Friday, June 1, 2012

Link Blitz

Good thing: Found out I had more PTO (Paid Time Off) than I thought, which means I'll be able to go to Bear Lake mid-June with Husband's family. Time to break out those Transformers swim trunks* of mine.

Bad thing: My father lost his job on Wednesday. We're devastated. The worst of it is that the company wouldn't even tell him why. They said they had no legal obligation to disclose it. How terrible is that?

If anyone in the UT area knows of any facilities/materials management positions opening up, please let me know. You can comment on a blog post or email me at CNHolmberg (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Good thing: The blitz!

Writer's Potpourri:

9 Steps for Plotting Fiction

Start Your Summer Right: 5 Creative Writing Tips

6 Reasons Editors Will Reject You

Is It Really Harder Writing a Sequel?

Writing Excuses 7.22: Microcasting (lots of good questions answered here!)

May Conferences: FAQ

Literary Rambles (If you don't read this blog, especially if you write YA, shame on you! The agent spotlights are especially great!)

What Are the BEST Writer's Conferences to Attend?

Other Babble:

An ADORABLE proposal:



  1. Thanks for the links. I'm going to try and read most of those today as my writing study time.

    And isn't that the best proposal EVER? I teared up and laughed watching it so I can only imagine how the lucky girl felt.

    Good luck with your Dad's job hunt. That's terrible news that he was laid off (especially without reason)!

  2. Holy crap! That marriage proposal is awesome! I hope he realizes how high he's set the bar for the rest of his marriage.

  3. I'm glad I (so far) haven't violated any of the line items on the Editors' Hate List (I think). Luckily I have a generous sister who will critique my query letters, if not write them for me. XD

    My hubby and I were discussing why all YA fiction these days has to come in trilogy+ format. We agreed a lot of it is just the marketers wanting to cash in on a franchise, and that it's easier to sell books if the first is already a proven hit. Plus, let's not forget all the saps who will buy every box set edition that will ever come out.

    If sequels were an inexorable part of the contract and the strings from which the money dangled, I would grudgingly crank out further ideas and write them, but I'd be lamenting the death of the stand-alone all the while.

  4. Thanks for the links, Charlie. And I pray things work out fine for your dad.

  5. Stopping in to pass on a Versatile Blogger Award and a Lucky 7 Meme. Love your blog!