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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 
— Neil Gaiman

The folks at WordPress sent me my 2010 blog year in review… considering this has been my most neglected blog in 2010, it kinda made me smile.  Because I know 2011 is going to be so much more awesome.  Thanks!

 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 3 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 82 posts. There were 23 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 2nd with 99 views. The most popular post that day was Today’s Writing Prompt.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were readthisbook.wordpress.com, twitter.com, en.search.wordpress.com, stumbleupon.com, and plurk.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kindle, scream, stephen king, light and darkness, and light in darkness.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Today’s Writing Prompt June 2009

2

Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle Service July 2009

3

Today’s Writing Prompt June 2009

4

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes, by Stephen King June 2009
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Today’s Writing Prompt June 2009

Can’t find a gift for the wordy, nerdy and bookish on your list?  Penguin books presents the best holiday gift ever:

1. Who isn’t secretly lusting over a slightly used, ORANGE mini-cooper?  The ultimate character car.  Car with character? Car that could become a character? You choose.

2. Who wouldn’t kill to have said car graffiti-fied by Penguin legends like William Kennedy, Sue Monk Kidd and Rosanne Cash (18 Penguin Authors in all)?

3.  The absolutely reasonable asking price of $30k includes…a collection of top Penguin titles over the last 75 years.  Yes… the car comes with $1200 worth of books.

I really don’t know what else there could be to discuss, and amazingly as of today AutoTrader .com still confirms the car has not been snatched up. Go. Shop. Spend. All proceeds benefit the NY Public Library.

(P.S. if you are purchasing for me as a gift, just shoot me an email and I’ll gladly send you a shipping destination)

More details at:
BookBitchBlog: Best Holiday Gift Ever!.

A Whoian? Who knewian there was a name for geeky girls like me? Who are they?  Why care?  And Who else suddenly feels like they are in a post with Dr. Seuss?

Despite that erratic introduction, we’ve found this really fun online workshop to tell you about over at Saavy Authors. We are talking about a show that has been on the air almost continually since 1963.  How could it not have a thing or two to teach us about writing?

Even if you aren’t a Whoian, there are things to be learned from the series – like how to blend the laugh with the fantastic, the monsters with the clueless, how to hide in plain sight, survive with little more than a sonic screwdriver and an unlimited imagination. 

And how to twist, spin and corrupt every familiar plot trope available. And they’re all available. To you, too. 

This 1-week mini-workshop uses the 21st century reincarnation of the DR WHO series as a springboard for the imagination of  writers of all genres, not merely those that would mesh with the DR WHO world. Familiarity with the new series is not required – watching it is not a prerequisite. The workshop will lay it all out in black and white, focusing on a handful of the programs featuring David Tennant as The Doctor. We only have a week, after all, and no Tardis of our own. 

The workshop is for anyone interested in taking a leap into the unknown when it comes to tweaking often played elements when building a plot.
WHEN: Dec 13, 2010 – Dec 19, 2010
COST: $10 for Premium Members
$15 for Basic Members 

Cancellation policy: Registrations are non-refundable except when the workshop is cancelled by Savvy Authors.

REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

All the Who, what and why (couldn’t resist) can be found here:

Dr. Who Can Teach You About Plotting…Even if You’re a Pantser starts Dec 13.

An all new writefly. coming your way!

I’m sure you noticed.

Our spiffy new digs.  But,that’s just the beginning of the all the special writerly goodness to come with the relaunch of Writefly.  Keep an eye out for our long awaited return to regularly scheduled programming, with all of your old favorites and some brand spanking new features we just can’t wait for you to see.

While we’re in the midst of our cyber-makeover, be sure to drop us a line and let us know if there are any site elements you’ve been especially missing , or ideas for breathtaking innovations you would love to see introduced.  We want to make sure you have everything you need to make your writing life fun and productive.

Thank you to all for your patience in our absence.  We’ll have more to share about the site in the weeks to come, so please stay tuned.

Writefly will be back in full pesky action on January 1, 2010.

SHORT STORY AWARD for NEW WRITERS
Deadline: August 31, 2009

Prizes:

  • 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies.
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Reading fee: $15 per story.

Results post on October 31, 2009. Winning story will be published in Issue 77.

Other considerations:

  • Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must be unpublished.)
  • Stories not to exceed 12,000 words.

Make a Submission

Quote of the Day

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“Don’t mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion — many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.”
      – Stanley Schmidt

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