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First Unofficial Blog Sharing Day

I finished a draft of the Smudge story. Yay! This is attempt number four, and it's a mess, but it's also something I can work with. Hopefully I'll be able to revise this sucker by next Friday, when I'll be chatting with my editor on the phone about revisions to The Stepsister Scheme.

And now, blog sharing day.
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I don't know if this has been done before, but I haven't seen it, so I'm declaring today the First Unofficial Blog Sharing Day. Anyone who wants to play should go recommend one blog they read, and tell us why. Because we all need more to read online, right?

For me, I'm going to recommend ktempest, both her LiveJournal and her Angry Black Woman blog. From the ABW Site: "[T]his is me embracing the anger, the black, and the woman. Condemn me if you will, but just try living my life for a week and tell me there isn’t reason to be angry. I’ll be calm, peaceful, and chill once racism, sexism, and queerism is gone."

I appreciate blogs that make me think. Tempest is good at that. She's also active in the SF/F field, and is non-fiction editor at Fantasy Magazine. Best of all, she has her own T-shirts!

Your turn. Either here in the comments or in your own blog (or both!), let us know who we should be reading.

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bevhale
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I love Cranky Editors. Hopely it will keep me from doing something something incredibly stupid in my writing.
jimhines
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
They're on my reading list too. I also appreciate them as a reminder that editors are people too, and they can get as frustrated as the writers do.
mallory_blog
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
OMG robinmckinley

she and her hellhounds are enormously funny...
jimhines
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hee -- I read the entry a little while ago where someone was asking her what a hellhound was, because they couldn't it in their dog breed guide.
mallory_blog
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
OMG yes - every time I read her I end up snuffling and giggling and being thankful I haven't drank anything to snort on the keyboard...
jlapp
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
If I can be excused for a shameless plug:

I run a flash fiction magazine/blog called Every Day Fiction. We publish all genres (categorized on the right in case you only like a particular genre). We've developed quite a following (something like 1200 subscribers). You can read it at www.everydayfiction.com
jimhines
Feb. 1st, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's a nice-looking site. And you're up to over 1000 readers? Go you!
michaeldthomas
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
I’m a big fan of the blog for the Wyrdsmiths. They’re a writer’s group based in the Twin Cities that includes writers such as Lyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway, Kelly McCullough, Naomi Kritzer, and Eleanor Arnason. They say a lot of smart things about writing and the industry.



sylvia_rachel
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I really like FeministSF, a group blog that addresses a variety of SF forms (novels, short stories, movies, TV) and people in SF from a feminist and/or LGBT and/or people-of-colour and/or just-generally-shit-disturbing perspective. I don't agree with everything they say, but everything they say makes me interrogate my assumptions, leads me to think more critically about my reading and viewing, or sparks new ideas.

Also, they recommend stuff, and quite often I find I like said stuff once I've tried it.
jimhines
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I hadn't come across that one, thank you. ::Off to check it out::
(Anonymous)
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
i LOVE lifehacker.
burger_eater
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm going to recommend two:

postsecret which posts every Sunday. Sometimes spooky, sometimes sad, sometimes wonderful. It has to be seen to be really understood.

jameswolcott because he writes so incredibly well.
golden_lady
Jan. 31st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
If I have to recommend just one, I'll throw out fourfour. It's commentary on all things pop culture from someone who both loves it and recognizes its ridiculousness.
brainstormfront
Jan. 31st, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'll heartily recommend http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/index.html as a blog to read. Jeff's an old friend and mentor from TSR, Inc. and his blog ranges from natterings on game design to musings about the state quarters or anything else under the sun. Always tongue in cheek, and always spot on with healthy doses of humor and irony--just like you'd expect of someone with 25 years of experience as a professional writer.
devonellington
Jan. 31st, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Messy drafts are better than no drafts. Just keep at it. You'll get there. Finishing a draft is a lot farther than most people get!
jimhines
Feb. 1st, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Brainstormed with my wife tonight, and I think we've got most of what I need for a decent rewrite.

I saw a Tim Powers quote in Stephen Kotowych's blog, to the effect of, "If your first draft isn't crap, you're doing it wrong."

I'm happy to say I'm doing this one right!
andyleggett
Jan. 31st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
matociquala: not only is she extremely amusing, but she has some very profound things to say about writing and general literary 'wank'.

Or you could try the Queen of LJ herself, cmpriest: two words, Gothic and Kitties.

Or even my idol, Eve's blog (http://postsweet.blogspot.com) I like her little entries in the form of pseudo-literary vignettes. It also assauges my homesickeness for Sacramento. ^_^
rarelylynne
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
At the risk of shameless self-promotion, may I suggest the NIU Rare Books blog? That's where the curator (me) writes about popular culture and special collections, and brags about authors who give us archives.

http://niurarebooks.blogspot.com

*end shameless self-promotion*
daydreammuse
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
http://kazdreamer.livejournal.com/

So far I enjoy her blog the best. She is funny and well engages you into reading and well she replies to every comment. A very strong connection between her and her readers.
scottakennedy
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
The two I look at most frequently (i.e., Jim's blog and Bohemian Word Works) will be overly familiar to anyone posting in this comment thread, so I'll instead do a little friend promotion. The Master of Verona is the blog of David Blixt and the title of his first novel. He's a good friend, actor, and fight choreographer, and is currently writing a series of historical novels based around Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Another one terrific blog for any historical fiction news is Reading the Past (and even if that genre isn't of interest, the Gallery of Reusable Cover Art in Historical Novels is a hoot).
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Permission to speak to jeff grubb
Hello

I wanted to talk with jeff grubb about what I must do in order to be able to write my own books and ideas for writing a dungeons and dragons type book. I am trying to formulate my own ideas and characters for my own book and I wanted to know what channels i have to go to in order to get not only permission to be able to write for dragonlance or forgotten realms series, but also on whom I must go to to get my ideas, storylines, and characters published?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Permission to speak to jeff grubb
If you need my Email address, it is demonlord09@yahoo.com
jimhines
Feb. 2nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Permission to speak to jeff grubb
Well, you've got my permission. But since I don't know Jeff Grubb and have no way to contact him, that's not going to do you much good.

If you're serious about writing, you'll need to check out the Wizards of the Coast submission guidelines. They don't take unsolicited submissions for Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms, unfortunately. However, they do have a speculative fiction line as well as a YA line.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.
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