Top Posts for 2015

Chosen by you, here are the top 10 posts for this year.

10. To get us going is this post about Heather B. Costa, an aspiring writer who, like many indie authors is incredibly talented.

9. This post came about thanks to a fantastic person, Gene’O. I was thrilled to be part of the idea and still think it was a wonderful initiative.

8. From the awe-inspiring, we’re heading to the plain weird. This post came when I made a strange little discovery in my own home.

7. A definite reader favourite, Posts I loved this week was a definite hit with readers and this one toped the list.

6. This one wasn’t just for laughs, it was true! The horrors that can happen when you lend those precious books out. Readers could definitely relate to my list.

5. Number Five is a post that keeps resurfacing. People just can’t get enough of it and it pops back up in this count down year after year.

4. Though this post is definitely an attempt to make readers laugh, the list is, sadly, a true account of what I did. Sigh.

3. I was just ranting in this one…but somehow readers loved it.

2. This one is another huge hit this year. I did this little post trying to help out those bloggers out there and they certainly paid attention. A huge thanks to Gene’O at Sourcerer (again!) for that great post.

1.The number one post this year happens to be my favourite as well; for the #1000Speak for Compassion. As posts go, this one was a tough one to write. I had no idea what to say…then I just knew.

Before I close off, a huge thank you to everyone of my readers, without whom, I’d be writing to my dogs…and they don’t read that well.

 

Pay It Forward Friday:Part Time Monster

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Part Time Monster.

Part Time Monster is “Part Time Monster is a collaborative and personal blog focusing on books, girls, monsters, and sociocultural commentary.” However, the main ‘Monster’ is Diana Gordon. She’s the mom in the picture.

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She says of herself: “I am the mother of a five year old son (the Little Jedi), partner of an independent filmmaker, and guardian of a rescue pup (Tank). I’m also a tremendous nerd trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. I am a sufferer of panic disorder, a curator of the weird, a lover of the beautiful, and a pop culture aficionado. Writing here will thus feature an array of content; I am sometimes a monster.”

However, Part Time Monster also has contributors who need recognition. They are: “Brandie Ashe, Annie Bass, Jeremy DeFatta, Gene’O Gordon, Dawne Kennedy, Lyn Vicknair and Cat Whigham.” For more on them, go here.

This blog has several really amazing features that happen every week:

* Top Ten Tuesdays

* Wordless Wednesdays 

* Thursday Thirteen

* The Friday 56

* Weekend Coffee Share

As well, it also discusses Pop Culture topics with everything from books to gaming, has Series on LOTR and amazing photography and has been Featured on Freshly Pressed because of its incredible talent and content.

If that were all, this would be an amazing blog, but there’s actually more. Part Time Monster wants to encourage healthy interaction and acceptance. Check out their policy on comments:

“We rarely delete comments or flag people without explanation. But we do reserve the right. It’s about maintaining the safety and friendliness of the space.

We believe in freedom of expression, but in the event you trigger the More Robust Policy, don’t waste your time submitting a dozen messages and comments about your freedom of speech. If it happens, and you really want to work things out, it is best to disengage for awhile and come back later.

In short, we’re not the government, and our front page is not a public street corner. The Monster is a little more like a house party to which everyone on the Internet is invited. All are welcome, but no one is allowed to break furniture or demean other guests.

Comments deemed unproductive or inappropriate due to flaming, harassment, name-calling, trolling, or spam will not be published. Comments that add to the conversation in thoughtful and engaging ways are encouraged.”

It’s a blog that encourages self-acceptance and promotes equality. They have an incredible feature for women called Feminist Friday. It’s a very important topic and this blog treats it with both dignity and respect. I had an insight into what drives someone to choose this topic when I read this beautiful post by Diana. I can’t paste the entire thing in here but I want to give you a taste of the incredible posts from this blog.

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“…At 31, my body is scarred. I’m heavier than I’ve been probably ever in my life. My ankles and knee swell after high-impact exercise, and though I’ve stopped smoking, I’m still out of shape enough to be breathless after exercising in small bouts.

But I’ve come to see the value in what my body has been able to do, and I can forgive it for its shortcomings.

I’m choosing not just body acceptance, but body compassion and body love.

For me, this means holding myself accountable for what I put into my body now but not punishing myself for my past. It means that when I make a mistake (or 5 days of mistakes, like when Mardi Gras happens and then my birthday happens), I don’t beat myself up over it.

I have to re-choose body compassion every day.

My instinct is to get discouraged when I don’t meet the goals I set for myself, especially as concerns diet and exercise. But body compassion sets me up to say “oh well” and move along after a screw up. In some ways that’s more difficult for me.

But I choose body compassion.

I choose it because I need to be compassionate with my body before I can truly love my body. I choose it because I have to remember the life that my body has been through before that I can get to the life I want.

I choose body compassion. I choose me.”

Isn’t it incredible? I was so moved by this post. And that’s just one example of many on this blog. Why not check it out?

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#1000Speak for Compassion.

When I heard about this project, I wanted to be in it. Compassion is a powerful, powerful thing and so beautiful it almost always brings me to tears.

Then I thought, what on earth am I going to write about? And, just like that. I knew.

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I think I love seeing compassion because it’s in all of us. It has no race, no religion, only kindness and understanding.

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I remember being taught as a child that animals have no compassion. I forget who said it but today, I know that person had no idea. Animals are incredibly compassionate.

Check out this cow. She’s in her glory. I actually think she’s smiling. Who knew cows liked hugs?

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Monkeys like them too.

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So do humans…

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I saw a show on TV the other day about animals who adopted other baby animals. Turns out, this happens in nature more often than I thought.

That’s a baby owl. Not a puppy.

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This one adopted ducklings.

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This one is a pigeon and a baby squirrel.

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The examples go on and on.

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All of them are animals being compassionate.

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Humans can do it too.

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And when we do, it’s a beautiful thing.

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BE PREPARED FOR ACTION! #MONDAYBLOG #1000SPEAK

Inspired by this post from Melissa Barker-Simpson, I thought I’d join in and add some beautiful quotes on compassion. Meanwhile, to find out more about the project, click here.

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Posts I loved this week

The weather around here might be freezing but the posts are smoking. This week was another one of those where I didn’t know where to start reading. There were so many outstanding posts out there. Absolutely delicious! A huge thanks to everyone for these gems!

Looking for that next great read, I love reading book reviews. This post by Winter Bayne is awesome because it has several reviews, with the covers and her thoughts on them. They sound outstanding. Yum!

A great post from the Huffington Post, 6 Survival Tips for Women Writers by  made me wonder how seriously I take my writing. It’s not only thought-provoking, it really has great ideas. While I perused the site, I came along this very interesting post on Fifty Shades of Grey by  titled Fifty Shades of Grey and the Anti-Feminist Critique. A great site, the Huffington Post has tons of interesting articles but also resources. Check out this page for Writing Tips.

I never knew how the #1000Speak for Compassion had started. Check out the video right here. This great cause is going around the world and it’s gathering a huge amount of support. Isn’t that wonderful? Want to know more? Here’s the site.

I loved this post from Open Hearted Musings because it gave me the idea of continuing the theme of Compassion past the February 20 day and continuing it all year. What a great idea!

Chris McMullen has hit the 100 000 views mark and in this post he shares his tricks on how to do just that with your blog. They’re easy to follow, with step-by-step guides on where to go and what to click on. Even better, he also has links to other sources with even more help. If you find the post helpful, thank Chris. He’s sharing those tricks out of the goodness of his heart. What a wonderful post!

This post hit me like a brick wall. I do everyone of these and make writing so much harder than it has to be. True and insightful, this post is for every writer who’s ever had trouble writing. A huge thanks to the Crimson League for this very compassionate post!

Sick of some of the cheesy things that happen in romance? Then this post is for you. Funny and so well written, it’s a top ten list of annoying things in Romance Books. A huge thank you to Part Time Monster for that awesome post!

Hilarious and with great pictures to boot, I loved this post by Suzie81 Speaks. Check it out and see what the fuss is about with this awesome blog!…Yeey! She’s got blogging tips!

Writerology had this awesome post on how to design solid characters. I like nothing more than a character that has depth and is not one-dimensional so this post was a hit with me because it’s a great checklist for my characters. What a fantastic post from an awesome site!

Have you ever been writing and realize you need to go back and change everything? That has happened to me and it’s gut-wrenching. This post on the Snowflake Method of writing promises quicker results and less changes. I read it up and thought it’s absolutely awesome. A big thank you to Advanced Fiction Writing, a site full of resources!

Wondering how to publish your book? Check out these two insightful posts by Wise Ink. The first one, 5 Myths About Self-Publishing then compare that to 5 Myths About Traditional Publishing. Absolutely eye-opening.

If you’re looking for a guaranteed good read, here are Dabney’s Best from 2014. She’s a regular reviewer on the site All About Romance and always knows what books are good and which are better left on the shelf. I’m adding some of her books to my list and heading to the bookstore as soon as I can!

A huge congratulations to Callum McLaughlin for the release of Seeking Solace. Callum is incredibly talented and his poetry is pure beauty.

Finally, a little love for you on Valentine’s Day!

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BE PREPARED FOR ACTION! #MONDAYBLOG #1000SPEAK

Inspired by this post from Melissa Barker-Simpson, I thought I’d join in and add some beautiful quotes on compassion. Meanwhile, to find out more about the project, click here.

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Posts I loved this week

This was a phenomenal week online. Everywhere I looked there was another outstanding post. As a result, this post is a little on the long side. Don’t look at me. You guys are the ones who produced these amazing gems! 🙂

A Writer’s Path has a great post on what to do if you’re stuck (like me) and have trouble writing (or editing). I found this post (and blog) via Steve Vernon who reblogged it, so he deserves the credit because the post is awesome. Check out this Writer’s Toolbox and see why.

A wonderfully uplifting post, Think Positive reminded me of just how difficult writing is for everyone, including the Greats. A huge thank you to Callum Mclaughlin for that wonderful post!

Much is said about trolls online. Here’s a wonderful post with confessions from a former troll with tips on how to deal with them and maintain your serenity. Learn from one who has been there on the fantastic blog 99u.

A huge congrats to Natacha Guyot for the release of her book ‘A Galaxy of Possibilities – Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars’. Long awaited, it looks awesome!

A wonderful blog with great writing and beautiful initiatives, Part Time Monster is one of my favourite blogs for good reason. Check out this post and see why.

A very exciting blog, Sourcerer now has new contributors and features. I, for one, never miss a post on this blog. And while you’re there, check out this book review by  . Its the first of a series. Isn’t it awesome?

Sick of hearing bad news? Try this incredible true story by Suzie81 Speaks. And while you’re there, check out these hilarious posts: How to know when you’re a teacher and 21 ways to annoy your teacher or these blogging tips. This blog is awesome!!

Writeonsisters has a great post with tips for Authors on their site. And while you’re there, check out another amazing post this time on editing. Another incredible site!!

This one is reading at its best. I found Compassion in Action from The Qwiet Muse via Sourcerer in Twitter and I can’t thank him enough. What a lovely post and a wonderful blog! I love this quote: “sometimes we choose what to write, sometimes we write what chooses us.” I will definitely follow this one!

If you’re wondering about joining #1000Speak, check out this incredible post on the subject by Drifting through My Open Mind. Beautifully written, it’s inspirational. A huge thank you to Drifting Through for that wonderful post! And that’s not all on this wonderful project, Melissa Barker-Simpson has started these Monday Posts that are an amazing way to lead up to Feb 20th. And EVEN more great news, check out the blog that was born out of this idea, #1000Speak for Compassion. What an amazing demonstration of the goodness in humanity!

A huge congratulations to Crystin Goodwin for that awesome cover for her second book, Fire Blessed. I’m so pumped for this book!

For a laugh and sheer enjoyment, try this post by Inside The Life Of Moi. I laugh so hard at the posts on this blog!

Finally, a little quote from someone you might recognize.

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