Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Guest Bloggers

I have no guest blogger to announce for tomorrow. However, I would like to remind everyone that I love hosting guests, especially guest authors with new releases to promote. If you check the schedule in the sidebar, you'll see plenty of openings in June, July and August. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you my guidelines.

What I'm Reading

One unpublished novel for critique.

And at the same time, I'm working my way through Stephen King's Under the Dome. I'll have lots more to say about King's book when I finish. I will say I'm loving it. And I'll also say I wish I had bought the book after I got my Kindle. My arm muscles are sore just from lifting this monster-sized hardcover into my lap.

My Giveaway if I Get 300 Followers by May 14th

I invite everyone who visits here this week and next (by midnight Mountain Time on Saturday, May 14th) to become a follower if you have not already done so. And feel free to spread the word on your blog, Twitter, or whatever.

Be sure to leave a comment and a way to contact you (in your profile or in the comment), whether you follow the blog or not. If I reach 300 followers by the deadline, I'll give away one $25.00 gift certificate from

I'll be selecting the winner from comments left between now and the 14th. Remember, it's not the "follow" that enters you in the drawing, it's the comment you leave. I'll count one comment per person each day as a separate entry.

A Great Wrap-Up Post for the A to Z April Blog Challenge 2011

Check out Jenny's post My A-to-Z A-to-Z at The Writing Bug.

A Post All Bloggers Should Read

Is Blogger Copyright Dead? at Problogger Blog Tips. This article addresses blog "scraping" and other illegal reproductions of your original blog posts.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference 2011

Here's another plug for Colorado Gold scheduled for September 9, 10 and 11 in Denver. The RMFW website has the complete brochure and workshop descriptions available online. Don't forget there's a contest associated with this conference. The deadline to enter is June 1st.

And over the next few weeks, many of the agents and editors attending the conference will be interviewed for Chiseled in Rock blog. My interview with Rachelle Gardner was published yesterday.

Auntie Pat Says...

Writing is like exercise. We procrastinate and resist and make excuses--all to avoid doing the very things that make us feel great. It makes no sense.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Love that "Auntie Pat" saying!! It's soooo true! And isn't it interesting how so many books have gotten longer in the last few years? A definite trend.

OK, no more procrastination for me - time to write ;-).

li said...

Going to read the Blogger Copyright article - thanks for the link!

Jenny said...

Thanks for including my post in your Wednesday scramble!

Auntie Pat is so wise.

Misha said...

I hope you get your 300 followers. Am already following and want that prize. ^_^

Dean K Miller said...

Thanks Auntie Pat. It is in this senseless world that we find peace and quiet in the written word.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Margot, King's book is really good, and the number of "rules" he breaks is huge. I'm loving it.

li -- this business of scraping others' blog content without permission has really gotten out of hand. Just giving credit is not enough. The article is good information.

Jenny, you're most welcome. And Yes, Auntie Pat has a lot of opinions and observations. Comes with advancing age. :)

Misha, good luck. Only 25 followers to go...

Hi Dean...peace and quiet near a mountain stream full of trout wouldn't be too bad either, right?

Canyon Girl said...

I love to get comments and leave comments on the blogs I read. It's even hard for me to imagine just reading a post and then leaving w/o a comment. So I think it's great that the comments will determine the winner here. Good luck reaching the 300. And thanks for deciding to follow my blog.--Inger

Patricia Stoltey said...

Inger, I just wish I had more time to visit the blogs I enjoy. There are so many that are fun and many good blogs, so little time.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Lots going on as usual Patricia.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll announce your follower contest soon on my blog!

Grammy said...

Hi, Pat, Thanks for visiting my blog so often, and leaving comments to encourage me. I am trying to play "catchup" and visit and read a lot of blogs that I have been following, and intend to pick up again. The last ten months have been so stressful that now I am getting back into the swing of things. I appreciate you and others so very much.

Edna said...

Good stuff, Auntie Pat. Great link to the copyright article. Isn't is interesting how so many are willing to fudge the ethics involved and those who are willing to look the other way because of a perceived benefit? A slippery slope, to be sure. Thanks.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Yvonne -- never a dull moment in my world.

Thanks Alex. I would appreciate that a bunch.

Grammy, I've missed you while I've been under the weather. I'll be back to see you soon.

Edna -- you're so right. Some of my blog posts have been "scraped" and out of ignorance, I did nothing. This copyright article will be very helpful in the future.

Janet Fogg said...

Thanks Pat, for sharing the link to the copyright article. I was woefully uneducated on this subject.

Best of luck to your 300! (I don't know how you do it all!) Janet

Jemi Fraser said...

Auntie Pat knows what's what! :) Good luck with the big 3!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks for following, Janet. I'm also attending a lunch-hour presentation by an attorney on copyright basics tomorrow. I don't know enough either.

LOL Jemi. Auntie Pat may have to start her own blog one of these days.

Chris Phillips said...

I'll announce it Monday on my blog.

baygirl32 said...

Hope you make it to 300! I'm now following

Dorte H said...

Follower no 280. Good luck!

I´ll go and tweet this.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Chris, thanks so much. I appreciate that (and I just hopped over to follow your blog too).

Baygirl, I returned the favor. Thanks!

Dorte, greetings. Nice photos on your blog. Looks like spring in your neighborhood, just like here in Colorado.