June 22nd, 2012

Interesting posts about writing – w/e June 22nd 2012

Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

3 Vital Tips For E-Book Conversion (Susan Mary Malone)

How to Build a New York Times Bestseller (or Maybe Not) (John Scalzi)

How to Get More Likes Comments and Shares on Facebook (Don Lafferty)

Boring Action (Peadar Ó Guilín aka peadarog)

“Your structure is off…” — What Does That Even ‘Mean’? (Larry Brooks)

Embracing Technology - Word Is Not Your Enemy (Terry Odell)

Should Unpublished Novelists Be Platform-Building? (Rachelle Gardner)

Your Rhetorical Questions, Answered (Sarah LaPolla)

Memorable Author Visits: Tips from Teachers, Librarians, and Writers (Katherine Schlick Noe)

Not Chasing Trends, Making Them (Beth Kephart)
By way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011 and last week’s list.

2012 Puddle Award for Best Short Story Title: FINAL ROUND





First off, I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who entered the competition and/or voted to select the finalists for this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Short Story Title.

The winners of the opening eight heats went straight through to the final, with the runners-up earning a second chance in heat nine.

Congratulations to these honorable mentions which made it to the last fence, but didn't quite make the final:

THE LAWNMOWER THAT ATE MANHATTAN (Elizabeth Anne Ensley aka snapes_angel)
THE PROPHET OF SEVENTH AVENUE (Robert Goodman)
WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU RETAIL (Mary E. Lowd)
TEUTONIC KNIGHTS OF THE OLD WEST (Robert Goodman)
THE BEARD PLUCKER'S LAMENT (Ki aka tia_junan)
CHARON'S CROSS (Robert Goodman)
CONSUMPTION (Kelsey aka sneezepuff)
AT THE TRUCK STOP ON THE WAY TO DEATH VALLEY (LJ user quill_quirks)
THE GERMANY I LEFT BEHIND (Uta Burke)
RESURRECTION OF THE UNSPOKEN WORD (LJ user srsly_yes)


Now it’s time to select the winner.

Poll #1848906 2012 MEAGER PUDDLE OF LIMELIGHT AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY TITLE: FINAL ROUND
This poll is closed.

From the following list, please select the short story title you feel should win this year’s Meager Puddle of Limelight Award

A DIFFERENT SORT OF DEAD
8(16.0%)
ALL CATS ARE COMMUNISTS
6(12.0%)
THE BEAR WITH THE CLOCKWORK HEART
13(26.0%)
THE DEMON DROWNS IN THE RIVER
0(0.0%)
DON'T GO FUSSIN' OVER ME
1(2.0%)
THE FIRES OF NOVEMBER
3(6.0%)
HOT CHOCOLATE FOR THE UNICORN
3(6.0%)
THE NECROMOUSER
8(16.0%)
REAL DRAGONS DON'T WEAR SWEATERS
2(4.0%)
SWEAR NOT BY THE MOON
3(6.0%)
WHAT THE CARP SAW (AND COULDN'T TELL WHILE STILL ALIVE)
3(6.0%)

Links to the other Heats and the final:
Heat one
Heat two
Heat three

Heat four
Heat five

Heat six
Heat seven
Heat eight
Heat nine

Final Round


Voting in this final round will close on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 6:00pm (US/Eastern).


Good luck to all who take part! Vene, vidi, puddli!