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#ROW80 and Recommended Reading

Things are going well for me. In my measurable goals, I’ve managed to participate a little on Twitter and to post to my FB page every day this week, and I’ve kept up with my blog schedule, including scheduling posts at least a day in advance to be sure I don’t forget.

In writing, I’m continuing to work on my blueprint for HEROES UNDER SIEGE. I’m at the stage now where I’m gathering up the list of things that need to happen, things that need to be planted and shown along the way, and trying to come up with a list of specific scenes to write. Kind of the real getting down to outlining business part of the process. But next is actually writing.

I took a day off from that yesterday to map out something completely different. I don’t usually think of anything else except the Talents, but sometimes your brain needs to do something else just to remember that it can. I came up with a world, problem, and character list for a new YA trilogy. I also came up with general ideas for all three books and a plot skeleton for the first one. I have a lot of Talent work to do and I don’t know when I’d ever get to such a thing, but I wrote it all up and sent it to Jane to see what she thinks of the idea. Now so I got that out of my system for a bit and it’s back to work on the Talents.

Speaking of Jane, I think I might be interrupting Friday’s regularly scheduled post to bring you some news about HEROES ‘TIL CURFEW. Maybe. Ack.

While you’re waiting you can check out this week’s

Recommended Reading

Superman, like Shrek, has layers
I know, as soon as I said that we all started thinking of parfait. Or maybe that’s just those of us with a sweet tooth who didn’t have breakfast. Well anyway, I found What Does Superman Stand For? to be a very thought-provoking article on Superman’s motto Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Recommended for Superman fans and general malcontents. (via Twitter @slackerheroes)

Writing: a force for good in the world
No matter what your level in the writing thing, you need to read every word of Holly Lisle’s Money From Nothing: The Economic Value of Writing Original Fiction. It will explain to you how, even if you kinda suck right now, you’re adding awesome to the world. And as you improve, your contribution of awesome seems to increase exponentially. A joyful read for all of us who scribble. (via subscription to Holly’s newsletter which should be mandatory)

Don’t make me send you back to the kids’ table
This is a bit old and has probably made the rounds because it’s pretty awesome. But if you haven’t read Self-publishers Need To Start Minding Their Manners, I suggest you check it out. Catherine Ryan Howard reminds us of just how good we have it–so don’t screw it up. (via Twitter @Belinda_Pollard #MyWANA)

This is neat
That was just my reaction to seeing this blog by the awesome Vicki Lieske. If you’re wondering “Why is my book not selling?” you can submit it to this blog and she’ll go through your listing, give her reactions to the cover, blurb, writing, etc., and make some suggestions. She’s not tearing these listings apart. I found the posts to be very polite and professional, and very much in the spirit of being helpful. No surprise there. (via Twitter @VictorineLieske)

She’s 94 years old!
Piper Bayard runs a regular feature on her blog called “The End Is Near–and we deserve it!” It’s a spotlight on…the foibles of humanity? Okay, really, on people who must be smoking crack. This week’s clip is a crack up. It’s just over a minute so get over there and click it. She’s also got a list of recommendations for you. The apocalypse is freaking nigh, people. Nigh! Get a move on. (via subscription)

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Some Overdue Recs

While I really cut back on reading blogs over the break, there were a few things I had to read and keep to pass along to you when I got back.

Hey, don’t rag on Twitter
While I don’t spend a ton of time on Twitter–I have no discipline and can get sucked into the conversation for hours on end–these days I’m of the opinion that if you don’t like it, if you think it’s just a bunch of people mindlessly chattering, it’s because you just don’t get it yet. Piper Bayard backs up that theory in Across the Twitterverse. Plus, she says something very nice about me. (I subscribe to Piper’s blog because she’s full of win.)

what? 80’s post? Damn this internet break!
Yeah, so during my break I missed reading and timely commenting on The 80’s: Love Series Part 4. Luckily, since I’m Fandrew #1, Andrew Mocete’s posts are high on my catch-up list. Partly since he told me there would be an 80’s post, knowing what a totally 80’s girl I am, and also hey, the man gives good post. More than just a nostalgia post, Andrew speculates on how advances in special effects technology have changed screenwriting, and highlights some of the writing stuff that made the 80’s special. (via subscription)

Think More Betterer
You know that I often find great similarity between what indie authors do and what indie crafters do. On the Duct Tape Marketing blog, John Jantsch writes beautifully about what it takes and what it means to run a small business in Work as Craft. (via link in Etsy newsletter)

Always Something in the Box
Honestly, there was just so much good in this post it was hard to narrow it down to one tagline. Justine Musk’s How To Get Out Of Your Own Way… spoke to me–and talked hard–about a lot of things I needed to hear. (via link from Kait Nolan)

Nothing Is Original
Okay, that’s just one of the brilliant points you’ll find in How To Steal Like an Artist. This is a long scroll with a lot of images. All kinds of smart packed in here, so do read the whole thing. (via link sent to me by Kait Nolan.)

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