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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Behind, but Forward

Pounding rain has coincided with a day off from scheduled work.  The bones are stiff from yesterday's eight-and-a-half-hour marathon at the cheese shop, and six hours of sitting at the computer today. It's all good though, because I just found a forgotten bag of potato chips, stashed in the top cupboard.  Before seeking out refreshments, I put good effort in on a personal essay I hope to send out soon, and then after some well-overdue commenting on several blogs, forced myself to complete about 500 words on the old WIP.  (As an aside, I have a difficult time using that term…I don’t take myself seriously enough as a writer.  Anyone else have that little problem?).

Anywhoo, now it is time to write a blog post and as usual lately, I’m stymied.  So, if you don’t mind, this is going to be an amalgamation.

For starters, I have been so behind on blog writing and reading, I missed out on Alex Cavanaugh’s  and Matthew McNish’s  Pay it Forward Blog Fest.  The purpose was to recommend three bloggers so others will find them.   Alex is one of the most generous, giving and forward thinking writers I’ve had the fortune to “meet,” and while I’m five days late, the idea was so thoughtful I wanted to participate.  As for Matthew, well, I hope someday I’ll have a query he will critique.  In the meantime, if you have one you’d like to submit, check out his site.

So, in spite of the fact I’m trailing the proverbial pack, I’d like to recommend  two bloggers that I’ve discovered recently.  To that end, please check out Mainewords.   Marcy not only offers to critique the first page of your manuscript, her blog also includes stunning photos along with her prose.  Speaking of photos, Missing Moments, a blog I found a few months ago, is filled with such amazing pictures, I sigh when I see them, and envy her photography skills.

Number three is a blogger I’ve known for a while, but please have a look at Anne Gallagher’s new site:  Anne Gallagher, Regency Romance Writer .  Anne's site is a perfect representation of her work, AND features a stunning masthead painted by Bridget Chicoine, a writer, artist, blogger I’ve been a fan of since my early days online.  You can find Bridget’s painting site here, and her writing site here.

And lastly today, for those of you in revision hell…err, heaven, click here to read The Geyser 5-Step Approach to Revision by  Brian Klems at Writer’s Digest.  I can’t wait to get to a point where I can use his advice.

16 comments:

Old Kitty said...

You're just fashionably late to Cap'n Ninja's and Mr McNish's blogfest! Yay!!!!!

Thanks for the recommendations and links! Yay for your wip progress too! Take care
x

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks for the shout-out Liza. You're the best!!

Things got sticky yesterday, but I'm diving into the WiP today. Hope to catch a few more words on it. 50K by Nov. 1, is that right?
We can do this.

sunny said...

i really like th photos liza,hope you will visit my blog too

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aw, thanks Liza! Late is fine. And Marcy and Anne are both wonderful bloggers!

Jan Morrison said...

Nice! I'll check out those I don't already and definitely, as you know, check out the Geiser Five-Step - sounds like a step-dance. Thanks, dolly!

Ann Best said...

I'm woefully behind on blogging too, Liza. Been trying to write and then LIFE whaps me! But I have seen Anne Gallagher's incredible new website, and I have already read some of her wonderful book The Lady's Fate. The writing is beautiful. Now I just need to finish it and do a review!

I didn't do Alex'a Pay it Forward either, but you can always click some of the links anytime. I'm now going to click the others you mention.

Have a beautiful October day!!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Ann Best said...

BTW Liza: the link to Anne's new website doesn't work--at least it doesn't for me.

jbchicoine said...

Liza, thanks for the mention--I'm blushing...:)
I think this is a busy season for lots of us. I've been having trouble keeping up with, too...

...and there does seem to be a problem with a few of your links :(

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for the new links. I'm still catching up on all the bloggers who participated in the last fest so you're not so far behind.

jabblog said...

Better late than never!
(I have difficulty using WIP, too!)

Bish Denham said...

Welcome to the bloghop party, which as far as I'm concerned is still going on as there are so many blogs to visit!

Jon Paul said...

Better late than never is my motto! And yeah, WIP does feel a bit weird when uttered or typed.

I'm off to check out your recommendations--and yeah: Bridget's painting on Anne's blog is quite stunning, isn't it! :D

Stephen Tremp said...

I just stopped by Anne's new site! And I'm in revision hell ... errr .... heaven and wrapping things up for my next book. I'll check out Geyser's link. Thanks!

Lynda R Young said...

The blogfest was brilliant and doesn't matter about being fashionably late.

Good advice by Brian Klems at Writer's Digest.

mshatch said...

thank you so much for the shout out. I love new visitors!

btw, you've got some pretty stunning photos here, too :)

missing moments said...

Liza, thank you so much for the shout out! Now I gotta go check out these other folks!
And ... better showing up late than never showing up! :)