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Is this One of the 50 Great Ideas for Blogs?

Over the past few months, I have found some wonderful articles to read via my Twitter friends and my regular blogs. I thought I would share some different ones that I have found recently.

Blogging:
50 Great Ideas for Blog Content
43 Helpful and Terrific Blogs for Writers
How to decide how much to reveal about yourself

Writing:
3 Tips for Joining an Online Writing Group
Jenny Cruise essays
Who Says You Have To Like a Character?
What They Don't Know Won't Hurt Them
Michael Crichton's Top 5 Writing Lessons

Zombies:
Might of the Living Dead
Did 9/11 Cause Publishing's Zombie Frenzy?

Looking for fun blogs or Twitter friends? Check out the The Tens: A Metablog, which is inspired by the radio show and podcast TBTL. (Yours truly is even listed on there)

Natasha

Comics in the Buffyverse

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My hubby Joey and I are attending San Diego Comic Con and visiting our friend Sue. We will retu rn August 1st. I will try to do a post or two to update, but no promises! I thought I would leave with some of my favorite comics I have discovered over the past year.
Joss is the reason why I started readin g comic books. Seriously. It is a bit sad (really?), but I only had enough money for books and DVDs. Now my husband and I have pretty mu ch given up our DVD habit and put up invisible bookshelves to display our growing comic book habit. I totally recommend checking these comic books out if you are a Whedonite like myself.
Check out Buffy Omnibus 1-7 for the comics released during the season. Season 8 takes place after the series finale. Angel After the Fall takes place after the Angel series. Fray takes place in the future after Buffy. Serenity adds more tales in the Firefly universe. Astonishing X-Men is something you should read. Period.
Don't Stop the Signal. Read!

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Origin Story

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I was sitting at work thinking about what kind of post I can write to fill in the gap while I am gone. Then it came to me: my origin story about attending conventions. Funny enough, I found an article written by one of my favorite geeks, Seth Green, about why he loves conventions.

Some people have no idea what a sci fi and fantasy convention, comic book conventions, or "cons" is or what people do. There is an exhibit hall, or dealer room, where you can find all types of merchandise and services (like costuming). There can be an artist's alley where tons of artists show off their talents. At smaller conventions, artists and writers can be guests of honor. Other conventions can have a ton of celebrities (including writers and artists) who do panels that show off their talents or talk about their career, and do autograph sessions. There can be movie showings, exclusive content, themed party rooms, gaming rooms, and don't forget the swag! It is a great way for people to m…

Where I'm At: Part VI

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss

This week kept me too busy for my own good. My hubby Joey's birthday was Saturday so we did some celebrating with friends and family. We went to Harry Potter and LOVED it! That pretty much took up all of one of our nights, and we started to prepare for our upcoming vacation to San Diego Comic Con this week.

Needless to say, I didn't finish the novel. I barely dented it. So, we shall pick this up when I return and see where it will go.

Natasha
Word Count: 77,036

Where I'm At: Part V

"Face your life
Its pain, its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken"
-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
(I thought it appropriate to use more NG since he had his big Newbery speech last night)

While writing this book, this is what I have come to face. The pleasure of its mysteries as it unwinds in front of me. Then there is the pain of it staying silent, an unwilling and cruel blank canvas. As you can tell, I haven't finished it. This time, I am sure, I am close. I just need to find the ever fleeting time.

The next few weeks seem cramped with things to do, including our vacation to San Diego for Comic Con and visiting our friend Sue. There will be so much to talk about when I come back, but those adventures you will see in future posts. For now, I must focus on finding little periods of time here and there to possibly finish this novel.

We will see what happens in the next week. Last night I had such a fun time writing. Something just seemed to click, all the words flowed heavy as h…

Upcoming Books Part II

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Here's the other two books that I am dying to read this year (so far!). I recommend reading the notes underneath each book to learn about how I came across these authors and what I really love about them.

Fire by Kristin Cashore
Publication Date: October 6th, 2009

Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells. Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is he…

Upcoming Books

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I noticed that a lot of my favorite authors have books coming out later in the year. Some appear in a series so it will give you time to check the others out of the library or buy them if you are interested. I hope you do. If anything, you can see how much I adore these authors and I always look forward to the titles they release. It is going to be hard not to rush through them to pick up the next thing on the list!

I have four books that I really want to read, but I will post the first two now and the other two next Tuesday.

Forest Born by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern #4) Publication date: September 15th, 2009

Rin is sure that something is wrong with her... something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she's lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace awa…

Where I'm At: Part IV

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality."
- George Lucas

I did my best to focus again this week on sitting down and just writing. I will continue to keep moving forward with the novel until this story just stops talking. I think that if I keep going at this pace, I will finish it in the next two weeks or so. Ha! I thought that two months ago. I am now 20,000 words over of my original projection of 50,000 words. I have now reached 71,000 words. I surpassed my first novel by 5,000 words so far. How did this happen?

I had a very enjoyable holiday weekend. My husband and I had Friday off so I took time to go over to the local bookstore to do some writing for a few hours. I remember how I used to go over there to do homework in college, with no interruptions, and it felt good to do that again. I found a perfect corner where no one would disturb me and I grabbed a few books to thumb through when I needed a little mini-break.

The hubby and I also spent some time outside i…

Savvy by Ingrid Law

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I found out about Ingrid Law's book Savvy when I saw a contest to win her book on Maw Books Blog. The contest asked the contestants to reveal our dream savvy and our real life savvy. A "savvy" in the book is a supernatural power. In the book, almost every member of the family will find out their savvy on their thirteenth birthday. It is a fun premise that will keep you, and the main character, guessing at what it all truly means when her thirteenth birthday finally arrives.

This book is such very entertaining and fun story. The vivid descriptions in the book keep you captivated. The characters all have their own distinct personalities , and some their very own savvy, that I fell in love with. I can see why this book would be a Newbery Honor Book and am looking forward to reading more by this author.

If you want to learn more about this book, I recommend Maw Books Blog for her great posts:
Natasha Maw's review of the book, including the book trailer
The Giveaway that is …

Lentil Loaf (or Vegetarian Meatloaf)

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When I was growing up, my dad made the best meatloaf with potatoes and peas (I prefer scalloped corn above all). Now that I am vegetarian, I unable to recreate this meal. So, I thought about trying to see if there is a version that we eat in our household. Lo and behold! I found Lentil Loaf. I find it completely amazing and delicious-- even better than meatloaf! I am going to experiment with the recipe, though, to see if I can have multiple versions. I would like to use this for the holiday season to go with mashed potatoes and vegetables at family meals. I prepared it the day before and kept it overnight in the fridge so it might have turned out a little dry because of that. Still, we have two or three great meals. I also keep most of the items in my household so it is something easy to cook on a whim. It did a few adjustments, but when you look at them, it didn't make the recipe spicier. I might add more next time!

Really Good Vegetarian Meatloaf (really!)
SERVES 4 -6 Change to: …