Sunday, February 6, 2011

Odds & Ends and Fun Writer Posts

Hello All!

It's been some time since I've last seen you. I haven't forgotten you, I've been writing. Lots. And when I'm productive in the writing department, I try to stay away from distractions -because the goal is, after all, to get published!

I did write one post and not share it. I think I got distracted. Which, if you know me, doesn't surprise you one bit.

So here is a Late January Post:

As I pulled into the garage today after school, a skateboard magically flew from its perch on the peg wall, hit the side of the van, and landed under the wheel. I backed over the skateboard and out of the garage. (There was no other way to do this since everything in the garage only fits one way.) Then I put the skateboard back in place. (The van was not wounded). As I walked under the eaves and back to the driver's seat, someone slammed the front door of the house causing much of the snow on the roof to land on my head, in my hood, and down my shirt.

The van is in the garage, and I have decided to spend the rest of the day indoors.

And a Crock Pot Recipe I Thought Sounded Good:
BBQ Sauce - Pork Loin w/ Dr. Pepper & lots of garlic. Skim fat. Let cool. Add tomato paste and spices to taste.

And Some Great Blog Posts!
Just One More Page - A new blog by Dave Richardson. All of you Verlakay people know him as "dave r." Dave is an indie bookbuyer/seller for The Blue Marble Bookstore in Ft. Thomas, KY, and he writes a regular book review column for The International Reading Association's READING TODAY. His posts are informative, fun and funny! 

Jennifer Represents -Nancy Drew and the Case of the Guilty Silence - Have you ever wondered why an agent hasn't responded back to a request for a manuscript? 

Also from Jennifer - When to Keep Your Trap Shut? Almost Always. This has some excellent advice for bloggers and others with an online presence. 

Jules Watson - Historical Fiction Workshop - Have you always wanted to attend a writing workshop, but it's never been in the budget? Jules Watson has posted a complete Historical Fiction Workshop, and it's FREE!

Jill Corcoran - How to Sub Queries & Full Manuscripts in the Digital Age "Subbing your ms to agents has definitely changed. No more do you print out reams of paper and ship them off in a box. Now you query and send full requested manuscript via email. And we agents then forward your email with the requested full manuscript to our e-reader, which for me is a kindle. So here are some important tips to help you sub successfully in the digital age."

Finally, because it made me laugh, and because it's TRUE, a video from Jackson Pearce, author of Sister's Red and As You Wish.

Keep Writing!


Alex Gartner said...

Thanks for the great links, Nora! That recipe sounds scrumptious.

Let me know what you think of American Gods after you're finished! I found myself so sickened by an early chapter, I laughed aloud. I think that makes me a bad person.

Nora MacFarlane said...

Not sure what happened to my post. It has weird spaces and font changes that I didn't include -mostly bold. And Blogger won't let me fix it. Ah well...

Alex - I'm enjoying American Gods, but it certainly makes you squirm here and there.

Anonymous said...

It's been so stinking hot here that I wouldnt mind a bit of snow on my head! haha Poor you though! :o)

Nora MacFarlane said...

Niki - I'll take hot over cold any day! Trade ya?

Anonymous said...

It's a deal! lol

Julie Musil said...

That post was worth the wait! Thanks for the great links. I haven't seen that one from Jill.

Dave Richardson said...

Thanks for the shout out, Nora. Much appreciated.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks so much for the links. I can't wait to check out the hf one. Sorry you had such a challenging morning...

Bish Denham said...

Great links! So glad you've been writing!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks all - I'm glad the links were helpful!

Dave - Anytime!

Kelly said...

Thanks for the links, Nora! And that crock pot recipe sounds good. I may have to try that one!