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Guess what? It’s a new blog of the week. You remember, that time when I pick a random blog I follow and love and write about it here. Then direct you all to go and immediately follow. 🙂

This blog of the week is long overdue, and not just because it’s been months since I’ve written one. No. This person has such an amazing blog that’s been on my list to highlight for so many months now I’m embarrassed I haven’t done it already.  Her blog is smart, funny, honest and informative, from her posts on navigating twitter to her priceless advice on plotting acts one through three. Not to mention she’s having an awesome 200 follower give-away. So who is this mystery blogger I haven’t revealed yet?

None other than Laura Pauling.

She’s sweet, loves MG and YA and is going to go far in her writing career. Overall, she’s awesome. So I suggest you go over and follow now because you know you want to be part of the awesomeness before everyone else knows about it. I mean how else do you gain bragging rights when she gets big?

Okay, so go check her out, but before you do, let me know of any great or fantastic writing blogs you’ve come across.

Now I’m off to hide my pencil. If I don’t, I won’t be able to find it later. ;p

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Okay, so I know today is normally Road Trip Thursday, but really it should be Wednesday, so I’m fixing that now and making Blog of the Week my new post theme for Thursdays.  Oh, and I should have started with this, I’m back.  And thank you to everyone for your concern and for reading my short story over at Glass Cases.  It means a lot and it was nice to know people care.

Anyway my blog of the week for this week is….Between Fact and Fiction.

Three reasons why I love this blog:

First, I love Natalie Whipple’s design, it’s so awesome.  Before you read anything about her you have an idea of what genre she writes for. And who doesn’t love large-blue (my fave color) block letters surrounded by childhood doodles?  If you don’t, you’re reading the wrong blog.

Second she has an agent, Mr. Nathan Bransford (I’m so jealous), and blogs about her journey through the agented world of writing as well as being the founder of the Happy Writer’s Society, whose goal is to rekindle the joy of writing in writers who have lost it.

Last, she’s real.  I love writers who are down to earth and include little humorous tid-bits about their day. Especially embarrassing ones or ones that don’t put the author in a particularly good light.  These are the things that help us connect with each other and why I love Natalie’s blog.  In fact, her latest post reveals just how juvenile she really is when she makes a flatulence joke.

So click the link.  Check out Between Fact and Fiction and make mistakes so you can blog about them later.  If they’re embarrassing enough, I just might feature you in my next post for Blog of the Week.

Until then, goodbye.  My pencil seems to have accumulated a pile of dust since I’ve been here last and is in dire need of cleaning.

Oh, if you follow, write, or come across a great or well written blog, I would love to hear about it.  Just leave link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out.  Who knows, maybe they’ll be in the next installment of Blog of the Week! ;p

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Okay, so I’ve been a little slow on announcing this, but a few days ago my blog received The Versatile Blogger Award from one of my all time favorite blogs The Writer Side of Life.

Now, like with anything else in life, there are rules.

1) You must thank and link back to the person who gave you the award;

2) Share seven things about yourself; and

3) Pass the award to 15 blogs you enjoy and let them know they’ve been given the award.

So number one, thank you to The Writer Side of Life for thinking of my blog.  It’s really appreciated and brought a smile to my face.

Now number two…lets see.

1. Is I’m boring a fact…I don’t know, I don’t think that’s what I’m suppose to put.  Wow this is hard, lol.  Okay, right now I’m reading the third book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter.  Like my younger sister, I haven’t decided whether or not I like them, which is unusual for me.  I’m normally very opinionated just as a rule of thumb.

2. I love to bake.  When I had more time, I would make chocolate chip cookies from scratch and eat the dough.

3. I once purposefully dropped a weight on my ankle to get out of basketball practice.

4. My little brother once purposefully dropped two eight pound weights on my head.

5. I once was in a grocery store with a bank located at the front.  Of course the bank got robbed while I was there and I, unfortunately, discovered I would risk getting shot in the back by a sawed off shot-gun to save my too-curious-for-his-own-good little brother.

6. When I was in first grade my father sued the school district.  If you google my name, you can find me listed as a defendant, along with a lesson plan for law schools using the federal case as an example.

7. Even thought I have four brothers and three sisters, I only have one niece and one nephew.

That was fun right.  Moving on.  It’s time to list the fifteen blogs I’m passing the award onto.

Amie Borst

Elana Johnson

Laura Pauling

Behind The Moon

The Rhapsodist

Diamond-Yup, Like the Stone

Writing Like Crazy

The World is My Oyster

Layinda’s Blog

Sarah Enni

YA Highway

The Mortal Poet

Literary Life Notes

Romance Flash

Quill or Pill

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Are you an avid reader of children’s books?  Can’t get enough of YA Novels?  Are you starting up your own day care and in dire need of some picture books?

Before you do anything I would like you to stop and clickKidsbookkorner is a blog completely dedicated to the reading and reviewing of children’s literature.  If you’re interested in a book, but haven’t read it yet, find out what your missing by visiting Jen and Rose’s blog.

Rose is an avid reader and long time lover of books.  While she reviews current reads, she also review old favorites and books she enjoyed growing up.

Jen is a mother.  She reads and reviews books for parents with young children to adolscents.

I encourage everyone to check out their blog and leave a comment.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find something that captures your interest, or at the very least learn some fresh new titles and remember old ones.

Visit www.kidsbookkorner.blogspot.com and leave some words of encouragement.  Thanks.

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