If I seemed a bit absent last week, it's because I was. It was my son's spring break and I was on vacation with him. The family had plans to go camping (in a tent) and partake in all sorts of outside activities, but mother nature had other ideas. Still, we kept busy, catching a couple of movies at the theater and doing other things to keep ourselves entertained. It was a good week. But the downside is that whenever I'm out of my normal routine things like reading blogs, responding to emails & blog comments, all fall to the wayside...so I'm sorry about that. I'll be playing catch up for a couple days.
One of the great things we did last week was a book campfire. No, we didn't burn books (shuddering at the thought). With my previous two manuscripts I sat down with my wife while I was still in the outling phase and hashed out various story idea's. It's a brainstorming concept I call a campfire and it really helps me solidify the story. My latest inspiration for a novel will probably fall into the YA genre, so this time I included a member of the target audience, my 13 year old son. The three of us spent a morning with me bouncing idea's off them and they in-turn adding their own suggestions. My son really got into it and gave me some dynamite plot twists. I'm really pumped to begin writing again while I'm waiting for the query process to play out for Fallen Knight. If you're curious about what my first venture into the YA market will be, you can read a pitch-premise I left in the comments on Dianne Salerni's blog.
On another note, have you noticed a lot of instability in the blogosphere lately due changes with Google Friend Connect, Blogger word verification, as well as other issues leaving comments? Even without all of that going on, I like to step back every now and then and take roll call. This is a perfect time with the A to Z Challenge kicking off Sunday, so I’m taking this day to ask everyone who visits my blog to leave a short and simple comment. Just a simple HI will do. That especially goes for the lurkers.
For some reason the term lurker has inherited a negative connotation, but in my book there’s nothing wrong with the practice. I do it quite often. Google Reader or any similar RSS reader makes a lot of us lurkers because in order to leave a comment it takes a few more clicks to get us to the point where we can do that, and sometimes that’s a few more clicks than we’re willing to devote. There are times when I’ll stop in and read a blog, but still not leave a comment. Usually it’s because I don’t have anything particularly relevant to add, or the topic just doesn’t interest me, but every now and then I’ll just be in a hurry and won’t have the time to write what I’d really like to. I tell myself I’ll circle back later when I have time and write the comment I really want to contribute, and most of the time I do, but sometimes good intentions are wasted. Whatever the reason…I’m lurking.
But today I’d like to get a better feel for how many of my followers actually do that…follow me. So if you could, a short comment would really be appreciated. It requires very little effort on your part, but means so much to me. J
Go ahead…sound off. Don’t be shy.
PS. Tomorrow will be the get to know your A to Z Challenge host for your truly. I'd consider it a favor it you stop over and keep me company. :)
I'm excited that you had a campfire session and that you've hashed out a YA idea. I'll hop over to read the premise. :)ReplyDelete
Tapping fingertips here impatiently, waiting for you jump into that YA project and start writing! :DReplyDelete
I'm loving your campfire idea. Best of luck with your YA manuscript!!ReplyDelete
Hi, DL! I try to comment when I can. I usually miss a lot of people's posts in the middle of the week. Since I post on Mondays, I spend that day reading and commenting, and the rest of the week writing my manuscript. Your campfire idea is great! Love it!ReplyDelete
Sorry the weather messed up your plans, but it sound like you had a wonderful time! Good luck catching up and preparing for the A to Z Challenge.ReplyDelete
Yes, sometimes I lurk, too. :)
Have a fantastic week!
Welcome to YA!!! Yeah!!! I think it is so awesome that you have such a supportive family who are willing to help you brainstorm! My husband tried, but ends up falling alseep on me (or at least pretends too) and my boys are 5 and under...Can't wait to hear how this drafting goes for you!ReplyDelete
No, I like the idea of a campfire session. Very cool. Not doing A-Z this year, but good luck, you guys! :o)
I'm here! But you knew that. :)ReplyDelete
Your premise sounds exciting (and scary) good luck with YA!ReplyDelete
And if I read, I comment. I figure if I've invested that much effort might as well go all the way.
Is this your way of saying you want more comments? ;)ReplyDelete
Tracy - here! :-) Sounds like a great week with your family and love that your son is helping you with your outline. I was gone as well so am with you in the catching up phase. We can do it!! Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Roll call...I'm here! I think the campfire idea is a cool one, but I don't think my hubby would be interested. Maybe I should bring smores...ReplyDelete
Helloooooo!! Follower here!!ReplyDelete
I love brainstorming (and had a good weekend doing just that). But around a campfire? That would require camping! No thank you!
Glad you had fun.
Love your campfire sessions! I might borrow the concept for my local writers group.
Good luck with A to Z this year!
I love that you bounced ideas off your son. Great idea. He will be so proud he helped you.ReplyDelete
I've been camping in Arkansas. Would never go in summer! Sorry you missed the one week of spring to do your camping.
Hi there! I recently switched to using Google Reader and it's made a lurker out of me. Like you, sometimes I don't comment, even when I've visited the site.ReplyDelete
It's great that you've got family around to bounce ideas off. My hubby thinks he's helping (bless him) but he keeps wanting me to change genre. The fact he's never read a completed MS means he doesn't really know what I write!
YES! Jump in the YA van, there's plenty of room and pizza! I can't wait to hear more about this idea and hopefully get to read some snippets one day. Feel free to invite me to a campfire if you ever need more opinions! I make a mean S'more.ReplyDelete
I'm here too! :)ReplyDelete
Love the campfire idea! None of family is too interested in romantic suspense so I don't think that one's going to work for me! :)
Sorry the weather didn't cooperate last week but I love your pitch! Sounds exciting!!!ReplyDelete
Lurk... Lurk... Lurk...ReplyDelete
LOL! DL, you are awesome. I love our blog. You're great! ;)
So you're venturing over to the dark side and writing a YA. All I have to say is.... YAY! I love YA. They're so much fun to write and read!! Good luck!!ReplyDelete
Blog comments are down all over, I think. I'd like to encourage people to turn off their word verification. Maybe everyone is gearing up for a word explosion in April.ReplyDelete
I like that campfire idea! I might have to give that a try sometime in the future.ReplyDelete
Hi-ya. I'm here, too. I'm sometimes a lurker, but if I don't have a worthwhile comment to add to the others, I'd rather read the post, and then move on.ReplyDelete
You can't got wrong when you bounce a YA idea off of the target audience. I mean, heck, that's who you're going to write for. Sounds like your son can be a helpful source for guiding authentic, YA voice as well.ReplyDelete
Good luck with this upcoming project :-)
Looks like everybody's going camping. Not only do I read the blogs, but I also read the comments. some real good tips found there too.ReplyDelete
2012 has been a real disorganized year for me so far, maybe I'll get it together. This A to Z thing has been worried.
I love the idea of the campfire session with your wife and son. I've done that before with my sister and niece, but they live in Dallas so it's not always convenient. I guess I'll have to make my own family start participating.ReplyDelete
Newbie blogger here, looking for inspiration for my nascent blog on creativity and joy. Apparently I'm starting at the right time, because the A-Z challenge sounds amazing -- hell, if I can do NaNoWriMo, I can do this too, right? Just found your blog through Amanda Trought over at http://realityarts-creativity.blogspot.com and am looking forward to being an avid follower. Love the campfire idea, too.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the querying process, and with the new book! Hope everything goes well. :)ReplyDelete
I love the concept of the campfire brainstorming. Seriously I need to do this with my current WIP. The first edit is kicking my butt.ReplyDelete
I signed up for A to Z a long time ago, but I'll be hanged if I can remember where. Gah!
Awww yay for excited and helpful thirteen-year-olds!!!ReplyDelete
Always good to live life a little, you know? it's what inspires our art. And, love the campfire concept!ReplyDelete
I love the idea of a book bonfire! What a great way to brainstorm. I've been having loads of issues leaving comments. Sigh.ReplyDelete
I rarely lurk. In fact I find it difficult to keep my mouth shut.
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Tossing It Out
Oh, YA, can't wait to get my hands on it. ;) Hope you had a great vacation. Glad to have you back.ReplyDelete
Present - all I could think about was roll call from school. I'm a new follower and playing along again this year on the A_Z challenge. Looking forward to your posts. I'm following :)ReplyDelete
Hey there--a YA idea! I need to go check out that premise on Dianne's blog!ReplyDelete
The camp fire thing sounds so sweet! What an endearing way of getting your family involved!ReplyDelete
I am a lurker because, often the writing dazzles me and leaves me without words or not my topic of interest and just plain lazy to type more words into the keyboard.ReplyDelete
Good luck with writing and co hosting for A-Z.
The one thing that's bugging me with Blogger is that I don't seem to be able to add the blogs I follow to the blog roll on the side of my page - there are at least 20 blogs I've followed (especially cos I like to reciprocate those who are kind enough to follow me) but I can't see any updates because I can't add them to the blogroll :-(
Actually, does anyone know if there's a limit to the number of blogs you can list in a blog roll?
I rely on it a lot - rarely, if ever, check in on Google Reader.
Love your campfire idea!
Oh, and the subscribe thing :-( It's gone from so many blogs... I won't even see the replies from here cos they don't come into my email anymore :-(ReplyDelete
Just touching base, my friend. Your site is always a good read, and interesting, as well ......ReplyDelete
Hi, just a comment from one of your friendly lurkers. I read you blog often and I comment as often as I can, but not nearly as often as I read. Sometimes I read on my phone while at work & I just don't have time to wait for the comments to load. I love your blog. I am a huge fan of mystery & suspense and I think your creation of the 'Write Club' was the work of a creative genius. Am I laying it on too thick? LOL. Seriously, I am a follower who enjoys your blog. It is one of the first blogs that I joined as a follower and that I read consistently.ReplyDelete
The campfire is a good idea. And I love the roll call idea too. I know I miss following people back when they sneak up and follow but don't comment.ReplyDelete
I do try to comment when I can, but most days when time is short I tend to do lots of lurking.
I like your campfire idea! I wrote one book for my sons age group and it was really fun going over ideas with him.ReplyDelete
Hi. Happy Lurking.ReplyDelete
I'm participating in A to Z too. It's my first time. Should be interesting!ReplyDelete
How cool that your son helped you with your YA idea. I wish I had a YA around to bounce ideas off of. Good luck with the project. :)ReplyDelete
I love that your family takes part in these campfires. What a great way to share a love of writing, especially with the kid.ReplyDelete
Hi, I just stopped by to say yay for A To Z Challenge 2012 you are hosting...I have to admit that sometimes I too am a lurker...but in a friendly way...blessings.ReplyDelete
cool ill await for your a-z hope you visit mine too here http://pa-ul.blogspot.com/2012/03/z-artists.htmlReplyDelete
Looking forward to your 'A' entry. I'm an A-Z 'virgin' so am both excited and nervous by the Challenge!ReplyDelete
I've noticed that 'instability' with a lot of 'Service Not Available' prompts when trying to clink on blogs from the A - Z sign up list, as well as just slower movement, generally.ReplyDelete
I try and leave comments that are longer than a few words and if I see a blog that has just a few followers, I always sign up. Some of us are shy and need the encouragement. This is a test: will you answer this comment?ReplyDelete