Where I recommend things

1. Best. Salad. Lunch. Ever.

Not kidding here. It’s absolutely yummy. So good it tastes like it should be bad for you, or have something in there that’s not the best for you…but it’s actually really healthy to boot!

This is where I got it:

http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/12/5-make-ahead-vegan-gluten-free-lunches-part-2/

www.ohsheglows.com is a great site for anyone interested in eating savoury meals that are also super healthy. She has vegan stuff, but it’s not limited to that and she’s written two books because her recipes are that amazing. The one I just rambled on about is from her lunch menu and she actually puts it in a pita bread but it’s so yummy, I eat it with a fork. It’s the Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad. Delish.

2. Best How-To-101 reference site for authors out there.

This is where I got it:

https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/how-to-101/

I’ve talked about Chris The Story Reading Ape before. He is a never-ending source of great resources for writers of all kinds and, to boot, he’s incredibly kind. But this reference page just blew me out of the water. It’s got everything. And he keeps updating it! No dead links here.

A huge thanks to Chris for his never-ending support of all writers out there!!

Great blogging tip

If you’re interested in finding out how to keep a post permanently on your home page, check out this great post on WordPress Sticky Post from Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. It’s super easy, comes with pictures and I found it very helpful. A huge thanks to Chris for that awesome post!

 

The Best of 2016

My top 5 posts for 2016 according to you aren’t all from this year. There are some that are from previous years but refuse to fade away.

5. If we were having coffee… Where I ramble about my hubby and his friend making a dog house for our pooches.

4. Sneak Review: The Girl on The Train. Readers couldn’t get enough of this book review.

3. The Lipstick Fiasco. An oldie and a true story that seems to hit the right notes with readers.

2. 5 Worst Things you can do if your Wi-fi is running slow. This was a true story again and one that readers can’t get enough of.

1. The Importance of Tags: for Bloggers. This one has been in the top 5 for several years running and is still there for good reason.

 

But those are only my little top posts, what about others?

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(credit: SL Blogger Support)

This is the best bloggers blogging in 2016 according to Island Editions.

Even more for those bloggers out there, ProBlogger has their top 2016 posts on how to find readers and on writing awesome content in their excellent blog.

These are the top books to read from 2016 according to Crystin Goodwind, author and blogger extraordinaire.

These are the top 10 books of 2016 according to Luther M. Siler, another author and blogger extraordinaire.

Finally, one of my favourite sites, All About Romance, chose their top books for 2016 in this post.

Here’s hoping 2016 was an awesome year for you! 😀

Do you ever…

Recycle posts?

I ask this after reading this wonderful post on Hugh’s News and Views. I’ve never recycled a post thinking that I’d bore my readers. Then I read that post and thought, should I recycle one?

Hm…

Well, I did a little digging and found the most popular posts in this humble blog of mine.

This one: The Importance of Tags: for bloggers is the mother of all posts getting hits even now.

This one: The Amazing Abilities of Akitas, is one of my favourite rants…and apparently yours too.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to recycle old posts? Or should we stick to new material?

For Authors

This is for those among you who are authors. Positive Writer has this great compilation of fantastic blogs just for you. In fact, they have the top 50 from 2016 with their top posts ready for your inquisitive click.

Here’s the link: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

And a huge, HUGE thank you to Positive Writer for that awesome gem of a post!

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If we were having coffee…

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(credit:myvirtualcoffeehouse.com)

If we were having coffee, I’d be chatting about this week and asking you how it went. What was your highlight? And what part would you rather forget?

I’d tell you that we have a new addition to the house. My lovely hubby decided that our akitas were too ‘frail’ to be outdoors in our Canadian winters without some form of protection and called his handy-man, trusty Shane. Long story short, there’s a new small building in our yard, built specially for our doggies. It has a roof and everything.

Since I know for a fact that akitas are winter dogs, I have suspicions that my hubby and his friend were just looking for a reason to hang out and bang on things, but I’d ask you to keep that suspicion between us. No need to remove someone’s denial.

If we were chatting, I’d admit I took work home this weekend, something I seldom do. And hope you didn’t make the same choice and have a lovely, work free weekend ahead of you.

And I’d ask you what you were reading…and if you’ve heard of any good books you’d like to share…

And I’d thank Part Time Monster for this lovely meme. 🙂

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(credit:parttimemonster.com)

Awesome posts!

Just had to share these beauties. They’re too good to keep hidden.

If you’re an author looking to promote your book, check out this post by Brittney Sahin. She’s offering free promotion and asking for nothing in return. That qualifies as amazing in my mind.

The Story Reading Ape is an incredible site with every resource imaginable. Check out this post on 10 free ways to promote your novel. Free!

If you’re thinking, Taylor, my book is not even close to done and you’re stuck, I have a post for you too! This one is from Ink and Quills and it’s got 10 tips on how to accept your writing and move forward. A fantastic post with great ideas for those times when we’re stuck.

If you’re a blogger and not an author, check out this post with 5 Key elements that your blog should have by the amazing site: @ProBlogger. If you’ve been at it for a while and want more growth, check out this great post with tips for just that on Daily Blogging Tips.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the sites for their gems! They’re continuing to support authors and bloggers alike, for free!

Sniffle, sniffle

I’m sick. I sound like a cross between a frog and a duck. And I don’t really breathe, I sniff air into my lungs. Ironically, I don’t feel that badly. My head hurts and I feel a little lightheaded but I don’t feel bad. Still, it’s pretty apparent that I look sick because my co-workers treat me like I have some sort of plague.

Now, I might have mentioned I work with the public…the young public. And sniff as I might, they are completely and innocently oblivious to my illness. Instead, they are even more demanding and loud than usual.

I can’t complain. There are people at work with vertigo issues that keeps them falling over and they can’t drive, there are those who are sick all the time, and there are those who struggle with sickness much more debilitating than a sniffle.

Still, you should have heard me trying to speak to my parents yesterday. Between my accent, the plugged nose, the fact that we weren’t speaking in English and my sneezes, I have no idea what I sounded like.

Sniff!

 

 

Those awesome posts!

Another rush of those amazing posts came my way and I couldn’t resist but to collect a few of them and line them up for you. See if you like them. My hope is you find a couple useful or at least interesting.

I haven’t kept my writer’s block a secret from anyone. If you have this, you know how painful it can be. This post is from Nathan Bransford on the subject. He has his own version of a break through. If Nathan Bransford doesn’t do it, here is the latest help on that subject from The Write Practice, by . Finally, Tiny Buddha has this great post on how to keep dreaming when others have discouraged you.

Free right now, in Amazon, this book is a great help to Write better. Check it out and get it…free! And a HUGE thanks to Winter Bayne for this tip!

We had a ton of announcements this week. Here’s Rose B. Fisher’s, an update from Natacha Guyot, Sourcerer has this one for self-promotion, here’s Infinitefreetime’s, Amos M. Carpenter had a big announcement here, Brittney Sahin has hers here, Chris McMullen has found a ton of awesome Math Blogs here and Ronovan made some changes here.

Looking for a way to improve your stats? Here’s a great post from The Positive Writer with 7 Great Blogging Tips.

If you need a laugh, check out this post from Elfkat I found thanks to Chris the Story Reading Ape.

And, finally, a little something to make you smile,

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(credit: amazon.com)

Awesome posts for writers

There are a lot of posts out there claiming to help writers. While some truly do, others fall short of the mark. I’ve chosen these below with a careful, judgmental eye. In order to make the cut, they had to be clear, offer something valuable to a writer and deliver. I’ve included a summary and a little blurb on why they’re in this list. My hope is that you find them useful.

A great story only occurs with great characters and that means fleshing them out, making them complete, real. Here’s a great post from The Crimson League on how to do just that.

Now this post made its way to me, all by itself. I love it when that happens! It’s about how to make money with your blog…something I’ve heard about but never even considered. If you’re interested, it’s a great post, with steps and links (love them!) from someone who truly knows what they’re talking about. A huge thanks to AdNgin for this great post!

If you’re a writer looking for a way to increase your productivity, this post is for you. With clear ways to explain what works, tips and online tools carefully selected for each type, this post is a fantastic and very clear way to understand what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t beat yourself up, sometimes it’s all about finding that right approach to get started. A huge thanks to Carson Tate from 99u for that great post.

I love the concept of simplicity and less being more. In that sense, I read this post by James Ball in Becoming Minimalist and loved the idea that giving books away creates space to love reading more. Sometimes, it takes giving something away to keep it.

I’ve heard ‘Show, don’t tell’ but I have seldom seen a clear way to fix that pit fall. Until this post in the Write Practice, that is. In it, I had clear examples and links to other resources in the subject. Loved, loved it!

Finally, something to make you laugh. This post on top ten things not to say to a writer made me laugh out loud. Absolute gold from Wise Ink.

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