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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Monday, June 14, 2010

What I Learned Today from Blogging

Today I have learned that:

Living takes precedence over blogging 


People are remarkably different, quirky and how dull if we were all alike


Some so-called tough guys are really very nice guys


We're all getting sucked into Blogger's insidious Design Button (and what happened to Layout anyway??)


Some days admit it we got nothin'


We blog because we love it not just to sell our books


Maybe if I could storyboard like this I'd get an agent and a 3-book deal


A good writer can find a story anywhere even on a bus (and make it hilarious if they're Fran)


Cats make everything better  (most especially those like Charlie yes I'm in love with this cat)


I could have gone on and on but it's Monday and I do have to clean house. And take a shower at some point today.  So yes, this is why I love my blogging friends. I learn so much from your posts. Your cleverness, your voices, your personalities (and your cats) make every day beautiful.

44 comments:

  1. What a great post, Karen. I love this! Blogging is such a great way of connecting with people -- on all levels!

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  2. What a lovely way to showcase your blogger friends, Karen. I loved reading this.

    Jai

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  3. Thanks Talli. And what I learned from you is that even gorgeous blond published authors with a new book coming out stress out over an author photo!

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  4. Jai, and I didn't even get to yours yet. Going there now!!

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  5. Well, the only problem I'm finding so far with the new Design is something another Blogger said about not being able to scroll as easily through the posts. But it's pretty miniscule. Maybe I can find some time later to explain how the layout works. I just kept clicking on things 'til I figured it out. Didn't take very long.

    Yes, living takes precedence over blogging. But I too love to meet the wonderful people who blog. However, do clean your house and take a shower. My aide is here with Jen (yay! finally) and I'm working on the draft of my #2 WIP, the memoir Homeless. I AM making progress.

    Have a great Monday.

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  6. Definitely love the links. It is so much fun to connect with others.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  7. Great links, Karen, I'm gonna go check them all out.

    CD

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  8. Hey! I've worked hard to cultivate that image!

    What a great idea you have here.
    I'll just have to check these other folks out...

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  9. Thanks for all the great links. And double thanks for linking to Under the Tiki Hut.

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  10. Thank you so much for all these fabulous links!

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  11. You could've gone on forever with that post!

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  12. Alex, I really could have. But you know, the shower.... Anyway, I think I'll make it a regular weekly blog event!

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  13. What a lovely selection! I must be careful or my google reader might explode!

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  14. Thanks for the great post. I love finding gems like these. :0)

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  15. Wow, Karen, love this post. ANd thanks bunches for the link to my blog. I came so close to letting go of all this. So glad I didn't.
    Karen

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  16. fun way to highlight your fellow bloggers!

    thanks for sharing!

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  17. Great post. Can't wait to check out the links. :)

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  18. I love your list and too will check out your links.

    Teresa

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  19. That's a great idea for a post and I checked out all your blog suggestions. You follow some quality people. I don't know about that Bus Woman person though. She sounds a bit unhinged.

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  20. Oh I soooooo got sucked into the blogger design button!!! It's true - it's so so so true - they got me!!

    Thanks for the great links!! Will check them out - especially the last one!LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  21. Such a sweet post. Great idea! I hope that you accomplished many things on your to-do list. :o)

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  22. You are so awesome. This is great. Good for you getting to clean your house.
    :)

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  23. I'm with you on this one. I love my blog buddies and learn something new every single day!

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  24. What a great post. So very true. :)

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  25. Love this - and more links to check out!! Thanks for the mention :)

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  26. Amen to everything you just said. Except the cat part. I'd take a horse or dog over a cat any day, but that's just me =)

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  27. I clicked on ALL this awesome blogs...some are new to me (and I promptly followed them) some are old friends I haven't visited in a while, some are posts I read and loved too. :) What a fun post to find here today, my friend.

    And THANK YOU for linking one of them to me. I'm deeply honored and grateful.
    Isn't this writers community such a beautiful and interesting group? I love all of you and learn from every one of you.

    I see you're still Xena.

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  28. This is great! Every awesome post in one place. :P

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  29. What a fun way to find other blogs.

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  30. Interesting post KarenG. I will check out all the links tomorrow when my brain is less fried. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Super post! Thanks for all the links.

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  32. I'll admit it. I was a doubting Thomas when I first entered the blogging world...ok, still entering...oh alright, just reading other people's blogs at this point -- but, I'm working on it. Anyway, I digress. The point is that I'm coming around to the idea of blogging and it's thanks to you, Karen. Cheers to Xena and her devoted followers!

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  33. Can identify with everything you have said. Blogging is such a great way to connect with other writers and readers(!) It's also good to know that I share so much in common with other writers and that I'm not crazy!

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  34. Aww, you make my my blogging experience beautiful too!

    I finished 'Farm Girl' last night. I will write about at some point this week. Prob Thursday or Friday. :o) four stars from me! I loved how it was not told tradionally. It was almost like your mother was telling me. Kinda the way my grandma would tell me stories. It was very sweet - and interesting!

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  35. What a great idea for a post, Karen! Nice to have new blogs to check out - thank you! :)

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  36. *snicker* Very nice collection, Karen! Thank you for including me! Though in an effort at full-disclosure, this is my first shot at storyboarding... the agent and book deal came to me in a MUCH more round-about way... I just think mystery is really conducive to storyboarding, so I am going to try it...

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  37. I'm in love with Charlie, too!

    What a wonderful idea for a post - thanks for all the links. :)

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  38. Awesome list, thanks for sharing, Karen!!

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  39. Greetings Karen,
    I write for cathartic and therapeutic reasons. Indeed, it can be a most positive resource.
    An interesting selection of links. However, cats..well best I leave my thoughts on those creatures back at my blog where I recently did a posting about those little 'darlings'.
    With respect and kindness, Gary

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  40. That was fun - I like how you did it :)

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  41. Oh, I love how you listed while linking! Great post. And you're right: cats make everything better! :)

    - Corra

    the victorian heroine

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  42. Those are some great insights and links to your bloggy friends.

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  43. This post made me smile. (Yeah, what did happen to plain old LAYOUT button?) :)

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