Monday, July 31, 2006

Around the web in 90 seconds...

I can’t wait for the Hotlanters to start posting about the RWA National Conference. In the meantime, a few interesting blogs to check out:

John Baker has been asking “Five Questions” to all kinds of bloggers about why they blog. Some very interesting answers. Many writerly types.

Paperback Writer has an interesting post called Extending Your Writing Range. She writes about the journey to becoming a writer and a ‘novel recipe.’

Anne Frasier asks if writers are broken.

Tamara Siler Jones has a great dialogue going on about perfectionism, fear, and being good enough over at tamboblog. See posts from July 27 to 29.

Amy Durham at tappity tap talks about the worst writing advice she’s ever heard. She also asks readers to share their own worst advice.

Melly at All Kinds of Writing traveled to her hometown in Northern Israel a few weeks ago and has been keeping us posted on what’s happening and how she feels. From reading her posts, I’ve developed a whole new perception and understanding of the calamity in the Middle East.

Writers Unboxed has an interview with editor and YA author, Victoria Holmes.

Finally, I’ve been memed by Rene from A Little Cheese With That Whine:

1. When did you first start blogging and why?
My first blog post was September 26, 2005. I thought it would be a great way to interact with likeminded people who were interested in writing and publishing. It was and is.

2. What don't you talk about?
I try to stick to the subject of writing. However, since I am more than just a writer, other aspects of me are revealed as well. I try to stay away from controversial subjects (politics, religion, etc.) – except if they relate to writing and publishing. I’m not here to be right or to argue, I’m here to learn and meet interesting people (I have).

3. Are you and your blogging persona the same person?
The person people know is real and is me, but there is a lot more to me than what I expose on my blog.

4. How do you use blogging to build friendships?
Friendships have just naturally developed because I’ve met many people with the same interests and goals that I have. As I get to know about them, I’ve learned to care more about them and what happens to them.

5. How would you describe your writing style?
I try to keep a natural flow to my writing style for all my writing – blog, non-fiction, and fiction. When I read, I enjoy conversational and informal prose, so I tend to write the same way.

Have a great week all!


redchurch said...

1. My writing blog was Sept. 2005. I've had my since 1998 though, so... I've been posting web updates since back then... long before Blogging.

2. I try not to talk about mundane things, like what's going on around my house, what I ate for breakfast, what my cats are currently doing--the kind of stuff that people like to blog about but nobody cares.

3. My blogging persona and I are mostly the same person. Although my blogging persona may be a little more formal/intellectual. Also maybe a bit more snippy.

4.Being part of a blogging community is fun, and it's interesting to read others' blogs and comment in them. We all struggle with some of the same problems so there's commonality there.

5. My writing style? Probably too wordy. ;)

Rene said...

I love reading these meme's. I'll have to check out all of these links.

Tess said...

Thanks for the links, Nienke - you always find such great stuff :-)

Melissa Marsh said...

Great links, Nienke. Hope you have a great week, too!

Terence said...

Good links Nienke. I especially liked Anne Frasier's post about broken writers. I mean, I know I'm damaged goods, but there have to be some normals out there... somewhere...

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Nienke, thanks for the links!

chiefbiscuit said...

Great links - fantabulous ... you are such good value! I am bamboozled by all that is on offer at your store!

pepektheassassin said...

LOL Blogging is like hanging out in a bar all day?! Okay.... You always have great stuff at hand, lots of ice, and cool shot glasses, frosty mugs.

Make mine Diet Pepsi!

Nienke said...

redchurch - bite your tongue! How can you call what my cats are doing mundane? ;P

rene, tess, melissa, kelly, and chiefbiscuit - thx and you're welcome. I hope the links are useful!

terence - I write to figure out my alternatives (to being damaged); I read for the same reason

pepek - Diet Pepsi? How lame! What kind of writer are you? I'll order you some double scotches!

Lynn said...

Yes, this does seem a bit like hanging out in a bar. As to what your little kitties are doing - the mundane is sublime.