Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Check In: 22 Feb, 2012 & My First Mashup!

As I realize the what the best ways for me to support the community of bloggers I thought I should share some other resources.  I am certainly not the only writer out there or the only blogger with anything to share.  So here’s a stab at my First Mashup.  Some from ROW80, Inkpageant, friends, & professionals.

Krissy Brady has a delightful post on: "Announcing the Ultimate Cure for Writers Block.

Amber Mae learns something important in: "I don't have to love every aspect of my job."

David Powers King kills the last Mohican in: "The Last of their Kind."

Mary Ann Pope loads her shotgun and goes to take our the competition in: "This means War: the Love Triangle done right."

Kim Switzer is trying to keep her feet underneath her in: "Blown Away."

Shah Wharton shares about her goals and publishing deals in: "ROW80 19/02 & challenge."

Natasha Guadalupe gets her groove on in: "1:20 AM When Music Mirrors Your Story."

Breeana Puttroff posts the new cover of her book in: "New Cover Reveal."

Morgan Dragonwillow posts a neat new contest: "Fantasy Fiction Writing Contest I - Day 1."

On Science Fiction and Fantasy:
io9 has an amazing post everyone who writes SFF should read on: "10 Writing Rules we wish more science fiction and fantasy authors would break."

Nora Jemisin (One of my heroines who was nominated for the Nebula Award again for the third book in her series.  This means every book in her series has been nominated for a Nebula!) posts on: "The Miseducation of the Writer."

SF Signal reveals how villainous they can be in: "Mind Meld: Who are your favorite villains in Fantasy and Science Fiction?

Some folks shared these with me in relation to my last post
This Food Technology one could be helpful if you chose to write about a lack of Instant Gratification (IG) in the food industry: "Food Technology Jobs."

This is a post on how living frugally helps our children (loosely tied to IG): "Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids."

Hopefully you find something there that helps you in your day to day writing life or you are just able to cheer someone on in their quest to be the best they can be.  As for me here are my goals.

1. Finishing a Scene of "Crimes of the Umbramancer" each day.
     Early this week I focused on my blogging so that I would have the rest of the week to write.  Mind you that effort failed.  I spent so much time on Monday on my blog that I didn't write anything else.  I did draft and draft and draft to try and format the blog better... hopefully that counts for something.  However at my writing group yesterday I got some 400 words written.  :D
2. Comment on ten blogs in ROW80:
     Done!  I barely made it this week.  Pretty much focused on the new job and my scenes.
3. Walking at least a mile five times a week.
     I'm keeping this goal, cause while I'm failing at it, I won't forever.  And I really want to walk a lot more.  But life keeps getting in the way.
4. Building a new blog for my diversity issue.
   I’m reading Kristen Lambs books on developing a blog and hoping that I’m interpreting her advice correctly.  If any ROWers are up to it, I’ve love some advice to if I’m doing it right or wrong.  I got some advice for the past few days and it was wonderful.  Thank you to every person who shared their opinion!
5. Going back to my writing ritual.
   Sometimes I get lazy and I write before I have studies scriptures for that day.  But the funny thing is if I spend the time reading God's word before I write, I write better.  You may call this a form of meditation, but it is the form that is most important to my writing success.  I've got everyday this week down for studying, but not always before I begin writing for the day.  We'll see how the rest of the week goes.

I hope that each Wednesday I have a bunch of awesome blogs and posts to share from to continue this habit of the mashup.  I'm sure I will though cause there are so many wonderful bloggers out there it is hard not to find either quality work or inspirational work.

As the month is rolling to a close feel free to leave a comment.  Cause for every person who leave a comment I'm putting your name into a hat for an opportunity to win a book by, one of my role models in fantasy, N.K. Jemisin called "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms."  Mind you it is the first in a Trilogy and each book in the Trilogy has been nominated for a Nebula Award!  I'm super excited to give three copies of this book away so please share your wonderful advice and thoughts with me in the comments.

As always my name is Jayrod Garrett and I am the First OG.  Who is your role model for what you write?


  1. I like the idea of a Mashup. Very nice, and a great way to share blogs. :)

    1. Thanks Miss Schwengel! Praise is always appreciated!

  2. I think if you're writing you can be forgiven for not getting to others' blogs :P

    I sometimes wonder if incorporating non-writing goals in ROW80 somehow hinders the process for some people... I know it works for some... not sure if it's working for me yet...

    1. I think for me, I need balance in my life. Ultimately the goal of ROW80 is to teach one the balance necessary to become a published author in my opinion. Part of becoming published is the balancing of various priorities in life. That is why I have up goals that have nothing to do with writing. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Great Mash Up! Thanks so much for sharing.. and Kristen Lamb teaches us so much.. I hope you are following her blog as well. :)

    Keep up the great work.

    1. I don't miss a post Darlene. I follow both her and Piper closely. There is much to be learned from both of them. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Great post, Jayrod! :) Thanks for the mention, too.

    I keep debating whether to sign up for the next round of #ROW80. I'm doing #WIP500, but it seems like folks are getting a lot of positive things accomplished through both.

    I'm excited to hear about how you progress with your goals!

    1. Breeana, I suggest do what you feel best doing. I needed a community of folks around me to help motivate me to write. So WIP500 wouldn't have been enough for me, but this is perfect. Especially considering that if I have a bad day or week, it is forgiving. Thanks so much for keeping up with me. :D

  5. That is a smashing idea, Jayrod! I'm off to check out these thinks. And thanks for the shout out (even though everyone's going to blame me for the Mohican's fate now)!

    1. Thanks. And don't worry,
      should explain to people that the Mohicans are alive and well as a tribe even today. Part of my site is about accurate research so I'm hoping people are willing to do it. :D

  6. Love how you shared everyone's blogs. It looks like there is some really good info here for writing. Thank you for including my contest. I greatly appreciate it.


    1. Not a problem Morgan. I plan on doing this on a weekly basis to share the most important things I find during my searches during the week on writing. Hopefully it gets people recognizing the various good programs on my sidebar that they can get involved in. is wonderful.

      And including your contest was natural. I might not have time to do it, but if I can let people know what you are doing perhaps they'll participate. Take care, Morgan.


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