Monday, September 13, 2010

Miscellaneous Monday & Texas Roads Winner

                                   Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lange at Inside Out.

The Winner is...

The Texas Roads winner is Ann Lee Miller. Congratulations, Ann! I hope you enjoy reading Cathy's book. Thanks to everyone who participated, and thanks to author Cathy Bryant for her generosity!

(Note to Ann - I emailed you Sunday. Kindly get back to me at klange61(at)hotmail(dot)com asap with your mailing address. Thanks!:) 

Coming soon!

Two milestones are nearly upon us. I have almost reached 150 followers (yay!) and will publish my 200th post soon. I think that calls for a celebration. How about a giveaway? Details to follow.

Great Giveaway Sites

Carman Boley, at Christian Book Giveaways shares links featuring the latest book giveaways. From historical to contemporary, there's something for everyone. I love to hop over and see what she has posted each week. Be sure and say hello to Carman when you stop, I'm sure she'd appreciate it!

Many of you are already familiar with Lynda Schab's writing blog, On the Write Track. But have you been to her other one? Great Christian Book Giveaways shares listings of nifty book giveaways. It's worth a peek if you're in the mood to enter a contest.

The Great Blogging Experiment

Elana Johnson, Alex Cavanaugh, and Jennifer Daiker hosted the Great Blogging Trifecta last week. Posts featured their thoughts on what makes a good blog. Good stuff! I highly recommend checking out the week's posts.

These three are also conducting The Great Blogging Experiment, where they are inviting bloggers to join them in scheduling a post on September 24, 2010 about "Writing Compelling Characters". The idea is that they want to see each blogger's personality reflected in each post; they expect that no two blog posts will be completely alike. Matter of fact, Elana is willing to bet a kidney that they won't be. So for her sake, we ought to participate, don't you think? For details or to sign up, click here.

You don't need to be an expert on character development to join in. I'm not, but I think it will be an adventure. I'm in, how about you?

Are you thinking about joining the experiment? What other writing adventures are on the list for this week?

Happy writing!



  1. Lots of links to check out. It is after midnight and I'm fading fast, but I'll be clicking back tomorrow. Thanks!

  2. I signed up for the experiment, it should be fun!

  3. I did sign up to post about compelling characters - now I just have to figure out what to say! Pressure.

  4. I'm not in the character development mode, although fiction is on my to do in the far out future list. My adventure for this week is to finish the first draft of an e-book I'm working on so that I can get it into the hands of reviewers before the holidays. This project has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

  5. I didn't sign up but it sounds like an interesting experiment!

    Congrats to Ann!!

  6. Lisa,
    You are welcome! Hope they are helpful:)

    I'm thinking it will be too! It'll be interesting to see the assortment of posts.

    Me too! I have a few ideas, so we'll see where it leads. :) I am sure you'll come up with something great.

    You'll have to let us know how it goes with the e-book! Sounds like a great project:)

    I think it's a great idea, and I wonder if they'll repeat it sometime with another theme. We'll see!

    Thanks and blessings to each of you,

  7. I love collecting inspiration. It often comes in the most unique of forms, so why not the great blogging experiment? No doubt I'll visit to check it out.


  8. Great links as always! Happy Week to you!!! :O)

  9. Dear Karen...KUDOS TO YOU on your 150 Followers. That is wonderful! You are so kind to always share and post for your readers. Great job! Susan

  10. Thanks for mentioning last week's blogging posts and the upcoming character post!

  11. Kathleen,
    You're right! Inspiration is everywhere, and who knows where the experiment will lead:)

    Thanks Diane! And to you as well:)

    Good to see you:) Thanks so much. Hope the links are helpful.

    You're welcome! It was a great series, and I think the experiment will be good too.

    Blessings to each of you,

  12. I have to say Karen, I love the picture you chose for this post! My writing adventures is more about reading, and blogging this week. I'm taking it easy and okay with that!

  13. Wonderful. Thank you for all the links. Very generous of you to highlight what other bloggers are up to! Thanks for following me back--Loved the comment you left. Congrats on nearing 150 followers and here's hoping 200 (and 250, and 300, and 1,000) are on your way soon.

  14. Congrats, Ann!

    Wow! Almost 150 Followers! I can't wait to see what you're cooking up for the giveaway. :)


  15. Congratulations on 200 posts and almost 150 followers.

  16. Hi Karen..congrats on 200 posts, thats great and almost 150 followers is wonderful. Thanks for the links.

  17. Beautiful flower, Karen! And great milestone!!!
    You go, girl!!!

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  19. Good for you! Well done!

    I don't write fiction (Lord knows, the truth is stranger than that around here) and I don't do 'character development.' Oh, wait. Yes, I do. It's called raising boys, which, with the column and the full-time job, is about all that I have time to do.

    I shall leave the literary character development to those who do it best.

    Grinning and waving,


  20. Hi Karen .. sounds interesting .. I might just give it a go .. have no idea - but can only be characteristic!

    Great to know about it .. and well done on 200 posts and dearly 150 followers .. excellent ..

    Enjoy the rest of 2010 .. going great guns! .. Hilary

  21. Lynn,
    Glad you liked the photo. Becky has a good eye for that sort of thing. You do too! :)

    Thank you. And you are welcome to the links. Enjoyed visiting your blog. I'll be back!

    Susan R.,
    Thanks. Yes, have a few ideas...:)

    Thanks so much!

    Thank you! You are most welcome to the links. It's fun to share goodies like these.

    Thank you! This blogging journey is wonderful. :)

    Thanks! Love your comments about the kids. Yes, that IS character development without a doubt!

    And to you as well! :)

    Oh, you should! You have such a wonderful writing style, and you at the very least know what you like in a good character, I'm sure!

    Thanks and blessings to each of you,

  22. Congrats to the winner and thanx for the links~ And woo-hoo to the impending 150!!!!!

  23. I think I am worn out this week from all the revisions I did the past couple of weeks. So going to lie low and read about ACFW all weekend:)

  24. Anne,
    Thank you. Hope the links are helpful!

    I think a rest is called for; you've been working hard!


  25. Copngrats to Ann, and congrats on nearly 150 followers, Karen!

    Thanks for the links.

    Audience of ONE

  26. Congrats Ann. You lucky thang, you. :)

    I wish I would have signed up Karen, but home-school has me tied up in all kinds of ways. I'll check out the links though.

    Congrats on the big 150. WOOT.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week, my friend. :)


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