lunch hour links for writers – week of 8/19/09 – local edition

That’s right, this is the local edition of lunch hour links. I realized last week that I didn’t include any links from those worthy writers in my sidebar so I decided to let the agents go hang for a week. They’re getting plenty of tweets while we languish in obscurity.

Well no more! The articles and blog posts I’ve been reading are as well thought out as those articles by the big names. I’ve been surfing local blogs this week and I’ve found your information just as noteworthy.

Here is what I’ve found while prowling your various blogs:

It’s Wednesday so pop over to the Writer’s Chatroom for Audrey Shaffer’s Open Chat at the Writer’s Chatroom! From 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST, you can take your questions and writing related issues to a group of vibrant writers at Audrey Shaffer’s Writer’s Chatroom. You can pop in and out at will so don’t feel like you have show up promptly at 8:00. It’s a great place to meet other writers.

Jonathan Danz talks about his first draft and disparate concepts. These once coherent elements are Jonathan’s quandary this week and it would really help if you would visit his blog post, Morass, and help him with a little advice.

Lynda Gail Alfano uses,, and to help with everything from word usage to research. These are just a few of the things she’s holding in her writer’s toolbox, and she’s looking links in all the right places, because she wants to know What’s in Your Toolbox. Head over and tell Lynda your top three web resources for ideas, support, guidance, inspiration, etc.

Kelly Bryson comes up with five ideas in five minutes for what may very well be the next hot science fiction or fantasy novel in her post Winner, Winner, Winner.  She gave me the werewolf challenge, see what you can find!

Peter Cooper is Gearing Up to take that big step and submit his novel, The Ghost of Ping-Ling to a local publisher. He’s looking for your experience, so if you’ve managed to take that big step, stop over and say hi.

What? Looking for writer-related links? Head over and see Andy Shackcloth at Shack’s Comings and Goings for his Sunday Wash-up. Andy also did a great article on need for discernment in his post Strunk and White; Good Grammar Guide. Is the Strunk and White everything it’s cracked up to be? Hmm . . . visit Andy and find out.

Natalie Allan has an Interview with Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising, which is to be published November 1, 2009. Pop over and meet Natalie and Nicole Peeler.

Angie Ledbetter has recipes, ramblings, and that ohsospecial Louisiana charm at her blog The Gumbo Writer. Go visit Angie and give her a big ol’ cyber hello from Kathryn and I!

Brian The New Author has some really great posts on one of my favorite writing topics and that is structure. Larry Brooks was Brian’s recent guest and Larry wrote a wonderful post on The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Learn About Storytelling – Ever!  Visit Brian and see some of his other recent posts on the structure of your novel and why it’s important.

Jennifer Neri has fallen in love with Monique Proulx’s novel Champagne (translated into English under the title Wildlives), and Proulx’s writing has inspired a series of posts about characterization. Visit Jennifer’s post entitled More! where she talks about secondary characters, then surf Jennifer’s blog for more on characters and characterization.

Where is a good place to pick up pointers for characters? Real life, of course. Over at Jordanfel’s Blog there is a slice of life scene with Daughter, Computer & Coffee that you might want to visit.

Lawrence discusses some of his plot issues with his post The Plot. Jump over and see if you can give Lawrence a tip or bit of advice in culling through those details that can make or break your novel.

Stephanie Wright makes a grand exception and reviews the book Good Night, Good Knight by Shelly Moore Thomas and Jennifer Plecas. Great review for a great little book.

grammar Head over to Kathryn Magendie’s Tender Graces blog where she talks about Danged Ole Dang Dangling Participles and tells you how to write tight without all those dangling thangs that keep your scenes from flowing. [NOTE: The picture comes from Kathryn’s blog and she keeps her posts very entertaining. If you’re not careful, you might learn something so put her on your subscription list. Now! You hear?]


mannetti Lisa Mannetti, award winning author of The Gentling Box, is coming to helluo librorum soon, soon, soon. Gentling Box

We’re in the process of finalizing the interview and when all is done, I’ll set a date so all of you will know when to stop by and say hi to Lisa. I’m so excited, because Lisa is going to be talking to us about writing and how she crafted The Gentling Box.

She has some super writing tips to pass along, so I promise that even if you’re not into horror novels, you’ll definitely come away with good information. If you enjoy horror novels and you haven’t read The Gentling Box, well, why haven’t you? I mean this book gave me nightmares. Me!

Generally speaking, I don’t need books to give me nightmares. BUT for those who may be keeping track, the last book that gave me nightmares was Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Yup, The Gentling Box is that kinda scary-good so stay tuned for Lisa’s interview!

That’s it for this week! Next week we’ll pick up with all those agenty, editorially, grammatically correct blog posts and bloggers. This week, please visit your fellow bloggers and remember, they love to read your comments so I hereby declare this week NO LURKING WEEK! That’s right no popping in, reading, and leaving. Try and make a relevant comment on someone’s blog this week even if you do nothing more than stop and say hi.

Have a great week!



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7 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – week of 8/19/09 – local edition

  1. kaykaybe says:

    Thanks Teresa! Thanks for the always entertaining links- and for making me feel famous:) Here, here- no lurking week!

  2. katmagendie says:

    Yup, nightmare inducing! eeek! Lisa is such a cool person too 🙂 I expect to see her do very well!

    • Teresa says:

      Ooo, I’ve had a sneak peek at the interview (hehe being the moderator has its perks!) and it is AWESOME. I can’t wait, because there were portions of her interview that felt like she was teaching a mini-writing workshop.

  3. jenniferneri says:

    No lurking – I think your blog is wonderfully organized and full of info! Thanks! (again, you’ll have to start charging a reading fee lol.)

    • Teresa says:

      I have a lot of fun going around and reading your various blogs. I get such great ideas just browsing, and sometimes I forget to stop and tell you guys that. So no lurking was aimed more at me! 😉

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