Blog Treasures 12-10

Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the last week. Enjoy the links!


When it comes to writing and blogging our readers and King, Queen and the rest of the Court. Jami Gold addresses this subject with two fantastic posts: How to Keep Readers on Your Side and When the Reader Becomes the Enemy: Lessons from Pottermore (written for Harry Potter for Writers).

On Publishing & Social Media

How Journalists Can Best Leverage Social Media from Dan Blank. Also from Dan: What Does it Mean to Build a Brand?

Thoughts on KDP Select from Kait Nolan.

Self-Publishing and the Definition of an Indie Author from Joanna (The Creative) Penn.

What Good Salespeople Know That Writers Should by Joanne Tombrakos via Jane Friedman. Also from Jane: The Big Mistake of Author Websites & Blogs.

25 Fun Financial F***-Ups for Writers by Chuck Wendig. Also from Chuck: The Seduction of Self-Publishing.

Beware the #FF Firehose from Kristen Lamb.

Tips for Dividing Your Novel for Serialization by Roz Morris.

How to Create Great Content for Your Blog from James Killick.

Making Marketing Connections from Jenny Bennett.

On the Craft of Writing

From Kristen Lamb: Is Your Novel a Spineless Weakling?

How to Squeeze the Most out of Scenes by Jami Gold.

From Donna Newton: Passive or Active: Which Voice Are You?

3 Ways to Work Through a Difficult First Draft by Christi Craig writing for Write It Sideways.

Martha Alderson’s PlotWriMo continues along with lots of great plotting and revision advice. Day Four will get you started. Join in any time.

DIY MFA (Gabriela Pereira) focused in on POV this week: The Ultimate POV Faceoff: 1st Person vs. 3rd Person & The Last POV Cheat Sheet You’ll Ever Need.

A Question of POV & Voice by Janice Hardy.

From the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait Responsible & Weather Entry: Snow.

NaNoWriMo, Now What? by Alexandra Sokoloff. Also from Alex, Rewriting (tons of great tips here).

On the Writing Life

Competitions & Writing Opportunities from Donna Newton (tons of great opportunities here).

From Janice Hardy: Why Refreshing What You Know is a Good Thing & Combing Scenes for Dramatic Punch.

Should I Write a Memoir, a Novel or a Fictionalized Memoir? Roz Morris explores the differences.

Is Writing a Real Job? by Lauralynn Elliott (written for ROW80).

How to Use “Track Changes” in Word from Jenny Hansen. (great post for those looking to use this valuable tool).

From Carrie Mumford: 5 Favorite Blogs about Writing. (great resources).

Setting Goals (a Writers Bucket List) by Elizabeth S. Craig.

Dare to Fail, great post from Kait Nolan.

Fun & Interesting Links

Tour the Cluny Museum in Paris, France with Mary Jo Gibson. Also join Mary Jo for a deeper look at the history of saving antiquities, British illuminated manuscripts, a full size limewood carving and more in her Cabinet of Curiosities.

Top of the Food Chain? from K. B. Owen. (all about squirrels with cool linkage).

One of my all time favorites, Holmes, continues his series on the Cambridge Forty spy ring with John Cairncross (Working-class man of the Cambridge Forty) & John Cairncross (Favorite of the Soviets).

Pay attention to this for the health of your pets: Pets & Poison Plants from Amy Shojai. Also from Amy: 12 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained.

Shea MacLeod takes a great look at Christmas in Roman Misrule, Pagan Yule & an Attitude of Gratitude.

Coffee-snorting Holiday Videos from Jenny Hansen.

The Grinch is Pregnant by the very funny Myndi Shafer.

Holiday Survival with Bayard & Holmes (from Piper Bayard).

What I Want to be When I Grow Up: A Zookeeper  & Fashion Photographer by Ellie Soderstrom.

Movie & TV: Review of Arthur Christmas by Gloria Oliver. From Tiffany A. White: X-Men First-Class & Fast Five; Romantic Dramas Past & Present; Growing Pains & The Cosby ShowThe Real Conflict (The Walking Dead) from Catie Rhodes.

Books: New Release, Dragonlace by Robin Lythgoe. Ashes to Beauty: The Real Cinderella Story review from Jeannie Campbell. Is this the Real Jane Austen? from The History Blog. Dark Corners by Liz Schulte review by Tiffany A. White. Five Book Reviews from Jenny Bennett. Review of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves from Sonia G. Medeiros.

Recipes: It Wouldn’t be Christmas Without (2 great cookie recipes) from Marcia Richards. Yummy Holiday Treat Idea from Kate Wood.

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. “Only 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 12-10

  1. K.B. Owen says:

    What a cool list – links to check in between my cookie baking today. Oh, and thanks for the blog love, Gene! You rock, you squirrel-lover, you! 🙂

  2. Such a fabulous week in the blogosphere, right?? Once again, your list is awesome!

  3. EllieAnn says:

    You are the King of linkage. The Link King. I’m always impressed with the extent of your blog knowledge. I love checking out interesting posts I find here–Jami Gold had some great ones this week!
    And thanks so much for including my interviews. =)

  4. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the links–and featured even! *holds blog post to heart* 🙂

    Great list! I know what I’m doing this morning. LOL! Thanks for bringing it together, Gene!

  5. Jillian Kent says:

    I’m supposed to be writing, not reading Gene. Thanks for the tempting list. Love it!

  6. Thanks, Gene – some terrific finds here (and woot, I’m in twice!)

  7. Awesome, awesome links as usual. Off to read all the ones I missed before. 😀

  8. I think I need to make a binder and print out and store your Blog Treasures for when I have a little time! I can never get to them all, but I know from the ones that I have read they must all be winners!

  9. amyshojai says:

    Thanks for the linky love! Finally getting over to read some of these. Everyone works on Saturdays too, right? er, write?

  10. Marcia says:

    You must be always walking on air with all the blog love you get from all these amazing women! it’s well-deserved, for sure, Gene! You are the master of the links! I can’t believe how many I missed this week! Thanks for rounding them up for us and a special thanks for including my cookies in your awesome list!

  11. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Thank you, Gene, for all these great links. There are so many good ones, I’m not sure where to start and there’s never enough time to get to them all. Darn. I save all your Blog Treasures posts. Your title says it all!

  12. Piper Bayard says:

    Similar to what Ellie said, you are the Link King. Thanks os much for the shout out. Much appreciated. All the best.

  13. Action packed list of fahbulous resources to check out. Thanks for pulling it together Gene! 🙂

  14. As always, great list. I’m looking forward to reading Joanna’s post about self-publishing and Indie author….

    Thanks for including my links, Gene. You’re the best!

    *lifts coffee cup*

  15. Jenny Hansen says:

    I’ve been trying to get back here to thank you for giving me a double dose of love over the weekend. Baby Girl thought she needed me more than your links did, but I’ve got some time outlined for your badass set of links THIS THURSDAY!! I can’t wait. 🙂

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