One thing I do on Fridays, is stalk Twitter for new blogs to read since anyone who is anyone (okay, maybe not everyone, but hashtags and @s abound) uses #FF to promote their favorites. I'm aware I don't have a "blogs I follow" over there --> on the side (I will eventually, I'm dragging my feet), so for now I thought I'd highlight some of my favorite blogs where I spend my time when I'm not doing the thousand other things I do.
Where I waste my time (all two seconds it takes to read the post each week):
Written by anonymous, I absolutely crack up over these posts.
Helpful: (every blog on the whole list can be termed as "helpful" but here's my favorite)
Walks you through what works and what doesn't in real queries. Covers everything from the greeting line to basic plot to word count. I've been reading this blog for as long as I've been reading blogs (because obviously I don't get enough practice on my own--I just really like seeing someone's process and watching writers grow).
Very insightful and covers everything from the day to day, the obscure, and wonderful advice on everything publishing.
Great advice and insight on everything publishing.
Titled, Rants and Ramblings, she does more than just rant and ramble. Again, great insight and advice.
Features guest posts, writing tips, new releases, etc. I always know the post, no matter the topic, will be worth it.
Adventures in Children's Publishing
Covers all of the children's market including YA and MG. Fantastic advice. Their feature "1st 5 Pages Workshop" is invaluable. And I love stalking their Friday's "Best Articles this Week for Writers."
Book Bloggers: (some of my favoritist people in the world) (the people who make my Mt Rainier reading pile into Mt Everest).
She has great recommendations on YA, contemporary, paranormal, and dystopian.
YA Book Realm
I love her short reviews--short, sweet, and to the point, and she always has fabulous recommendations. YA, of course.
Great reviews on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy books. (See? I'm not only about YA, though sometimes I forget that too.)
YA, MG, and PB (picture books) book reviews. They give ONLY positive reviews and love promoting fellow writers/authors. Always a joy to read the reviews and putter around on linking sites.
Writing. For Real. Kris Asselin
Carolina Valdez Miller
Strange Places. Julia Darcey
These aren't all the blogs I read, but they are some of my favorites. And these obviously aren't the only blogs worth reading out there. There are tons more of course, but these are the ones I go to quickly if I have five minutes.
Your turn. Favorite, funny, helpful blogs?