Must Read Monday

Hello friends!  I’m catching up on my NaNo goals today, so no post from me, but I won’t leave you empty handed.  Check out my favorite posts from the past week.  There’s a bit of something for everyone, practical writing advice, book reviews, creepy legends, and hilarious love advice!

Word Stuff:

MuseInks gives us the Top 5 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo.  Reason number 6:  It’s fun!

Kristen Lamb talks Successful Writers and the real truth about the word “lucky.”  A must read for all writer wannabees.  Take control of your career!

Kristen Lamb also did a post about how to focus on relationships with other writers.  She warns you of the bad advice and assists with how to make a real connection happen in How to Win the Hearts of Bloggers – Scoring the Book Review, Guest Post, or Interview.

Freshly Pressed blogger, Jolie O’Dell, gave her Secrets to Productivity recently and really revealed how this gets her a jump start ahead of her peers and what tricks she uses to help wake up in the morning.

Writer Unboxed shared a guest post on how to Be a More Confident Writer and offer 5 tips to help you on your way.

Jillian at A Room of One’s Own wrote a beautiful review on the biography and history of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Get swept away into The Big Woods of Little House on the Prairie creator.

Health and Wellness:

Mark Landen gives you the health advice and brain foods you’ll need this fall to crack your “WIP” into place.  *LOL, I’m hilarious!  Ok, seriously*  Must read:  11 Ways to a Healthy Brain and Healthy Writing.

Piper Bayard gives us the health care resolution for her presidential candidacy:  Granny Care, Putting the Care Back in Health Care.  To which I may add, a vote for Granny is a vote for free chicken noodle soup for all!

Social Trends of the Season:

Margaret Reyes Dempsey guest blogs at Celluloid Zombie about the Willing Suspension of Disbelief for movie watchers everywhere.  Join the heated debate:  300 zombies out of nowhere, now spotted yards in front of you with binoculars…believe it or not?!

If you haven’t yet checked out Gene Lempp’s Zoo Arcane series, you’re missing out.  He’s got great mythology research, enticing book ideas for your use, and never fails to find something most of us have never heard of before.  His latest spooky series was on Evil Little People, a title I’ll try not to take personally at my whopping 5’2″.  😛

Amber West’s edition of Worth a Watch Wednesday was on ABC’s new show Once Upon a Time.  Fairytales and present day crime drama combine.  Just caught my first episode Sunday night, and I’m intrigued!

Looking for love in all the wrong places?  Tawna Fenske just may have the answers after cat-sitting for a friend.  For a good time, read Please Pee So I’ll Know if You’re Sexy.

Any other NaNo’s out there?  How’s it going?  And everyone else, what fun have you been up to since we’re all shut inside? 

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23 responses

  1. Aw, thanks for the link, Jess. 🙂 I hope NaNo is going well for you!

    1. Thanks Jillian! Loved your beautiful post on The Big woods and Little House on the Prairie.

  2. Thanks for the link. How about a progress report on NaNo?

    1. Ugh, don’t ask. Tomorrow night is the local write in, that should help. Are you participating? I am, but there’s no updates on my nano page, can’t find a place to update my stats. Keeps saying “coming soon!” Grrr

      1. Not this year. I’m trying to finish a novel I started in NaNoWriMo 2009.

        1. Hey, writing is writing, glad you’re working on a project. Is this the one you worked on on your writer’s retreat too?

          1. This is the one. I need another block of uninterrupted time to get back in the swing.

            1. Oh man, wouldn’t that be wonderful?! We could all use the gift of uninterrupted time! Dear Santa, this Christmas I would like…

  3. Good luck with the NaNo! I’m cheering for you.

    1. Thanks Marilag! Are you participating too?

      1. Not this year. Maybe the next one.

  4. Lol. Yes. You’ve heard of a chicken in every pot? We offer chicken soup in every pot. Thanks for the shout out, Jess. We appreciate your support. 🙂

    1. When do I get my campaign schwag in the mail?

  5. Hi Jess, thanks for the link! Good luck with NaNo

    1. Loved your post, trying to follow it’s rules. I did well today! If only I didn’t have to go to work, that’s where I run for fast options over healthy options.

  6. Five foot two, you say? Titan in my opinion 🙂

    Thanks for the linkage, Jess!

    1. Ok, best apology ever. I forgive you. LOL

  7. thanks for those! I’m attempting to write a book by Christmas (eeek!) as I was too late in starting NaNoWriMo. I’m already on my way there, and with those tips, my story and some people who can review my book on board, I’m sure that I could reach my goal for Christmas!
    {and, if it proves popular, I have another 3 books in store featuring the same character; and the synoptics of another book that I started writing when I was in my teens! yay!!!}

    Jules
    http://andsuddenlyisee.wordpress.com
    http://wordshakermag.wordpress.com

    1. Awesome goal Jules! Best of luck in your book project. I didn’t do NaNo last year, but I too made my own project so I was still writing. Kudos to you for making it manageable and moving forward! I’ll keep the tips coming and stop by on Life List fridays for more inspiration!

  8. Just chiming in to wish you luck with your NaNo goals. Appreciated all those links! 🙂

    1. Thank you Mindi! Good luck to you on your book project too, must swing over to your place and hear how it’s going soon!

  9. With a title like Tawna’s, I can’t help but click on the link! Thanks for sharing.

    1. That post is hilarious!

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