Thursday’s Walk on the blog side…

Where shall we wander this week? With last weekend’s wedding and craziness at work, I could use an ale. Join me in Nottingham!

 Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

I spent 3 weeks in Nottingham a couple of years ago. Had a few ales and a couple of meals at the Trip. (I highly recommend their sausage & mash.) Robin Hood himself served me an ale! He and the Lord Mayor, along with a few other officials and Private Derby, regimental ram of the Mercian Regiment, were part of a celebration to honor the Nottingham Freemen.

TO THE BLOGS

JW Manus is at it again! Another great post on ebook formatting: Boast Post: A New Way To Make Ebooks  http://ow.ly/eIzka

A sad state of affairs. Amazon is removing reviews in what appears to be a very indiscriminate process: Et tu, Amazon… http://ow.ly/eKrIG

C’mon – you know you want to be a writer! Admit it! Join the Coffin Hop 2012. Add a line to help create a story: And the story continues…  http://ow.ly/eKmiB

How many of your friends DON’T see your status updates?? Via Dangerous Minds, FACEBOOK: I WANT MY FRIENDS BACK http://ow.ly/eJLr5

What have you been reading?

Thursday’s walk on the blog side…

This week’s walk includes a brief look over the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Have you been there? What a magnificent sight. Just watch out for the attack squirrels!

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

What places are on your travel “wish list”? In the U.S., I still need to see Yosemite and Glacier National Parks. I want to ride the train through the Canadian Rockies. Those are tops on my list for North American travel. Someday…  Next week, we’ll talk about the rest of the world!

But in the meantime, have a look at some of the stories I’ve read this last week:

Book Release: Tales of the Fiction House by Raji Singh
Do you like 1001 Nights? The Canterbury Tales? Then rush right over to Amazon and buy this book. Now. Hurry. Let Raji take you away to a world of the most colorful characters and their fascinating tales. Author Singh is a superb storyteller. I know. I’ve been in a writing group with him these last 3 years. Your imagination will soar with every word on the page. (And follow his blog where he’ll be posting more tales!)

No, You Shouldn’t Send Your Tweets to Faceback via Nathan Bransford
What? Really? Lazy? Hm… Okay, FB friends – does it annoy you to see #hashtags in my FB posts? I use Hootsuite to cross-post from Twitter to my FB page because I bet fewer than 1 dozen of my FB friends follow me @charnewcomb. I also post things to FB that don’t show up on Twitter. Sure, I could copy/paste my tweet. Nathan notes that if you x-post it shows your FB friends that you aren’t really there, so there’s no interaction. But I get notified every time someone comments or likes my FB posts. I respond to comments. And, I’m more likely to show up in your Newsfeed if you ‘like’ or comment on my posts so you might be missing me if I use the x-post feature. I am NOT on FB all the time anyway! If I had a fan page I might think differently, but I’d be getting ahead of myself to set one of those up. Let’s see if I sell any books first! 🙂

Sarah Woodbury writes about Westminster Palace
My Crusader knights might be in London at some point. I can’t have them wandering through the Queen’s Chapel when it didn’t exist in the 1190s! I’ve bookmarked this site that has a bit of history of the Palace with a great link to a site that includes an animated video and floor plans showing the various additions over the centuries. Way cool.

How to Legally Use Your Own Photos on Your Blog by Marcy Kennedy
I tend to use my own pictures on my blog and hadn’t considered a few of the points made by Marcy. Good reading, and something everyone – not just writers – should know.

Happy reading! Now back to the 12th century.