Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
This weeks winner of “best of the week” (best of the year so far, in my opinion) comes from Kristen Lamb: 3 Steps to Freedom – Grab Hold of Your Brilliant Future. Read it. Live it. Love it.
An Indie Authors Predictions for 2012 by Bob Mayer posting on the Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing site.
What Makes Ideas Unique? from DIYMFA. Note that this is part of series exploring copyright and legal issues important to writers.
When Do You Need to Secure Permissions? from Jane Friedman.
25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents from the brilliant Chuck Wendig.
Kristen Lamb asks and answers a hotly debated question of the publishing world with What’s the Problem with FREE?
On Social Media
For WordPress users: Read all your favorite blogs in one place by Erica Johnson (found through the fantastic Marcia A. Richards). This method compiles all the blogs you follow, including non-WP ones into a single location for ease of access.
From Elizabeth S. Craig: Finding Writers Online. Lots of great connection ideas in this post.
Triberr Part 3: Graduate to the Big People Pool by Jenny Hansen.
On Writing Craft
5 Tips for Writing an Effective Plot Twist by David Lazar writing for Write It Sideways.
From Janice Hardy: Discovering the Front Story of your Non-Point-of-View Characters. Also from Janice this week: Breaking the Writing Rules & Do Your Scenes Have What They Need?
How Professionals Generate Story Ideas from James Killick.
On the Writers Life
Larry Brooks points us to the “long game” of writing with We Read (Insert Name Here) Because…
Do You Call Yourself a Writer or an Author? from Jami Gold. Interesting conversation following this post.
The ever-brilliant Holmes takes a look at this weeks daring rescue of two hostages in Rescue Mission and Upping the Stakes in Somalia.
Weird Al’s parody of Lady Gaga, good fun from Lyn Kelley.
Shea MacLeod takes a dip into myth and history with The Flood, wrath of a god or alien saviors?
Take a look on some of the more famous Celebrity Ghosts with Catie Rhodes.
Chinese New Year, The Symbolism & Mythology by Writers in the Storm with special assistance from Andy Chang, a Chinese culture instructor.
Reviews & Recipes
Shea MacLeod reviews her favorite series in Forever’s Not Enough.