|Pepper Pot stew, slow-simmered with diced tomatoes, black beans, and seasonings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
With the cold weather of winter coming upon us (or already upon you depending on where you are), some of us may be thinking of a nice comforting bowl of hot stew. Even those in the southern parts of the sphere might not mind a dish of stew. Perhaps not what your belly might be craving, I offer now some mental stew blog-style with some meat to greet your week-end.
Say It Again!
The Deja Vu Blogfest is being revived this year by D.L. Hammons and Nicole Zoltack. This is when you can repeat one of your blog posts from the past year that you felt was neglected and give it new life. Even better to my thinking is that this is a great way for an underperforming blog to give readers a taste of the best of what your blog has to offer. One day of content with minimal effort can be a win-win situation for you and your readers. I've already signed up all four of my blogs and have 3 of the posts ready to go. It all happens on Friday December 19th. Sign up now! You can find the Linky List at D.L.'s blog.
Play It Again!
Battle of the Bands posts I think you're missing out. A number of music lovers have been joining us regularly to vote on their favorite versions of the songs presented in each post. You don't have to know the songs or the groups to determine which ones you like best. You just listen to the choices and pick the ones you prefer. The participating bloggers add interesting bits of information about the songs and artists featured. I try to tie in themes concerning topics that are on our minds--or at least my mind--to encourage readers to think beyond the music and stimulate discussion. Next Battles will be coming up on November 1st so I hope you'll come over and vote for your preferences. For more information including a participant list please visit the blog Stephen T. McCarthy created especially for this event Stephen T McCarthy Presents "Battle of the Bands".
Sleepy Sheepy Update
I'm still helping my friend Dan Holom promote his children's book Sleepy Sheepy and Daniel. I previously blogged about it here, here, and here. In short, this is a clever retelling of the popular Bible story of Daniel in the Lions Den. Dan's partner in this endeavor is illustrator and Disney animator Mark Henn. In the few weeks since its release, their book has gotten over 40 rave reviews on Amazon. They're still looking for reviews for the book so if you'd like to help please get a copy and add your own review. I talked to Dan just the other day and he told me that the second book of the series should be coming soon. An informative radio interview with Dan and Mark about the process of creating their book can be found at Shine FM Chicago. All writers--and especially writers of children's books--will find this interview very helpful. Listen and get inspired.
Haunting Time Is Nigh
I caught part of Tui Snider's interview on BlogTalkRadio this past Wednesday night. What a bubbly dynamo of energy she is! Tui's 2nd book was released at the first of October in time for the Halloween haunting season. It appeared on the Amazon Best Seller's list soon after its release. This book is called Paranormal Texas. It is a travel guide to haunted places near Dallas and Fort Worth. For more information about Tui you can visit her blog.
Get Ready to Write!
With NANO around the corner many minds will be turning to thoughts of writing and many of those writers will be consulting books for ideas, practical advice, and inspiration to write the novel they will be laboring over. You might want to check out Story Sprouts: Voice from the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles. On Monday I'll tell you about the launch party that was held October 11, 2014 with a few photos for your' enjoyment. In the meantime I hope you'll check out the book on Amazon and maybe even buy a copy for you NANO November.
Be watching the A to Z Blog for a special announcement soon to come.
Are you planning to do NANO in November? Are you interesting in exploring paranormal locations? If you stay away from Battle of the Bands is there any certain reason why?