Blog Treasures and ROW80 Party!

Hello Everyone!

I must say that I missed you all greatly while on vacation and am glad to be back here with you. Those of you that know me know that I love to stay busy and over the past six weeks I’ve had three of my daughters move back in with us (all active teens), signed on as a sponsor for Round 4 of ROW80, am taking the fabulous dipped-in-glitter Kristen Lamb’s blogging class and decided to join my ROWbro, Kerry Meacham in taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. Yep, I’m busy again and loving every minute of it.

Through NaNoWriMo (and possibly beyond) Blog Treasures, my weekly mashup, will be appearing in a somewhat truncated version. This means more great links but with less of the text that went with it. After all, I want you all to enjoy the great information on the sites I share, not listen to me babble. To that end, here is this weeks Blog Treasures, followed by a ROW80 Party Announcement!


Featured: Must Read for Writers! The incredible Roz Morris (with help from Victoria Mixon) brings us The power of suggestion – what can you leave the reader to fill in?

On Publishing

Meet the Maven: We’re Here Whether You Want Us or Not by Kristen Lamb (on social media).

Writer’s Service Announcement: Sell Your Books on All Major Platforms by Kait Nolan.

Keeping Up With E-Book Technology by best-selling author Bob Mayer (Who Dares Wins Publishing).

How Self-Published Authors Get Their Covers Right by Andrew Pantoja.

YA in the 1980’s by Catie Rhodes.

The Secret Agenda of Banned Books by Cat Woods.

Sucking Readers In? (audiobooks) by Clay Morgan.

On the Craft of Writing

Jody Hedlund has one of the best writing craft sites on the net. This week she guest posted at Jami Gold’s site on Religion in Novels: Terrific or Taboo?

The Problem with Hooks and First Paragraphs by Annalise Green.

Does your MC get the best lines? by Jeannie Campbell (The Character Therapist).

The Bookshelf Muse is a great resource for tips on blogging, description and much more. This weeks offerings are: Loyal, Making Your Text Pop, Fall (Autumn).

Plot is Linear, Story Doesn’t Have To Be by Roz Morris.

The Doctor is in the House – Novel Diagnostics by Kristen Lamb.

Writing Literary Fiction by Roz Morris guest posting on The Creative Penn.

On the Writing Life

Piper Bayard interviews the NYT Best Seller: James Rollins.

Rhetorical? You decide. Are All Writers Delusional? by Jami Gold.

Do you take your writing seriously? Or maybe too seriously? by Elizabeth S. Craig (Writers’ Knowledge Base). Also from Elizabeth: Getting Into the Writing Mindset.

The Upside of Downtime by August McLaughlin.

The Risk and Reward of Putting Yourself Out There by Dan Blank.

For your health: Writers’ Gains From Whole Grains by August McLaughlin.

5 Ways to Keep Your Writing Engine Running by Write It Sideways.

Seat of the Pants Writers: Tips and Tricks to Overcoming Challenges by Jeannie Campbell.

Fun and Interesting Links

My ROWbro, Kerry Meacham, finds some of the funnest clips to share. Here are two that will have you laughing (Darwin awards are sure to await some of these people). NunchuckΒ Knucklehead & King of the Hill (no not the cartoon, an actual hill).

Bedtime Rhymes, Grimm Style by Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom).

Cabinet of Curiosities brings us fantastic art and artifacts by Mary Jo Gibson. You have to see the detail on the piece she reviews in this one. Simply incredible!

Encyclopedia Brown, Master of Mystery by K.B. Owen.

Ok. I’ll Do It. I’ll Run for President. by Piper Bayard.

Memorable Smooching Scenes by Lyn Midnight.

Studying the Behaviors of the Criminally-Inclined by Tiffany A. White.

ROW80 Party Announcement and ROWbro’s

First the Party Announcement from Party Animal Hostess Jenny Hansen!

The party is coming! The party is coming! On October 5th, the #ROW80 hashtag is going to light up like the stage at a teen rock concert. There’s going to a be a 24-hour celebration for:
  • All the participants who just finished Round 3 of ROW80.
  • Anyone who plans to post their goals and dive into Round 4.
  • The amazing people who supported the ROW80 writers throughout the year (y’all REALLY deserve a drink!)
Party Details:
  • Theme: “Rock the Row”
    However you want to work that in is great. I leave it to your outrageously creative imagination!
  • Date: October 5th, 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM ET in the U.S.
    This also happens to be the first day of check-in so there should be a ton of ROW80 fun happening around the blogosphere.
  • Party will be held at the #ROW80 hashtag.
    Fire up your Tweet Deck or HootSuite and let’s get jiggy with it.
  • Photo Competition:
    You can start now…we won’t tell. Start digging for or taking photos that reflect the theme. We’ll do our best to gather them and decide on the best to spotlight in a post at the ROW80 blog. Once the readers vote, the 1st place winner gets a copy of Kait Nolan’s latest book, Red, in e-book format!!
  • Friendly Blog Competition
    We will also post a mash-up of favorite ROCK THE ROW posts at the Row80 blog.
Jenny Hansen is developing some polls ready so everyone can vote on these things. πŸ™‚
There’s also going to be dancing! Jenny made a “Rock The Row” playlist! All these details can be found at her ROW80 post. Co-host Nicole Basaraba’s post can be found here.

What is a Twitter party?
This is where we all stop in to the #ROW80 hashtag all day long and play and party together – trading news, pictures, music and jello shots. It’s going to be a great time! Please promote it as much as you can between now and then. Click here to get to the linky tool to list your post!

ROW Partners

Round 3 was an incredible experience and I know many of the participants were able to achieve goals and press their writing dreams to new heights. Throughout the round my friend Kerry Meacham and I acted as ROWbro’s (accountability partners). I know this helped us both in setting solid and achievable goals, in overcoming the inevitable obstacles and increased the fun and chances of success for us both. I’d like to encourage everyone to find a ROW partner that you can share the journey with. If you are interested in more information on this subject I did a post on it that can be found: Here.

Let’s have an awesome Round 4!

That’s all for today. Peaceful Journeys!

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. β€œOnly the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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17 Responses to Blog Treasures and ROW80 Party!

  1. 3 mentions – crumbs! I seem to have moved in this week! Some greats I didn’t know about in this selection – thanks as always, Gene. Roz

  2. susielindau says:

    I was wondering where you were off to this week Gene!! Glad to hear it was a nice vacation!
    Great post with many links to check out~ I just discovered I entertain the morning of ROW80 so I’ll be joining the party a bit late…..

  3. I’m so honored to be among this fabulous list, Gene. Thanks! Eager to check out all of your “picks.”:) Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. kerrymeacham says:

    Hey ROWbro!!! Thanks for the links to FGT Friday videos. Much appreciated.

    It has been great having someone like you to bounce ideas off of. I hope everyone can find a ROW partner as good as I did. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the link love, Gene! Good luck with ROW80 Round 4. πŸ™‚

  6. I’m in such great company! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful links; can’t wait to check them out! Sounds like you’re busy but enjoying yourself. Gonna participate in Round 4, so stoked that you signed up as a sponsor!

  7. K.B. Owen says:

    Thanks for the linky-love, Gene, and enjoy your busy-ness! I’ve read Chris Baty’s book No Plot, No Problem (he’s the founder of NaNoWriMo, for those of you new to this) – I’ll be posting a few entries about it in the weeks to come! Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo’s out there. Start getting in shape, lol!

  8. Jenny Hansen says:

    Hey, hey, Party Master! Thanks for the linky love to the Row 80 Festivities. πŸ™‚

    You,ve found lovely treasures, as usual!

  9. Catie Rhodes says:

    Great mash-up. Good luck on your upcoming challenges. Thanks for including me…dude.

  10. Welcome back! I’m looking forward to to Round 4. Round 3 made such a big difference in my writing life. I’ve learn so much and can’t wait to try it out with the next round. πŸ˜€

    • Gene Lempp says:

      What can I say; you all are awesome πŸ™‚

      I guess I should have put out a clearer “on vacation” post. I’ll remember that for next time *grins* I would have responded sooner but NaNo preparations are under way. Have my world map (hand drawn) a “world history”, storyline and a nice set of characters. Tomorrow will be character building and story milestones. Think I’ll plan this one as a series (just not sure how many books, but I’m not sure that matters at this point).

      Peace πŸ™‚

  11. Aww. Thanks for the shout. Honoured to be included with that list of talent! πŸ™‚

  12. Lynn Kelley says:

    I’m glad you had a nice vacation, Gene. Wow, three teen daughters! Must be like Grand Central at your house! Thanks for all these wonderful mashup links. Very cool. And congrats on finishing up the ROW80. Have a blast at the celebration. I plan to try NaNoWriMo for the first time. Thanks for that link. I hope it’s not too late to sign up!

  13. Piper Bayard says:

    Wow. Your house just got really loud. πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed your vacation. Thank you sincerely for the shout outs. You’re the best, Gene.

  14. i just became friends with google alert, and i popped over here to see what link love you have given! thanks so much, gene! i also appreciate the RTs! πŸ™‚

  15. Welcome back! Your schedule for next couple of months is scary, but only you could handle it! Good luck with your ROW80 goals and all the rest. Great links. Thanks, Gene!

  16. Welcome back! I bet you thought we wouldn’t notice you were gone…but we did!

    Thank you for including me in your Blog Treasures. Your BT is always a favorite weekend read of mine.

    So excited to host Row80 with you this round! Good luck with your goals. πŸ™‚

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