Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing & Publishing ~

Blog Conversation about Blog Conversations . . .

It was back on February 12th of this year that I raised the idea of Blog Conversations here. Blog Conversations

At first, they were only on Mondays and Wednesdays since I hadn’t yet finished the 95 Tales in my Story Bazaar—Fridays were added in June.

And, if you’re new here, the other days of the week are reserved for re-blogs from a bevy of valuable sources…

So, here we are on one of the Friday phases of conversation and I came to the conclusion that it might be a good time to consider what we can discuss in the future…

By the way, the last conversation we were having stopped today because there were no comments on its last post—that’s the way it goes—reader comments keep the conversations going—my creativity begins new conversations…

Yet, there are times in a blogging career when my creativity seems to have gone on vacation without me, this being one of those days; so, Creativity’s cousin, Cleverness, stepped up and said, “Alex, don’t strain that brain, look back at all the conversations so far, list them, and ask the kind folks out there to suggest more topics, eh?”

And, I said, “Whoa! How clever of you...”.

So, here’s the list of titles of discussions we’ve had, so far:


Aids for Writers

How and Why Writers Write


Different Types of Readers

Traditional vs Self-Published Book Promotion

Choosing What to Read

“What Should I Write?”

Word Histories


Book Promotion


“Serious Writing”

Reading like a Writer

Truth in Fiction

Charming and Surprising Books

Traditional vs Self Publishing

Readers as Gatekeepers

Issues with Traditional Publishing


Escaping with Books ~ or ~ Escaping into Books

Now, I fully concede, any of those topics could be discussed again, and yet again; though, for now, I’m asking the Spirits of Blogging to come to my aid and inspire you to suggest other topics we might discuss here…

Are you game?

O.K.—remember, the general subjects that are allowable are Reading, Writing, and Publishing; but, any topic you can squeeze into those broad categories is just fine…

Will you help me…?

Can you spare a few minutes of your time dealing with a desperately complex world to offer your ideas?

I hope so…

But… If no one shares a comment with a topic idea (or, two…), I’ll shake my creativity awake and track one down……… :-)
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10 responses to “Blog Conversation about Blog Conversations . . .

  1. courseofmirrors August 4, 2018 at 6:48 am

    What does age bring to the writing novels?

    Liked by 1 person

    • juliecroundblog August 4, 2018 at 7:19 am

      What a great question and very apt as I nearly stopped reading a novel I got out of the library because it was written in a colloquial style by a young person who obviously knew about the world of drug taking and it was so far from my experiences and included language that I would never write that I almost dismissed it as rubbish. Then I thought I’d try to get in the mind of the character and I carried on reading. Surprisingly I am enjoying the story as an insight into a different world!
      I wonder what kind of book the author will write when she’s my age?

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 4, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Very good–thank you Ashen :-)

      Liked by 1 person

  2. juliecroundblog August 5, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Examples of two different writing styles:
    1. Young. ” She turned the volume up on the telly as I got my fork and put a little bit of every yummy thing on the plate all squooshed up on it until it was almost too big to go in my mouth.” ( Someday Find Me by Niicci Cloke.
    2. Old. ” Even the Christmas meal seemed too much – as if they had all changed their eating habits and couldn’t revert to the mountains of meat, the Yorkshire puddings and the generous helpings of vegetables and roast potatoes.” ( The Third Lane by Julie C Round)
    I suppose I should have found a classic for comparison but my book was handy!


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