Useful Links And Some Other Fun Stuff

I know I’ve neglected this blog so I thought I would make it up to you by telling you what I’ve been doing, besides editing. Then I’ll give you some cool links to check out.

What I’ve been up to:

I’m currently reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which my boss recommended. I wasn’t sure I would like it but I am thoroughly enjoying it.

It’s a light read compared to The Art of Racing in the Rain. Which I just finished and found to be a bit depressing. It’s a great story but made me cry several times. Garth Stein did a great job, it’s very well written. Oh, and narrated by a dog.

I’m also trying to get through The Artist Way and The Scene Book. It’s slow going but I hope to finished them before Christmas. 🙂

I completed my Writeriffic class. I don’t think you want to hear more about that. Moving on…

I gave up on chapter one of my manuscript for a while, and I’ve moved on to chapter two. Chapter two will be up for review on Critique Circle March 24th.

I also dusted off and read the first three chapters of my NaNo story. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. At least, not for a first draft. The pace was too fast but I think it has potential. I’m excited about editing it but I can’t yet.

I wrote an essay about coffee houses and it may be published in a regional magazine. I may also write something about the Sonoma County Beaches for the same magazine. These jobs don’t pay. But it’s kind of neat anyway.

Here are some really cool links:

The Urban Dictionary: Perfect if you’re writing a young character and need help with slang.

The Bookshelf Muse: If you find yourself running out of words, check out The Bookshelf Muse. There’s a thesaurus for almost everything on this blog.

Tribal Writer: This is a great blog about writing fiction. Every time I visit Justine’s blog I learn something new.

The Character Therapist: Need help with your characters? Check out this blog.

LawGuru Answers: I found the website when looking for domestic violence law information, but it’s also a great place to get story ideas.

That’s all I have in my bag of tricks for today. I hope you find something helpful.

15 thoughts on “Useful Links And Some Other Fun Stuff

  1. I’ve been following a few of the blogs you mentioned above. They are packed full of information and it’s also nice to see the work produced by other CC members. It helps me understand their crits when I read one. It’s like a background check for writers. LOL

    I’m also glad (and relieved) to see you’ve been busy in your writing world and that you haven’t been absent because you have outgrown us. 😉

    1. Hey! I forgot to say congrats on your essay. That is exciting stuff.

      I’m headed to the book store tomorrow. Well actually I’m headed to the hospital, but between test I’m going to hang out at the bookstore. I wanted to pick up a debut Romance novel. Do you have any suggestions?????

      1. Debut romance–no. I read Nora Roberts but she’s been out for a long time. Jennifer Crusie is fun to read, but she’s also been out for a while, and her debut is one of my least favorites. If you read her, try Bet Me. It’s hilarious and hot! Or Fast Women.
        I know of no good romance debuts. I like Emily Griffen’s debut, Something Borrowed, and Julie Buxbaum’s The Opposite of Love, but they’re both chick-lit.
        Stay away from Lisa Jackson–trust me! That was the biggest waste of my book spending money.
        Let me think about it for a while and get back to you. I’ve been trying so hard to read other genres I haven’t read any romance in a while.
        Oh, and Janet Evanovich is great too. The Stephanie Plum series. The first is ‘One for the money’. I haven’t read her other romance novels, they’re HQ series, and I don’t usually read those.

      2. Oh, and thanks! I’m happy about the essay, but apprehensive. I’m not a huge fan of the magazine. My best friend works for the editor. She’s been pushing me to submit something, so I finally did it. This is my way of supporting her, and her way of supporting me. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes.

      3. Twilight is a debut romance, but YA. I’ve already made many comments on what I think about the writing, that being said, it’s still a good story.
        Also, The Time Travelers Wife is a debut, I hear it’s excellent but I haven’t read it yet.

  2. Well, you certainly are keeping busy! I, too, am glad you haven’t outgrown us. LawGuru looks like a good site, thanks for the link. Bookshelf Muse also looks interesting. I’ve read the writing blogs a couple of times — I could definitely spend all my time on blogs instead of actually writing anything!

    I think I’m gonna pass on the Art of Racing in the Rain. I’ve never done well with sad-but-uplifting dog stories.

  3. I’ve thought about reading the Guernsey Pie story because I’ve heard so many people like it. I think I may try that soon…but forget any stories with dogs. 😉

    I am glad you’re so busy – and productive!! Great for you!

    1. Busy–yes, productive–that’s questionable. 🙂
      Yes, you might want to avoid the dog story. I hear it’s being made into a movie, maybe by then you’ll be interested.

  4. I have a link to the Urban Dictionary on my desktop. That LawGuru site looks very valuable. Wish I’d known about it before. I’m checking out your other links too.

    If my live group breaks up, I’m going to check out Critique Circle.

    Glad to hear you’ve moved on in your writing. You can go back to that first chapter when you’ve finished the last.

    1. Yes, the first chapter is on ice for a while. I’m moving on, and keeping what little bit of sanity I have left.
      Critique Circle is working for me because I have no one at home to read for me, and I mean no one. Any feedback at this point is helpful. I also like reading the other stories on the site. Some are really good.

  5. “I wrote an essay about coffee houses and it may be published in a regional magazine. I may also write something about the Sonoma County Beaches for the same magazine.”

    Congratulations! That’s a big deal – you should have put it first! 🙂

    I subscribe to the Bookshelf Muse in Goodle Reader – I love that. Haven’t checked out Tribal Writer yet though, so am heading over there now.

  6. I blew past your publication possibilities, sorry. I’ve been busy today. I think it’s great to get publication credits, so congratulations!

    You rock.

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