Friday Favorites – Catching Up

Posted Aug 31 2012, 3:05 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Now that the kids are back in school, I’m doing my best to catch up and get back into my regular routine of blogging. Not an easy task. I spent way to much time attempting to read the backlog of blogs and finally gave up. I really, really hope I didn’t miss anything vital. I still have a great collection, though.

Parenting and family stuff–

Elena Aitken has a post about treasure hunting. I’ve heard about this before and I think my kids would love it. I just never bothered to get off my butt and make it happen. After reading this post, I am newly inspired. 

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms has a funny post called “Ten Things About Our Mom Cars.” I laughed because my car fits the bill on everything except first-aid station. I never carry stuff with me. (Although there might be a first aid kit somewhere in the back)

Emma Burcart is traveling across the country to move to Miami and she wrote about getting lost. It’s a great story about how people aren’t as bad as it seems when you watch the news.

Writing Stuff–

August McLaughlin writes about making the most of our time as writers. This fits in beautifully with my post from earlier in the week about knowing what kind of writer you are.

Heroes and Heartbreakers had a couple of great blogs. In the first, Elizabeth Vail talks about underdeveloped sympathetic traits to make Alphahole heroes more likeable. She calls them “Empathy coupons.” I agree with her that a lot of authors use this as a shortcut to show the readers that the hero isn’t all bad. Luckily for me, I can’t come up with an example of it being phony. I think the same traits work if they are developed realistically.

Then, Sarah Anderson has a funny post on names for the vagina. She has a valid point. We have lots of names for the penis, but nothing really good for vagina. I can’t get behind va-jay-jay. It sounds ridiculous.

Agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford offers us The Publishing Process in Gif Form. And he totally nails it.

WinningEdits has a series of “In three words” in which they give writers a topic and they have to answer in 3 words (or fewer). This is one of my favorites — What does a good writer do best?

Just for fun–

Pink Chocolate Break offers quotes on Laughter.

Megan S. over on Stellar Four has a post on New Fictional Fantastic Birthstones. Mine is Dilithium (Star Trek).

Finally, this Youtube video is about how writers describe themselves.


What kind of writer are you?



5 responses to “Friday Favorites – Catching Up”

  1. Elena Aitken says:

    Great list of posts. Thanks so much for including me. Geocaching really is super fun. You’ll be addicted! Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

  2. Thanks for including us in this round-up! We are also relieved to know that we are not the only ones with cars that look like that. 🙂 Ellen

    • No, my car really does look like that at any given time. Right now, I know I still have sand toys from the beach, a megapack of toilet paper, Diet Coke, and hand-me-down pants from a friend to give to my son. (and that’s just off the top of my head)

      • wonder woman says:

        Hi Shannyn, I’ve always wanted to write a book. My cousin always said that I should write a book about my life. Then says that nobody would ever believe that it’s a true story,,,lol. It sure has’nt been a walk in the park. I would love to write a book,but where do you start? (Besides writing it out) lol…