Blog Treasures 4~14

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*


Hackers. Phishers. Scammers. Con Artists. All of them are out there, all the time, trying to find a way to take advantage of the unwary, happy-go-lucky, generally good citizen. This week Kristen Lamb posted a superb essay on the subject: how to be prepared and proactive when running into the criminal side of the technological world.

Staying Safe in the Digital World – Digital Sheep Get Sheared & Slaughtered.

On the Publishing Industry

Jodi Picoult and the Myth of the Segregated Marketplace by David Gaughran. An eye opening post, especially for those that, or aspire to, self-publish.

My find of the week – Lindsay Buroker (@GoblinWriter), indie fantasy author with a kickass content-filled blog you’ll want to take time to peruse. Here are two to get you started: Are More Authors Than You Think Making A Living Self-Publishing? and Facebook or Twitter, Which is Better for Book Promotion?

From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Writers and the DOJ Lawsuit on The Business Rusch. Enlightened and informative post.

From David Gaughran: How the Agency Model Led to an Anti-Trust Lawsuit.

On Aspects of Publishing

From Dean Wesley Smith: When to Mail Short Fiction to Traditional Publishers.

Conferences: How to Improve Your Pitching by Laura Drake.

From Angela Ackerman: Ask a Cover Designer: Answers, Part 1 and Ask A Cover Designer: Answers, Part 2.

Book Design: Choosing Your Paragraphing Style by Joel Friedlander. Also from Joel, Finding People to Read, Review and Recommend Your Book.

On Social Media

4 FREE E-Books for Writers by Carrie Mumford. Read Carrie’s post and you’ll know why I put this in the “on social media” category.

Are You Missing Blog Readers? by Jami Gold. If you had or were subscribed to a site through Google Friend Connect you’ll want to read this enlightening post.

If You Can’t Find Anything in the New Triberr, You’re in the Right Post by the ever fabulous Jenny Hansen.

The Wonder of Widgets on GoodReads by Tamara Ward.

My #1 most Retweeted tweet of the week goes to Robert Lee Brewer with How I Handle Social Media: Time Management Tips. It does contain excellent tips by the way *smile*

Pinterest and Blogging: 7 Keys to Success by August McLaughlin.

On Writing Craft

Six Tips to Make the Story Grab the Reader; Something Has to Happen by Alexandra Sokoloff.

The Details Make the Story by Lisa Hall-Wilson.

From Elizabeth S. Craig – her writing process: Lists and Layers. Interesting hints and advice in this post.

Revising Outlines to Make the Writing Easier by Janice Hardy. Printed this one out for my files as well as a guest post Janice did for Writers in the Storm: 5 Ways to Bring Your Descriptions to Life.

How to Create Characters that Fascinate by Becca Puglisi.

From Chuck Wendig: 25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character.

Final Edits – What Do You Look For? by Roz Morris.

On the Writer’s Life

Tips for Writers: On the Importance of Persistence by Joanna Penn.

From Jane Friedman: Why It’s Okay To Be Naive.

Instead of “Doing More”, Do Only What Matter and Do It Really Well by Dan Blank.

Working all the “important” things into a day is the eternal quest of most writers. Here’s a great piece by Ava Jae on Time and Priorities for Writers with excellent tips and advice.

And to anchor this mini-run of posts (see I did have a theme in mind), a great post from the brilliant mind of Kristen Lamb: Stress Less, Write More.

Fun Posts

Could You Be An Evil Person? by Marcy Kennedy. My answer: Yes, what fun is there in always being good? *grins*.

Find out about The Chocolate Diet over at K.B. Owen’s fantastic blog.

Spy Ships – In the Beginning by Holmes. Be wary of sailors bearing gifts.


TV: Tiffany White reviews NBC’s Bent. Amber West reviews ABC’s Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23.

Movies: Jillian Dodd reviews American Pie Reunion. Catie Rhodes reviews The Stepfather (1987 edition) while Tiffany White reviews The Stepfather (2009). Catie follows these two fantastic reviews up with John List: Inspiration for the Stepfather.

Books: Kristine Kathryn Rusch reviews 16 excellent works in her March Recommended Reading List.

Two Calls For Assistance I want to pass on:

1) The Bookshelf Muse Needs Your Help – lots of cute puppies for those that take a look.

2) DIY MFA is looking for an Intern – a rare and precious 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. “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.
This entry was posted in Resources and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Blog Treasures 4~14

  1. Carrie M says:

    You’ve done it again! Another great round-up of posts. I’ve discovered a few new blogs to follow and have bookmarked lots of articles for reading. Thanks Gene! (And thanks for the mention 🙂 )

  2. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Your mashups are full of gems. Thank you for putting all these links together for us. Awesome!

  3. K.B. Owen says:

    Love your mashups, Gene! Especially when I’m in it, LOL 😉 Thanks so much for the linky-love, and as always for taking the time to put this together. I find it a fabulous resource. Happy weekend!

  4. Jenny Hansen says:

    Laughing at Kathy’s comment! I second her sentiment and thank you for the link to my post AND to Janice Hardy’s post on Writers In The Storm.

    You have no idea what a service you provide to the rest of us, Gene. You’re like my own personal writing newsfeed, PLUS your give us Designing From Bones. 🙂

    A thousand times, thank you!!

  5. Jenny Hansen says:

    p.s. *Gene called me “ever fabulous”…SQUEEEEEE!!!*

  6. amyshojai says:

    Some of these I’ve read already and I agree–awesome! We’ve got great taste! The others I need to go peruse (I love that word!).

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Thanks, All! I’m glad you are digging the posts and can tell from my stats that a couple of the posts were quite popular. Peruse (love that word too) and your leisure friends.

      Jen: *smile* Yes, you are!

  7. Thanks for including my post! Your mash-ups form the starting point of my reading each new week as I work my way though the great links 🙂

  8. Another fantastic mashup, Gene! Thanks so much for including my site. I can’t wait to spend time perusing the links later today. Wahoo! 😉 Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

  9. Reetta Raitanen says:

    Brilliant mashup again! Your Blog Treasures is a must read every week. Thank you so much for the effort. It takes time to comb up all the links.

  10. Pingback: Link Feast Vol. 4 | Reetta Raitanen's Blog

  11. Pingback: The Truth About Social Media Time Suck « August McLaughlin's Blog

  12. So many great links! I will make sure to visit most, if not all, of them. I have already read a few, but there are still some interesting ones that I need to peruse 🙂

I'd love to chat with you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s