13: What Caught My Senses: Keep Calm and Read On, Peeps

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SIGHT: 

MY WRITING ROOM: 

* We moved into our house at the end of April and my writing room is finished 😉

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BOOKS: 

Love Minus Eighty

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*Little Read Reviewer- Intriguing Review- Love Minus Eighty- Will McIntosh- http://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/love-minus-eighty-by-will-mcintosh/#comment-8215

* Entertainment Weekly- The YA novel Divergent Is Becoming a Movie- http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/06/19/this-weeks-cover-divergent-first-look/ (I really enjoyed Divergent & Insurgent is waiting patiently on my bookshelf for me to read 😉

* Huff Post- Best Summer Books & Their Corresponding Drinks- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/summer-books-_n_3472844.html?utm_hp_ref=books (One of which is Love Minus Eighty paired with a frozen margarita).

* Salon- Will Reading Make You Rich? http://www.salon.com/2013/06/21/will_reading_make_you_rich/

*Rebekah Wolveire- Seeking Beta Readers for book 1 of Vampire series- http://rebekahwolveire.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/seeking-beta-readers-forbook1-of-vampire-series/

* Kristen Lamb- Should Authors Write Bad Book Reviews?-  http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/should-authors-write-bad-book-reviews/

*Book Store Book Blogger Connection- http://bookstorebloggerconxn.com/ (Fabulous idea!!!!)

CONTEST: 

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*Win a Contract to Write a Dark Crystal Novel: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/win-a-contract-to-write-a-dark-crystal-novel_b72556

CONFERENCE: 

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*Hunt County Writers Retreat- July 5 &6- Middlesburg, VA-  http://huntcountrysuspense.com/WritersRetreat2013.html?et_mid=624399&rid=234710119

Author Interview Questions: 

* Jen Wylie’s Blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/brainstorm-interesting-author-interview-questions/#comment-3629 (Jen’s post helped me think of author interview questions 😉

PROMOTION: 

* Ky Grabowski- Would You Like to Be Featured on Ky’s Blog? – http://kygrabowski.wordpress.com/monthly-billboard/

POETRY: 

* One of my favorite poems:

Self Pity- D.H. Lawrence:

I never saw a wild thing

sorry for itself.

A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough

without ever having felt sorry for itself.

WRITING TIPS:

* The Novel Reviewer- How to Keep Motivated When Writing- http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/how-to-keep-motivated-when-writing/

TIDBITS:

* B-day gifts from my best friend Danielle which includes a purse hook that says Keep Calm and Have A Cupcake 😉

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SOUND:

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* Florida Georgia Line- Crusie- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PvebsWcpto  “Baby you a song You make me wannna roll my windows down and cruise.”

* Movie – The Place Beyond the Pines- Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper. I was looking forward to this one but was disappointed. I wouldn’t watch this again.

* Movie- Stoker- Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goodeman. Not my cup of tea, even though I appreciate artistic movies. I wouldn’t watch this again.

* Movie- The Call- Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin. This one was a pleasant surprise. I might watch this again.

TASTE:

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* My Schmom’s Lasagna – I nicknamed my mom “Schmom” after the Sheetz breakfast sandwich. 😉

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* A whole lot of goodness from Great Harvest Bakery

SCENT:

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* This weekend my parents visited from Pennsylvania. My dad made a campfire in my backyard and we made mountain pies (take 2 pieces of white bread and fill with anything you desire. We made pizza ones- sauce, cheese, pepperoni and apple pie ones – apple pie filling). And of course we made S’mores. 😉

TOUCH:

* Bitten by a zillion mosquitoes 😦

12: What Caught My Senses: A LOT OF STUFF THAT YOU’LL MISS OUT ON IF YOU DON’T CHECK OUT!

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* Painting by Dottie Dunsmore

SIGHT: 

BOOKS:

* Chris McMullen- What Makes People Buy Books?- http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/what-makes-people-buy-books/

SUBMISSIONS/CONTESTS: 

* The Nearest Poem Anthology – Sofia M. Starnes – Submit a poem that resonates with you, one that you haven’t written, by June 30 for consideration: http://www.sofiamstarnes.com/page11.html

* Virginia’s Writing Club- The Golden Nib Contest – submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction by September 3- http://www.virginiawritersclub.org/events?eventId=486528&EventViewMode=EventDetails

* Write By the Rails- Golden Nib Contest- submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction by July 15- http://www.writebytherails.org/2013/05/judges-for-first-tier-of-golden-nib.html

* Narrative Fifth Annual Poetry Contest – Submit until July 19- http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/207341

* Sante Fe Writing Project Contest- http://www.sfwp.com/the-contest

* Glimmer Train’s Fiction Submission Deadline June 30- http://www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp

* Book Hub is looking for Submissions for eBook publishing: http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/writers-and-authors-wanted-book-hub-is-looking-for-submissions/

* The Community Storyboard- Accepting Submissions In Most Genres: https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/

WRITING EVENTS: 

Virginia’s Writing Club- A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication- Saturday, Aug 3- (I registered today!) http://www.virginiawritersclub.org/events?eventId=694357&EventViewMode=EventDetails

PUBLISHING:

* Christian Mihai- 50 Questions About Self Publishing- http://cristianmihai.net/2013/06/13/50-questions-about-self-publishing/

* Catherine Caffeinated- How Self-Published Books Are Made Part II:  http://catherineryanhoward.com/2013/06/19/how-self-published-books-are-made-start-to-finish-part-ii/

* Horseshoe Publishing- http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/a-post-for-horseshoe-publishing/comment-page-1/#comment-1137

PLAGIARISM:

* We Are All Vulnerable to Plagiarism- http://selfpubauthors.com/2013/06/18/we-are-all-vulnerable-to-plagiarism/

SOCIAL MEDIA: 

* Kristen Lamb- The Three NEVERs of Social Media: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/the-three-nevers-of-social-media/#comment-74094

HELP A WRITER OUT: 

* Vote Kate to the Top- She has an amazing opportunity & she needs your help. It takes less than a minute to vote! –  http://andrawatkins.com/2013/06/19/vote-kate-to-the-top/

HUFF POST BOOKS TIDBITS: 

* The Perfect Number of Children for Literary Success- http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2013/jun/13/perfect-number-children-literary-success-pictures

*Vice Suicide Shoot Pulled After Sparking Controversy- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/18/vice-suicide-shoot_n_3460219.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books

Vice Published a Fashion Spread of Female Writer Suicides [Updated]

THANK YOU:

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* A Big Thanks to Patty at Petite Magique for nominating me for Loyal Reader Award-  http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/150-followers-and-more-awards/

SOUND: 

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* Movie Pre-Screening The Heat – Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy- hysterical!

* I signed up for free tickets through Advance Screenings: http://advancescreenings.com/

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* Movie Pitch Perfect – Anna Kendrick & Acapella Awesomeness! 2 Thumbs Up

* Pitch Perfect Soundtrack- http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=xoilhw-Rt1E&feature=endscreen

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* Axis of Awesome- 4 Chord Song – all the greatest hits from the past 40 years just use 4 chords – same 4 chords for every song

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* Movie Savages – I wasn’t rooting for any of the characters (except a tad for villains Salma Hayek, John Trovolta, and Benicio Del Toro b/c they were at least entertaining)  – SPOILER ALERT- and was satisfied by their demise in the “first” ending (esp. Blake Lively’s character which I couldn’t stand). I do not like promiscuous, Barbie doll, wanna-be hippy, airhead types, who only care about drugs, shopping, and boys.  The “second” ending was less cliche but left the main characters alive to continue on swimming in the ocean and smoking pot, which is probably a more realistic ending. Perhaps this was director Oliver Stone’s intention- to show how thin the line between a savage and a civilized person is and how easy it is to turn a blind eye to the injustices of the world, until of course, it effects you.

 

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* Passenger- Let Her Go- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBumgq5yVrA – “Only know you love her when you let her go. And you let her go.”

* Miley Cyrus- Stay – http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=RGLh138m7sA&feature=endscreen “Say you love me more than you did before…”

* Does anyone else hate talking on the phone? I’m okay with texts and emails but phones? Ugh!

SCENT: 

* My stinky but lovable dogs- Sammy and Gustav (named after composer Gustav Mahler)

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TASTE:

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* Claire’s at the Depot, Warrenton, VA (Former train station)

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* Moo Thru in Remington, VA

TOUCH:

* Once again, I got nothing!

Week 11: What Caught My Senses This Week

SIGHT: 

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BOOKS/ AUTHORS:

* Robert Rostein: 12 Famous Writers Who Did Time: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-rotstein/famous-authors-who-did-ti_b_3403276.html?utm_hp_ref=books

* 10 Best Books for Summer: (FYI: Bring Up the Bodies was in the running for the Women’s Fiction Prize 2013):  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/07/best-books-summer-2013-10_n_3402117.html?utm_hp_ref=books

*Penguin Book Truck- (Holds 500 books)- Mobile Bookstore: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/07/penguin-book-truck_n_3404169.html?ref=topbar

*Flavorwire- What Your Favorite Shakespeare Play Says About You: ( Evidently, I tend to sympathize with villains!)  http://flavorwire.com/394825/what-your-favorite-shakespeare-play-says-about-you

*Author Wendy Higgins Book Signing at Barnes and Noble, Sat, June 15 from 11 am-1 pm, Manassas, VA

* Sarah Cradit’s The Storm and the Darkness cover reveal- http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/

WRITING:

* Poetry Foundation- Writing Your Own Poem-

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/article/240024?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Poetryfoundationorg+Newsletter&utm_content=Poetryfoundationorg+Newsletter+CID_54778de460954abdafe7030da9581cac&utm_source=Campaign+Monitor&utm_term=The+Start+Writing+Your+Own+Poem

* The New Yorker- 8 Rules for Writing Fiction- http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2013/06/eight-rules-for-writing-fiction.html

*Nathan Bransford- When It Feels Like You’re Never Doing Enough- http://blog.nathanbransford.com/  ***I feel like this everyday!!!

*Crissi Langwell- Writing Without Distraction- http://crissilangwell.com/2013/06/10/writing-without-distraction/

PUBLISHING: 

Book Hub

 

 

 

 

 

* Book Hub- 25% eBook Publishing Services- http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/this-week-only-25-off-our-ebook-publishing-services/

*Book Hub- e book conversion- http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/ebook-conversion-under-170/

* Catherine, Caffeinated- How Self-Published Books Are Made- http://catherineryanhoward.com/2013/06/13/how-self-published-books-are-made-start-to-finish-part-i/#comment-31104

BLOGGING:  

* Create Blog: Lots of Great Blogging Tips: http://createblog.co/?subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2

CONTESTS/FREEBIES: 

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Kristen Lamb’s Blog- Comment on Help Me, I’m Drowning, for a chance to win…http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/help-me-im-drowning/#comment-73454

* Also, check out Kristen Lamb’s novel We Are Not Alone 

*Ascent Aspirations Print Anthology Contest- http://ascentaspirations.ca/ascentspring2013.htm

* FREE KINDLE BOOK UNTIL JUNE 16- The Ritual by Erika Dankin

FREE Online Presentation:

“How to Use Social Media & Sell More Books” –http://view.email.createspace.com/?j=ff3411717666&m=fead15707564047d74&ls=fe8d13787663057575&l=fef31775706d02&s=fec41d7376640774&jb=ffcf14&ju=fef01c747d6102&r=0

TIDBITS:

* Exploring Pixie- Give it up for the Introverts! http://exploringpixie.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/give-it-up-for-the-introverts/

* Some of my b-day gifts:

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*Patty- Photo Shoot- Tattoos- http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/photo-shoot-tattoos/comment-page-1/#comment-2646

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* 50 Things Only ’80s Kids Can Understand (So many things including Garbage Pail Kids, Punky Brewster, Labryinth, She-Ra, Debbie Gibson, Trapper Keepers!) – http://worldobserveronline.com/2013/05/22/50-things-only-80s-kids-can-understand/

*Some Perspective- (This is so cool!) http://thechive.com/2013/06/09/some-perspective-10-photos/

SOUND: 

* Fall Out Boy- Light Em Up- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3YLpsHZ_dw

* Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande- Beneath Your Beautiful- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIxCtEveG8  

*Kristen Chenoweth & Anna Kendrick- For Good- http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=SEdnIvnCko8

* Maggie Rose- Better- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzQnteCqt90

*Blake Shelton- Sure Be Cool If You Did-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXmmXAUqfd8

TASTE:

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* Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino (my free b-day drink)

* Top 5 Starbucks Secrets: http://coffeecupnews.org/top-5-starbucks-secrets/

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* B-day Ice cream Cake

TOUCH:

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* I’m really bad at this sense. If I had to lose one, clearly I’d choose this one, lol! Which reminds me of the movie “Perfect Sense” about a disease which causes the loss of senses, one by one. It’s excellent but quite sad.

Week 10 What Caught My Senses The Other Half of This Week

SIGHT:

BOOKS:

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*SMaxtedReviews- Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013  (A.M. Holmes Won): http://smaxtedreviews.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/womens-prize-for-fiction-my-verdict/comment-page-1/#comment-42

* 101 Books: How Does a Great Book Become a Horrible Movie? http://101books.net/2013/06/06/how-does-a-great-book-become-a-horrible-movie/

* The Book Stop-Dystopia Month- http://yabookstop.wordpress.com/

* Marsteller Middle School Summer Reading- (I’m a school counselor here) – http://library.pwcs.marsteller.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/integrated_home.phtml?sessionid=230022ea7f47e2572ecbd0e17c0e1e81&gid=832132

GIVEAWAYS:

* 101 Books- Chance To Win a $50 Gift Card from Slice Bookshelf- http://101books.net/2013/06/07/give-slice-bookshelf-a-whirl-win-a-50-gift-card/#comment-21188

*Cary at Author Unpublished- Free Fiction Friday- Writing/Publishing books- http://authorunpublished.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/free-fiction-friday-6/comment-page-1/#comment-667

*Cary at Author Unpublished- Free books in Exchange for Feedback:  http://authorunpublished.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/authors-reviewers-free-books-in-exchange-for-feedback/comment-page-1/#comment-654

* Chris the Story Reading Ape- Weekend Freebies- http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2013/06/07/weekend-treats-for-you/

*Readful Things Blog- Free Kindle E-book- http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/06/08/free-kindle-e-book/

WRITING: 

*Morgan Bailey- Do You Really Want to be a Writer? http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/

*A.K. Anderson- Filling the Well- http://authorakanderson.wordpress.com/

*Nathan Bransford- How To Know You’re A Writer (In GIF form)- http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

* Chuck Wendig- 10 Stupid Writing Tricks That Might Actually Work- http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/05/ten-stupid-writer-tricks-that-might-actually-work/

BLOGGING:

* The Novel Reviewer- 10 Steps for Starting a Writing Blog: http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/top-10-tips-for-starting-a-writing-blog/

*Chris the Story Reading Ape-Guest Writers and Readers-  http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2013/06/08/attention-authors-and-readers/

SUBMISSIONS:

* Community Storyboard- https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/

* Chris the Story Reading Ape- Unpublished New Section- http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2013/06/08/unpublished-new-section-added/

PUBLISHING:

* eBook Publishing- 25% off Publishing Services (Ends June 15)- http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/25-off-ebook-publishing-services-ends-june-15th/

TIDBITS: 

* Christopher Lee Deards- The End of Edgar Allen Poe- http://christopherleedeards.com/2013/06/06/reynolds-reynolds-the-end-of-edgar-allan-poe/comment-page-1/#comment-101

* John W. Howell’s poem- Coffee is as Coffee Does- http://johnwhowell.com/2013/06/07/coffee-is-as-coffee-does/comment-page-1/#comment-859

* 20 Worst Advertising Placement Fails: http://www.boredpanda.com/worst-advertising-placement-fails/

SOUND:

* 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other : http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6

* Kendrick Lamar- Poetic Justice- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh46gH0S9Mc

* Justin Timberlake- Suit and Tie- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsUsVbTj2AY

* Anna Kendrick- (Cups) When I’m Gone from the movie Pitch Perfect- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSbXsFE3l8

TASTE:

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* Strawberry Lemon & Acai Berry Boost Smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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* Cupcakes from CakeLove

SMELL:

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*Rose from Shirlie’s Girls Night Out

TOUCH: 

* New Memory Foam Mattress & Pillows- Heavenly!

Week 10: What Caught My Senses Half Way Through This Week

SIGHT:

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BOOKS:

*Free Copy of Sarah Cradit’s St. Charles at Dusk to Reviewers: http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/

*Destiny Allison’s Novel Pipe Dreams- http://shapingdestinythebook.com/2013/06/03/launch-day-pipe-dreams-is-here/

*Free Copy of Karen Einsel’s Novel  Judged By the Cover June 4 & 5: http://karensdifferentcorners.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/my-new-book-free-june-4th-and-5th/

*Rebekah Wolveire is Seeking Beta Readers for Book 1 of Vampire Series: http://rebekahwolveire.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/seeking-beta-readers-forbook1-of-vampire-series/

* KCrossWriting- Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp Book Review- http://kcrosswriting.com/book-review-moose-a-memoir-of-fat-camp/#comment-112

*The Book Stop- YA Dystopian Month: http://yabookstop.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/welcome-to-dystopia-month-2/comment-page-1/#comment-714

*Book Hub- Free E-Book for a Review: http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/wanted-book-reviewers-plus-free-ebook/

*Amber Skyee Forbes- The Increasing Popularity of Young Adult Literature Among Adults: http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-increasing-popularity-of-young-adult-literature-among-adults/

*Nathan Bransford- When Classics Leave You Cold- http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/06/when-classics-leave-you-cold.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford%2C+Author%29

* If you’ve read and enjoyed Shannon A. Thompson’s Minutes Before Sunset, Check Out Goodreads to Nominate it for Novel of July: http://shannonathompson.com/2013/06/04/update-goodreads-nomination/

WRITING: 

* Christa Writes- The Things They Don’t Tell You (About Writing)- http://christaramblesandwrites.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-things-they-dont-tell-you.html

* The Bookshelf Muse- 7 Deadly Writing Sins- http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2013/05/stepping-out-7-deadly-writing-sins.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feedburner%2FtKhz+%28The+Bookshelf+Muse%29

*Me Reader- Do Characters Have to be Likeable? http://mereader.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/likeable-characters/

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MOVIES:

* Advance Movie Screenings-Sign Up For Free Movie Screenings: http://advancescreenings.com/

*Tips For Attending An Advance Movie Screening: http://filmobsession.com/tips-for-attending-an-advance-movie-screening/

*Return of the Cicadas Video- http://vimeo.com/66688653

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EVENTS: 

* Book Signing Event at Cake Love Shirlington, VA June 6: http://villageatshirlington.com/events/upcoming-events/shirlies-girls-night-out/

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SUBMISSIONS:

*Gargoyle Magazine is Open for Submissions: http://www.gargoylemagazine.com/gargoyle.php

* The Novel Reviewer- Short Story Writing Competition- http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/short-story-writing-competition-june-2013/

* Glimmer Train- New Writers Contest- http://www.glimmertrain.com/

*Community Story Board: https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/

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CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS:

*Ray Ferrer- Order a Custom Shirt & You Could Win an Original Painting: http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/free-painting-custom-shirts/

*YA Bookstop Book Giveaways: http://yabookstop.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/welcome-to-dystopia-month-2/

*Sarah Cradit- For the Love of Fiction Giveaway-http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/for-the-love-of-fiction-giveaway-60-authors/

BLOGGING: 

* Sean Cooke’s Bloggers Assemble Experiment- Please Check It Out: http://seancookeofficial.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/bloggers-assemble-a-blogosphere-experiment/

* Guest Blogging Opportunity: http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/seeking-guest-bloggers/

* Aside From Writing’s Blog Blitz: http://asidefromwriting.com/

PROMOTING: 

* Book Promotion- Why You Don’t Need a Press Release- http://www.bestdamncreativewritingblog.com/paid-press-release-book-promotion/

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TIDBITS: 

*Chuck Wendig- 25 Things You Should Know About YA Fiction- http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/04/25-things-you-should-know-about-young-adult-fiction/

* What Your State is Good At & What It’s Lame At- http://www.upworthy.com/maps-what-your-state-is-good-at-and-what-its-lame-at

* The Accidental Coochie Mama- My Doll’s Craftastic Life by an amazing Ten-Year-Old named Cayleigh: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/06/02/my-dolls-craftastic-life/#comment-47270 (Picture of Cayleigh’s Doll Posted Above)

*Chris Hilton- Too Much Information: http://chrishiltonwriter.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/too-much-information/comment-page-1/#comment-20

*Casa Mariposa- Confessions of a Love Sick Gardener- http://ts-casamariposa.blogspot.com/2013/06/confessions-of-love-sick-gardener.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CasaMariposa+%28Casa+Mariposa%29

*Write Am I- How Do You See Yourself? http://writeami.wordpress.com/

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SOUND:

*Frustration- Music to Write a Paper or Essay to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXWVaAHbLiI

*Rilo Kiley- Silver Lining- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVtSSCzASR0

*Pink’s rendition of Janis Joplin’s Me and Bobby McGee- http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=jHPZMLYNx7E&feature=endscreen

*Pete BradleyAdams- Keep Us –http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=udmoKfofTwE

* Joshua Radin featuring Maria Taylor- When You Find Me- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_fMYtzMBU4

*Cedrick Kristian- Snowbird- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHt5oKI8D1Y

* Stop Caring About Amanda Bynes Video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/amanday-bynes-psa-video_n_3366510.html  *Funny video but I’m still obsessed with her for some reason!

SMELL: 

* Lavender Haven’s Lavender Parfume fromPortland, Oregon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lavender-Haven/182204455169909

TASTE: 

* I can’t think of anything!

Week 9: What Caught My Senses This Week

SIGHT: 

BOOKS: 

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*Crissi Langwell- Free E-book- A Symphony of Cicadas- http://crissilangwell.com/2013/05/31/free-ebook-a-symphony-of-cicadas/

*The Fault in Our Stars- Why Has It Been So Successful?-  http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/51645711954/why-has-the-fault-in-our-stars-been-so-successful

* Chuck Wendig- The Blue Blazes- The Five Occulted Pigments http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/21/the-blue-blazes-the-five-occulted-pigments/

* The Novel Reviewer- Reviews The Cure by Athol Dickinson.  (This is going on my TBR list!) http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/thenovelreviewer-reviews-the-cure-by-athol-dickinson/

* Rick Mallery Novel Just Released- Becomes God’s Silent Prophet http://rickmallery.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/just-released-becomes-gods-silent-prophet/

* Little Free Library- http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

* ArtsVine- Beginnings-http://www.artsvine.org/index.php/inspiration/imprints/132-beginnings

* Book Hub- 50% off Romance eBooks- http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/all-romance-ebooks-50-off-one-week-only/

* Amanda Hocking’s Graphic Novel- Hollowlandhttp://amandahocking.blogspot.com/2013/05/hollowland-graphic-novel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FZiTfpO+%28Amanda+Hocking%27s+Blog%29

*The Reading Date- Free YA Audiobooks- http://thereadingdate.com/2013/05/29/free-ya-audiobooks-from-sync-2013-summer-listening-schedule/

* Mamabookasaurus- Fabulous Book Reviews- http://mamabookasaurus.blogspot.com/

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MOVIES/ TV:

* “As I Lay Dying” trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWXI1M1dcck

*Everything You Need to Know About “Arrested Development”- http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/arresteddevelopment/everything-you-need-to-know-about-arrested-development-in-30

WRITING:

* Writer’s Digest- 10 Query Letter Tips http://view.writers-community.com/?j=fec212717c67077a&m=fe9b15707463077575&ls=fdf6157274630d7970137171&l=ff65117276&s=fe281673766d047b741c77&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe57157774660d7b7213&et_mid=619337&rid=233906187&r=0

*The Novel Reviewer- The Truth and Lies – How To Become a Writer http://www.thenovelreviewer.com/the-truth-and-lies-how-to-become-a-writer/

* Chrissi Langwell- How to Be a Writer, Friend, Parent, and Full Time Employee… http://crissilangwell.com/2013/05/24/how-to-be-a-writer-friend-parent-and-full-time-employee-all-at-the-same-time/

* Julian Froment-Advice Authors Should Ignore- https://julianfroment.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/more-pieces-of-life-advice-authors-should-ignore/

* Chuck Wendig- Darling Killing- http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/29/a-true-to-life-tale-of-bonafide-darling-killing/

*Ionia Martin- Do’s and Don’ts of Indie Authoring- http://legendsofwindemere.com/2013/05/30/guest-blog-dos-and-donts-of-indie-authoring-by-ionia-martin/

*72 Places to Promote Your Kindle Book When It’s Free- http://www.authorpreneurmagazine.com/72-places-to-promote-your-kindle-book-when-its-free/

PUBLISHING: 

* The Shauna Corner- Self Publishing Notes From a Panel- http://theshaunacorner.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/self-publishing-notes-from-a-panel/

* Charles Yallowitz- E-book Pricing- http://legendsofwindemere.com/2013/05/27/wonders-and-questions/

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POETRY:

* Sara Letourneau- Massachusetts Poetry Festival http://saraletourneau.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/field-trip-2013-massachusetts-poetry-festival/

*Rachel of Worldland- http://wordlander.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/i-sleep-on-a-bed-of-books/

* The Seeker’s Dungeon- http://theseekersdungeon.com/2013/05/30/when-suppression-is-the-only-way-2/

*Charles Yallowitz- Bestiary of Blatherhorn- http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/05/30/bestiary-of-blatherhorn-vale-by-charles-yallowitz/

SUBMISSIONS:

*The Community Storyboard-  https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines-submit-your-work/

*Sante Fe Writing Project- Short Story Collection- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Fe-Writers-Project/283052815651?hc_location=stream

*In The Fray Magazine- http://writersforacause.org/2013/05/28/in-the-fray-magazine-call-for-submissions-may-2013-transience/

CONTESTS:

Sixfold- Short Story & Poetry https://www.sixfold.org/

* Chuck Wendig- Win a Big Damn Stack of Books! http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/28/the-blue-blazes-photo-contest-win-a-big-damn-stack-of-books/

PERSPECTIVE:

* Leeyonard Thomas- Every Time I Turn Around It’s Christmas- http://leeyonard.com/2013/01/27/making-peace-with-time/

* Amber Skye Forbes- We Need Less Successful People- http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/862/

* Chris Hilton- Victor Hugo Did It Naked- http://chrishiltonwriter.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/victor-hugo-did-it-naked/

ENCOURAGEMENT:

* Sara nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks, Sara! http://saraletourneau.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/the-liebster-award

* Morgen Bailey- If You’d Like to be a Guest Blogger- http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/guest-blogs/

EVENTS:

* Richmond Culture Works June 29 http://www.richmondcultureworks.org/?page_id=415

*Earth Glaze & Fire- Fire & Brew in Warrenton, VA- http://www.earthglazefire.com/girls-night-out

TIDBITS: 

* Catherine Caffeinated – Sunday Coffee Reads- http://catherineryanhoward.com/2013/05/26/sunday-coffee-reads-may-26/  (My favorite tidbit): http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/signs-youre-addicted-to-books-reading

* Chris The Story Reading Ape- Contact Chris and he’ll highlight your book on his blog:  http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2013/05/27/benefits-of-a-writers-support-network/

* JC Penny Removes “Hitler” Billboard: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/29/187054424/tempest-over-a-teapot-jc-penney-removes-hitler-billboard?utm_source=news&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130529

HYSTERICAL: 

* Casa Mariposa- Frogless & Slightly on Fire http://ts-casamariposa.blogspot.com/2013/05/frogless-and-slightly-on-fire.html?showComment=1369483885419#c8622079181334760043

PHOTOS/ ART: 

* Russel Ray Photos- The Goats Are Back http://russelrayphotos2.com/

* Ray Ferrer- Emotion on Canvas- http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/

SOUND:

* Crissi Langwell- Music To Write To-  http://crissilangwell.com/2013/05/27/music-to-write-to/comment-page-1/#comment-281

*Alicia Keys- “Brand New Woman” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOSv1TIa58M * Cassie- “End of the Line” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuiycDflsDE&feature=endscreen&NR=1

*Despair- Yeah Yeah Yeahs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Tx68x6cmo

*City and Colour- The Hurry and The Harm- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9kubA8A1LI

* 7 Annoying Teenage Sounds- http://theweek.com/article/index/244460/a-linguistic-dissection-of-7-annoying-teenage-sounds

TOUCH:

* It’s been in the 90’s everyday this week so it’s felt like a sauna outside (not that I’m complaining, I’d take a sauna over a walk- in- freezer any day!)

SMELL/TASTE:

*My allergies have been awful this week so it’s been hard to smell or taste anything. Although today, as some of my students were cleaning out their lockers, they were trading and sampling various Bath and Body Works lotions, sprays, and hand sanitizers. Afterwards the hallway smelled much better than it usually does which is a mixture of sweat, pencil shavings, and Axe body spray.

Week 7: What Caught My Senses This Week

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SIGHT:

BOOKS: 

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* Destiny Allison- Book Launch Party Contest! http://shapingdestinythebook.com/2013/05/20/gearing-up-for-the-launch-party/

* Goodreads YA Newsletter: http://www.goodreads.com/newsletters/ya/may2013?utm_campaign=2013-05&utm_content=view_in_browser&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ya_newsletter

* Ranker- 13 Best Dystopian Novels http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-best-dystopian-novels/ivana-wynn

* Little Red Reviewer- TBR Topple http://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/tbr-topple/#more-4383

* Andra Watkins- What are You Reading- Some Fabulous TBR suggestions http://andrawatkins.com/2013/05/20/what-are-you-reading/#comment-46007 * Amber Sky Forbes- Amber is looking for reviewers for her novel “When Stars Die” http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/my-book-needs-reviewers-arcs-included-2/

* Angie Skelhorn- “Severed Ties” Blog Tour http://witchskel.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/blog-tour-kickoff-giveaway-and-review-severed-ties/

* Chuck Wendig- Book Turn Offs – What Makes You Put a Book Down? http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/21/bookish-turn-offs/

* Sarah Cradit- Synopsis of “The Storm and the Darkness” http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-storm-and-the-darkness-synopsis

*Nathan Brandsford- The Last Few Weeks In Books- http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

MOVIES: 

* Love Your Movies- “Side Effects” review (I really enjoyed this movie staring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum & Catherine Zeta-Jones) http://loveyourmovies.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/soderbergh-once-again-perfectly-preys-on-the-common-life-in-side-effects/

* Ky Grabowski- Posted 2 Powerful Anti-Bullying Videos- http://kygrabowski.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-is-all-you-need/comment-page-1/#comment-1016

& http://kygrabowski.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/to-this-day-project-shane-koyczan/

* “The East”  Movie Trailer- Starring one of my favorite actresses Brit Marling (“Another Earth,” “Arbitrage,” “Sound of My Voice”)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRX7w75wIFk

WRITING TIPS: 

* Writer’s Digest- 15 Things a Writer Should Never Do- I’m struggling with #12 right now, but in my defense, it’s raining out. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/15-things-a-writer-should-never-do?et_mid=618300&rid=233906187

* Amanda Hockings’s Blog- How to Give Yourself Writer’s Block http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-give-yourself-writers-block.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FZiTfpO+%28Amanda+Hocking%27s+Blog%29

PUBLISHING: 

* Amber Sky Forbes- The Madness of the Value of Books http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-madness-of-the-value-of-books/

* Chris McMullen- Is Amazon our Friend? http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/is-amazon-our-friend/

* N W Harris- So You Want to be a Writer- Part One: The Long Road to Getting Published http://nwharrisbooks.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-part-one-the-long-road-to-getting-published/

SUBMISSIONS:

* The Community Storyboard http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines-submit-your-work/

* Rosie Amber- A Short Story Competition For You To Enter- http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/a-short-story-competition-for-you-to-enter/  

EXTRAS:  

* Legends of Windemere- Trope Removal http://legendsofwindemere.com/2013/05/19/ask-and-be-answered-trope-removal/

* 7 Things You Thought You Knew About Introverts- # 4 is so me & I bet a lot of other bloggers can relate!!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irene-s-levine/how-to-make-friends_b_645827.html#s114179title=Were_Quiet_Not

* Chuck Wendig- The Undeserved Population of Writers http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/22/the-underserved-population-of-readers/

HILARIOUS:  

* Andra Watkins- Ode to the Hair Down There http://andrawatkins.com/2013/05/19/ode-to-the-hair-down-there/

* Ionia Martin- Someone Left a Little Review http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/05/20/someone-left-a-little-review/ * You Know You’ve Been a Teacher Too Long http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/31-signs-youve-been-a-teacher-too-long

ENCOURAGEMENT:   

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* Phillybookspicks posted the most inspirational video. Nick Vujicic has no arms and no legs and yet he remains thankful. “I realize I may not have hands to hold my wife’s hand but when the time comes I’ll be able to hold her heart. I don’t need hands to hold her heart.” http://phillybookpicks.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/poetry-pick-for-the-week-4/

* Share My Dabba – Thought changing video- please watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2D4WaAvSH4 * Sara Solmonson- A Small Farewell to Zach Sobiech http://sarahsolmonson.com/2013/05/20/a-small-farewell-to-zach-sobiech/

* Thanks to John W. Howell who nominated me for the Wonderful Team Membership Award 🙂

* The Militant Baker- In Response to Abercrombie & Fitch http://www.themilitantbaker.com/2013/05/to-mike-jeffries-co-abercrombie-fitch.html?m=1

* Casa Mariposa- Beautiful Pictures of Flowers After the Rain http://ts-casamariposa.blogspot.com/2013/05/rainy-day-ramble.html?showComment=1369103774627#c3020643246140659949

SOUND: 

* Inside Creative Writing Weekly Podcast with Brad Reed – Unique spin on creative writing tips- def worth a listen! “I am in love with writing. Something about those 26 letters just amaze me.” http://www.insidecreativewriting.com/tag/brad-reed/

* Zach Sobiech- “Clouds” http://sarahsolmonson.com/2013/05/20/a-small-farewell-to-zach-sobiech/

* Gin Wigmore- “These Roses” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00OYihgTnHE

* Butterfly Boucher- “Bitter Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1WXhapRHmw

* Sara Bareilles- “Gravity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_U6iSAn_fY

* Evanescence- “Even in Death” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dG0SgShZCc

*Melodime- Cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1w1GHFW7-A

SMELL:

  * Mango Cooler Candle

TASTE:

* The Concordia Sandwich from the Black Bear Bistro & Cellar, Warrenton (Ground beef mixed with marinara and roast beef topped with provolone and stuffed in egg battered bread)

TOUCH: 

* On Sunday, my friend Sharon & I ran the Joe Cassella 5 K

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