It’s a Blog Party!

So, it’s Friday and I just feel like hanging out, shootin’ the breeze, and getting to know everyone. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Come on in, grab a beverage (cooler’s over there) and start mingling.

How do we do that on a blog? It’s easy. In the comments, leave your blog and/or website URL, Twitter name, and Facebook URL. Then you can say whatever you want… it’s open conversation today. Maybe you can tell us a little about yourself.

To create a link in the comments so people can click right through, use HTML. Type the following, replacing the red with your own information.
Don’t forget to come back later and check out other people’s blogs, follow them on Twitter, or otherwise stalk them.

Have a terrific weekend.

P.S. Today’s blog party is courtesy of blog-reader and famous zoo-visitor Marla Taviano, who made the suggestion in the comments this week. Thanks, Marla!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  5. ComfortWriter on July 25, 2009 at 10:01 PM

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  6. Sharon Smith on June 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    >Thank you for the invitation to the party. I have already met so many wonderful people.

    My site is Let’s Get Real where there is honest talk about being a mother, employee, writer, wife, and a citizen in the world we live in.

    You can find me on Twitter. Always love to learn from other people.

  7. storiesomine on June 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM

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    Hi everyone, I've been enjoying the diverse blogs at this party.
    Mine is a little different. Each post is a true anecdote from my life. The chronology jumps around based on what current events bring the stories to mind. I've led quite a life so far.
    If you stop by, please let me know!

  8. gabe on June 28, 2009 at 8:36 AM

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    And thank you, for encouraging that html stuff!!

  9. Kaylin McFarren on June 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    >Love the opportunity to boast about my new book, FLAHERTY'S CROSSING, which is being released on February 2010 by Champagne Books. This story about a woman's journey to find faith in her life was a 2008 Golden Heart finalist. Don't have an agent as of yet, but you can read an excerpt with your hot tea or cocoa at 🙂

  10. jenelia on June 26, 2009 at 4:18 AM

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  11. Party Rental in Orange County on June 24, 2009 at 9:51 PM

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  12. Eileen Astels Watson on June 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    >Am I too late to join? I was busy at a writer's conference last week.

    I'll bring frozen yogurt to cool down with.

    A Christian Romance Writer's Journey

  13. AnnieLaurie on June 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    >Hi everyone! (sorry for the multiple posts, I was trying to get the links to work!)I hate being late to a party! I have really enjoyed going through these posts and learning more about all of you, thanks for doing this Rachelle!

    I am an unpublished writer. I am a professional communicator. My writing passions are God, Marriage, Missions, Music, Life as I Know It (among a few other sundry topics)
    My personal blog is My Living Canvas

    My non-profit blog is David's Hope International

    My twitter is @annielaurie

    My Facebook is AnnieLaurie's Facebook

    I look forward to meeting more of you soon!

  14. Joanne on June 22, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    >I'm stopping by with a big pot of fresh coffee for everyone this Monday morning. Pour yourselves a cup, then stop by over at Whole Latte Life, join in the talk about pursuing our choice lives, no matter what our passions may be. So nice meeting everyone here, have a great week!

  15. T. Anne on June 21, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    >Typical me, late as usual! Click on my name to visit my blog! I can't wait to meet you!

  16. Mariana on June 21, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    >Wow! This is what one can call a successful party. I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am!

  17. sallyhanan on June 21, 2009 at 4:13 PM

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    I write everything but I love to write fiction. I'm in the process of taking the SP route with a collection of flash fiction (as a means of furthering my platform). I'm also writing the second draft of a romantic suspense novel.

    My blog is on writing, copyediting, editing, freelancing, authors, novels, fiction, social media . . . whatever happens to be talked about on Twitter or Facebook that involves writing. Sally Hanan's Blog

    My editing Web site is Inksnatcher

    I'm on Facebook and Twitter as Inksnatcher.

  18. Genre Reviewer on June 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    >Wow, a party…and I'm coming in really late. Looks like a lot of fun, though.

    Hi, everyone. I review "good, clean fun" novels on my Genre Reviews blog and Christian non-fiction on my ChristFocus Book Club blog.

    On Twitter, I'm @genrereviewer and @ChristFocus

  19. Crystal Laine Miller on June 21, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    >Wow, Rachelle, I guess you asked for it! I will definitely be checking some of these out.

    Christine Lindsay has me a guest blogger on her site today where I tell the story of my heart

    and then I host two blogs (Any authors, agents or editors are welcome to tell their kid story there!)

    I'm on Facebook and Twitter, as well and recognize some people here.

    Joy for your journey! Thanks for your blog–I learn and love the messages you have here.

  20. Joylene Nowell Butler on June 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    >What a wonderful idea, a blog party. That's the best part about the Net, you meet such nice people. You all sound so interesting. Thank you, Careann for suggesting I attend.


  21. Kathryn Magendie on June 21, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    >What a great idea!

    I have my facebook and twitter on my tender graces blog, so people can just click there if they want to *smiling*

    let's see if I did it right, laugh!–nope it wouldn't work – so, if anyone wants to visit my Tender Graces blog, the FB and Twitter thingees are there *smiling*

    — now, it seems there are a lot of people to visit and I usually spend Sunday mornings visiting – sooo- I best get crackin *laughing*

  22. Angie Ledbetter on June 21, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    >Well, here I am a day (or more) late and a dollar short, but I brought crawfish quiche and Cajun bloody marys if anyone's still around. 🙂

  23. Richard Lewis on June 21, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    >Late to the party. This post isn't about me to bring to your attention Tim Gautreaux's story New Yorker story IDOLS. Gautreaux is a practicing Catholic, and this story is a terrific story just as a story, but it is also a superb example of extended symbolism (one of the characters who repairs manual typewriters inherits an old decrepit mansion…typewriters, letter of the law…the mansion is up to you to figure out…but there's much more than that).

    As for me, let me die to self…

  24. Tabitha Bird on June 21, 2009 at 5:26 AM

    >Hi all. I blog from all the way on the other side of the world. I live not far from the beach in (usually) sunny Queensland, Australia. So I bought tim tams (really yummy chocolate cookies (we call cookies, biscuits) and some hot milo (like a hot chocolate drink) cause it's night here and cold. I have a bit of a thing for chocolate:)
    I also have a bit of a thing for writing and reading. I blog about all things literary down here in OZ at my blog. Find me at

  25. Anonymous on June 21, 2009 at 12:02 AM

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  26. Anonymous on June 20, 2009 at 11:58 PM

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  27. Sherri Woodbridge on June 20, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    >Glad to be a part – Come and visit – Be inspired and encouraged and if you're one who's dealing with a chronic illness, also visit!

    My website is: or

  28. Ever Changing on June 20, 2009 at 6:18 PM

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    Face book: Rhonda Dent


  29. Genny on June 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    >I'll stay with Susan by the coffee maker! I'm always enjoying a cup over at my blog MyCup2Yours. Stop by and join me!


  30. Recessionista Genie on June 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM

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    The Magic Nutshell

  31. Hilabeans on June 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    >OK. It appears that the wine coolers have impaired my ability to create functional links. *hiccup*

    Here's my contact info again:

    Thanks –

  32. Carol on June 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    >Looks like I missed the party. 🙁

    If anyone is still hanging around, you're welcome to visit my blog:

    The Writing Place

    I'm offering writing tips and virtual chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies (NOT made with the recalled cookie dough).

  33. Hilabeans on June 20, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    >Shoot! I'm late to the party. Wine coolers and pretzels, anyone? I know. Fancy, right?

    Anyway, I'm Hilary and it's great to meet all of you. I just finished an urban fantasy novel titled Autumn Leaves. Here's what it's about:
    When college student Autumn Reed receives her powers, learning how to use them is only fhe first hurdle. She is thrown into a war between magical factions, requiring her to make difficult and costly decisions as well as choose between two intriguing men: a dangerous renegade and her childhood sweetheart. Scared and conflicted, she combats the overbearing influence of others to discover the greatest freedom of all is love.

    Thanks for reading and keep in touch! 🙂

    My Facebook Page
    My Twitter Page

  34. Steena Holmes on June 20, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    >Talk about making an entrance – how about I bring some chocolate chip cookies 🙂 I'll have to admit something here – I have a hard time sharing my chocolate, but since it's a party … I'll just bring extra!

    You can find me over at where I talk about chocolate, writing and my personal thoughts on life as a pastor (I'm an ex-pastor's wife with lots to say).

    I'm also at twitter – http://www.twitter/

  35. Haste yee back ;-) on June 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    >This IS the first time I've succeeded… well, good on me! And thanks Rachelle… LOL, I can't believe it!

    Haste yee back 😉

  36. Haste yee back ;-) on June 20, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    >Okay, I've never gotten this link thing right… so, try again

    My blog with art work at
    Haste yee back

    I'll hit publish now and watch it explode!

  37. Blee Bonn on June 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    >What an awesome party idea!

    I just created my blog recently. I'm another Sci Fi/Fantasy writer – for MG and YA. Here's my blog.

  38. Kara S on June 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    >I'm a little late for the party since we were without electricity for 18 hours. Hopefully the party's still hopping! =)

    I blog at Ramblings-n-Writings about Christian books, farm life, photos, pets, and whatever else crosses my mind. I also operate Skala Creative – freelance writing, editing, and designing. Stop on by to see if I can help you! And, finally, I'm Kara_S on Twitter.

  39. anicalewis on June 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    >Good times! Even if I did miss out on the crab puffs (and I'd heard such good things!). I write YA fantasy, and my blog about the writing process is on my website. I see I'm not the only sci-fi/fantasy writer in the house! Big nerdy high-five! 🙂

  40. Karla Carlson on June 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    >I thought I would join the party. I am new to blogging but absolutely love it! My children are always providing me wonderful material. I live in Nashville, TN and am enjoying life as a stay-home mom and novice writer. Check out my blog at

  41. Pete Peterson on June 20, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    >Great idea. I've got more than one blog to share.

    The first is my personal blog about the independent publication of my novel, The Fiddler's Gun. I decided to go independent for a number of reasons and am really enjoying blogging about the experience as I ramp up to the book's release later this year.

    The other is a group blog about art and faith that I've been contributing to for a couple of years now. It's called The Rabbit Room (named after the room where Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings used to meet.)

    Follow me on Twitter

    Become a fan of The Fiddler's Gun on Facebook

  42. Tricia on June 20, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    >I have a blog on writing. If the link doesn't work, clicking on my screen name should take you there.

  43. Clella on June 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >"Ok, I give up", she screamed in anger.

  44. Clella on June 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    >I am just learning this link process and want to try one more time. I am not sure what I did wrong. If this doesn't work, perhaps someone will help me out> 🙂 Clella Camp
    Clellas Corner

    Kindred Heart Writers

    I am a slow learner. 🙂

    Walking and writing are two of my favorite activites.

  45. Clella on June 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    >Come walk with me at

    or visit the Kindred Heart Writers at
    Kindred Heart Writers

  46. davidwever on June 20, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    >Rachelle, thank you for the invite…I'm always looking for new blogs to link to and this has been an awesome party to meet new folks… I am a national speaker for the Every Man's Battle workshops,a marriage and family therapist and a writer… I blog on my website All-in … thanks again… David Wever

  47. Nicole O'Dell on June 20, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    >I'm having a great time checking out all of your links and such. It's great to meet all of you!! (I'm only about halfway through the list.)

    OKAY, okay, I know the sun's up…But it's a party, right? You mean I'm supposed to go home? But, I don't want to. I'm just going to hang out and bug Rachelle a little more today.

  48. Yvonne on June 20, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    >Wow! What a party! I was gone all day yesterday, so I'm a little late. Is there any food left?

    I brought some iced tea and Oreos.

    My blog is a comfortable place where you can relax on my back porch swing, while we listen to the frog croaking in the pond. In winter, we'll sip cocoa near the crackling woodstove and watch chickadees out my kitchen window.

    We'll talk of kids and the good ol'days and things the Lord is teaching us. We laugh together, cry together and pray together.

    I'll be waiting for you at My Back Door .

    I can't wait to visit each of you!


  49. inthedailies on June 20, 2009 at 6:00 AM

    >Sorry I'm late! I've got a shower to attend later and had to run out for a gift. How's everybody doing? I can't wait to drop by your places. It's kind of like a progressive dinner. 🙂 I guess that means I've got dessert at my place! Or is it breakfast?

    My online home is In the Dailies. I write about finding God in the details of life. That includes parenting, relationships, Bible study, even a trip to the local grocery store. A mundane life can be pretty extraordinary when God is at the center of it. Trust me: I'm a stay-at-home-mom in the suburbs! It doesn't get much more mundane than that. But this is where God has me now and I love it because I love Him.

    You can also follow me on twitter as TanyaDennis.

    I'm off to make some more snacks!

  50. Gwen Stewart on June 20, 2009 at 5:27 AM

    >WOW! Never let it be said of Rachelle Gardner that she can't throw a party.

    This was so much fun, a great networking "exercise" and a fabulous start to my weekend. And the house looks pretty clean too, thanks to the crab-puff clean up crew (nothing worse than piles of dirty dishes the next morning).

    Rachelle: the hostess with the mostest! 🙂

  51. Gloria McQueen Stockstill on June 20, 2009 at 4:10 AM

    >Just back from a camping trip and now a party. What a life!

    I have a humorous devotional blog and am part of a Christian writers blog.
    Stretch Marks: Devotions for the Not So Perfect Woman


  52. careann on June 19, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    >Don't know why that link won't work, but if you're coming for breakfast I guess you'll have to drive yourself:

    Carol Garvin

  53. careann on June 19, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    >I'll help you clean up, Anne. You can have the last of the crab puffs. (My husband has a shellfish allergy and I daren't risk any contaminating breath.) When we're done here we can head out and start taking everyone else up on their invitations of hospitality — you know, a la the progressive dinner. This party could last all night!

    Do stop by my place for breakfast… I make a mean Spanish omelet.
    Careann’s Musings

    I'm not always in the kitchen. I'm usually writing. I freelance for Canadian magazines with a focus on purebred dogs, RVing, writing, gardening, faith and cottage living. I know… it's an eclectic mix. I'm also working on my third novel. None of them are published yet, but one day. 🙂

    Rachelle, thanks for hosting. What a great party! I hope now you can put up your feet and relax for the weekend.

  54. marynoel on June 19, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    >Wow, looks like I've got my weekend reading picked out for me…..

    Heyla everyone, I'm an Sbux barista in San Francisco and probably one of the most caffeinated people you'll ever meet. I'm planning on moving to NYC in 2010, so I'm saving up bit by bit.

    I write SF/F, horror, and sports fiction. Not published, but hoping to change that in the near-ish future.

    You can find me on twitter at Korakos or on blogger at Courting Madness.

  55. Short Thoughts on June 19, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    >Late to the party as usual. I appreciate the blog.

    Jeff Short
    Short Thoughts

  56. Lisa on June 19, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    >Okay, risking complete and utter embarrassment and trying this one more time! Many thanks to Sara:

    Living Upward

  57. Matilda McCloud on June 19, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    >Hope I'm not too late to the party! Well, it IS just the shank of the evening!

    I thought I'd add the blog that I've created with a graphic designer friend. It's brand new! Please stop by!

    Frogs Are Green

  58. Lori on June 19, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    >I am a lurker (caught me), but thought I would jump in on the party. I am beginning a bible study on the book of Ezekiel. If this interests you, I would love for you to join me.

    Lori's Reflections

  59. Anne L.B. on June 19, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    >lishacauthen, I'm always the last one hanging around a party to clean up. I'd love some crab puffs. I'll be done with some work here shortly and ready for that glass of wine, too.

    Rachelle, does even Michael Hyatt get this many comments?

  60. Annette M. Irby on June 19, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    >Hi Rachelle, thanks for inviting us! I write novels, inspirational devotionals and book reviews.

    Check out: my website

    My blogs go by Net's Book Notes and Net's Notes

    And I brought a bottle of peach-apple sparkling cider, just for fun!

  61. lishacauthen on June 19, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    >Here I am, fashionably late…

    If you have the fortitude to get this far down the list, I commend you. Here's a little plate of crab puffs, along with a fabulous glass of white wine.

    My main blog is The Imaginal Realm
    I also blog at
    Kidlit Central News with a bunch of other great writers.
    I tweet at @mermensing.
    And I'm currently @coffee_boy on the ground-breaking experiment Tweet Mystery of Death. Follow us at Our Ning

    A plethora of posies to our lovely hostess, Rachelle Gardner!

  62. Eric von Mizener on June 19, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    >Rachelle sure knows how to throw a party. It looks like self-promotion brought everyone out of the wood work (or is that word work?).
    I'll join on in with my own plug. My blog is The Psalm 51 Miracle. I've had it up for quite awhile, but I've only recently begun working it in earnest. The name is drawn from my book (still in proposal form), and is a discussion of Christian marriage. My perspective is that of someone who fell into addiction and by the grace of God was not only pulled out, but who found a happy marriage afterwards. Join on in. The link is The Psalm 51 Miracle.
    My Twitter is and my Facebook is My webpage is about to go under a major reconstruction, but go ahead and link from the blog if you like.
    Now excuse me, I need to go chat up this crowd.

  63. Jamie Creech on June 19, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    >I am crashing this party! Heard about it on twitter, don't know anyone here, but I brought cheesy puffs and margaritas!

    My name is Jamie Creech. You can find me here to read about the updates on my two recently completed novels, PROVIDENCE and Beautiful Disaster. I'm a late bloomer (and late to parties, apparently. Let's just say I'm unpunctual in general, shall we?), as I didn't realize my passion for writing until the ripe old age of thirty, right after I decided to take on radiography school.

    Oh! Who's that dancing over the punch bowl singing Sweet Home Alabama! I'm off to introduce myself…

  64. thoughtthinkers on June 19, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    >Show me to the coffee–I take mine with a dash of wit and a sprinkle of sarcasm…okay, a lot of sarcasm.

    I'm attending this party via my bedroom closet. My toddler thinks we are playing hide-n-seek but yall know the truth. Oops here she is…my turn to count.
    Before I go here is my blog
    The Thoughts I Think
    facebook and twitter—GinnyMartyn
    “Happiness is ice cream for breakfast”

  65. Lenore Buth at on June 19, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    >What an eclectic group of bloggers–and food and drink!

    I live in the Sacramento area and write non-fiction from a Christian perspective, mostly centered on marriage and family. My blog loosely centers on similar themes. Check it out at

    Concordia Publishing House published four of my books. The last, "How to Talk Confidently with Your Child about Sex," went into its fifth edition last summer.

    I'm at work on a new book, this one for moms, and I like the way it's shaping up. Guess that means it's time to get into the querying process. (But how am I supposed to do that with so many great-sounding new blogs to check out?)

    Thanks, Rachelle. This is fun!

  66. Susan Cushman on June 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    >That was weird (previous comment disdappeared) so i'll try again… check out blog post about great writing workshop led by Pulitzer Prize Nominated Mississippi writer Barry Hannah at Ole Miss yesterday: Have a great weekend everyone… it's 5:30 here in Memphis, but you know what they say, "it's always 5 o'clock somewhere!"

  67. on June 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    >Boy you guys started partying early–it's only 5:30 pm here in Memphis, but like the man said, "it's always 5 o'clock somewhere!"Just did a blog post about great writing workshop led by Barry Hannah at Ole Miss (Oxford, Mississippi) yesterday. Enjoy it with your cocktails. Or beer. Or whatever! (The "workshop" was upstairs in the bar at City Grocery!)

  68. WhisperingWriter on June 19, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    >How fun!

    Today is my birthday and my Mom sent me a box of chocolate. She knows me well.

    I'm also about to order pizza because it's against the law to cook on your birthday.

    My blog is over here

    If the link doesn't work I apologize. I am HTML stupid which is why I paid someone to set up my blog for me.

  69. Richard Mabry on June 19, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    >Knew it wouldn't work. One more try:
    my web site
    my blog
    follow me on twitter

    If this doesn't work, I'll just enjoy watching you all play.

  70. Richard Mabry on June 19, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    >Might as well join the crowd:

    my web site
    my blog
    follow me on Twitter

    Hope this works. I'm hopelessly technochallenged.

  71. Liz S on June 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    >I hope I'm not too late for the party!

    I'm an aspiring YA and historical fiction novelist, and I use my blog mainly to document my writing journey… but I also write about food, living in Chicago, and what inspires me.

    My blog: Liz's Ink
    Twitter: LizsInk

    Pass the chips & dip please!

  72. Mariana on June 19, 2009 at 4:50 PM

  73. Mariana on June 19, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    >Hey, great party! I'm having unexpected fun! (my first virtual/blog party)

    So, to spice up things a little I brought Chinese bread with vegetables and mushroom, and some green tea (cooled, because it's hot in here too). And… I’ll take one of those chocolate cookies, if there is still some. Yep, chocolate addicted. Sigh.

    So, something else about me, besides the obvious fact that I love oriental food:


    (I don't really know how to make those easy links…)

    Twitter: @mariblaser

    p.s.: Thanks so much Rachelle, for patiently answering to my doubts on your Christian’s view. I did read the link you posted and loved to learn more about CBA. You were truly mindful, thanks!

  74. Ellen Painter Dollar on June 19, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    >I am usually very on time…Sorry for getting here so late! I blog about parenting, faith and my disability (a brittle bone disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta or OI–the same disorder featured in Jodi Picoult's latest bestseller "Handle with Care"). Haven't updated lately because my daughter, who also has OI, had a big accident last weekend and is laid up with multiple fractures. So I could really use a party today! I'm working on a book that is spiritual memoir/narrative nonfiction about the wrenching decisions my husband and I made in deciding to have biological children who each had a 50 percent chance of inheriting my disorder. The book tells my story and also offers theological reflection on disability, suffering, assisted reproduction, genetic screening, and important questions for Christians to ask in light of all the technology at our disposal to fix whatever is wrong with us, our children and our potential children.

    Five Dollars and Some Common Sense

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  75. Dawn Herring on June 19, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    >Ok. A party, huh? I'll guess I'll bring some fruit tart from La Madeleine's since that's my favorite dessert aside from their chocolate chip cookies.

    I'm a freelance writer and working on a novel and memoir and several other smaller projects.

    You can reach me at JournalWriter Freelance

    I do hope that html works! Never tried it before.

    I also have a twitter account with my user name @journalwriter7 and my Facebook account

    You're welcome to check out my latest blog posting called "And the Siren Sounded.."

    Thanks for the party, Rachelle.

  76. Gina on June 19, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    >What a cool group of partygoers!

    With apologies to Bugs Bunny: Bloggers are such INNNNNteresting people!

  77. Lynnda Ell on June 19, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    >My link did not work on my first comment. try this one instead.
    Passionate for the Glory of God

  78. Lynnda Ell on June 19, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    >Wow, Rachelle! This is the biggest party I have ever attended! It is later in the afternoon. New Orleans is cooking along at about 100 degrees, so is it O.K. if I kick this party up a notch?"

    Do you see all that confetti coming down and the balloons bouncing off the ceiling? They are there to turn this party into a celebration for all of you who have reported reaching a writing/publishing goal. It was wonderful to hear so much good news on a Friday.

    The yellow rose is for Kim Kasch who was laid off on Monday. Kim, I asked God to give you a special blessing this week-end.

    Now where are the lime tortillas?

    Oh, yes, you can see my shiny new blog at Passionate for the Glory of God.

    Be blessed!


  79. Kristen Torres-Toro on June 19, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    >Okay, so that link didn't work for me. I apologize. But my blog's name is Summer Daze and it's Thanks for coming by!

  80. Kristen Torres-Toro on June 19, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    >Okay, so that link didn't work for me. I apologize. But my blog's name is Summer Daze and it's Thanks for coming by!

  81. Kristen Torres-Toro on June 19, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    >Hi, Friends!!!

    My name is Kristen and I am a missionary and an writer! I just got back from several months in India, and right now I am in North Ga training one hundred summer missionaries. Last week we sent out almost two hundred and in a few weeks, we'll send out another fifty. I'll be going with one group to Guatemala. Then in August I'm off to Cambodia!!!

    My writing blog is coming in July, so for now I only have my missions blog:

    Oh, and I got some good news this morning! A magazine is going to print a nonfiction article and a short story of mine! WOOHOOO!!! That's what I'm talking about–building that platform and resume!

  82. Kristen Torres-Toro on June 19, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    >Hi, Friends!!!

    My name is Kristen and I am a missionary and an writer! I just got back from several months in India, and right now I am in North Ga training one hundred summer missionaries. Last week we sent out almost two hundred and in a few weeks, we'll send out another fifty. I'll be going with one group to Guatemala. Then in August I'm off to Cambodia!!!

    My writing blog is coming in July, so for now I only have my missions blog:

    Oh, and I got some good news this morning! A magazine is going to print a nonfiction article and a short story of mine! WOOHOOO!!! That's what I'm talking about–building that platform and resume!

  83. Hillary on June 19, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    >What an awesome idea!!!

    My name is Hillary and I blog at Quivering Daughters I am feeling a teensy bit vulnerable because I just posted something a little extra personal on my blog, instead of the usual, arms-length-away posts which are normal for me.

    I am a regular reader of this blog and am deeply grateful for all of the hard work you put into this, Rachelle. Thank you for being "reachable".

  84. Beth on June 19, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    >This is quite a party! I'm baking a cardamom roll later, so I can contribute that to the festivities.

    I've published short fiction and an essay, but the big goal is to be a published novelist. My current project is a superhero urban fantasy titled NORMAL. You can find out more about NORMAL and my general day-to-day writing gripes by going to my writing blog.

  85. Patrick Hester on June 19, 2009 at 2:15 PM


    Great idea!

    My name is Patrick and I blog over at All Things From My Brain where I will talk about whatever pops into my head.

    I'm a writer as well (or think I am…) and love this blog.

    Check me out at Twitter.


  86. Laura Christianson on June 19, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    >I'm supposed to be proofreading a book, but I'm wasting time updating my Twitter accounts and reading Rachelle's blog instead. It's Friday and I'm singing Alice Cooper's "School's out for the summer!"

    Laura Christianson
    Blogging Bistro
    Twitter: bloggingbistro
    Twitter 2: adoptionexpert
    Facebook Page: Blogging Bistro

  87. BV Lawson on June 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    >I'll bring the gluten-free snacks for those of us who need them (Whole Foods has some nifty cupcakes).

    My blog In Reference to Murder has news and resources for writers and readers of mysteries and crime fiction (over 3,000 links and counting!). Check out The List on the left side of the page.

  88. Jake Kirk on June 19, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    >Sorry if anyone had trouble going on Teens Read and Write, I forgot to switch the permission to anyone,
    Teens Read and Write
    Demonic Attractions

  89. Camille Cannon Eide on June 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    >Alright, who's the wise guy who pranked Brandilyn at the door and scared her off? Someone let her in. I think she's got more snacks and ice.

  90. Pam Halter on June 19, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    >I forgot to tell you my contribution to the party and that would be … wine and chocolate.

    Timothy, pop-tarts and cheese dip??

  91. Patricia Raybon on June 19, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    >Haven't partied like this since 1999. Thanks, Rachelle! Love you!

  92. Bryan on June 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    >Lets try this again. Here is my blog site. If it doesn't work this time just click on my name. (I feel like I've been to a party and forgot the chips since my link didn't work. Definitely an operator error. Try it again here. bigdreams

  93. The Procrastinating Perfectionist on June 19, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    >I saw this post come through my RSS feed but I was busy reading background materials for a press release I need to write.

    Now, I'm reading this blog post (and commenting) instead of calling my friend/client, who offered me the freelance project (press release), and discussing his budget/media strategy.

    I just previewed my comment 4 times to catch typos and change a few words. If you're reading this, I finally hit the publish button.

    Is it any surprise that my blog is called The Procrastinating Perfectionist?

    After 15 years of working in PR & marketing, I'm still doing both on a freelance basis to bring some money in while I continue to hone my creative writing skills and hopefully publish something someday. This site is full of great advice, thanks Rachelle!

    Can someone pass another cinnamon roll? My dog just ate mine when I wasn't looking!

  94. Ghost Girl on June 19, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    >Wow! This is quite a party! Got my icey margarita all ready…keep 'em coming!

    I write for YA, though my blog is just a jumble of mile markers in my journey. In Feel free to check in. Haunting the Broken Tree And just in case you are wondering, ghost stories are my gig. I love them!

    Mary Ann

  95. Pam Halter on June 19, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    >I'm writing fantasy and my blog talks about whether Christians should write it, enjoy it, etc. I love good discussion. Hope you can stop by!

    It's really cool to see the diversity between us.

  96. Carla Burke on June 19, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    >A party? Yippie! i'll grab a diet coke so we can get started. I love to write children's books but recently decided to step out of my comfort zone and write a non-fiction book about a fire fighter and how his deep love for God carried him through several challenging circumstances until one day his own life ended tragically.

    My blog is mainly about my daughter's peanut allergies – but I also write about other uninteresting stuff.
    life with peanut allergies

    You can friend me on Face Book carla burke
    and follow me on twitter

  97. Marla Taviano on June 19, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    >I am utterly and completely overwhelmed. Whose idea was this party anyway?

  98. Jake Kirk on June 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    >Hey everyone, I just started two blogs with my brother and sister. The first one is for my sister's upcoming book, Demonic Attractions. For right now it's mostly about how to get your book published, writing query letters, and tips for better writing. The second one is for the reading and writing of books. This one is brand new. It's called Teens Read and Write and the first post is a review of The Dresden Files series and, for every 50 followers we get, we'll have a contest with the prize being $50. So please follow to have fun and win money!

  99. Brian on June 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    >Gotta love a party with a big turn out. My blog is The New Author. This is really what I needed considering I just finished moving. Now I'm trying to get into the swing of things and catch up on email.

  100. Bryan Gill on June 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    >Hey gang, If you go to my blog please understand that my posts are usually lighter in nature. I recently posted three entries about my late uncle.
    Most of the time I tell stories about mundane activities. Sometimes they are creative and sometimes they flop. Come see me! bigdreams

  101. oneyearbook on June 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    >Online partying rules. (I was going to say "Ooh, I love a party" but then I noted that Amy up there had just done so. Great minds comment alike.)

    I'm over at One Year, One Book. We don't serve lemonade or have parties (yet) but maybe that'll change in the future.

  102. Amy on June 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    >Oooh, I do so love a party! Thanks for the invite … and thanks for your rants and ramblings …

  103. David A. Todd on June 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    >Sorry I had to duck out for a moment. Did you all miss me? I went for my noon hour walk, and despite the 90 degree temp, I walked 13 laps (1/9 of a mile per lap) in about 31 minutes. Y'all better stay away from me for an hour or so.

    About to eat lunch: a stalk of celery, a carrot, an orange, and an apple. Only 53.5 more pounds to lose.

  104. Billy Coffey on June 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    >Wow, it's getting crowded in here. I think I might grab some food and then find a quiet place outside to mingle.

    I blog at What I Learned Today about the big truths in our little moments. You can follow me on Twitter here.

    Wow, this food is good…

  105. Jackie Johnson on June 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    >No calories in virtual food!

    Jackie Johnson Creative

  106. Amber Lynae on June 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    >I like the sweets but come on people where are the Doritos????? Oh wait.. HERE THEY ARE!!!! And if you are nice I won't eat the whole bag. Come on over to Seriously Amber Lynae and I will send a lucky winner their favorite flavor of Doritos if your comment is my fave on today's Fun Friday Giveaway post.

  107. Rain Likely on June 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM


    I live near Seattle and I write a gardening blog Rain Likely Today

    I recently retired from the corporate rat race, and I am writing a novel, which is set in Washington.

    Since I am home alone all day, I joined Facebook to keep from getting too isolated, and to live life vicariously through my daughter and nieces.

  108. Stephanie Reed on June 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    >Hmm, my blog link above doesn't work. Trying again:

    Book Bait

  109. JBarWriter on June 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    >Hi everyone, you can’t get fat from virtual food, now can you, oh I don’t know about that, I get fat just thinking about food. 🙂

    I’m a wanna-be novelist, and do love keeping up with the latest writing tips and advice from different author, agent, editor blog’s. My handle is jbarwriter, and you can find me on facebook, and twitter, I’m the shy one, sitting in the corner, listening, watching– just taking it all in, sort of like the spirits I write about, those that only coming out in the dark.
    A Writer’s Group
    Thanks Rachelle for the blog party and I do you invite us again.

  110. Rebecca Knight on June 19, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    >Hooray for parties on a Friday!

    Since I'm in the Pacific Northwest, I brought the microbrew sampler! 😉

    I've just completed my first novel, and am working on my second. I've been blogging about the journey so far, and sharing tips, tricks, and links on industry news & contests here:

    Rebecca Knight: Writer In Progress

    My favorite thing about the blog is that I get to hear from other amazing authors and aspiring authors. We can share our thoughts from the different places we're in and support one another as we go.

    Stop on by! I'd love to hear from you :).

    Any other Northwest writers out there?

  111. Dorian Speed on June 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    >Ain't no party like a Literary Agent Blog Comments party, 'cuz a Literary Agent Blog Comments party don't STOP!

    I write this quickly, before my children figure out that 50 cents each is hardly adequate compensation for cleaning out the minivan on a hot summer's day.

    I'm Dorian Speed, and that's my real name. I am a former teacher resisting the pull of classroom so that I can be home with my babies for a while. I blog at Scrutinies about vague homeschooling, things I'm reading, and things I feel like I should be doing instead of blogging or Tweeting.

    It's great to meet everyone – can I grab a couple of juice boxes for my little van cleanup crew?

  112. Stephanie Reed on June 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    >Oh, sorry I'm late. I took a wrong turn at Housework and Company's Coming. Hey, who ate all the chips?

    Clear Shining After Rain

    Please friend me at Facebook, too:

    Stephanie Reed

  113. Mark Adair on June 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    >Cyber Twister!!!

    And when you get tired of that new craze that's taking the world by storm, may I suggest a peek at my serialized novel, ZAP? Or my life journey thoughts at On the Way?



  114. JStantonChandler on June 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    >Rachelle, this post is amazing! I'm meeting so many fabulous people 🙂 It's going to take me days just to visit each site.

    I forgot to add that I'm on facebook, though I'm drawing a blank on how to post that link!!! Search for me, if you'd like: "Jen Chandler".

    Looking forward to meeting you all!


  115. Stefne on June 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    >I love a Blog Party – or any party for that matter.

    I'm a wife and mother of 2 biological children and 1 soon to be 3 adopted children (from Ethiopia and Uganda). I live one crazy life and I love to blog about it and share a life/spiritual lesson that I've learned in each situation. (Sorry, I can't get it to take my code. I'm a newbie.)

    My Facebook and Twitter usernames are on the blog.

    I look forward to getting to each and every one of you better!

  116. Frosty on June 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    >Hi all! Great idea. I must admit I need to do a bit more blogging so a bit shy to put up my blog links this time round. I am currently working on a compilation of short stories (hopefully) to be completed by the end of the year.

    Look forward to checking out everyones blogs and making some new friends. Anyone that wants to say hi can feel free to add me on facebook though : Facebook Page

  117. Robin Archibald on June 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    >Oh,hi. I just came by to say hi. Oh, thanks, a diet soda's fine. Just let me squeeze in here behind this group of people in the corner so I'm kind of hidden.

    A blog? Not yet. But there's a little something about me at a href=""

    Or I'm on twitter as RobinFleurie: a href=""

  118. Julie on June 19, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    >Hey guys! I look forward to checking out your blogs. My blog is My twitter name is 0julie0.

  119. Jeanette Levellie on June 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    >Hey, I am giving away a cd by Rachelle this week on my blog, come on over!
    I could not get the html to work either, but if you want to enter the drawing type in It's the post from Sunday.

  120. Rose McCauley on June 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    >Virtual food is great for me because I started a diet this week! If you have any dieting tips for me or want to read about my trip to the Ukraine where I ate lots of bread and cheese or the trip to Italy where I ate bread and pasta and gelato every day which is why I had to start this diet, or if you just want to be entered into my monthly book drawing at my blog with the original title of come on over! I'll add some virtual veggies and dip to our cyber-feast. PS. Also if you need any help writing run-on sentences, I'm your gal!

  121. Cheryl Pickett on June 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    >Hi all,
    I've never been to a blog party before, what an awesome idea! I'll gladly share the fresh pineapple I just picked up at the grocery store. I've got a huge list of new people to check out now, can't wait 🙂

    My first website and book is for authors to be who are trying to wade through the publishing world. You can at Publishing Answers There's a link to my blog there. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook @cherylpickett.

    Since getting that out earlier this year, God has taken me on a new path with my current project which is what I call a devotions deluxe book for kids and families. Stay tuned via FB or Twitter for a new site and blog coming soon.

  122. Carla Gade on June 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    >What fun! Hi I'm Carla Gade, an aspiring authoress! I love spending my time visiting Rachelle's blog. So much fascinating information. Thanks, Rachelle, for bringing us your expertise!

    I blog at Journaing the Journey
    and am active on facebook


    and all around the web.

    I'm looking forward to mingling with some of you online!

  123. Averyswife on June 19, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    >How fun! I can't stay for more than a minute though because my darling hubby is off today and he's currently waiting for me to fix him breakfast (a big omelet stuffed with cheese and shredded leftover pork tenderloin).

    I'm Emily, the wife of a cop, mother of two, and a daughter of the King. You can follow me at Mothering Munchkins or on Twitter.

  124. serenity on June 19, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    >I'm Serenity and call my blog
    Serenity Now. I just put up a video trailer of my memoir (represented but not yet under contract), so I really appreciate the opportunity to point people to it. Thank you Rachelle!

    I'm also on twitter and facebook. I'm currently working on fiction and really love all the great advice, guest blogs, encouragement, and links that you offer here.

  125. Cheryl Barker on June 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    >I'm a little late checking blogs today & darn, wouldn't you know I was missing a party! 🙂

    My writing passions is "Refreshing Spirits, Nourishing Souls", and that's what I hope to offer all who visit my blog: Cheryl's R & R

    I also Facebook (sorry, I couldn't get the link to work).

    Hope you come visit!

  126. Jaym on June 19, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    >Yay, party! Er, just give me a minute and the vegetarian eggrolls will be done!

    I write fantasy and alternative reality stuff, working on finishing up my second manuscript.

    I try to twitter marginally interesting things at Jaym Gates

    Writing, food, orchids and the occasional rant on To Breathe Underwater

    Admin on Fifthwind Forum, a forum-based writer's group.

    And, last but not least, intern with Fantasy Magazine.

    I'll go visit all these sites after I get out of work!

  127. Michelle Lam on June 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    >What a great idea! Thanks for the invite. 🙂

    I'd love it if you came by my blog about teaching at SassyCat:

    Or there's my Facebook:

    And here's a page that's all about me:

    And of course there's always Twitter:

    I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

  128. HL on June 19, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    >Bringing on the eyeballs!

    I'm at

    Hedgehog Librarian

    or hedgielib over at Twitter

  129. Jacqueline T Lynch on June 19, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    >(Bangs on door) Hey, if you don't keep the noise down, I'm calling the cops!

    Oooh, party? What are those little cheesecake things? Don't mind if I do.

    I live down the hall at:

    Another Old Movie Blog

    Or New England Travels

    Or Tragedy and Comedy in New England

    Or my website

    It never fails. If I stand by the door at a party, people hand me their coats.

  130. David A. Todd on June 19, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    >My blog is An Arrow Through the Air, an unfocused blog where I record my thoughts about life, liberty, and pursuit of a publishing contract. It's definitely slanted more toward my writing life than to other compartments. It's mainly practice for what someday I hope will be a larger web presence.

    Soon I'll be writing for Suite 101, mainly in the subjects of civil engineering, poetry, and genealogy, but probably also dabbling in American History.

  131. Amanda @ The Mom Job on June 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    >Hi, I'm Amanda from TheMomJob … and on today's post, I admit to being a Move-a-holic.

    It's all about admission first, right?

  132. Jane Steen on June 19, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    >Great party… so many conversations! I brought my homemade salsamole… it's not salsa, it's not guacamole, but it resembles both and usually disappears pretty fast. Oh yeah, and those lime tortillas that I can't have in the house because I like them too much.

    Rachelle, I love your blog and have learned a lot from it. I needed this party as I'm in a stew this morning, and the huge storm overhead isn't helping. I'm a business (marketing copy, reporting, direct mail, whatever you want) and hobby writer agonizing over whether I have it in me to become a published writer. I started a random sort of blog called Keep Going You Fool! back at the beginning of the year and love it, and am working on a story that's been going round in my head for some time, trying to outline it into something that may become a first draft. I am massively distracted from these noble pursuits by a) other people's blogs, tweets and statuses, b) my family's considerable demands, and c) people (including, apparently, the job I thought I left behind me in March) who want me to write copy for them.

    So I don't want to be that bore who's using your party as a self-help forum, but dear partygoers, if anyone has a word of inspiration or a practical suggestion I'll welcome it. You can also follow me on Twitter if you like. I keep Facebook for people I know face to face, but will happily tweet at anyone who'll listen! OK, where are the margaritas to go with this salsamole?

  133. T.L. Byford on June 19, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    >Awesome party. Gotta run to the store though, no Shiner Bock in the cooler. Anybody need anything while I'm out?

    T.L. Byford

    Me at Facebook

    Me at Twitter

  134. JStantonChandler on June 19, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    >Hey everyone! Hope I'm not too late for the party. Work's been a bit crazy this morning 🙂

    I've been blogging regularly since the first of the year but I've been writing since I was old enough to put pen to paper and connect words into sentences.

    I actually have four blogs (yipes!) but I won't bore you with all that here. They are all linked together so I'll send you to my writing blog: Woolgatherings

    Sure hope I did that right!

    I'm also an artist and am in the process of starting my own small business so I can quit the 9-5 (or in my case, 8:30-3) and work full time with both my passions. The link to my business blog can be found on the link posted above.

    Great to meet all of you and I'm looking forward to stalking…I mean…getting to know you better through your blogs and sites! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  135. Alexis Grant on June 19, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    >This is great! Already followed/connected with a few cool writers.

    I'm Alexis Grant, a journalist writing my first book, a travel memoir about backpacking solo through West Africa. I blog about the writing/publishing process at Aspiring Author.

    (Yes, Sandy, I have a Web site.

    Also would love to connect with you on Twitter! @alexisgrant.

    Nice to meet you all!

  136. Peggy Frezon on June 19, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    >Hi! Great blog, great party. I'm bringing fresh strawberries that we can squirt with a can of whipped cream.

    I want to visit all your sites! Hope you come visit me too.

    My best pal Kelly, my spaniel-mix pup, is my office companion. She helps me write a twice-monthly pet column, and I frequently write about dogs for Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Ultimate Dog Lover, and various magazines. The rest of the time, I'm writing on assignment for Guideposts magazine and a few others. And I just got an agent for my book! It's about dogs and dieting.

    My blog is The Writer's Dog: What I Learned from My Dog. Kelly and I would love it if you stopped by and visited.

    My blog: The Writers Dog
    My Website

  137. Tim Cary on June 19, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    >I'm Tim Cary, an aspiring sportswriter from Springfield, Ohio. You can find my article archives at I'm hoping to put together a college football trip this fall to a different stadium each weekend and write a book about it.

    Then comes the fun part of figuring out how in the world to publish…


  138. Eric on June 19, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    >Hopefully I'm not too late to join the party, and hopefully some of you migrate down to the bottom of this list to find me. Thanks for doing this Rachelle; it's a great idea.

    My blog is a mix of musings and thoughtful discussions. I've had alot of fun using this space as a learning tool, since I'm trying to hone my craft and prepare my first novel. Feel free to stop by and see what my muse has to say.

    Working My Muse

  139. Peter P on June 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    >A blog party… now this is my kind of party!

    My blog is: Rediscovering the Church

    I'd love to meet you on twitter and facebook too!

    I'm kinds shy and introverted when it comes to facing real people at parties. I much prefer to be able to talk to just one at a time so a blog party sounds awesome, I can just click on each link in turn and not feel crowded!

    I'm a husband, father, pastor, missionary, author and blogger… and I love meeting new people (one at a time 🙂 )

  140. Anne L.B. on June 19, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    >Wendy! I see there is some guacamole here! I knew you were a friend but I didn't expect this!

  141. Anne L.B. on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    >Andrea, since I only have a Margarita with Mexican food (is any here and I missed it?), and NEVER before noon, I'll bring a nice bottle of Riesling if the party's still going this evening after dinner if the hostess approves.

  142. Maya / מיה on June 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    >Hi everyone! I'm Maya, and I moved to northern Israel just over a year ago. You can read about my quest to become Israeli on my blog:

    I'm on a bit of a hiatus from posting right now because my sister is visiting (squee!!), but I'll be back next week. And I'm probably going to post about the hilarious ways English words enter the Israeli lexicon (and get conjugated like Hebrew).

    I've visited a few blogs from commenters already, and we're a fascinating bunch!! It's fun to mingle!

  143. Krista Phillips on June 19, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    >WOW! What a party, and it's only 9 in the morning here!! Oh wait, I'm at my in-laws, it's TEN here!

    Let's see, I blog at Reflections by Krista. It's a mix of my crazy life (just published Fat Friday today!) and just humorous odds and ends. I write romantic comedy (uh, light-hearted contemporary romance) so I try to keep it fun and make you laugh:-)

    Other Krista links:
    Krista's Facebook
    Krista's Twitter
    Krista's Myspace (although, am I the only one who rarely goes on myspace anymore???)

    Look forward to mingling with everyone!

  144. Cecelia Dowdy on June 19, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    >I brought hot coffee with cream and sugar and a lemon pound cake! I love desserts, baking, and Christian fiction! I've also had five Christian romance novels published!! I hope to publish more stories in the future!

    You can find me on
    My Christian Fiction blog


    My website

    I'm also on Facebook and Twitter – but I don't use the social networks very often!

  145. Sue Dent on June 19, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    >Sue Dent here. Author who is a Christian writing for general market Christians yet unexpectedly and overwhelmingly appealing to readers of that very specific CBA and ECPA market!

    Couldn't be happier but still trying to handle not being allowed in larger Christian Bookstores where my readers go because my publisher didn't pay to be affiliated and that's with both of my books being approved by Spring Arbor for distribution into the Christian market. Ah, but that's life. You can check me out at: 🙂

  146. Iapetus999 on June 19, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    >I am a writer. I am a runner. I am the The WriteRunner.
    I write about running, I do my best writing while I'm running.
    I'm working on two writing projects right now:
    One is a completed disaster end-of-the-world thriller that I'm about to send queries for.
    The other is a far future fantasy that's very nebulous right now.
    Follow me on Twitter:
    Friend me on Facebook:
    I'd love to connect with other writers! (and runners of course)

  147. Andrea on June 19, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    >Ooohhh! A party! I'll bring the margaritas.

    I'm still fairly new to the writing world and am so thankful for the opportunity to learn from you all.

    I am blogging my writing journey here at Andrea's Quips & Quotes

    And twitter as AndreaGardner.

    Rachelle, thanks for bringing on the fun.

  148. Anonymous on June 19, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    >I have chocolate! Lots & lots of chocolate. And an extra big helping for Rachelle for inviting everyone to the party!

    I'm a debut YA author whose dark, paranormal fantasy SKIN & BONES is slated for fall of 2010 by Dutton Books. Think Latina superheroine crossed with Buffy & Quantum Leap. I blog about writing, fantasy tropes, steampunk, silliness, insights, musings and other various subjects that won't get me arrested.

    I blog at: Officially Twisted
    I'll (soon) be on the web:
    I'm on Facebook: Dawn Metcalf
    I'm on Twitter: dawnmetcalf
    And on Goodreads: Dawn Metcalf

    And, in my copious spare time, I also belong to Verla Kay's Blueboards, SCBWI, Fangs, Fur & Fey with other UF authors, 2010: A Book Odyssey" with other debut authors, The Enchanted Inkpot with other fantasy authors, & right here at home where I supposedly take care of my family, do karate, and write more books!

    Come by & say "Hi!"
    (…on the web. Not my house. It's a mess!)

  149. Joy on June 19, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    >Hi, I write the blog "Joy in the Journey". It started as the blog of a mother of a special needs child plus two healthy kids, then adapted to my life as the mother of two medically-challenged kids and two healthy ones. Now it has adapted to my new life as a bereaved mother with three remaining children. Like I said, it's been a journey, and one that is often difficult to find joy in… but I'm getting there.

    Great to meet all of you!

  150. Anne L.B. on June 19, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    >Camille Cannon Eide, please tell me I'm not too late for a cinnamon roll. I'm bringing a healthy, non-acidic, hi-octane coffee beverage called Ganocafé.

    I've hung out at Rachelle's blog since she started it, and have lately become more of a lurker, but I'll join in today if there's a party.

    I write biblical fiction and have an unpublished work presently represented by a super agent (or is that Superagent?) I'm an amateur (homeschooled and unpaid) biblical scholar and lay minister in the hours I'm not too busy being a wife and homeschooling mom of five.

    My blog is a six day a week peek at the Bible, often with an unusual twist on typical perspectives. Each Friday I do a freelance piece, and I'll warn you that today's is WAY more personal than usual so don't be afraid to stop back on a more sedate Friday. (Wish I'd known in advance company was comin' so I could be prepared!)
    Building His Body

    My Facebook page is
    Anne Lang Bundy

    I said recently the only thing I'm afraid of on God's green earth is Twitter, so you won't find me there quite yet.

    Jen on the Edge, can you save some of that chocolate for this afternoon?

  151. Sarah on June 19, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    >Fun! I can't wait to visit some of these blogs.

    (Bless you, bless you, Rachelle for providing the HTML code.)

    I'm one of the members of Slushbusters. We're a critique group for children's writers.

  152. lynnrush on June 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    >Wow, this is fun! Happy Friday, everyone. I've always wondered how you get links in comments. LOL.

    I just snapped the top back on a can of Pepsi from the cooler and I'm ready to to click on some of the links here in the comments!!

    So, I'll give this link thing a try:
    Blog: Light of Truth

    Facebook: LYNNRUSH

    Twitter: LYNNRUSH

  153. Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect on June 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    >Thanks for inviting me, Rachelle! I brought brownies. (I made them from a box mix, but I promise they're delicious!!)

    I blog at: Giving Up on Perfect

    I subscribe and read you every day but don't often comment, because I'm not a writer. Well, I am. But I don't know that I'll ever write a book. I read your blog because I hope to become an editor in Christian publishing, and you teach me so much.

    But enough shop talk! I'm going to meet your fabulous guests!! 🙂

  154. Fawn Neun on June 19, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    >Lovely Party!

    I don't blog, but I do edit an online literary magazine The Battered Suitcase and you can find our Twitter, Myspace and FB links there on the front page.

    *heads for the food*

  155. Heidi Yantzi on June 19, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    >Oh I love a good blog party!! It's the best kind of partying because there's no housecleaning involved!

    I really can't stay long because I have a busy day ahead, but I do like to lurk around here… I'm even showing up under my actual name!

    In case you don't know me, here's what you need to know: I love horses and writing. Can't choose one over the other. I read way too many blogs and comment on too few. I love loud heavy music and silly movies. My stories always end up having some kind of spiritual challenge in them but I have to mix some dark humour in there. And some rock stars.

    I blog with my amazing online writing group at

    and also my original blog (full of silliness and heaviness) here:

    And I don't do facebook or twitter because they confuse me. Also I don't have time!!!

    So, before I go, (please pass me the cookie plate? Thanks!) it's been nice to introduce myself formally. I really like Rachelle's blog. Thanks for keeping it informative and fun and positive!

    Gotta run! Thanks for the blog party!

  156. Lisa on June 19, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    >Well, I don't know what I did wrong with the tag. Let me try again:

    Living Upward

  157. Bryan Allain on June 19, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    >Hi, my name is Bryan. I occasionally write funny stuff for Stuff Christians Like. I write daily at my blog. including a post today with a picture of me wearing spandex in junior high. shameless.

    Ramblings and Such

    you can follow me on twitter:

  158. Lisa on June 19, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    >I'm completely embarrassed and scared to death to do this, but I'll throw my hat in the ring.

    href=<">Living Upward

    I'm Lisa Perdue. I love to write, and I love to study the Word. I'm praying that at least part of my purpose in this life is to mesh those two loves. I'm only just now starting to take it seriously. I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but you can read some of my ramblings over at my blog.

    We all have to start somewhere, right? I'm so anxious to visit some of these other blogs! Thank you for this opportunity.

  159. Susan J. Elliott on June 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >Wow wow wow. Nice party!!! I am checking out everyone's blog's and pages and following on Twitter!

    Mine (non fiction):

    The Breakup Blog:
    Getting Past Your Past

    The Getting Past Your Breakup book website:

    Getting Past Your Breakup

    Rope Burns: journey through my husband's terminal illness:


    The new blog: Should I Leave (less than 24 hours old):

    Should I Leave?

    Twitter: susangpyp

  160. BnB Paulson on June 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >Hello everyone! I brought root beer floats! woohoo! summer summer summer time!

    You can find me at B.R. Paulson

    I love romance, romance and more. I love to read, write and eat and maybe cook, dirtbike and kickbox. i don't know maybe even dance! get some tunes going!

    I live in Washington! woohoo! and am addicted to this blog.

    Have a great day!

  161. Sharon A. Lavy on June 19, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    >Hope it is okay if I finish my coffee before checking out the cooler?

  162. Melanie Avila on June 19, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    >Do you know how long it's been since I've had a cinnamon roll? I've been living in Mexico for two and a half years and the baked goods are just not the same. Something about the differences in flour…

    My blog is What Am I Doing In Mexico? and I talk mostly about my life in Mexico, but also a bit about writing.

    Thanks for the party!

  163. Sharon A. Lavy on June 19, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    >So Rachelle is tired of being the only one stalked!

    Well since we are writerly people I'll play.

    My main Blog: I Dream of Writing for God

    Yes I facebook and twitter

  164. Lisa Katzenberger on June 19, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    >Happy Friday, everyone! I'm Lisa and I live in Chicago. A year ago I quit my job to write full-time. I'm working on my second novel and I write women's fiction.

    Come say hi at my Fiction City blog where I talk about my writing process, agent search and other fiction fun.

    Follow me on twitter: @FictionCity.

  165. Marla Taviano on June 19, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    >Jennifer@ConversionDiary, I'm so excited for you and your book! I remember chatting with you about it ages ago. First draft finished–woohoo! Can't wait to read it! (the book, not the draft!)

  166. Matilda McCloud on June 19, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    >Thanks for this opportunity! I promise to click on these other links later!

    Here are mine. These sites have to do with my nonfiction side–I haven't created website or blogs for my fiction side yet…

    Mary Jo Rhodes

    Over Land Under Sea

    Facebook–gotta do this…but keep putting if off

    Twitter–not really into this…but maybe someday? Or maybe it's a fad that will go away? (I hope)…

  167. Gabe Taviano on June 19, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    >Thanks Rachelle, for allowing us to share our blogs and what we're up to! Keep up the good work!

    I'm Gabe Taviano, husband of Marla who is in the P.S. of your post today. I'm a professional self-employed web / blog / graphic designer. I enjoy hosting and designing blogs (using WordPress – cough cough). 90% of my work is with Christian organizations and individuals, with God seeing to it that word of mouth works. I'd be thrilled to help anyone God brings my way.

    I design and offer web hosting over at Taviano Design, blog at, host the God's Mac Podcast, started a tech outreach called Digital Disciples, and am on the usual Twitter and Facebook. Using FriendFeed more these days!

  168. Jeannie Campbell on June 19, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    >Come on over and see the Character Therapist! I'm at Where Romance Meets Therapy

    Quick congratulations again on the Writer's Digest Blog Award. 🙂

  169. Jennifer @ Conversion Diary on June 19, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    >[Let's try that again with the right link. I guess it's too early for me to be doing complicated things like copying and pasting…]

    Hi, I'm Jennifer. My blog is called Conversion Diary. I started that blog back when I was an atheist who didn't know any Christians and wanted to talk about religion and, in large part thanks to my blog commenters, I am a Christian today. You can actually see my entire conversion in the archives (so nerdy, I know).

    Last year I got a contract with a literary agent to write a book about my conversion, and I just finished the first draft!…Now I'm feeling daunted by how much work there is left to do. Luckily having four kids under age five keeps me busy enough that I don't have too much time to obsess about it.

    Nice to "meet" all of you!

    Oh, and I spend way too much time on Twitter here.

  170. markwise on June 19, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    >*brings in some RC Cola and MoonPies*

    Hi all from Nashville, TN! I've got a blog The Scribbler which I am using to track the progress of writing my book, ALTAR OF HEAVEN. Eventually I hope to use it to track getting an agent and published. *beam*

  171. Dee Yoder on June 19, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    >Looking forward to checking out the blog links!

    Here's mine:
    Dee Yoder's My Heart's Dee-Light

  172. Marybeth Poppins on June 19, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    >Ooooh! I like parties! Bring on the Margaritas 🙂 I brought some fruit pizza to share. Anyone want a slice?

    First take a moment to check me out. I'm pretty funny stuff!

    Desperately Searching for My Inner Mary Poppins

    I also have my own Author Website (I LOVE LOVE LOVE the design my husband made!!!)

    Marybeth Smith

    You can get my Twitter and Facebook links from my blog 🙂

    Isn't networking so much fun. I can't express how happy I am to have met so MANY awesome writers through these blogs. And I can't wait to meet many more.

    Well it's obvious I've also brought the cheese, anyone have some crackers to go with that?

  173. Marla Taviano on June 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    >Rachelle, have I told you lately that you rock my world??

    I'm Marla Taviano–wife, mama, friend, author, speaker, zoo-goer. Love Jesus with all my heart and so want to honor Him through my writing–and all I do and say!

    I blog at Marla Taviano. Original, I know.

    And I recount our Zoo Adventures at Awesome photos by my hubby.



    I'll be back in a bit! And I'll send Gabe over. He's a web designer and would love to help out!

    Thanks, Rachelle!!

  174. Jan Kozlowski on June 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    >Rachel, thanks for hosting this blog party!

    We'd love to have everyone stop by
    Tweet Mystery of Death to check out our six week live, Twitter based murder mystery.

    Follow the murder and mayhem @Tweet_Mystery

  175. Timothy Fish on June 19, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    >After Rachelle's post on mentoring yesterday, I received an e-mail from a gentleman asking me to consider mentoring him. It was something of a surprise, but certainly welcome. It is also an example of how mentoring ought to work. When you see someone is stronger in some development area than you, it doesn't hurt to ask that person to help you strengthen yourself in that area.

  176. Terry Linhart on June 19, 2009 at 8:02 AM


    What a great blog! It has been SO helpful and full of great energy. Though I'm nervous about a party that advocates stalking, thanks for the fun Friday party (I'll take that latte coming from the kitchen). I write in the non-fiction world, with a lean toward the academic. My published work (and work-in-progress) has been in the youth ministry world so far, but there are some new horizons ahead, which is very exciting.

    I can't seem to keep a blog rolling, choosing to focus my marginal writing skills elsewhere. But, I Twitter like a madman – @terlinhart

    I teach at Bethel College – Indiana

  177. H. Scott Hunt on June 19, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    >I was successfully countering my wife's constant encouragement to create a Facebook account, saying that I would spend too much time involved in it and not writing. But my last defense broke down last week, especially in light of what you (Rachelle) said re: writers' platform. So I've shunned my blinded focus and reclusive mentality, and now am offically a presence on the Internet. Woohoo!

    You will find me at Scott on Facebook.

  178. Katie Hart - Freelance Writer on June 19, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    >Hi, I'm Katie – more of a lurker lately since I read on Bloglines and sometimes let posts pile up until life gets less busy (which is NEVER). Anyhow, most of the time I get to posts a week late and feel like I missed the conversation, but not today!

    My brand new website (designed by the wonderful Tekeme Studios) Cloak and Dagger Fiction – I'd appreciate some comments and suggestions for additional content!
    My blog
    My Twitter
    My "Publicist for Marcher Lord Press" Twitter
    My Facebook

    As the above links indicate, I'm a huge fantasy fan, but I love other fiction too. Romantic suspense (a la Susan May Warren and Dee Henderson) is my favorite!

  179. Mark H. on June 19, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    >Used to have a blog until I started mildly offending family members with it (not recommended!). But I am on


  180. Carrie on June 19, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    >Rachelle, are you psychic? I just built my first blog YESTERDAY, and was debating whether I should try to share it with more people. Apparently, this is a sign that yes, I should get it out there.

    Please, nice comments only! My blog is new and fragile!

    Heim Binas Fiction

    I think the readers of this blog will like my links…

  181. Ever Changing on June 19, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    >Awesome, a blog party how wonderful. I love to mingle! You can check me out at and read the introduction of my newly released book, Ever Changing (EC), read excerpts from the book, visit my blog page EC chatter, read my bio and much more at:




    Rhonda Dent

    I'll be mingling all day every chance I get.

    Thanks Rachelle!

  182. Chris Regan on June 19, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    >Hello! I'm a scriptwriter based in Brighton, UK. My first feature film, Ten Dead Men, was released on DVD earlier this year. I have a blog where I talk about that film, my current projects and I've recently started posting short stories.

    The blog is Writer by Night

    You can also follow me on twitter @cg_regan

  183. Jill on June 19, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    >What fun! I love this party! I brought a snowcone machine and an assortment of flavors because it's almost 100 degrees here in central Florida. Who wants lemon fizz? Or cherry berry? Anyone?
    Come visit my blog, Jill Boyd's Place where I have rambling thoughts about life as a pastor's wife, writer, and homeschool mom of six.

  184. Steph @Red Clay Diaries on June 19, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    >A party! I'm only an occasional visitor here, but a party is exactly what I need to distract me from what I should be doing today: forcing my kids to do their weekly chores.

    I'm Stephanie Wetzel. A former Cali Girl now in rural Georgia.

    I blog at The Red Clay Diaries about parenthood, my faith, country life, being a redneck, and any other random idea that crosses my mind. I've been told that I'm funny.

    Also on Twitter at @redclaydiaries

  185. Nicole O'Dell on June 19, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    >Too fun!

    I know it's Friday, but my beverage of choice at the moment is my coffee. 🙂


    I'm Nicole O'Dell–mom of six. My most recent additions are triplets who were born in August '08. It's a busy household! One of my blogs is mainly about all of that chaos: What a Trip!

    I also have a website with a link to my other blog which is about my writing stuff.
    My Website
    My Writer's Blog

    I have two books releasing on August 1st from my Scenarios for Girls series. They're YA (the younger side of YA)Christian interactive fiction–the reader makes an important moral decision which decides the ending. Book 1: Truth or Dare; Book 2: All that Glitters; Books 3 & 4: under contract.

    There is a FB fan page for the Scenarios Series as we await the launch of the books and the website.

    Twitter: Nicole_Odell

    Wow! Way too many links…sorry about that. I'm really looking forward to checking out everyone else's information. I'll be abck throughout the day. What a fun idea!

  186. Paula Wiseman on June 19, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    >What a great way to finish out the week! I'm running the 'mom shuttle' to summer theater this morning then headed to the pool later. I'm editing a novel and calling that work. I do have a website and blog there several times a week. I've been mildly published (a few compilations) and yesterday I got retweeted !

  187. Gina on June 19, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    >Hello, all! (Hey, Jennifer, I just noticed you over there! Congrats on finishing your first draft!)

    It's a great day for a party! I just got "The Call" this week about my first book (nonfiction), and I'm very, very excited, and very, very busy getting my manuscript done!

    If you like to read about religion, culture, politics, and current affairs in general, come on over to The Point.

    If you love Charles Dickens — or if you don't but you'd like to learn more about him — come check out Dickensblog.

    My LiveJournal is Litlover12, and my Facebook is under my own name.

    Now, where's the root beer?

  188. Jim on June 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    >Here's my "teaser" website for my book project: A true love story of deception, grace, and forgiveness.

    It Was Out of Love


  189. Amy Sue Nathan on June 19, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    >Someone mention Pop Tarts? I love Pop Tarts!

    A useful blog AND a party? What will you think of next?

    Good news is always shared at a party – and I was in the New York Times online yesterday with an essay about Father's Day.

    I also have a writing blog and it's always a party over there too!

  190. Jen on the Edge on June 19, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    >Here at my place, we have chocolate today.

    Jen on the Edge

    Happy Friday everyone!

  191. devonellington on June 19, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    >A party is exactly what I need! Although I usually talk about the ups and downs of the writing life on my blog, Ink in My Coffee , yesterday and today are mostly about flood preparation.

    I'd RATHER talk writing, but in 2007, the floods were so bad and so fast that I lost the car, the water invaded the first floor of our building (I'm on the 3rd) and we had no power for a week and no landline for 4 weeks.

    Fingers crossed this time around won't be so bad.

    And I"m only 25 miles outside of NYC.

    As I said — I could use a party!

    (And then, I'm on deadline for the next Jain Lazarus adventure, so I better get cracking, flood or no flood).

    Thanks for the invite.

  192. Wendy on June 19, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    >Hey, a party! Yes! At my favorite time of day too! I brought the guacamole. Not sure you've ever tried it in the AM before, but you need to taste it.

    I feel like I stepped into OZ when I began blogging. I've "met" many fantastic people and folks I could call friends. Some are even here right now. Hey!

    Excuse me while I go turn up the music. I love this song. You dancin'?

    I'd love for you to swing on by my blog:

    All in a Day's Thought

    and here:

    And thanks Rachelle for hosting!
    ~ Wendy

  193. Beth on June 19, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    >I still haven't mastered HTML, doggone it. Let's try this again:

    Beth's Adventures

    If it doesn't work this time, find me at!

  194. Timothy Fish on June 19, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    >All this great food and all I brought was Pop-Tarts. Online, I primarily reside at and I am also the webmaster for South Park Baptist Church and you will find a significant amount of my stuff there.

    Has anyone seen the cheese dip?

  195. Beth on June 19, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    >Cinnamon rolls, lattes and chocolate with no calories? Pass 'em along!

    I'm usually a lurker, but couldn't resist joining this party.

    Beth's Adventures

    I blog about my wanderings, wonderings, and writing (women's fiction). I'm on Facebook, but haven't mastered Twitter yet – can't imagine why anyone would care that I was folding laundry or eating a bowl of cereal. Now, once I'm published, maybe that'll change!

    Thanks for the chance to party today, Rachelle, and for all of your great advice and insight. Happy Friday, everyone!

  196. Kristie on June 19, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    >Hi Everyone! I live in the DC area with my husband and our three little boys. God was so good to give me such funny little guys who not only amuse me daily but give me endless fresh material. Please check out my blog Spur and/or follow me on Twitter (KristieJackson).

    Thanks for kickstarting the weekend, Rachelle! Great party!

  197. Sara J. Henry on June 19, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    >Hello, all. I'm previously a nonfiction writer, now fiction, just signed.

    I blog at Sara in Vermont
    I report on books, contests, and other things at Sara Reports
    On Twitter I'm SaraJHenry
    And my generic website:

  198. Anonymous on June 19, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    My blog offers tips on dealing with the media. Good suggestions for newly published authors and professionals of all kinds!

    Donna Giancontieri

  199. Karen on June 19, 2009 at 6:50 AM

    >Marla had a great idea! What fun. You can check out where in the world I've been at my blog, Writer's Wanderings

    Follow me: @karenrobbins

    Facebook: karen.robbins1

    Off to circulate. Great party, Rachelle! Oops, excuse me, I was reaching for those chocolate cookies.

  200. Chatty Kelly on June 19, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    >Hi! My blog is:

    Chatty Kelly

    My blog is mainly inspirational and usually humerous, but not always.

    You can follow me on Twitter through my blog or on Twitter through my real name:

    Kelly Combs

    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

  201. Lea Ann McCombs on June 19, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    >Did someone say chocolate? I'll bring some ice cream. It's really hot here in Oklahoma right now.

    Come visit me at
    Lea Ann's Garden

    I'm on Facebook, too, so "friend" me, and leave a message so I know you're not another Middle Eastern stalker!

    I'm a homeschooling mom of four–two grown, two getting there. Working on women's fiction/suspense–one of these days I'm going to have to make up my mind.

    Debating whether to attend ACFW conference for the first time this year. Since I have an agent, can I justify the expense for 4 days? Hmmm… Can someone please pass the cooler?

  202. Jody Hedlund on June 19, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    >What fun! I'm looking forward to hopping around to new blogs today and meeting some of you!

    Stop by my place too! I'm one of Rachelle's fairly new clients and so the past couple of posts I've been talking about the recent book proposal I wrote for her.

    On The Path

    I'd love for you to follow me on FB and Twitter. You can click on the links on my blog.

  203. BJ Hamrick on June 19, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    >Writers go to parties? I thought they only sat at home huddled in corners typing on their Macs. Wait… that's what we're doing now.

    My Corner


  204. Katie on June 19, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    >I love me a good party! What a fun idea!

    If you'd like, you can go visit my blog, Brain Throw Up, where I discuss everything writing and everything me.

    My Twitter and Facebook links are on my blog, as well as links to a sneak peak to my three novels (all currently under revision).

    Party On Wayne! Party On Garth! Wow… I haven't watched that movie in FOR-EVER (Sandlot style)

  205. Holly Bodger on June 19, 2009 at 6:00 AM

    >It's cold and rainy up here in Ottawa (Canada)…how could I say no to a virtual party?

    I work in Publishing and am a writer in my nearly non-existent spare time.

    I have so many accounts it's hard to know where to start but they are all listed on my Web site, I spend most (okay, too much) of my time under my Twitter account, "MommySpew".

    I hope someone brought the bug Cheetos…

  206. Adam Heine on June 19, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    >Sandy: I don't have a website for being an author yet (I figure I can do that when I get an agent and/or book deal, right?), but I do have one for our foster work.

    It's basically just a blog with other static pages attached, which is what most websites are anyway. It was pretty easy to do myself with WordPress, but I'm kinda techie.

    If I do a full-on author website, I plan on looking into payment, but I expect I'll build the site myself and ask someone I know for some help with graphics (I'm techie, but not very artsy).

  207. Sandy on June 19, 2009 at 5:21 AM

    >Hi all!

    I'm Brimfire over on Twitter and at Livejournal.

    Just curious: How many of you as yet unpublished writers have a website, not just a blog? And if you have a website, did you create it yourself or pay for it to be created? I keep going back and forth on whether I should get one now or not.


  208. Kim Kasch on June 19, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    >It's late, I forgot to add ”Twitter”


    Stop by and "Friend Me" and "follow me" a party isn't a party without friends and we can all have a real tweet time together.

  209. Gwen on June 19, 2009 at 4:39 AM

    >Oh yay, an early morning party! I brought lattes and scones.

    My blog contains musings on being a public school music teacher, writer, wife and mother from a Christian perspective. Writer's voice is funny; though I'm a sassy gal in real life, my mini-essays emerge plaintive and wistful. The latest entry is about my dad in honor of Father's Day.


    I'm sassier on Facebook:

    Gwen Stewart

    I'm on Twitter but don't tweet much between blogging, Facebook and editing my manuscript.

    Great party, Rachelle! I'm headed to the kitchen. Anyone need a refill on their latte?

  210. Kim Kasch on June 19, 2009 at 4:35 AM

    >Oh I am so glad you did this! I could REALLY use a party. I got laid off on Monday, so this should cheer me up. Stop by and say "Hi" everyone.

    ”Kim Kasch’s Blogspot”

    And hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

  211. Mary Hoffman on June 19, 2009 at 4:24 AM

    >I've never been to this sort of party before so hi, everyone. I've brought some vegetarian snacks so that I can find something to eat myself – parties can be bad in that respect for me.

    It's 10.20am here so forty minutes before my coffee break and I haven't written a word of my novel so far today.

    I write YA and children's books but am currently working on an adult novel, just to see if I can get there. (90+ books published but I'm back to the beginning again as a writer for adults).

    I run a book industry blog as The Book Maven – (no dot after www)which links to this one.

    So maybe I'll just sneak up on the party coffee pot to anticipate my break and chat to fellow authors.

  212. Susan at Stony River on June 19, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    >Cinnamon rolls, oh no! I'm on a diet; I'll stay over here by the coffeemaker.

    I've been a freelance writer for years but last year was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland to write a YA historical novel, so that's what I'm doing; nearly finished now and I blog at Stony River. There are links there to my Facebook, Twitter, and web pages. I'm looking forward to visiting everyone today!

    I've needed a party for a very long time LOL… thanks Rachelle!

  213. wellreadrabbit on June 19, 2009 at 3:15 AM

    >Great party! I brought some savory tartlets, just to balance out the sweets 🙂

    I'm a children's writer and illustrator, and can be found over on my blog, the Well Read Rabbit. All my various other links are there.

    I've been following this blog for a long time, and have been meaning to thank-you, Rachelle, as I've just signed with my dream agent, and I know your guidance has helped greatly!

    Anyone care for a spin on the dance floor?


  214. Gary Corby on June 19, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    >I don't usually comment here except to enter haikus in contests, but thanks Rachelle for running such an interesting blog.

    St Martin's Press is publishing my first Classical Greek mystery next year, starring Nicolaos, the elder brother of Socrates. I keep a blog of my book adventures, or you can find me on twitter, where I'm tempted by all those fun people to spend way too much time.

    Good to meet you all!

  215. Michael Malone on June 19, 2009 at 1:57 AM

    >Nice. A party. It's nearly 8am here in Scotland and I'm off to work shortly. Will join in later. Meantimes, don't be a stranger. Come visit my blog where I take an irreverent look at life and writing.

  216. Adam Heine on June 19, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    >There's something I've never liked about virtual food. Probably because it leaves no taste in my mouth.

    I'm a California native moved to Thailand to take care of Thai orphans. That's this blog.

    I also write some. Currently I'm working on a science fantasy novel about air pirates, seers, and a cowardly bookworm named Hagai. That's this blog.

    Then there's Twitter and Facebook where I try not to be boring.

  217. Jordan McCollum on June 19, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    >Woot! It's a party! Where do I put the dip?

    I've been blogging for a couple years, but I just recently started a blog about writing (um, duh?). This month I've been doing a series on creating sympathetic characters. Check me out:

    No seriously, check me out 😉 . I've got some fun stuff planned: games, series on dialogue and critiquing, contests—all kinds of fun stuff. (You can subscribe if you don't want to miss it!)

    Pass the soda!

  218. Marsha on June 19, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    >Cinnamon rolls! My favourite. Well, it's 7:24 am in London, England, so I've brought everyone some delicious, steaming coffee.

    More about my struggles with caffeine, chocolate… and writing at – it seems the system doesn't like my html; sorry you can't click through!

    Happy Friday everyone!

  219. Roxane B. Salonen on June 19, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    >Seems appropriate I'd follow you, Camille. That's my older sister's name and I've followed her most of my life, too.

    I'm at Peace Garden Mama

    (I hope I did that right.)

    From there, you can see my Twitter and Facebook links. "Peace Garden Mama" refers to my home state, North Dakota, and children's book, "P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet." My great-grandfather used to provide logs to the steamboats that came by on the Missouri River in Bismarck, ND. My other great-grandfather wrote a book, "Soldiers of the Plains," in 1926. I have five busy kids — whew! Not always peaceful, but I strive for that.

    Peace to all here! (word verification: proush…the sound that's made when you open a window?)

  220. Camille Cannon Eide on June 19, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    >Let's get this party started! I brought cinnamon rolls.

    Come on over to EXTREME KEYBOARDING

    Scroll down a little to 8 Random Facts About Me.

    (my word verification: hoglit. Perfect. My heroine rides a Harley.)