a little mixing bowl link sampler

I’ve had this blog draft open in my Google Chrome since Monday. Four flights, 1900 miles, and the cream-filling of the weekday sandwich later, here I am. My first manuscript is edited and off to my agent. My second manuscript is up on my computer. And a first kiss scene for book three is written? Yeah, not sure where that one came from?

Here are my absolute favorite links from the last few weeks. If you missed them, here they are. Or, if you’re like me, take the chance to finally read them if you bookmarked and haven’t gone back for seconds yet!

The Unauthorized Cheat Sheet of Self-Editing Tips for Writers: Seekerville. Wow. So much gold all in one place. The best of the editing books condensed for easy reference. This is so much easier for ADD writer minds than poring through the books (though that’s eventually necessary, too!) without any idea of what to look for. Thanks, Seekerville!

Facebook is Out, But Blogging and Google+ Are In: Social Media Today. Say hello to my New Year’s Resolution: Get my Google+ up and engaging! I know social media is this weird, revolving door of constantly evolving algorithms and techniques. I know Google+ has been touted as difficult to learn and never going to catch on. But it’s very much a thing, and we’re going to learn it together. Facebook is trying to make exposure difficult for brand pages, and they are going to lose a lot since they are over-promising and under-delivering even those who pay for ad space. This article explains what’s going on behind the scenes and what to do.

Hillsong’s “Oceans (in-studio)”: RELEVANT Magazine. I absolutely love this raw studio rendition of one of my favorite songs performed by the original vocalist, Taya Smith. If you haven’t heard this song, listen now. If you have, this might be your new favorite. It’s a pure and powerful reminder.

Hope y’all are too busy to read this, that you’re getting bags packed and presents wrapped and recipes prepped to be shared at big tables full of loved ones.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off, one hand on the vacuum/dish towel/etc and my nose in the Divergent series–even though I told myself I would never, ever get hooked!

Happy Christmas!

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