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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The two Karens

My blogging friend Karen Walker and I are the same age, we both enjoy memoir, and we live in the Western United States. We have even spoken on the phone and one of these days we must get together in person because I just know we'd have lots to talk about.

Today Karen reviews House of Diamonds at her blog Following the Whispers. Come by and say hi!

And don't forget the special from WiDo Publishing running throughout the end of the year. Order your copy of House of Diamonds from the website and you will also get a free print copy of Uncut Diamonds.

Have any of you had an opportunity to meet a blogging friend in person? Maybe if I got out more, I would too.

31 comments:

  1. Did you know Karen and I met when she was here? :o) You better meet her. She's wonderful!

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  2. Yes, I have met a blogging friend. We've met for lunch twice now and it's been fabulous!

    We're all set for tomorrow. Just finished tying it all together.

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  3. Yes, I've met blogging buddies at the BlogHer conference (both buddies from prior to the conference and some who have become buddies since).

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  4. I have, and I must say it was pretty exciting. People are capable of conveying much of their personality even on a blog--I was pleasantly surprised at the consistency of an online and real-life presence!

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  5. Karen, what a brilliant idea. Utah and New Mexico aren't that far apart. Meeting Jessica in Athens was delightful. And I've met Suze from Analog Breakfast as well. Let's do it!
    Karen

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  6. Usually I meet people at conferences and then find them online. BUT next spring, if everything works out, I'm meeting one of my long-distance blogging buddies/crit partners in Belgium on a side trip during my UK excursion. Kind of surreal. :)

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  7. Cool! Going over there now :)

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  8. I've had the pleasure of meeting quite a few blogging and Twitter buds, and it's great!

    Headed over to Karen's now.

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  9. I usually meet blogging friends at writers conferences, but once I met one at the DI. Teehee. :)

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  10. I've just finished reading Karen Walker's book Following the Whispers! I hope to write about it in my blog soon... I will get to that interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I am also one of the lucky ones to meet a blogging buddy. This past June I hopped a ferry and dropped in on Carole Reid at her art exhibit - it was just the best!

    I now have a piece of Carole's work - at the framers - I can hardly wait to hang it in my studio!

    I'm off to visit Karen...

    Cheers, Jenny

    PEARSON REPORT

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  12. That is a great review, Karen. I have just written two posts about friends we make on the blogs and the kindness of people we have never met in person. I have never met anyone I know from my blogging in person. One blogger just suggested we do something for a blogger friend who is seriously ill. A Christmas surprise. I think these friendships are just wonderful.

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  13. This community is so amazing. It still astounds me when I come across someone who has read my book (like Julia above). I hope you all go out and buy Karen's book because you will love it and she deserves it!
    Karen

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  14. I'll be checking that review out.
    I've never met a fellow blogger in person. Well, there is one. That recent story is going to blow your mind KarenG...

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  15. Pat, now you really have me curious!

    Karen, Thank you so much :) *hugs*

    Inger, And thank you for your comment on Karen's blog. I really appreciate your support!

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  16. I've yet to meet a blogger buddy in person. Hope to do so someday. I'll check out Karens's blog and your books, while I'm at it.(:

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  17. I haven't every met any of my blogger friends in person, but I wish I could have a party at my house and invite all of them over. There are so many great people in the blogosphere.

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  18. Jen and I visited a blogger when she lived in Virginia; then she moved to Texas and now we miss her and her sweet little children. Karen W. and I also emailed a few times about talking on the phone, but we haven't yet. That would be great if you two could get together!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

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  19. I have never met any of my blogging pals. I hope to as I live close to quite a few. Maybe at a book signing or other event I will meet some.

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  20. i've never met any of my blogging friends - or my crit group for that matter. but i've made some of the best friendships i've ever know and hope to meet them someday!

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  21. Two blogging Karens unite. Sounds awesome. I've met 3 local bloggers a few times and it's been great :O)

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  22. This is such a wonderful community and I so hope to meet some of my blogger buddies sometime. We really should plan an annual event! Very cool...the connection of the two Karens.

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  23. I read Karen Walker's review -- very nice.
    Besides my family members who blog, I've met two of them in L.A. and then there's one who started blogging recently who I knew from years ago but haven't seen in several years. Hope to meet more eventually.


    Lee
    Check out a unique bit of writing advice on my latest installment of:
    Tossing It Out

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  24. I have several on my list of wish to meet, but haven't met any yet.

    Oh; unless you count Nathan Bransford. I got to do a workshop with him in uhm - 2008? Very cool guy to talk with.

    .......dhole

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  25. It's wonderful meeting blogging friends. I was lucky enough to meet Brigid and Ann in Ireland last year.

    I'm off to the other Karen's blog!

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  26. Michael from ...in time is the guy who makes every trip an opp to meet fellow bloggers. Somehow I like the mystery of virtual friends although there are one or two very good blogger friends I'd like to meet.

    Reading your previous post Karen. Yes, life changes for us all as we motor along this writerly road. I'm now spending less time blogging and more time writing. Thanks for sharing the things you've learned thus far.

    Denise

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  27. I've just read the review and it sounds brilliant. i have just put the book on my TBR pile!

    I have met several twitter friends. I went to a big Crime Writing event earlier this year and met some great people I had been tweeting with and I now consider them friends.

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  28. I have not met a fellow blogger YET.. but its on my bucket list!

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  29. It is wonderful when we actually connect with blogging friends. I did that in Ireland Last year. Theresa's visit to Ireland coincided with my summer stay. We got together with Brigid and Barbara, chatted over tea and cakes. It was wonderful!!!!! You are both my favourite Karens too!

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