The links are a little late, but the happy spirit carries on! I hope you had a chance to enjoy the dance break–and even join in. 🙂 Also, make sure you stop back tomorrow for a surprise Melodic Monday treat.
The posts here are a mash-up of interesting things I’ve found or learned from during the preceding week. This could be material from blog posts, articles, video clips, etc.
Current (Pop) Culture Chattering
- Blue Ivy Carter is here. Blue Ivy, you say? Yep, that is the name Jay-Z and Beyonce have given their newborn daughter. Now if you ask the raging conspiracy gang, “born to whom” would be the next question, but hey I’m not one to start rumors about say surrogates or accusations of mistreatment that came from other new mothers in the same hospital. Nope, I just share what I find. 🙂
- Fans of “House,” “Terra Nova” and “Fringe” may have some bad news coming. Due to struggling ratings and production costs, Fox is considering possible cancellations for each.
- In other TV news, the rumored “Glee” spin-off is now dead in the water and the fates of the characters set to graduate this year are unknown.
Wicked Writing Wisdom
Don’t Eat the Butt–Lies that Can Poison Our Writing Career #1, by Kristen Lamb, is a must read. I know for me, it was false perceptions I had of what made a “writer” and a devaluing of the work I’d done. Let’s all let go of the mental baggage and thrive!
And while you are thriving, hike back and check out Kristen’s What Star Wars “A New Hope” Can Teach Us About In Medias Res. Great explanation as well as examples of how to utilize.
Ali Luke’s How to Overcome Three Common Causes of Writing Procrastination – Today shares some concrete next steps to get to the writing. Planning specific time to write, working on prioritizing projects and using a timer have been huge changes for me as I started the new year.
How to Make Sense of Critiques, from Gabriela Pereira at DIYMFA, will help me with final editing a few short stories that have been languishing in a folder. Some of the feedback from workshops conflicted and this process will help to flesh through the information as a whole.
Chuck Wendig’s How to Self-Publish So it Benefits Readers is great advice on taking self-publishing to the next level so it is a win-win for both authors and readers.
In The Line Forms Where? Knowing Where to Start Your Novel, Janice Hardy provides more tips for success in determining if you’ve started your story at the right moment.
Making Media Magic
In Here There Be Blog Trolls–How to Spot Them & What To Do, Kristen provides tips for handling the emotionally amped up, no home training having critters that might wander into your blog world. No, she doesn’t authorize using a taser.
Guest Blogging Etiquette 101 is a reposted piece by Roni Loren, but one I missed first time around. Since I’m a newbie to guest blogging (but not for long 🙂 ), the tips here are timely and helpful for both being a good host and guest writer.
I have one word for you: Triberr. My friend, Jillian Dodd, recently sang the praises of it to our WANA711 group. I then did some research and got myself all techie-twisted and confused. Jenny Hansen has saved the day with My New Time-Saving Social Media BFF: Triberr. This is the start of a multi-part post from her on the subject so make sure you read them all.
Kristin Nador has a great series on improving blogging habits and Sharpen Your Blogging Habits: 7 Keys To Blogging On A Consistent Basis is the second entry. Shout out to my blogging buddy, Natalie Hartford, for making sure I didn’t miss this post. 🙂
Frolicking Fun Finds
Tiffany White’s blog is a go-to of mine for updates and reviews of new dramas hitting TV. Tele-Tuesday: New Year, New Drama cemented my excitement to watch The Firm and I’m glad I did. She also covers Alcatraz and The Finder.
While I’m a member of Goodreads, I have not posted many book reviews because I hesitate on knowing how to provide a review without littering it with spoilers. Azure Boone’s How To Do A Book Review (for dummies) drills down to the essence of what a review should provide for readers.
Imaginative, Insightful, Inspirational
While Corrie Pikul’s article, The Insomniac’s 3 A.M. Yoga Routine, is a little older, I found it yesterday after returning from an awesome restorative yoga class. We did almost all of the poses listed, and the stretching and relaxation they provide is AMAZING.
I know many of us have stated goals to read more in 2012. Check out Kate MacNicol’s post How Many Books? The Reading Challenge. She shares about the time travel reading challenge she’s participating in and provides links to challenges for several other genres.
Amber West’s story of “adjustments” faced on a trip to Mexico is both inspiring and funny. Friday Inspiration – Get Uncomfortable is a reminder of the beauty we can find if we push outside of regular routine.
“You must pick yourself.” Let that simmer for a moment. Okay, now go read Jeff Goins’ Stop Waiting to Be Picked to find out why.
I’d love to hear from you! Were there any other posts this week that inspired you, provided some new writing insights or just made you giggle?