Friday, January 14, 2011

Shout Outs

Day 15: Your favorite blogs

FINALLY I can take a break from talking about myself, which has been bugging me, and talk about others. Yay!

First of all, on the right, you will see links to blogs of fellow writers that I follow. Some of them I keep in touch with by other means. I follow more than are linked there, some that update infrequently so they aren't on the list right now, and I read more than I can follow.

I enjoy reading the blog of Betsy Lerner, an agent who has written a book about the writing craft called
Forest for the Trees. Her snappy and blunt musings tell me that as an agent, she would put me in line and balance my calmer, weaker, passive demeanor. I printed out a quote of hers and have it taped to my 2011 office space:
"Dude, write your heart out. delete half of it. Get it into the hands of a writing workshop, class or freelance editor. Work on it more. Repeat. Send to moi and five other agents. See what happens. If you bottom out, try again. Revise. Start a new project. Revise, etc. Never give up. Self-publish. Just keep writing and developing and living. That's the most important part."
That is my new credo for 2011.

On a more
dangerous note, I also follow Blogging Dangerously by an anonymous woman who writes about married S.E.X. As well as Adding Zest to Your Nest which is a Christian blog of multiple writers who provide advice, tips, suggestions, challenges, and addresses issues on Christian Married Sex.


Just because I don't talk about it, doesn't mean I don't have strong feelings about it. From those two blogs, you will get a feel for my feelings about it. I want to surround myself with like-minded people for support when I'm feeling less than frisky.

And that's enough about that. I'm not blogging anonymously here!

I also want to give a shout out to a friend who has made a basic Blog Post Inspiration Engine and needs contributors! You can see some of my blog posts linked there as well as his. If you have an idea, send him a note, maybe with your own blog post linked. He is author of The Outer Hoard and is one of my contacts in Australia! (Woohoo, I'm world-renowned! :P)

I follow several authors:
  • K.M. Weiland
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • One day I want a site like Shawn Klomparens where you can find everything about my books. My Wordpress About tab is the closest I have. (and they are not daily as I had hoped)
  • Or better yet, hook up with Digital Novelists like April Raines did.
And some inspiring blogs

Happy reading!

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K.M. Weiland said...

Thanks so much for the link! Love the quote. Of course, anything that uses "dude" for emphasis gets extra props. ;)

Anonymous said...

For a while I've been thinking of shutting down the Blog Post Inspiration Engine, having had doubts as to whether it's a good idea.

I'm silently going through my blog posts for 2010, and when I get to the part of the year when I announced the Engine, that's when I'll make my decision. Feel free to hold a protest rally to save it.