Check Out These Rockstars!

Welcome to Rudan Thursdays where we talk about…things! Anything from books and movies, to blog posts and authors, to food and drink.

Allow me to shine the spotlight on three lovely ladies whose recent blog posts really stuck with me. Without further ado…

Victoria Mixon

An oldie but goodie, Victoria guest-posted on Jami Gold’s blog back in November. In this post, she explained story climax and drew an excellent mental diagram of exactly how it is supposed to be laid out for the reader. Brilliant post Victoria, thank you!

Jami Gold

Speaking of Ms. Gold, back in January she asked a question that had been bugging me: Do you call yourself a writer or an author? Her answer is both smart and sassy, admirable qualities, those. Thank you for relieving me of that particular burden, Jami!

Jenny Hansen

Every time I see this post in my “saved” folder I smile. The ever intuitive Ms. Hansen hit the proverbial nail on the head with her list of 10 unusual things about writers. I remember reading this for the first time at my allergist appointment, and while waiting for my turn to get poked with needles, I sat in the corner snickering, snorting, and belly laughing. This is a real treat, and for those avid readers out there who haven’t given writing a shot…maybe give it a try :P

And there you have it.

So talk to me. What did you think of Victoria’s take on story climax? Did her description resonate with you, as it did with me? And what about Jami’s answer to the writer vs. author question? What do you call yourself? How did you like Jenny’s 10 unusual things? Did you see yourself in her list?

A Very Special Tabhartas (tribute)…

Welcome to Rudan Thursdays where we talk about…things! Anything from books and movies, to blog posts and authors, to food and drink.

I’m taking a break for a bit to enjoy my family and catch up on my novels ~ the ones I’m writing :P  So, for the final time in 2011 I’d like to pay tribute, or tabhartas, to those posts I’ve enjoyed recently.

Without further ado…

Marcia Richards shares a real life love story in her post, A Love Story.

The gals over at WITS ran a short series of inspiring posts featuring bodily fluids titled, Inspiration vs Perspiration In Writing, and Sweat Equity. Must read, as always.

Jami Gold explains fast drafting and how it might work for you in her post, “Can You Fast Draft?

Ashley March posted a fantastic blog on Letting Your Character in on The Secret over at Roni Loren’s site. Check it out!

Victoria Mixon posted Story Climax: The Whole Point over at Jami Gold’s place.

Pam Hawley posted a very inspiring blog over at Marcia Richard’s site about goals and aspirations…it’s really stuck with me. Check it out: The Pink House.

Kristen Lamb wrapped up her invaluable series on structure with Structure Part Eight: Balancing the Scenes that Make Up Your Novel.

Kerry Meacham posted the uplifting, Our Entire Life is Still Ahead of Us, on his Sweet Tea Tuesday blog. This post came at the perfect time for me…hopefully now is the perfect time for you!

Sierra Godfrey brings it home for you in her guest-post at Roni Loren’s place, How Low Can You Go? The Important ‘All Is Lost’ Moment. Nice.

Diana Murdock calls to your soul in her post, Who is the Better Half? Me or Me?

Amber West will have you giggling under your desk with her post, How To Brighten Your Day By Annoying Others. Seriously, I laughed so hard…literally LOL’d

Carrie Spencer Woodie The Woodchuck-finally!-explains Press This. Yes!

Jenny Hansen brings a little common sense to the table with her post, Are You Playing to Your Strengths?

Jen Talty breaks down Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet in her recent post.

Art Holcomb guest-posted over at about how we writers need to get out of our own way. You said it brother!

Laura Drake over at WITS recently posted about Writing and Hershey Kisses, my two favorite things :P

Kristen Lamb posted this gem, How To Hook A Reader and NEVER Let Go, and it’s stuck with me ever since. I guess she really knows what she’s talking about :P

Jami Gold recently asked, Are All Cheap eBooks Crap? A thought-provoking post, as is Jami’s usual style.

To Marcia, the Gals @ WITS, Jami, Ashley, Roni, Victoria, Pam, Kristen, *breath* Kerry, Sierra, Diana, Amber, Carrie, Jenny, Jen, Art, Larry, and Laura ~ Slàinte…your health!

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Here are two blogs I follow quite closely, and are easily my favorites.  Both are entertaining, informative, and brilliantly written.  I could not decide which of their numerous posts I wanted to highlight, so I said the hell with it – post their entire blogs!

And here they are:

Gene Lempp ~ Unearthing the Future. Gene posts Designing From Bones on Wednesdays, where he bring the past to life, and Blog Treasures, wonderful posts from around the blogosphere, on Saturdays. One of the very few blogs I follow where I dig everything I find in my inbox. Slàinte to you Gene ~ May 2012 shine on you.

Anil Balan ~ Ghost Cities, Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural. Anil posts on everything from media reviews, true stories, and tall tales to urban legends and history. Again, one of the very few blogs I follow where I eat up everything dished out. Slàinte to you Anil ~ Many blessings to you in 2012.

And please, boys, keep posting those awesome blogs!

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May you all have a very happy holiday, and safe New Year. I wish you the best in 2012 and will see you January 3rd! :)

To Your Health!

Welcome to Rudan Thursdays where we talk about…things! Anything from books and movies, to blog posts and authors, to food and drink.

Today I’d like to pay tribute, or tabhartas, to those posts I’ve enjoyed recently. Without further ado…

On Tuesdays, Jenny Hansen blogs about techie stuff, and this post on QR Codes is really cool. You can do so much with them, most especially use them for marketing that ah-mazing book you just published!  More recently, Jenny blogged about how physical therapy relates to writing. Really great insight, and fantastic ideas. Check it out!

Back in October, Steena Holmes posted a thinker, asking Do You Know How To Say No? This is an essential skill for the guilt-ridden writer to learn. It’s OK to say “no” to friends and family sometimes ~ sometimes, it’s even critical to do so. I gotta go re-read this one..

..Ok, back. Now, where was I? Ah, yes…

Ever wanted to go on vacation…maybe somewhere exotic…but just couldn’t see a way over the expenses to do it? Well, look no further my friends. Patricia Sands tells us this very affordable, and not so unique it turns out, way to make it happen. A big thanks to Marcia Richards for hosting Patricia and sharing the love!

Writers In The Storm, or WITS, is one of my fave blogs to read ~ they always have fantastic info, insights, and guest posters. Recently, they hosted the one…the only…the Naked Editor, Tiffany Lawson Inman. If you haven’t had the experience of Naked Editing, I suggest you check this out now. Tiffany has this idea that thrillers are not the only genre that can have thrilling page turners. She talks about how to make even the sappiest romance an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read.

In her post, The Dark Side of Metrics – Writer Friend or Ticket To Crazy Town?, Kristen Lamb cautions us writers on placing too much importance on our social media numbers. So put down the Jack and/or the cancer stick… and relax.

Elizabeth Spann, over at Mystery Writing is Murder, shared a post by Victoria Mixon about Fair Play. Y’know, letting your reader in on the joke or at least giving them a hint? If you want ‘em to stick around for 10hrs (average time it takes a reader to finish a novel), then you gotta give ‘em something. Great post!

To Jenny, Steena, Patricia, Marcia, the Gals @ WITS, *breath* Tiffany, Kristen, Elizabeth, and Victoria…Slàinte…your health!