls…eewww…) and a dryer vent venting directly into the laundry room/pantry. Go and lend her some supportive comments. Honestly…I think I would have just sold the house! LOL!
  • Have you been back to visit Jenny from the Blog? If you haven’t, you should. Her feature last week on how her husband is a metrophobic and her father is a metrosexualhad me in tears! Alas, the challenges we face in life! (Pppssttt…Jenny…yes this blog post is ALL about you girl…shhh…don’t tell anyone, I hate having people go into jealous temper tantrums – it’s between you and me girl! muah!)
  • And again Noa Gavin delivered up a stellar post that had me in hysterics. Seriously. I hate bad drivers and have been known to suffer from bouts of road rage at said stupid drivers. So her letter to death wish drivers was an absolute riot. I want to print it out and let it fly out my truck window!

Life Out Loud:

  • Amber West wrote a fantastic post about how not everyone likes you (what??? Shut up??? Seriously???) In all seriousness, it was a wonderful read on how standing up for what you believe in and who are you means that not everyone is going to like you…and that’s OK!
  • Life is what we make it. You are in charge of your destiny. Last week Marcia Richards wrote a gorgeous post about life being akin to one of those choose-your-own-adventure stories. She gave her readers three great tips on taking control of your life and making it your own best-seller.
  • Forgiveness, it’s a word that slides easily off the tongue but not always so easily from the heart. Read Diana Murdock’s gut-wrenching post on her battle with forgiveness.
  • Traci Bell is a year away from a big milestone birthday so this year she reflected on how she views life today versus when she was in her twenties and the lessons she’s learned. It is a great reminder to keep these things front of mind – we are only here once after all. I loved her note that nobody likes perfect people (what????) and that “this too shall pass” (an oldie but a goodie)!

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…

Links Out Loud

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

Blog Out Loud:

I got nothing in this category for you this week. Sorry! My excuse; I am enthralled with my “real author” friends right now. Definitely check out the fab links below on writing, laughing, and life. They’re uberlicious!

Write Out Loud:

  • Kate MacNicol is deceitful. She’s a lying bitch (joking!). But seriously, she admitted on her blog (talk about public confessions…wow Kate…you really put it all out there, eh!?!!) that she’s telling white lies to friends and family. And who can blame her? Check out her wonderful post Deceitful Me where she talks about dealing with the guilt of saying “no” to make time to write and blog. We’ve all faced this challenge when making time for our passions. How have you managed your friends and family…and “the look”? Let us in on your secrets!
  • And be sure to check out Kathryn Stockett’s story of being turned down 60 times before becoming a best seller. She also felt the need to be deceitful. Her story will make you laugh and it will give you hope and inspiration to stick with it!
  • Kristen Lamb gives us ten damn good reasons to be writer. I have printed this off as my “to live by” writer mantra. My personal favs are to be a writer to get revenge and to be God. Who can argue with that? This shit’s right up my alley! 
  • Tawna Fenske (I wonder how she pronounces her name?!?!?) gives writers, published or not, a vote of confidence with her post. I wonder if I can still call myself a “real author” even though I haven’t even started my Work In Progress (WIP) yet?!?! Damn straight I can; Tawna said so and she’s a “real author!” folks.
  • Steena Holmes is wondering about your thoughts on writing groups. Ever been a part of one? Honestly, they sound a bit scary to me but I am sure like all things, there are good groups and bad groups and it’s about finding a good fit for you!
  • Jenny Hansen wrote a post that got a lot of attention and chatter about whether writers read differently than non-writers. She highlighted a couple hilarious (and damn her…so true) quirks about things authors think and do when they read books. Can you say BUSTED!!! This is a definite must-read!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I laughed out loud. I am not joking. This post by the Bloggess had me in tears it was so funny. If you don’t like people making fun of spam prayer emails, you may want to pass on this particular post. For me however….HYSTERICAL!
  • Kristal Lee gives us a taste of Sesame Street gone True Blood. Hilarious but at the same time sooo wrong.

Life Out Loud:

  • You have to go read Angela Wallace’s post on how TLC’s “What Not to Wear” shows us that dressing well, no matter what size or station in life, can be a huge boost to our self-esteem. Awww girl, so true!!!
  • Make it personal! With all the technology around us, when was the last time you wrote someone a letter, postcard, or telegram? Naomi Bulger gives us five fantastic ways to make it more personal. I think I am going to send a telegram and maybe a letter to a stranger; how cool is that!
  • Tameri Etherton is grateful for the little things in life after a foot surgery turned her life upside down for months on end. Now…it’s cooking dinner for her family, talking a walk, and vacuuming (she’s sick…I know but that’s what we luv about her) that bring her joy. What are you grateful for? Go let her know!

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…

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