Blog Treasures 1-7

Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week. Hope your New Year is bright and productive!


The best of week award goes to Jami Gold for her in-depth and exceptional post: Pitch Prep: How to Write a Pitch. Jami digs for a nugget and comes back with a mountain of treasure. Absolute must read! Be sure to check out Jami’s follow up post as well: Pitch Prep: What Makes A Great First Page?

Publishing & Social Media

The most shared post of the week (from the hundreds I share weekly) is Chuck Wendig’s 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (right f*ing now). Give it a look if you haven’t already.

Jane Friedman is an excellent source for all things publishing. This week she asks (and answers) a question that on every writers mind at one time or another: How Do You Know If Your Agent Is Any Good?

Amy Shojai brings us solid advice this week in Non-fiction Proposals: Query or Not?

Theresa Stevens of Edittorrent brings us a great post on blogging and platform this week: Your Author Blog or Website.

Mike Shatzkin brings us an excellent and in-depth post on the publishing world in: The Digital Future Still is a Mystery if You Don’t Publish “Immersive Reading”.

Writing Craft

My favorite craft maven, Janice Hardy, runs one of the best craft sites on the web. Here are a few gems from her this week: Reevaluating Your Writing Process, Three Things Die Hard Can Teach Us About Seamless Plotting and Making Backstory Work For You.

Angela Ackerman takes a look at Winter in the Bookshelf Muse’s latest weather thesaurus offering. Congrats to the Muse on being named one of the top 10 sites for writers in 2011-2012!

Every project starts with brainstorming (at least for most of us). Kait Nolan brings us an insightful little post down this line that worth the read: A Note on Brainstorming.

Lisa Gail Green always brings us excellent (and quirky) insight on writing. This week she explores The Isn’t My Character THE BEST Syndrome.

Kristen Lamb brings us a masterful treasure trove of writer resources in: Kung-fu Writing: Taking On The Year of the Dragon.

The Writing Life

Life, especially for writers, is full of ups and downs. We either roll with them or they roll us away. Mhairi Simpson shares her insightful look back over the lessons of 2011 and provides excellent advice heading into 2012: Looking Back and Taking Responsibility for Your Dreams.

Dan Blank challenges us to start the year off right with expert advice in Are You Planning Strategically or Just Putting Out Fires?

Being a writer, full-time, part-time, traditional or indie is no easy feat. NYT Best-Seller Bob Mayer shares his thoughts and 20 years of experience with us in: Goal Setting for Writers in 2012.

Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA) provides with a fantastic article full of inspirational quotes that are guaranteed to inspire us to get up and move forward on even the darkest writing days: Making the Most of Failure.

Donna Newton shares another fantastic Competitions & Writing Opportunities Round Up.

Fun Stuff

Mary Jo Gibson shares the art and wonder of the Clark Museum with us. A single piece of art is worth a novel. Or two. If you’re looking for inspiration this is a must read.

August McLaughlin is always on the look out for our health, wellness and safety. This week she brings us a post on Lifesaving Resolution: Mindful Driving.

I love history and myth and aliens and…well, you get it. My personal favorite from the week is an post by Kate Wood: Ancient…Aliens? Fun and insightful read, give it a look.

Piper Bayard always finds the most incredible stories. This one will have you rolling: Dennis Rodman to Coach Topless Women’s Basketball Team. Wow, I’d ask if it can get weirder but somehow I think it always can.

Piper’s writing partner, the shadowy and brilliant Holmes is one of my favorite history bloggers. This week he takes a look at the Four Freedoms (F.D.R and the American mission statement). If you want to know how the U.S. started on its current path, here it is.

Reviews & Recipes

Tiffany A. White is my go-to source for the best TV show reviews on the web. This week she takes a look at: Ringer (CW) and Grimm (NBC).

Amanda Rudd reviews Mastiff by Tamora Pierce: Exciting Journey, Rough Ending.

Pat Thunstrom reviews The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson.

Lynn Kelley reviews Princess Kandake by Stephanie Jefferson.

Jen Talty offers us an excerpt from her latest work: Jane Doe’s Return, which, by the way, is FREE on Kindle for the next few days. Great opportunity!

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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16 Responses to Blog Treasures 1-7

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Gene! There’s some great stuff here *toddles off to check out various websites of awesomeness*

  2. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the links and the “best of” award. πŸ™‚ I hope it’s helpful to everyone!

    Now I’m off to go explore these links. πŸ™‚

  3. Marcia says:

    Great round-up, Gene! I hope your week went well and that you’ve found time to squeeze in your walks. I’ve had a great week and will post about walks tomorrow!
    Heading over to Donna’s, Mary Jo’s and Piper’s blogs for what I missed this week! Thanks!

  4. Laura Drake says:

    Gene, I never miss one of your ‘mash-ups,’ because I always walk away with something new and shiny.

    Today it was discovering Janice Hardy. Wow – she’s awesome!
    Thanks so much,

  5. Once again, your mashup reads like a newsletter for eager writers and readers. Can’t wait to check out those I’ve missed. Thanks so much for including my zen driving post! πŸ˜‰

  6. Jenny Hansen says:

    Gene, you are starting the new year ON FIRE, dude…these are AWESOME. With the software rollout this week, I missed 90% of them so I cannot thank you enough. πŸ™‚

  7. Piper Bayard says:

    Great mashup, Gene! You always put together such fun and informative collections. Honored to be on the list, and I know Holmes is, as well. We both think your blog is awesome. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  8. Lynn Kelley says:

    What a great list of posts, Gene. I’ve been offline pretty much all week, so thank you for putting together such an awesome list. Thank you for including me among all these awesome bloggers.
    Piper’s blog post sounds like one that can’t be ignored. Gotta get the scoop on that!

    Congrats to Jami for winning Best of Week award. Very cool!

  9. amyshojai says:

    Honored to be part of the group, my friend. Hope your Saturday is treating you well!

  10. Those are some really good links, Gene. I wish I had time to visit them all, but the ones I did were very practical and fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  11. Debra Eve says:

    Another great mashup, Gene. So glad you do my catching up for me!

  12. Thanks for the shout-out, Gene! I’m off to check out all of this other awesome-ness ;P

  13. Ohmygosh! What an amazing list of blogs. Where do you find all the time to read these? I found several that I must check out now. Thank you so much!

  14. Amanda Rudd says:

    Thanks for including me, Gene! I always appreciate it!

  15. amyduncan99 says:

    Gene that is a great list of blogs where do you get them ?There are some in there that are really interesting.I really like your blog also.Thank you !

  16. I’m behind this week, Gene; but as usual, your blog treasures are worth saving! Thanks so much for including me. πŸ™‚

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