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Digging into My #Archives . . .

WordPress still hasn’t been able to return the reblog buttons to its users; and, many folks are dealing with major issues since reblogging is a primary part of their routine… Blogging as Conversation

A brighter reflection:

Tomorrow, our new Blogging as Conversation continues…

If you want to contribute, visit last Wednesday’s post :-)

And, there’s another option for you in a brief moment…

So… my song and dance, to add something of value to your day, will be to pirouette in and warble from the depths of this blog—the 2,122 posts that are categorized in the Top Tags widget, down a ways in the left sidebar…

I’m going to select a few posts to share that have some sort of “bearing” on the Conversation begun last week:

4 Bloggers Have A Conversation About The Book World

Two Authors Talking at the London Book Fair

And, a post from 3 years ago, when I tried to stimulate a conversation here…

Your Opinion Absolutely Counts ~ Give This A Try

So… comments on last Wednesday’s post plus any comments after this post (whether they deal with any of the above posts or not), will enter the Stream (which, so far, is only a trickle) of our Conversation…
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#BlogPosts as #Conversations

Blog posts as conversations Two days ago, I began a restoration of my commitment to regular blogging after a month-long psychological sabbatical (though I was re-blogging during that break…).

In Monday’s post, I said:

“I want to enlist my readers, you and you and you, in a long-term project…

“I’m hoping my regular readers at first, then, perhaps, folks who happen in, will begin commenting on the Monday and Wednesday posts, in a way that creates ‘bridging ideas’ that I can carry into my next original post—either your thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, experiences, lack of experiences—you name it—perhaps, call it ‘creative writing prompt invention’—something to help me ‘thread together’ a series of posts…

“Sometimes, I may have only one comment that inspires what I write in my next scheduled post—sometimes, hopefully, there’ll be a whole bouquet of comments…”

Of course, if any given post has no comments, I’ll have to carry on the “conversation” myself—not very hard for this writer :-)

As it happens, there were two readers’ comments on Monday’s post; and, I was able to capture these two thoughts:

“I like the idea of blogs being a conversation rather than a monologue.”

I think every author stands at that window of trust and wonders if it’s possible to jump and land unhurt. In a way, we are all shouting into the emptiness of bookspace and listening with surprise to faint answers.”

First, I notice the “flavor” of the two comments—one being directly about blogs as conversation, the other broadening the conversationality to “authoring”. Though, writing a blog is authoring; and, many authors write more than blogs…

And, one more curious form of “authoring” that comes from my belief that the Reader is always “rewriting” what conscious authors produce—the re-authoring of the author’s words—an authorial Conversation between writer and reader…

Plus, if we expand “authoring“—based on its etymology ( increase , promote , originate )—and apply it to other human activities, we can say the TV commentator is an author, the mother is the author of the household’s “rules”; perhaps, stretching it to ideas like the cook’s authoring of a cake…

Yes, I’m playing with the word; but, I’m an author, of blog posts, poems, short stories, a novel, and my own little Life…

I’ll end my end of this conversation with a question:

Are you authoring your life; or, are others writing it for you?


So, this conversation began Here and continued right up there…

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A Bouquet of Links for Readers, Writers, and Publishers . . .

Every so often, I clean out my collection of links to possible sources for blog posts—rescue sites from the damp cellar of my browser’s bookmarks.

Two past occurrences of this were:

Cleaning Out The Drawer ~ A Bouquet of Posts

A Bouquet of Articles for Writers & Publishers

The first rescued link is to Copyscape, a place to check for plagiaristic copies of your writing—also possible by using quoted selections from your work with Google Alerts

And, here’s a wild article—the title is quite self-explanatory: Did You Know That Professional Writing Is Dying And Only Taxing The Public To Pay Writers Can Save It?

And, due to the recent death of this famous author: Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing.

For those who trust technology, a Free Grammar Checker.

Especially for Science Fiction Readers: Sci-fi dreams in reality: 10 writers’ fantasies that have come true.

And, for those writers who are their own publishers: 9 Ways to Market Your Book With No Money.

Back to grammar, for writers, readers, or publishers who love to correct others: The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving.

For those who like medical studies: Babies’ ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults.

For Reader’s Eyes Only: First Page Writing – A Reader’s Perspective.

How about a writer who listened carefully to what her story wanted to say and had readers thinking her writing was non-fiction: The War of Narratives.

And last, for readers, writers, teachers, parents, publishers, and kids of all ages: Young author pens series of five books before 14th birthday.
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Most Common Words Writing Challenge ~ And, The Winner Is . . .

Blogs are a strange writing medium.

Over time, the single posts become related to each other—through links, tags, and cross-referencing.

Take the Writing Challenge Series:

Post on June 10, 2011Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story…

The Challenge is issued

Post on July 29, 2011First Response To Our Writing Challenge :-)

Someone takes a nibbleone chapter with 100 of the 1200 Most Common English Words is written

Post on March 26, 2012More from The Writing Challenge With The Most Common Words

Someone else enters the Challenge—I get it wrong and think they’re adding two chapters to the first one—nope; new person, two chapters of a new story

Post on April 16, 2012Yet More From The Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common English Words In A Story

The second contestant gets to five chapters—500 of the Most Common Words used—and I create a downloadable file for folks to read

Today’s PostBarbara Blackcinder completes the Challenge—12-chapter-story with 100 of the Most Common Words in each chapter—working from the end of the List to the beginning

And, in case you’re not a link-hopping blog reader, here’s the link that let’s you download the List of The 1200 Most Commonly Used Words In The English Language.

And, here’s a link that let’s you download Chased  by Barbara Blackcinderthe Winner of Our Challenge!! :-)

Plus, Barbara has done us the favor of making the most common words show up Red in the manuscript

Enjoy and, please, come back and leave Barbara some feedback or a comment.
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Cleaning Out The Drawer ~ A Bouquet of Posts

Periodically, I break my usual routine of writing single-topic posts and dig into the long list of saved, potentially useful articles I’ve tucked away.

I use Google Alerts to find potential posts from other sites and, daily, I add to the drawer.

When it starts to jam on opening, I pull a few choice picks out and share them

First, an article in The Atlantic called, The Amazon Paradox: Coming to Terms With Publishing’s Colossus, where Peter Osnos explores the phenomenon of people buying more ebooks but feeling a touch guilty that they aren’t helping bookstores.

Then, there’s A City Without Bookshops, by Peter Schoppert, on e27—from the Frankfurt Bookfair to Singaporean authors and books and bookstores to Amazon to some ideas he’s working on to capitalize on the disruption in the publishing trade.

Next, from IndieReader, is Amy Rogers’ post, Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing But Were Afraid To Ask. She gives a remarkable survey of all the many flavors of publishing available.

Digital Book World has Jeff Rivera interviewing Seth Godin about a number of aspects of the changes in the book world in Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It. This one has a fascinating collection of reader comments.

Want some insight into how statistical manipulation makes solid information on books published or sold nearly non-existent? Read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics—eye-opening, to say the least.

O.K., I’d better stop there so I have a relatively full drawer for my normal blogging and so you aren’t off reading other blogs and miss my post tomorrow :-)

Plus, it seems I actually, sort of, potentially created a single topic—posts from my drawer that all have to do, in some way, with publishing.


If you have any hot recommendations of posts you’ve read, please put them in the Comments.
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