The Future of Thirsty Thursday

If you’ve come by looking for the Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup, I’m sorry to say it will not post today. Worry not though! It will be back next week… On my personal blog.

The What

Thirsty Thursday originated on my personal blog, Writing, Reading, and Life. After a few months of posting weekly, the thought occurred to me to give it its own blog. I took the time to think about it, even considering making it a newsletter instead of a blog. In the end, the blog idea won out and I began preparations.

The When

On June 2nd of this year, I launched Thirsty Thursday. I didn’t have expectations, knowing going into it that blogs do not always work out. Turns out, it was successful enough and had a steady following. I found people to do guest posts and loved the Saturday Prompt feature that I introduced. Unfortunately, it is time for me to put an end to the Thirsty Thursday blog.

The Why

Over the last few months I’ve been dealing with two blogs, rewrites, edits, revisions, and ideas for the next WIP. All of that piled up on top of being a mother and wife and having to do the responsibilities that come with that, I found myself running thin on energy. I wasn’t enjoying myself anymore. At first, I didn’t know what it was. When I finally did realize, I tried denying it, pushing even more to make all these responsibilities coincide. The more I pushed, the less I enjoyed everything. It got to the point where I wasn’t working on my edits anymore because I wasn’t able to catch the still there mistakes. I was burnt out.

As much as I love this blog, as much as I love Thirsty Thursday, I must quit it.

Questions

  1. But, Kathleen, if you’re not going to be doing this blog anymore, how will you have the Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup next week like you said? Since Thirsty Thursday originated on my personal blog, I will continue compiling those links there. That was the least of my problems and one of the highlights of my week. I read all those blogs anyways, so why not continue to share them?
  2. What will happen to the posts that are already up?                                               I will be keeping all the posts up, but there will be no new content here.
  3. I absolutely loved the Saturday Prompt. What will happen to it?                   I will be moving the Saturday Prompt posts to my personal blog as well. I don’t know if I will continue to do them weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but I will continue it.

If you have anymore questions that I haven’t addressed here, feel free to ask. I will still be monitoring the comments. Otherwise, I hope to see you all over at my personal blog, Writing, Reading, and Life.

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone :-)

Sentence:

He ran barefoot along the trail.

Picture:

by Elizabeth Cooper from WANA Commons

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Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup

It’s that time of the week where we take a look at the best advice and articles the interwebz has to offer.

On Writing

On Publishing & Agents

On Social Media

On Blogging

On Reading

Other Useful Stuff Too

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TweetDeck vs. HootSuite: Which Social Media Manager Is Right for You? (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about TweetDeck in part one of this series. This week, we’re going to take a closer look at HootSuite and how useful it is as a social media manager.

HootSuite has two options for sign-up. You can do the free version or you can pay a certain amount every month to get more features. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to stick to the free version.

(The paid version’s features are useful for people interested in keeping track of who visits you, much like with a blog or website. I would recommend the paid version for businesses but not for personal accounts. The point of a writer being on Twitter or any other social media site isn’t to see how many followers you have, but to interact with your followers.)

When you sign up, you are immediately given a choice of what social media sites you want to link to. Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Page, WordPress, Google+, Foursquare, MySpace, and Mixi.

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Once you get set up with the social media sites you’re on, you can click through them on the top part of the panel. Let’s start with a look at the Twitter tab.

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If you look directly under the Get Started and Twitter tabs, you will see where you can add streams. As you can see on the picture above, I have several streams that I’ve added from the original that pop up. It’s pretty easy to figure out if you know what you want to add. You can put up a stream from one of your lists, from a hashtag, or a keyword.

The next tabs are Facebook and Facebook Page. (The tabs can be rearranged to put your social media sites in the order you like.

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These tabs are fairly straight forward. You have your news feed, wall posts, and news feed photos. Your Facebook Page will be a little different. You can add events and scheduled messages, but your wall posts is the only stream you start out with.

Next are WordPress and Google+. With WordPress, you can only add one blog, so if you have multiple, pick the one you post on most. On this tab, your streams consist of blogs feed, your sent posts, and your scheduled posts.

Google+ is specifically for pages. I got a page specifically to test out the tab. It posts the same way that a regular profile works with your home feed and your scheduled posts. You can also add circles and sent messages streams.

Now, let’s take a look at the sidebar menu. 

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  • Hover over the sidebar and it will pop out.
  • The first icon is your identifying icon. Clicking on it will lead you to your HootSuite profile page.
  • The next icon looks like a house. It just takes you to your streams.
  • The arrow icon is a list of all posts you have scheduled on any social media platform.
  • The graph icon is for analytics which is more useful for paid accounts.
  • The checkmark icon is for any assignments you might have if you belong to an organization. You can create your own and add members or you can be invited to join one. This icon will let you know if you are supposed to post anything to any particular social media platform.
  • Down from that is contacts. This is a list of people who you follow or follow you on Twitter and who you have or has you in circles on Google+.
  • The puzzle piece icon is the app directory. These are apps you can add to HootSuite for other social media sites that are not offered in the main set-up.
  • The gear wheel represents settings. From here you can view your account profile without leaving the tabs, change the theme to one you prefer (dark blue, default white, and black). You can view archives to the organizations you belong to, and set up RSS feeds to view in your social media networks.
  • The tools icon lets you access HootSuite University (a paid program to help you learn how to market through the social media manager), the Affiliates program (you get paid for everyone you get to sign up for University and HootSuite Pro), Mobile Apps for your smart phones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Kietai), and a list of browser extensions.
  • Last is the Help icon. It speaks for itself. 

Composing a message is simple. 

First, choose which social media platform you want your message posted to. On the right hand side of the text field for composing your message, click the arrow and there you will see a list of the social media platforms you have connected to HootSuite. You can choose all of them or just one. From there, type your message. You can schedule posts, add links, add pictures, add your location, and set the privacy of your message.

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HootSuite is more in depth than TweetDeck and would be more useful to people who like more control over their social media experience.

Do you use HootSuite?

 

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone :-)

Sentence:

She sat watching the pigeons peck the bread crumbs at her feet.

Picture:

by Elizabeth Cooper from WANA Commons

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Thirsty Thursday Blog RoundUp

It’s that time of the week where we take a look at the best advice and articles the interwebz has to offer.

 

On Writing

On Publishing & Agents

On Social Media

On Blogging

On Reading

Other Useful Stuff Too

 

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TweetDeck vs. HootSuite: Which Social Media Manager Is Right for You? (Part 1)

How to Navigate TweetDeck

Social media is a huge part of being a writer and author. The problem with this is the number of sites there are. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, etc. How do we do it all and still maintain our abilities to get the writing in each day? Lucky for us, there are social media management programs available for use. Two of the main ones are TweetDeck and HootSuite. Today we’re going to take a closer look at TweetDeck and what it can do.

TweetDeck is simple enough to navigate once you get the hang of it. I’ve been using it for a year now and am pleased with how useful it is in keeping track of things that interest me, including hashtags, my lists, and interactions.

To start of with, you are connected to your Twitter profile. From there, you can add and delete columns as you see fit.

 

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The columns work much the same way as the feed on Twitter’s main page. When you move your mouse over them, every status has the symbols for reply, retweet, and favorite, as well as the little dots that give you more options. With these options you can add friends, add to lists, or block/report spammers.

 

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The blue button with the quill at the top is how you do status updates. Just click on it and box will open where you type your message. The buttons at the bottom of the box are there for you to upload a picture, schedule a message, or send a direct message.

 

With TweetDeck you can also manage your Facebook profile. You can add a column for your news feed and notifications.

 

 

This social media management program is easy to navigate from the start. Its simple interface is perfect for those who are timid around new programs. The great thing about TweetDeck is the ability to download it onto your computer so you don’t have to have an extra browser window open for it. You can also get notifications from TweetDeck, either just a noise or as a pop up. These can be enabled from the little gear wheel found at the top of each column, accessed when you mouse over the title.

Do you use TweetDeck? Do you find it useful?

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone :-)

Sentence:

They walked along the gravel savoring the thick smell of rain.

Picture:

by Rebecca Barray from WANA Commons

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Thirsty Thursday Blog RoundUp

It’s that time of the week where we take a look at the best advice and articles the interwebz has to offer.

On Writing

On Publishing & Agents

On Social Media

On Blogging

On Reading

Other Useful Stuff Too

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How to Survive the Rewrite: A Guest Post by Cassie Mae

Today, I’m pleased to bring you a guest post by one of my favorite people, Cassie Mae. I met her when we both became instructors at The Writer’s Dojo and got swept up in her happy-go-lucky personality. So, without further ado, take it away, Cassie!

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Hi Kathleen’s peeps! A BIG THANK YOU to her for letting me invade today. :)

I love lists, so here we go!

How to Survive the Rewrite

by Jenny Kaczorowski from WANA Commons

(Before I begin, I’m going to say, I suck at coming up with topics on my own. So when I asked around at what my peeps wanted to hear, one of them said, “Tell us about your rewrite experience.” Uh… okay, you asked for it.)

  1. You get the R&R, or you get the sudden inspiration to rewrite your ms. You’re kinda pumped, kinda nervous, and a hecka crazy, because you think, “Hey! This will be awesome!”
  2. You change the one thing in chapter one that the agent (or you) wasn’t happy with. Oh great. That changes such and such in chapter two. (And chapter three, four, five, six…)
  3. You get to the climax and you’re excited about that scene ‘cause it’s your fav! Then you realize, crap. “I can’t have it happen that way. Not with the change I made on page 55 and 67. It wouldn’t make sense. How can I keep it and have it make sense? I have to keep this scene. It’s my favorite!”
  4. You go back and change page 55 and 67, which then makes you change all the other changes you’ve already changed. You end up slamming the laptop shut and eating all the ice cream in the freezer.
  5. You sleep, and you’re back in the seat the next day, ready to make your favorite scene work as well as all the other changes. You’re pumped and just about done with the rewrite. Then you get the sudden ‘ah-ha’ moment! And realize you need to delete the entire last 10,000 words and rewrite them from scratch.
  6.  After days/weeks of rewriting your brain till it’s so tired you don’t know whether you put on your underwear or not, you’re finally done. You send it off to betas/cps and relax… or so you think.
  7. You get another R&R from another agent. This one saying you need to change this and that… different changes from the before agent. Now you have to rewrite your entire beginning. Move chapter 4 to chapter 10. And play the rewrite game all over again.
  8. You do it, because you’re crazy, and because you agree with both agents.
  9. Repeat steps 1-6.
  10. You get another R&R, and you throw your computer across the room and kneel down, screaming at the writing gods to give you a break!
  11. Repeat steps 1-6.
  12. Finally… FINALLY, it’s ready to send back to agents.
  13. Wait
  14. Wait
  15. Wait
  16. Wait
  17. Wait
  18. Rejections. From all three. And you’ve just about had it. What was the point? You question the meaning of life, try not to break down, and tell everyone you’re totally fine even though you feel like chucking the book into the cyber trash can and eating everything in your fridge.
  19. After picking yourself up, and having your awesome buddies pull you from the depressing muck, you shoot off queries. You wait, wait, wait. And guess what, you get requests.
  20. You hope to all hope that these requests end in something other than an R&R, while you wait, wait, wait.
  21. You get your agent! Wahoo! And then you start the submission process.
  22. And if the pub wants a rewrite… guess what you get to do?
  23. You rename writing, rewriting.

Not all rewrites turn out this way, trust me. This was just my experience, lol.

Anyone else had to do the R&R?

YA/MG writer and superhero mommy (at least my kids think so). Books are my life, but that doesn’t make me a nerd. Well … maybe a little. :)

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