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message 1: by Adele (new)

Adele Gibbes (yellowstonegirl) | 4 comments I thought it would be a good idea to start a list of Good Reads Author Blogs, which are not published on this site. I maintain three blogs, which I would love for fellow readers and authors to check out.

American Nomad: A travel blog http://www.adelelassiter.blogpot.ccom

The Inkspot: A Guide to Writing, Publicity and Book Promotion
http://www.adelelassiter-inkspot.blog...

Sporting News: I have a popular college basketball for the The Sporting News:
http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/yell...


message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Sanchez (lisasanchez) | 13 comments Hello all! I just received my first publishing contract a few days ago, and thought I'd share my blog with you all. Happy Monday!

Confessions of a California Cheer Mom
http://sanchezzoo.blogspot.com/


message 3: by Frances (new)

Frances (mothindarkness) Excellent Idea!

I blog about writing and publishing at: http://francespauli.blogspot.com

And I do a serial Space Opera at: http://spaceslugserial.blogspot.com


Frances


message 4: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments Following & I put you all on my blog roll. My blog is not really related [on weight loss, etc ...:], but is morphing into being more about my fledgling writing career. Not sure I want the blog as part of my 'professional' presence. I'll be maintaining blogs & articles on my website. It's currently getting a facelift and not officially open yet. Soon. :D Anyway, my blogger name is antgirl. LOL Long story.


message 5: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Lender (fantasyauthorsandylender) | 35 comments oooooo.
My blog is in flux. Originally it was about the oh-so-exciting world of grammar. But that was in September of 2006. Now I am more about promotional topics. How-to by showing...and fun little items I pick up.

http://www.TodayTheDragonWins.blogspo...

I welcome folks to check it out. I blog with my own name because, well, I want folks to know my name! And my signature line is...
From Sandy Lender
"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."


message 6: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments I decided to end the old blog and start a new one. http://mpaxauthor.blogspot.com/

Luckily, a good number of my old followers will probably switch over. :D I think I got most of you on the new blog roll.


message 7: by Lori (new)

Lori (losterman1970) | 185 comments Hello all,

I have started a Book Blog tour on my blog http://authorlorinewman.blogspot.com/...

You are all welcome to add your Book or blog and then paste the code onto your blog for added exposure for everyone.

Hope to see you there.
Lori


message 8: by Frances (new)

Frances (mothindarkness) That is awesome Lori.
Thanks!

Frances


message 9: by Karey (new)

Karey (kareyshane) | 16 comments I've been away from Goodreads for what seems like forever. Thanks for this thread! Here's my link:

Café Skill


message 11: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments So, I'm kinda new to this whole blogging thing. How do I set up my own blog? I have an author page and I blog on that but there's no link. Help!


message 12: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments Following Gina & added you to my blog roll.

P.Q. if you look up blogger and/or wordpress, they will guide you through setting up a blog. I think both are free. I use blogger, which I know is free.


Mary
http://mpaxauthor.blogspot.com/


message 13: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments Hey Mary, Just looked at your blog. Looks good. You said you were looking for interiors of space ships, have you tried deviantart.net or org or something. When I want super cool pics for my background, I go there.
When I get a chance I will go to blogger and check it out. thanks for all the advice. I'm going to read some of your stuff when I get a minute.


message 14: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments Oh, thanks for the link. I had been there a long time ago. Will go check out what they have. Thanks, PQ.

Blogger is pretty easy. Seems to be where most folks drifted to. It's easy to personalize and I'm no computer wizard. That's my brother's department - making the website.


message 15: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Dilloway (margaret_dilloway) | 2 comments I have http://www.margaretdilloway.com/

My first novel, HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, will come out in Aug from Putnam. My blog is parenting/writing/random stuff.

E-mail if you would like to exchange links! I'll check out all of yours:)


message 16: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments I don't think I have a link yet. Don't you have to have a blog to have a link? The only one I know of is the websites where you can purchase my book. Will that do? I would be happy to check out your blog though. Good luck with your book!


message 17: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments Okay, I just looked at your blog and your book, How to be an American Housewife, sounds really good. I will definitely put it on my "to read" list.


message 18: by P.S. (new)

P.S. Gifford (paulsgifford) | 5 comments http://paperbacktheweirdcrap.blogspot...

My blog is Paperback writer.

I have well over a hundred publishing credits that includes three books. I am a member of the H.W.A. and a regular on the convention circuit.

For more on me


http://www.psgifford.com


message 19: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments Love the garbage disposal story. You had me going. I thought I was in for a gruesome tale.
Realized after I got to the end that I'd been holding my breath.
Great read!!


message 20: by P.S. (new)

P.S. Gifford (paulsgifford) | 5 comments It is a true story! But oft times truth is stranger- and scarier than- fiction! Thanks for reading!


message 21: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments Margaret & PS, I added you to my blog roll.

Truth is often stranger than anything I could think up. I saw this guy running down the street one day. I mean really running like he was on fire. He was carrying a dead tree like a flag. Its needles flying behind him in a strange gold trail. It was the oddest thing. For the life of me, I can't figure out what he was doing. It will find its way into a story at some point. I don't think I could have thought that up.


message 22: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments Maybe he was trying to save it? Obviously too late. Or perhaps he had stolen it from his ex-wife's house who won it in the divorce. Did you notice anyone chasing him? lol


message 23: by P.S. (new)

P.S. Gifford (paulsgifford) | 5 comments Carrying a dead tree like a flag? How odd!

And thanks for the add!

Paul

http://www.psgifford.com


message 24: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments One of my observatory friends asked me whether he was running toward the hospital, which the guy was. So, we laughed at that. Maybe he was trying to save the tree. As I said it was odd. I'm still composting what I'm going to do with that one.

I write those things down in a journal. Eventually they find their way into stories.


message 25: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments You've got my imagination in overload. Humm, hospital?
Maybe his dying mother, who had planted the tree when he was a baby is dying in the hospital and wants to see the tree one more time before she passes away, but she's quickly running out of time. The hospital is hundreds of miles away from their home but she has to stay at that hospital for certain groundbreaking treatments. Her son, determined to grant her last request, digs up the tree and heads across state but on the way he is met with one mishap after another. (fill in later) Anyway, by the time he finally gets close to the hospital, there's a traffic jam and the taxi is stuck, so he leaps out of the car and runs down the street toward the hospital with the tree, now showing the effects of it's perilous journey, desperately trying to reach his mom in time.

How's that?


message 26: by P.S. (last edited Mar 17, 2010 02:10PM) (new)

P.S. Gifford (paulsgifford) | 5 comments You have it all wrong (wink)

You see the tree is a special variety- found in the deepest Amazon, Within its gold colored needles is a compound that can cure the infamous Lua-lua disease, which his twin brother is dying off in a governemnet research lab. American doctors claim there is no cure and that he will be dead in 72 hours. The crazed brother spend his last bent dime getting to the Amazon and back to the States and had to hitchike his way back to the lab. Chucky, the last truck driver who picked him up, dropped him off several blocks from the hopsital. Our hero was running as fast as he could, waving his prize in victory, as he made his way to save his brother.


message 27: by Robert (new)

Robert | 34 comments A COMMENT AND A COMPLAINT
TO GOODREADS get these ads below my picture OUT OF MY FACE. This is a great way to ruin a good web site.


message 28: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments To P.S.
I like that scenario as well. But couldn't he just be some activist who's running across america with a tree to bring awareness about cutting down all the trees in the rainforest? You know, kinda like that guy who carried a cross, walking across america?


message 29: by P.S. (last edited Mar 17, 2010 02:20PM) (new)

P.S. Gifford (paulsgifford) | 5 comments Or the tree could be an hallucigenic which he has been smoking....


message 30: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments LOL :)
I have to ask, did you notice what he was wearing? Was it a business suit, jeans, sweats?
Did the tree look cut off or pulled out of the ground?
**I'm Shirley Holmes, gathering clues**


message 31: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments LOL Good stuff.

I think he was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. It was at the end of last summer. The tree looked pulled out of the ground and not cut. But there was not a lot of dirt around the roots.


message 32: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments Hey Mary, sorry, but I had a phone call from an old friend haven't spoken to in years!
Anyway, humm, okay, there was a landscaping company that was replacing old dead trees with new ones and while hauling off the dead trees, this tree fell out. A good samaritan noticed the tree had falling out so he picked up the dead tree and was running after the landscaping truck, trying to give it back.

I know, kinda lame, but I'm liking this game!!!


message 33: by Dr (new)

Dr | 134 comments The guy with the T-shirt and jeans with both knees out and a pocket dangling had been working for two hours to get that tree out of the ground. The old tree had lots of dried sap which when moistened by his sweat became very, very tacky, so much so, that at one point his hands got stuck to the tree and just about at the same time hundreds of fire ants came up out of the ground through the tree roots and covered his arms. When, the ants began biting him, he gave one final giant lunge and the renewed effort caused the tree to come up out of the ground. By that time he was covered with ants and couldn't get his hands free from the tree and took off running for the hospital. He yelled at you for help, but you like everyone else was laughing so hard that his plea was lost in the humor of the moment. Dr M


message 34: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments LOL! That is hilarious!!!!!
I got a total visual!!
Great job Dr.


message 35: by Dr (new)

Dr | 134 comments Thanks, I love it when I make you smile.


message 36: by M. (new)

M. Pax (mpax) | 33 comments That's quite good. :D These odd things are wonderful morsels, aren't they?


message 37: by Dr (new)

Dr | 134 comments Yes, and I am the oddest of them all. Isn't life grand? Where else but life could we have so much fun that we know about. I have been told there is a better place and have been given instructions on how to get there, but I like to follow my own road and make my own rules as long as I don't trespass or pass goal without getting my trip reward. Happiness comes in all sorts of packages and these message are often the most wonderful packages of the day. Dr M


message 38: by Charlie (new)

Charlie (bitsyblingbooks) I'd love to have everyone stop by my blog: http://www.charliecourtland.com
When you visit, feel free to scroll down to the 'networked blog' box and click on follow. This provides my fans a view of your blog and allows them to 'hop' over to check out your site.
Hope to see you there!


message 39: by P.Q. (new)

P.Q. Glisson | 44 comments I don't really have a separate blog. Can I put down my goodreads author's blog?


message 40: by Adele (new)

Adele Clagett | 4 comments I'll add my blog to the list -

www.mygreypub.com/Blog

I include a Reading Room, Writer's Desk and other odds and ends. This centers around my book "The Legend of the Seahawk".


message 41: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Wallace | 7 comments Hello,
My blog is less about writing and more about the fascinations that inspire our stories. I'm always looking for guest bloggers as well.
Please check it out at benjaminwallacebooks.com.

Thanks,
-ben


message 42: by Elaine (new)

Elaine (httpgoodreadscomelaine_chaika) | 48 comments My blog http://smarthotolady.blogspot.com This is about all things language

My new blog is prep for my next book. The blog is
http:dogsandwolves-smartoldlady.blogspot.com

This is a radical view of dogs and humans which is why I'm presenting my research and thinking in the blog first


message 43: by Elaine (new)

Elaine (httpgoodreadscomelaine_chaika) | 48 comments Sorry. The link to my second blog is

http://dogsandwolves-smartoldlady.blo...

I appreciate all comments. The same goes for the language blog

http://smarthotoldlady.blogspot.com


message 44: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia | 2 comments Book blog: http://dove-ministries.blogspot.com/
Personal blog: http://preparingwomenforpurpose.blogs...

Thanks in advance,
Cynthia


message 45: by Dr (new)

Dr | 134 comments Cynthia, nice blogs, good messages and I say keep up the good work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKI_Jv...


message 46: by Reena (new)

Reena Jacobs (reenajacobs) | 66 comments Ramblings of an Amateur Writer is my book blog: http://reenajacobs.com/blog

I open posts several days a week to authors -- teasers, interviews, guest posts.


message 47: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Patrick (pristine) | 14 comments Hi everyone,
Great thread here's my blog called Seasons

http://deborahbrodie.blogspot.com/


message 48: by Sheron (new)

Sheron McCartha (sherimc) | 9 comments If you are looking for a good science fiction read, or news in the scifi world, read my blog http://www.scifibookreview.com A fun blog on robots, space opera, aliens, genetics and the books that tell the stories about them.


message 49: by Grady (new)

Grady Hendrix Hi,

I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a journalist who has started writing books and publishing stories and I blog about whatever strikes my fancy (usually movies, pop culture weirdness and truly awful books) over at:

http://www.gradyhendrix.com/

Hope you enjoy it if you stop by!


message 50: by Tammie (new)

Tammie Gibbs (tammieclarkegibbs) | 9 comments Ideas on a good place to host a blog?


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