Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday Potpourri: A Lot About 2012

As you can see, I've renamed my Wednesday post for the new year. I'll also include a question at the end of each Wednesday post (assuming I don't forget...).

Thursday's Guest

Betsy Dornbusch is my guest author/blogger tomorrow. She's also an editor at the ezine Electric Spec. Her blog post is a good story about where ideas come from and how and when they develop into novels. As a bonus, Betsy is giving away a copy of her latest book, so be sure to stop by and leave a comment.


I will continue having a regular Thursday guest blogger. I'll also have occasional guests on Mondays and Fridays for writers on blog book tours. My guest spots are still open to most genres, but I'll invite more mystery, suspense, and thriller writers this year.

The A to Z April Blog Challenge 2012 is on my schedule. Sign-ups begin on January 30th and I'll remind you of that (with a link) when the time comes.

The Northern Colorado Writers Conference is scheduled for March 30-31 at the Hilton in Fort Collins. I'll be there for sure. If you're interested, check the NCW Website for the schedule of panels and workshops and the agents who will be attending.

I'll still be a contributor at Chiseled in Rock blog on Tuesdays and have a new monthly feature called "Three Authors, Three Questions." I'm mixing and matching authors and genres, including a few bestselling writers, so I expect this project to be a lot of fun.

My plan includes more writing, more photography, more manuscript submissions, more exercise, more music, more fun...more just about everything except television and snacking.

Links of Interest

Did you know Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has moved to a new agency? Here's her post with all the details: Welcome to 2012.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing... at Chuck Wendig's terribleminds blog is the post getting a lot of buzz this week. It's funny, irreverent, and so true.

What I'm Reading

Off the Mat by Jeff Bibbey (who will be my guest blogger on January 12th). This is a novel about wrestling, meth addiction, and kids in jeopardy, written by a teacher and coach who found writing fiction was one way to deal with the hard facts of life.

The Wednesday Question

What living author would you like to invite to dinner, and what would be the first question you would ask?


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I like the name of your new Wednesday feature! And it sounds as though you have some busy and good plans for 2012 - it all sounds productive and that's a good thing.

Thanks also for the bits of useful info; I look forward to Betsy Dornbusch's visit tomorrow. In the meantime, in answer to your question? If I invited the living authors I want to meet to dinner, there would be no room for the table! There are just too many whom I admire...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We are stoked for the Challenge!
What author? Paul. He wrote so much of the Bible - it would be fascinating to listen to him in person.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Looks like you've got an exciting year ahead, Patricia! Thanks for the newsy links, too.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patricia .. good to know you'll be doing the A - Z again .. and you've got lots going on with authors etc ..

Living author .. Seth Godin .. and to see how he ticks ... I'd ask how he relaxes?!

Cheers Hilary

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Thanks for the links, Pat - I adore that "25 Things..." post. Here's to an exciting 2012 - in a very non-end-of-the-world way.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Good morning, everyone! I'm working at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio this morning and it's very quiet here. I have high hopes of getting a lot of work done without the cat meowing loudly and walking across my keyboard.

To answer my own question, I'd love to invite mystery author Sue Grafton to dinner. The first thing I would ask is what or who inspired her series protagonist, Kinsey Millhone.

Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the A to Z mention. Big announcement coming on Friday 1/6.

Living author? Probably one of the bloggers out there and I don't know what I'd ask first.

Tossing It Out