Big News for Uni-Verse-City!!!
I am almost jumping up and down in anticipation to host Marilyn Brant, award-winning women’s fiction author of “According to Jane” (2009), “Friday Mornings at Nine” (2010) and her newest release: “A Summer in Europe” (2011) here at Uni-Verse-City on 9 January 2012. She will be talking about her new book and her experiences in Brussels, Belgium as part of her blog tour for the book. In the meantime, check out her other destination posts here and she’s also on Twitter. So don’t forget to stop by this blog tomorrow! I’m already a few chapters into “A Summer in Europe” and I’m loving the story already.
As I’ve stated my ROW80 goals for 2o12 (here), one of the key things I want to keep up is this blog. I am currently trying to blog once a week about Travel, once on Writing and once on either books of lifestyle. I’m still trying to think of a new weekly topic, so far I’ve come up with:
1) Movie reviews – this is a topic I really enjoy, but it could also be a tad time consuming because I had to (a) watch the movie (b) form an opinion and write the review (c) do some research on the movie and provide the summary.
2) Travel posts about my hometown (Edmonton) – again these are time consuming and my goal is to choose a topic that I can blog about quickly instead of putting in the 2-4 hours I spend on my average travel posts.
So at least I’ve been brainstorming ideas. If you like one or both of these ideas, let me know or if you have another weekly blog idea, I’m all ears.
Also in regards to blogging, I would like to Call for more Guest Posts. I had quite a few last year including fellow ROWers, Marcia Richards, Gene Lemp, Jenny Hansen, Jolyce Barnett, and Alberta Ross. I would like to start a Genre blog post series where writers from a specific genre such as horror, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, etc. write about what makes a book fall into the genre, some of the stereotypes of the genre and/or tips to make sure you fulfill the criteria of the genre and whatever else you want to write about. So if there are any takers, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which genre you’d like to blog about.
As for the writing front, I was a major slacker in the first week, which is not the best way to start. I have excuses, even though they are pretty good ones: Day 1 of ROW80 was my last day at home visiting my family when I hadn’t seen them for a year, then Day 2 was all traveling, Day 3 was total jet lag, Day 4 was get unpacked, clean and buy food and jet lag, Day 5 was laziness and jet lag, Day 6… I wrote 1,000 words. So 1,000 words in the first week isn’t so hot, but now that I’m back in the groove of things, I should do better next week, perhaps hitting my preferred 5,000 mark. But I would be happy with 3,000.
As for ROW80 sponsor duties I did a major fail in missing the first day check in since it was my last day in Canada, but I’m hoping you all will forgive me this one time. I was good on Wednesday, I visited and commented on the blogs I was supposed to. I don’t know if I’m giving away a ROW80 sponsor secret but, I thought it was interesting to know that sponsors are not required to visit ALL ROW80 check ins. It would be a big time committment and so sponsors are assigned a certain number of blogs to visit and they are different ROWers each time. Sooooo if I haven’t commented on your check in and you’d like me to visit it, just tweet me the link and say “Hey ROW80 Sponsor can you come check out my progress!!” or whatever you feel appropriate and I will duly go read and comment because I want to be supportive to all.
Finally, on the social media front, I have tried to weed through my blog subscriptions on Google Reader….that didn’t go so well. I like all of the blogs I’m subscribed to, yet its an impossible number to read. I just couldn’t hit unsubscribe. I’m wondering if there is a way to group the subscriptions in Google Reader so that I could make sure I follow certain blogs daily and maybe the others weekly? Must research this or go through the list again and purge even though I don’t wanna!
I promise next Sunday’s check in will be shorter, but I had a lot to report this time and also wanted to ask for your guys’s help too.
Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Marilyn Brant’s guest post!