My guest author tomorrow is historical novelist Mary Schoenecker. Her post is about family history and how it triggered ideas for her novels.
This Week's Blog Post Links
From Traditional Publishing to Self-Publishing: Should You Jump by John Barlow at Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare.
Tattered Cover EBM Pricing is Ready by Dave Stover at Writers on the Brink blog. (FYI -- EBM is Espresso Book Machine, and Tattered Cover Press is part of the Denver Tattered Cover Bookstore family).
#atozchallenge: Getting to Know Me -- Arlee Bird. (FYI -- Arlee Bird is the founder of the A to Z April Blog Challenge, which by the way, is already over 600 participants and we're not even out of February yet. If you want to join us for a lot of fun in April and the chance to make lots of new friends, head over the the A to Z signup page.)
Making More Time in My Life
I not only need to make room for my writing and revising, but I also want to create a better balance to my life by reading more and reviving some of my favorite hobbies. One of the things I plan to do is reduce the number of times each week I post to this blog beginning March 1st (except during the month of April, of course, when I'll post the 26 days of the A to Z Challenge).
My plan is to continue the Tuesday post at Chiseled in Rock, my Thursday guests through June to be replaced by posts about the writing life, and then add a new Saturday post which might include reviews of writing books, photos, or random topics. Three times a week, with no Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday unless an author on blog book tour requests one of those days. The Wednesday Potpourri is going away.
If you're a regular follower and don't use Google Reader, consider signing up to receive my posts by e-mail. I've added that option to the sidebar, just below my profile.
The Blogger "Please prove you're not a robot" Security Captcha Thingie
If your blog's security is set to include this feature, I suspect you'll see a reduction in comments from cranky people like me. My new policy is to try once and then quit. Maybe it's my eyes or maybe it's my trifocals, but I'm having a terrible time reading those things.
Unless you're a regular (meaning many times daily) target for spammers, I recommend you get rid of the word verification requirement and take away the privilege of anonymous comments instead. I also have comment moderation activated for my older blog posts as that seemed to be where a lot of spammers were depositing their links. My problems are minimal...so far.