WLC Blog Follow, blog hopping: some good stuff, a lotta crap

World Literary Cafe has a Blog Follow going on. I signed up and dove in and spent the last couple of hours blog hopping.

Blog hopping for people like who didn’t know, is where like-interest blogs link up, usually through some place like WLC. You can just follow the links to hop from one to another. Somewhere in there are blogs that are involved in multiple hops and I frequently found myself tumbling way outside the bounds of writing and publishing into blogs about everything from recipes to someone’s running log of his children’s growth.

At any rate, you follow the blogs you find you like, if you can figure out how to do so. (I couldn’t always figure it out. If it’s that complicated, why bother?)

Here’s a link to the WLC Blog Follow if anyone else wants to jump in.

Yeah, there’s a lot of crap out there. Here’s hoping The Naive Optimist is not near the bottom. A lot of them were entirely shameless self-promotions. I know we’re all supposed to be doing self-promoting, and if it works, great. That’s what all blogs are really about at heart, including The Naive Optimist. But it doesn’t have to be entirely shameless. You can try to give something while you try self-promotion. And I don’t mean free downloads of your novel.

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The motivational struggles of authorship as a second job

Is it time for “wah, wah, wah, this is hard”? I’ve only been at this a short time and the tales are told of legendary authors who labored for many years to get their first works published.

But there is, nonetheless, an interesting, practical drawback of this journey to discuss. And this early point seems as good as any. Not loss of hope. Not loss of self confidence. Not loss of focus.


Day jobs: let’s face it, most of us have them. Families. Social lives. Cars that need maintaining, grass that demands cutting, dogs that expect to be walked. The dramas and comedies of real life mustn’t be neglected. ¬†They’re why we’re here.

Into all of that we squeeze writing, re-writing, researching, learning, pitching, re-thinking, planning, blogging, social-networking in “the community,” and reading with a new, purposeful urgency into the few hours we can find in the evenings and weekends. Everytime we close a chapter or find a new inspiration or discover a new resource or get word of a new follower, we think it’s another step forward and it feels great. Task accomplished, mission progressed. Time efficiently spent.

Short of that, a day can feel lost from our dream mission.

And yet sometimes I feel like just cracking a beer and watching the Bulls-Nets game, or a rerun of The Big Bang Theory, one I’ve, pathetically, seen three times already.

Do I fight through it? Do I give in?

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First unpublished writer steps from stupid: find out about these sites

I guess naive can = stupid for an unpublished author.

How naive was I, say 60 days ago?

I suppose no more naive or stupid than most starting-out unpublished authors. At least I like to think so, but then I’m naive.

I had no idea how much ePubishing was affecting the publishing dynamic, or how seriously everyone was talking about “platforms.” I knew little or nothing about Goodreads, Backspace, TheCreativePenn, QueryTracker, Writing.com Janet Reid,¬†WritersCafe, ShawGuides, Rachelle Gardner or the various on-line resources available through WritersDigest.com.

I still know nothing about the who-knows-how-many must-know people and sites talking affectively about what it takes to get published.

But there seems to be places to start, and I’m assuming and counting on this handful to be as good a set as any. I’ve stumbled upon some and tracked down some others through links and resources like Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.” I’m having mixed reactions to some but will seek to get through them. Here are some notable ones:

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