Posts I loved this week

This week brought out a great round of very funny posts and some that were just inspirational. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

A very positive and encouraging post by D. Emery Bunn on how to get an audience, I loved it.

If you need a laugh, check out this post from Infinitefreetime. All I’ll say is that it involves a cat. Oh, I laughed and laughed.

Someone else is praising Scrivener, this post is a great start tool and it even includes a tutorial! Thanks to Jeff Goins.

If you need another good laugh, check out this post by Inside the life of Moi. A lot of work went into this post and a lot of good writing. Man alive!

A great insightful post on how-to for Twitter from Just Gene’O. Check out this blog if you haven’t yet, it’s absolutely fantastic.

If you’re like me and can never have too much laughter in your day, check out this post with hilarious questions and answers by I Am not The Batman. Ha! Still chuckling over that.

A great post with editing tips, this one is thanks to Robin Gianna from Romance University.

Beautiful, beautiful photographs at Part Time Monster.

Another funny post, this one is by Pecked to Death by Chickens. I love anything that makes me laugh and this one did so in the early, dark morning before heading to DayJob. Hilarious.

A great list of links by category for writers with everything from agents to editing links, this post is a great reference by Writer Unboxed.

Very, very sad but Outlander is done for this half-season. It will restart in April (though not the 4th for us Canadians) and have 8 more episodes but we have to wait until then to see the story continue…sigh! Still, here‘s the Mid-Season finale recap from Penny Dreadful Books.

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Sigh! Until Spring, Jamie!

Posts I loved this week

A very exciting week in posts with everything from news to terrifying content.

I rambled on last week about Sourcerer‘s new contributor (Luther M. Siler) but here’s another reason to check out this awesome blog if you haven’t done so yet, WordPress Tricks. Those are some of the goodies you get from Sourcerer. Awesome, eh? I know! And, by the way, if you’re interested in joining Sourcerer, check out this post. This is a great time to join because they’re growing.

I love funny posts and this one is hilarious. What happens when Just Ponderin’ gets the Christmas catalog with steps on how to run the perfect holiday feast. I laughed out loud.

Okay, I don’t usually link to this type of post but I had to make an exception because the post is brilliant. However, it’s also terrifying. It’s on how to spot if someone is a psychopath by one simple question from I am not the Batman. I won’t lie, I was a shaking mess when I read it. Yikes.

A better post (and happier news) is the new book from Laekan Zea Kemp, The Boy in her Dreams. A huge congrats to Ms. Kemp for this accomplishment!

If you’re doing Nanowrimo, here‘s a post on how to get ready from The Sprint Shack.

Exciting news for everyone who blogs. Just Gene’O is going to undergo a big change. It’s focus is going to be every type of blogger: “geek bloggers, food bloggers, mommy bloggers, diarists, and every other type of blogger you can think of, as well as writers and book lovers.” Everything from passing information to tons of content about blogging to fun features. Just Gene’O is going to be fantastic! I can’t wait.

Steven Pressfield has this great post: The Second Act Belongs to the Villain. I thought it was absolutely superb.

I love nothing more than honesty and sometimes, when people get upset, they’re really honest. This is what got me in this great post by Nina Kaytel. She was upset and wrote this wonderful post about appreciating every kind of book.

The Write Practice has this great post on how to use Scrivener to sketch a setting. If you’re a fan of Scrivener or curious about the program, check it out.

This post by KJ Charles got me thinking in a good way. How do I react to bad reviews? And is it worth reading reviews? KJ has the admirable attitude of not reading reviews. I found that so interesting. I’m totally botching the description, check out the post.

Finally, the cutie, pattotie puppy…Awwww! So squeeshy.

(credit: dreamstime.com)

(credit: dreamstime.com)

Posts I loved this week

A fantastic week for posts! From Banned Books Week to inspiration for more writing, here are some of the posts that I absolutely loved reading.

A great idea to free that inspirational muse in your mind, The Magic of Free Writing sounds like a wonderful exercise. A great post from The Write Practice.

A huge thank you to Winter Bayne for these inspirational posts on the very important topic of Banned Books Week. And to Part Time Monster for this very moving post on that same topic.

If you’re looking for witty, intelligent writing, I can’t recommend this blog highly enough. I Am Not The Batman is surprisingly insightful while keeping a great sense of humour. At the same time, it’s so well written, I couldn’t pick between the great choices of posts.

Along the same lines, inspiring you, Robin LaFevers advocates for doing nothing in her post: The Surprising Importance of Doing Nothing from Writer Unboxed.

A fantastic review site, Room With Books has moved here.

For some amazing photography, check out this post from That Montreal Girl.

Maggie Toussaint talks about pacing in her post: Pacing can Make or Break your Story in Romance University and while you’re there, check out this post by Maria McKenzie: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Writing Dialogue.

A lovely recap of Episode 3 of Outlander, this post on Penny Dreadful Book Reviews made me sigh. What a lovely series!

If We Were Having Coffee are hands down some of my favourite posts. Sensitive, gentle and intimate, they let me see what someone else’s week has been like. Here’s a lovely example of one of these great posts by Gene’O.

15 Terms every Indie Author Should Know had a few I didn’t know and is a great reference. A great post in Wise Ink.

Showing Settings through the Eyes of Your Characters got my interest because I love colouring the story through the eyes of my characters. It was a great post from Live Write Thrive.

Finally, check out this other list of awesome links at Natacha Guyot!

 

It’s All In The Chocolate – A Frozen Conspiracy Theory

I had to reblog this because it’s absolutely brilliant. Hilarious, witty and with a little satire, it’s as intelligent as it is well written. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Posts I loved this week

Though it had its losses, this week in posts was absolutely awesome. Check them out below!

I love diverse, complicated characters. Here‘s a great post on how to create those nifty, deeply layered personalities in your books by Nicohle Christopherson in Writerology and, before you leave the site, check out this other post. It’s got tips on how to take a character who appears nice and move them over to the ‘nasty’ side of things with just a slight personality change. Awesome post by Skye.

Super-interesting and certainly a stand out post, I loved this one by Alianne Donnelly because it was gutsy, eloquent and full of passion.

Robin Williams passed away this week and this particular post about him was so beautifully written that it moved me to include it here. It has incredible poetry and wonderful prose from I Am not the Batman.

7 reasons why writing a book makes you a champion, what a lovely message by Now Novel.

Just an indulgence on my part, this post has 50 weird town names in Canada you won’t be able to pronounce from Reader’s Digest! Hilarious–at least to me.

A fantastic blog by a wonderful person, Gene’O is reorganizing things. I’m so excited because I know there are good things coming our way on this blog, Just Gene’O. Just look at what he’s planning!

Great tips for your blog posts, this one is from Jeff Bullas and his site is oozing with awesome posts on how to improve traffic.

Yet more reasons to switch to indie publishing from an author who’s been traditionally published, , via Jane Friedman.

A lovely twist on waiting so that it becomes a gift. I needed to read this post by  in Writer Unboxed because I hate waiting.

I don’t have a publishing contract, I simply envy those who do, but this post is for those of you who do because there are hidden dangers inside those contracts. This is a post on what to look for in your contract by Susan Spann a pro on Writers in the Storm.

From Hannibal Lecter to Jaws, the villain can make or break a story. This post is about creating a fantastic one for your story on Live Write Thrive.

A great post on images and where to get them by Jamie Lee Wallace on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write historical fiction or romance, you might want to check out this post on No Wasted Ink. It has a great list with explanations of each site and what they can give you.

Maybe it was the coffee, but this post has some of the best tips for breaking Writer’s Block  I have seen. A huge thanks to Succeed at Writing for this post!

A list of 12 things every indie author needs to know by Knite Writes. I knew some of them but others were complete surprises.

A great post by Mishka Jenkins, it has four different ways of creating a plot with their pros and cons.

Writing tips from J.R.R. Tolkien that are not only wise but uplifting. I loved this post from Writers in the Storm.

Finally, a huge congrats to Winter Bayne, a fantastic author, on her publishing contracts and her new look!