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)

Pay It Forward Friday: Amos M. Carpenter

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 Amos M. Carpenter and yes, this is his avatar. Amos is shy.

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He says of himself:

“So. About me. (I refuse to write about myself in the third person.)

Private me

There’s not too much about the private me that I want to share (yet?), though you may get some idea about my personality from my posts. First and foremost, I’m a family person. I married my high-school sweetheart, and if anyone ever found out how insanely happy we are together, they’d probably find a way to make that illegal. (So… sshh!) We have three very bright kids, each of them awesome in different ways, two great dogs, one of them calm as a cucumber, the other one skittish and neurotic, and two tomcats.

I’m a perfectionist, a bit of a grammar Na… er, grammar nasty. I lament the fact that “the days of good English have went”, that too many people can’t spell “definitely”, can’t tell “their” from “there” or “they’re”, consider “whom” to be dead, keep using “there’s” with plural nouns, and that modern writers fear long sentences. The number of spelling/grammar mistakes I spot (I am biologically unable to read past them) in everyday life, from websites to TV to even books, is mind-boggling.

Public me

Publically, I’m a web developer with way too many interests. Work keeps me busier than I’d like, and my other interests mean I never have as much time as I’d like to devote to blogging and writing. For now, it has to be that way, though, because the fact that I work, and that I’m good at what I do, means I can afford (though barely) to provide my kids with a good education.

One of the primary interests I intend to write about is, well, writing. (Guess that makes this a meta-writing blog, in a sense.) I’ve always loved writing and being creative, but mostly it’s been software and websites rather than actual prose. Similar, in a way, but in late 2013 and early 2014, I’ve had a bit of time to really write… and fallen in love with it. One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to get a web presence for my “author persona” out there, to document my journey as I struggle with finishing my manuscript, then queries, submissions, and rejections, and to encourage myself to not lose sight of my goal of one day being able to share the story that’s been spooking around my head for so long with the world.”

Amos has been published. His story Big Bang was published in the anthology by Nicholas C. Rossis, The Power of Six.

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Amos has his own very professional site: amosmcarpenter.com

With a very unique sense of humour, Amos is a bright young author full of talent who’s also a grammar guru. Why not check out his site?

Karma

Karma

Posts I loved this week

From exciting new announcements to awesome roundups, this week has everything! If you’re off, have a happy, restful holiday and if you’re around, we’ll be chatting soon! Thanks to everyone for creating awesome posts that enable me to write this one!

The top 11 posts from Infinitefreetime. Here’s the top 11 reasons why this blog has exploded onto the web.

Check out the new look for Sourcerer! Isn’t it awesome? Easy to navigate, accessible, neat and still has that awesome header. I love it! Plus, it has exciting new changes!!

If you’re considering querying agents, this post is for you. From Writers in the Storm, a nifty check list to help you prep that all-important letter.

If you’re into photography, That Montreal Girl is a great blog for you. Check out this beautiful shot in black and white.

For those indie authors considering putting their books on print, Musings and Marvels has some options for you that won’t break the bank.

New, exciting and upcoming, these books are getting released in the next few months. Book Chick with Kick has them organized by month with links and covers. A huge thank you to her for getting them all organized like that and sharing them with us!

A huge congratulations to David C. Cassidy, fantastic author, blogger and photographer to name a few, for his new release The Dark. So exciting and now available here.

Amos M. Carpenter hit it right on the head with this post about the holiday season. So true!

Finally, OMG! I’m so excited about this one. Melissa Barker-Simpson’s new announcement had me doing a little happy dance! How awesome is that!

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(credit:quotesworthrepeating.com)

P.S. Did you find any awesome posts that I missed? Let me know!

Blogger Award

Sourcerer nominated me for this award, and since it’s Sourcerer, that’s high praise.

I never thought much about blogging before I started but I find I’m liking it. It’s fun to create these little posts and shout out my two cents out into the vast internet. It’s even better to meet nice, supportive and interesting new people. It turns out, bloggers are all those and more. I’ve been lucky. Not one troll (fingers crossed!).

Here are the only two rules of this award:

1) The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.

2) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

Voila, la award:

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Please note, accepting this award is entirely optional. Don’t feel any pressure because I’ve named you. I just like your blog and your posts. To put your name on the list, I sat and actually thought of blogs that inspire me with either the quality of their writing, the humour they add, facts they pass on, great ideas they come up with or because the mind behind the blog is just simply awesome.

The Mighty Trebuchet – because the idea of this blog is outstanding.

Crystin Goodwin – because of the amazingly supportive things you do.

Winter Bayne – One of the kindest people I know, who also happens to work incredibly hard.

J.W. Manus – because of his amazingly helpful and kind posts.

Writers Life For Me – One of the kindest, most supportive people I know.

Nancy H. Doyle – Funny posts that somehow still show just how kind Nancy is.

Amos M. Carpenter – Helpful and talented…plus, he has a soft spot for animals. Lovely new kitten!

Sonia Lathem – Hilarious writer…with class.

Inky Tavern – Honest, gutsy writer who tells it like it is and has a fantastic sense of humour.

Elsie Elmore – So, so very kind and incredibly talented.

Katie Writes – She’s a blogger, mom and an awesome writer. Plus she’s a literacy advocate for kids.

DBCII – Awesome posts, great photography and an outstanding sense of humour. Plus, he’s a little bit geeky and I LOVE that.

Just Gene’O – I won’t mention how kind the mind behind the blog is. Quality alone makes this an outstanding blog. I never miss a post.

Outmanned – because she makes me laugh out loud.

Book Chick With Kick – Just those posts with upcoming releases would do it, but this blog has constantly outstanding material.

Rachel Mankowitz – A blogger who loves doggies and has a sense of humour to boot.

Kristen Luciani – Super-kind romance writer who has such an appealing way of writing, I feel like she’s talking to me alone.

Oops. I’ve gone over 15. It’s easy to find awesome blogs online. Really easy.

A big thank you to everyone on this list for the great blogs they’ve created full of those amazing posts.

Please note: Infinitefreetime, Part Time Monster, you were already nominated by Sourcerer or your name would also be on this list. 😀

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Taylor Grace in The Character Blog Hop

Oddly enough, I just participated on my first ever Blog Hop yesterday and here’s another! I was nominated by Crystin Goodwin for this one and I’d like to give her  a big thank you for thinking of me.

Here are the questions:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character is named Klias and he’s most definitely a creation of my little mind.

 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set after Klias finds out he’s probably going to die–mostly due to what he’s done. It’s  a paranormal story so the reason is somewhat magical or ethereal.

 

3) What should we know about him/her?

We should know Klias will help others even if it kills him–which it nearly did.

 

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

He had accepted that he was going to die…but then he falls in love. With Amy.

 

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Klias wanted to ensure that Amy was safe before he died.

 

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

It’s called Amy’s Courage.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

I’m doing the big edits now. Then come little edits. You can see my progress on the first page of my blog. You can read more about Klias in the first book, Olivia’s Choice. He’s a secondary character in that book.

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I also get to nominate five awesome blogs for this hop. I have five just in mind:

Infinitefreetime

InkyTavern

Heather B Costa

Elsie Elmore

Amos M Carpenter

I hope everyone enjoyed this Hop. I tried to keep my answers brief and sweet. If you have questions, please give me a shout.

Posts I loved this week

From photography to D Day, this week has it all! I loved the varied selection of amazing posts!

If you like photography, you might want to check out this post by Hansstellingsma. There are some truly beautiful shots.

I love the blog theme: “If we were having coffee…”. It’s written in such a way that it’s whimsical and yet so inclusive. It feels like the middle of a good book, when I know the characters and I’m comfortable in the story. A few of my favourite blogs follow it. I thought I’d share them here. Here’s one by Part Time Monster and another by The Writing Catalog.

A excellent post for those interested in Twitter, Sourcerer explains just what Follow Fridays are and how to do them. With lists to look for and clear steps this is a great help for anyone looking to increase followers.

I loved this post by Winter Bayne because, for me, the story starts with the characters. I have a list (not unlike hers) that I must answer about the hero and heroine before I go anywhere near a plot. A great tip for other writers, thanks for the great post, Winter!

A big congrats to Amos M. Carpenter for getting published! Check the post and the book here.

On June 6, 1944, D Day started in Normandy and everything changed. This one is a breathtakingly beautiful and thoughtful post on the anniversary of D Day by Chris Musgrave. A big thank you for that inspirational post.

A great one to make you smile, this post is on famous rejections! Yeap, those big, famous authors whose names are now commonplace, suffered rejections! Check out what they were told of their masterpieces! A big thank you to Inky Tavern for the great post!

A book list for summer reading! I was delighted with this post because it had books! To read! With covers and everything! Absolutely awesome! I can’t say thank you enough to  for the post.

A rant by Alianne Donnelly that’s so well written, I wanted to cheer. As a romance reader and writer, I can so sympathize. Thank you so much for sharing such an honest post!

Finally, I am such a sucker for great quotes and these are awesome. From world leaders, 10 quotes to inspire you. A big thank you to Jeff Moore for this great assortment!

Posts I loved this week

There were so many awesome posts, I actually considered splitting this post into two parts! Like spring’s flowers, these writers are just full of inspiration and great ideas. Personally, I really enjoyed reading them.

Loved this post by Part Time Monster simply because the very first sentence caught me and refused to let go. If it was a book, I’d have to buy it. Loved it that much. Absolutely delicious….And now I want a book to read.

Loved this post by Amos M. Carpenter. It reminded me why I started writing in the first place. Guilt-free writing. Delicious.

Here’s another along the same idea: be true to yourself. Jeff Goins wrote a powerful post on that and still managed to make it easy to read. Loved it.

Motivation to write. I’m always looking for good tips. Here‘s a great post from Think Ink.

Great tips for Twitter. I had no idea the meaning of followers and how many I followed. Suddenly, the numbers have meaning. I owe that to this great post and this one by Sourcerer. Psss, there might be a new series of posts on Twitter coming to Sourcerer soon…Keep reading.

A great cover reveal by Mishka Jenkins in this post along with an excerpt. That’s one awesome cover, Mishka!

Warning…this next post is a little…on the hot side! How to use the five senses to create sexual tension. Read at your own risk. 🙂

Okay, hilarious once again, this post by Outmanned made me laugh out loud. Don’t miss it.

Book recommendations! If you’re looking for summer reading books, here’s a post full of them, and by category no less. A big thank you to Sourcerer for that great post!

I shouldn’t add this post because this blog is a reading/writing/book blog and dogs aren’t a part of that…but I can’t resist. This post is full of dog blogs! Full of them. There’s a list! I just loved that. Doggies…everywhere. 😀

This one is a reflective post on the A to Z challenge. I love reflective posts. What did they learn? What do they regret? What won’t they do again? I particularly liked this post because Gene’O has answered exactly those questions and said what he’s learned and what he’ll avoid in point form. Personal and easy to read. What a great post!

If you’re considering starting your own blog, here‘s a great post on reasons for and against it. A big thank you to Shanan at the Write Conversation for the great post!

Posts I loved this week

From the amazingly useful to posts that are just so well written I was in awe, this week’s posts speak for themselves.

A how-to for those interested in Twitter. Sourcerer is committing to a series of posts to teach readers how to not only Tweet but to also grow a following. You can find the first of those instalments here. They’re easy to read, short and uncomplicated. A great big thank you for Gene’O for being so giving and sharing the secret of his hard-researched success with everyone!

If you’re dealing with burn out, or are in the grip of that nasty Writer’s Block, check out this post by Winter Bayne. One of the hardest working people I know, she has a very unique way of dealing with the exhaustion that comes from tough deadlines and the demands of writing.

Six tips on how to write a surprise ending. A big thanks to Chris Musgrave for that great post!

A really interesting look back by a participant in the A to Z Challenge, this post highlights what Elsie Elmore has learned from the process and includes links to some awesome blogs!

On that topic, here‘s Amos M. Carpenter‘s perspective on the same challenge. He’s a newish author and has a very different take on the entire thing–though not any less interesting.

Trying to present a professional writing front is all good but there’s something to be said for honesty. I connect to other authors through their struggles and their triumphs, so I definitely enjoyed this post by Mishka Jenkins on the subject. And this interview giving me some insight into who she is.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this post by Monica M. Clark. She has four great tips I loved. What a great post!

I can’t thank Part-Time Monster enough for this post. So, so, sooo good. Thank you. It made my day. It also made me wonder why I waited so long to follow them. Nuts. I hate missing out on a great blog.

If you’re looking for narrating your story from a different point of view here‘s a great idea from  Liz Bureman.

Super-excited about this book coming to film. I hope they do it justice because the book is absolutely incredible and I think it would make such an amazing film–if done right. I had no idea this was happening until I saw Winter Bayne‘s post. It made my day.

Finally, I loved, loved this quote. It’s exactly what I want to do to my book Amy’s Courage. I’m going back and it’s going to be nasty. A big thank you to Serial Narratives for it.