Blog Treasures 12-17

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


Writing consultant and trainer, Dan Blank is on a roll this week with a pair of fantastic articles that must be shared. Is Your Writing a Hobby or a Career? and The Value of Social Media For Writers: Self-Promotion or External-Validation?

Upcoming Classes

Join This Class or the Pixies Win by Kristen Lamb. Blogging for Brand is an excellent class that will up your blogging game. I just finished this class and Kristen is fantastic (but you already knew that. Right *smile*).

Writers Need To Be Open-minded, The Write It Forward Workshop by Bob Mayer & Jen Talty. If you want the knowledge and strength to take your writing from hobby to career and find success then this is the course for you. I took this one a few months ago and it has made all the difference in how I approach my writing and my writing career. Highly recommended!

On Publishing & Social Media

Easy Ways to Keep Up With Publishing News in 2012 by Elizabeth S. Craig.

Does Your Big 6 Publisher Promote You? Mhairi Simpson interviews author Myke Cole.

From Ali Luke (Aliventures): Writing E-books (free BlogWorld session).

From Jami Gold: How Much Are You Willing to Pay For an E-book?

5 Places to Find New Article-Writing Ideas by Krissy Brady via Write It Sideways.

The Importance of Indie Books by Amy Edelman via The Creative Penn.

From Chuck Wendig: The Precarious Portentious Perils of Self-Publishing.

From Donna Newton: Competitions & Writing Opportunities.

How Social Media Can Change Your Life by Jane Friedman.

On the Craft of Writing

Theme…Simplified by Larry Brooks. Also from Larry, The Upside of ‘Disturbing’.

From Kristen Lamb: How to Hook a Reader and Never Let Go.

First Person or Third Person? How to Decide Point of View by Roz Morris.

Past, Present & Future: Making Sense of Verb Tense by Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA). Also from Gabriela, The Role of Voice in Writing.

From the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait Stingy & Weather Thesaurus Lightning.

It Takes More Than a Question Mark to Make a Question by Theresa Stevens at edittorrent.

Suspension of Disbelief by Catie Rhodes.

Laying Clues & Adding Twists to Our Stories by Elizabeth S. Craig hosted by Lisa Gail Green.

From Janice Hardy: Avoiding Predictable Plots Through Plot Exposure.

On the Writing Life

You Need Patience & Self-Discipline to Succeed as a Writer by Bob Mayer. Also from Bob, Yes, Writers, You Need A Mind.

Aspiring is for Pansies – Tough Love & Being a Writer by Kristen Lamb.

PlotWriMo continues with Martha Alderson. Here’s one to get you started: Day 11: The End Transformation.

The Writing Journey: Giving Back by Laura Drake.

From Jane Friedman: 8 Writing Techniques to Win You a Pulitzer.

From Elizabeth S. Craig: Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Writing & Get Published in 2012.

25 Things You Should Know About Rejection by Chuck Wendig.

Keeping Despair At Bay by Angela Ackerman (Bookshelf Muse) hosted by Janice Hardy.

How to Take Criticism by Joanna Penn.

When Critiques Go Bad by Janice Hardy.

Fun & Interesting Links

My ROWbro, Kerry Meacham shares Holmes’ Post That Made Me Think. It made me think as well. How about you?

Mary Jo Gibson’s Cabinet of Curiosities includes an Advent Calendar of Museums and for you writers a 1.4 by 2.4 inch book containing over 4000 handwritten words!

The craziest history story of the week: Threesome + Extra Head on Roman Knife Handle from The History Blog.

How to Survive Cabin Fever by Jess Witkins.

Sing Hallelujah! 9 More Days Til Christmas by K. B. Owen. The flash mob video is fantastic!

Parenting Plights & Delights: Holiday Shopping with Kids by Lynn Kelley.

Pet Proof Christmas & Broken Memories by Amy Shojai. Protect your pets during the busy holiday season.

Toddlers & Christmas Trees – Holiday Survival by Piper Bayard.

From Ellie Soderstrom: Ellie Ann’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Is Seattle Giving Up Coffee for Skittles? by Clay Morgan.

A Chat With My 7th Grade Android by Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson

Book Reviews: Kait Nolan reviews The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Amanda Rudd reviews In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long. Jess Witkins reviews Grayson by Lynne Cox. Shea MacLeod does an “interreview” of Die, Zombie, Die by Jack Wallen. Tiffany A. White interviews Stephanie Nelson author of Craved & Deceived.

Movie & TV Reviews: Tower Heist by Gloria Oliver. TV’s Top Criminals We Love To Love by Tiffany A. White. Also from Tiffany: The Power of Three.

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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14 Responses to Blog Treasures 12-17

  1. Dan Blank says:

    Wow – thank you Gene!

  2. Great post with lots of awesome links. Clay’s Skittle post was epic!

    Thanks for sharing all the goodies.

  3. Wow! What an awesome list to wake up to. And to see I made your list, well, that’s just icing on the sheets.

    Seriously, there’s icing on my sheets.

    Or something.

    Thanks for these gems. I’m home sick, so I’ll be reading. Too tired to write today. Plus my husband won’t let me touch the keyboard. 😉

    Thanks, Gene.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out!! Really appreciate it 😀 Thank you very much 😀

  5. K.B. Owen says:

    Hope you feel better soon, Renee! Watch that congestion on the plane – it’s murder. Gene, thanks SO much for including me in your awesome mashup! I’ll be off the grid, baking cookies all day, so I’ll catch ya later!


  6. Another fabulous batch, Gene. Thanks!

  7. Thanks, Gene. This post is a great resource.

  8. kerrymeacham says:

    Great mashup, ROWbro, and thanks for the link. ~clink~

  9. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Your Blog Treasures are a mashup heaven, Gene! Thanks so much for including me! What an honor. I’ll be unplugged for a couple days, and then I need to check out these wonderful links. Have a great weekend!

  10. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the link, Gene! Awesome list as always–thanks for putting this together. 🙂

  11. Jenny Hansen says:

    OMG, what a mashup – I actually got a little excited to see all the new stuff I get to read this weekend. And thanks for mentioning Laura Drake’s “Giving Back” post from Writers In The Storm…I loved that post.

  12. Jess Witkins says:

    Awesome mash up Gene, thanks for both links! I hope to catch up on my reading once the holidays are over. I’ll need to start with your mash ups.

  13. Another great list of links, Gene. I love that you take the time to put these together for us. THANK YOU! And thank you for inluding my blogs this week. You always make me smile.

    Happy Holidays!

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