Welcome to Blog Treasures! Here you’ll find the best of the blogsphere from the past week. So, grab your coffee, sit back and above all – enjoy *smile*
She defeated my champion Perseus by choking him with Rapunzel’s hair. She is a mom and friend of moms. A champion of organization and a maven of technology for writers. Who am I talking about? The esteemed Jenny Hansen, of course. Blogging Q&A + My Timesaving BFF in WordPress – taught me a few new tricks that are invaluable. Give it a look before she sic’s Rapunzel on ya *smile*
Put together the experience and wit of Joanna Penn and Jane Friedman and you get this awesome post: Success in Writing, Publishing and Marketing Takes Time. Also from Jane, What is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility with a Traditional Publisher?
Can You Self-Publish Your Way To A Big Deal? From Lindsay Buroker guest posting on David Gaughran’s site.
Who Are the “Big Six” in…? By Dean Wesley Smith.
Pay Attention gentle reader -> Fan Fiction, Plagiarism and Copyright by Jane Litte (via Teleread).
From Bob Mayer: Writers Create Content, Readers Consume Content, Where Does Everyone Else Fit?
The Making of a Best-Selling Book Cover from Jen Talty writing for EPubGuide.
On Social Media
Is Social Media All Song & Dance? by Tameri Etherton.
Pinterest for Writers & Free Ebooks for Readers from Bob Mayer.
But – Pay attention to this one if you are, Pinterested: Picture Sharing Site Pinterest Will Face Copyright Problems When It Begins Making Money by Chris Meadows at Teleread.
Why I’m NOT Kicking Tweeps Off My Branch from the clever mind of Sonia G. Medeiros.
From Joanna Penn: Branding for Writers: An Essential Step in Building Your Author Platform.
Understanding Author Platform – Making Platform Art from the Michelangelo of Social Media – Kristen Lamb.
On Writing Craft
From the magical writing files of Janice Hardy: Ways to Create Characters. I Want To Write Fiction – um – Where Do I Start? ; How Much Do You Need To Describe Setting?
Need a new word for an old concept? Angela and Becca at Bookshelf Muse have it for you: Character Trait: Cautious.
If you aren’t reading Chuck Wendig – why the hell not? Go now! -> Ten Things You Should Know About Setting OR Ten Things You Should Know About Endings OR Ten Things You Should Know About Screenplays. Read one with each eye?
Back yet? Here is another one you should be reading: Gabriela Pereria, a.k.a. DIYMFA: Description vs. Exposition. Five Ways To Liven Up Description. Give A Dull Description a Boost.
One Writer’s Editing Process by Elizabeth S. Craig.
Seven Simple Tips for Writing Great Dialogue from Ali Luke.
KISS Method for Kid Lit: Keep It Simple. Scribe. from Cate Woods (who has a very cool site – just sayin’).
On the Writer’s Life
Writers Block by Martha Alderson. Still playing with blocks? Here are few ways to stack them into something cool.
Does Thank You Mean We Forgot? Dealing with Fairies. Superb post by Marcy Kennedy.
From the brilliance that is Roz Morris: Why Do Authors Get Treated So Badly?
Dan Blank always has great content -> How to Record a Video At Home (by the way, Dan has a FREE webinar coming up on Wednesday – signed up yet?).
5 Tips for Making Money as a Writer by Robert Lee Brewer.
The Exciting Future for Writers by Elizabeth S. Craig.
From Donna Newton: Classes, Competitions and Writing Opportunities (#29).
Holmes is a peerless analyst of world events. Check out: When Does Justice Cease To Matter?
Piper Bayard, brilliant writer, belly dancer and with unmatched humor lets in on Funny Stuff We Found At The Mall, or The Power of Being Nice.
Let’s Get Vernal! by K. B. Owen. Spring is waiting to dance with you.
Real Men Wear Tights by Natalie Hartford. I had eight pairs in high school – Natalie is right *smile*
Zombies and Fear by Catie Rhodes. It’s primal – it’s visceral – it wants more than just your brain.
Movies: Reviews of the most anticipated movie of 2012: HUNGER GAMES. From Jillian Dodd – The Hunger Games and from Gloria Oliver The Hunger Games. Why I do suddenly want a sandwich?
TV: Do you know what the best Mid-Season Replacements are? Tiffany A. White does – go find out what the Hot New Thing Is OR maybe a little Nip/Tuck for you? Like the British Crossovers – find that with Amber West.
Recipes: White Fish Creviche: Fast, Easy, Delicious (okay, now I’m drooling – yum) from Shawna Coronado the Casual Gardener.
This isn’t a recipe – but – it is a trend worth paying attention to. From health and writing guru (and all around cool lady) August McLaughlin: Gluten-Free Diets: Useful Tools or Harmful Trend?
These mashups have become my Saturday morning “paper,” Gene. Your blurbs in this one are as fantastic as the links! Thanks so much for the warm shout out.
PS I totally knew you were talking about Jenny. 😉
Shut the front door!! I made the featured post spot???!!! You made my whole March, Gene!
Seriously. I’ll be bragging to my husband all day long. 🙂 (p.s. He knows you as Renaissance Man from way back in the day with the Pecker Checker post comments.)
I’m with August…I look forward to your mashup each week. I don’t feel like I’ve really caught up with the blog-o-verse until I’ve read it. Thanks again!!!
Oh, one last thing – you gave me a fantastic laugh with the “Champion of Organization” part. I most certainly am a champion. But a practitioner? Hmmm. That part is a work in progress.
My husband is The Organizer in our house. 🙂
Thanks for including me in another of your superb mash-ups.
I come every Saturday because, even though I think I’m keeping on top of all the great posts flying around, you inevitably spot some I’ve missed. Thanks!
Thanks, Gene, for the linky love! Great mashup.
Wow, Gene. You’ve outdone yourself this time! Thanks.
Gene, these posts are amazing! I just can’t get over how quickly you put them together. Wow. My folder is getting thick with these mash-ups of yours. They are a great must-go-to stacked with lots of great information. Btw, I haven’t forgotten about your post! Something historical perhaps? 🙂
Thanks for another excellent mashup, Gene! You rock, you know that?
Yes! I finally have read almost all of your mash ups. I only need to catch up on a few of them. As you can tell, I have a secret goal to ‘pick’ all the fab mash ups you’ll have each week. I always forget about Chuck, though. I don’t know why because he’s brilliant and so funny. Thanks again for putting me in with all these amazing blogs!
Super pumped to be included in your blog treasures…squeee!!! Tks for the FAB shout out. Hope you had a great weekend!!
OK – buying Stephen King’s book. How is it I’ve never heard of it? Read his On Writing and loved it. Great mashup – as always.
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Such an awesome, awesome, awesome links as usual. Your Blog Treasures are absolutely a treasure. And thank you so much for including me. Off to read now.