Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful Post #3, I Miss You Blogfest, and a Cover Reveal

Thankful Time: I'm thankful for this awesome blogfest I'm participating in today: I MISS YOU BLOGFEST. Thanks to: AndrewMatthew, and Alex for organizing this great blogfest.

I have to list three bloggers that I miss dearly, and list three bloggers that I would miss BIG TIME if they stopped blogging.

Three Blogs I Miss (All three blogs' links are still working!) And all three are non-writer blogs!

1) David Amulet: This intelligent and funny blogger started his blog right around the same time I did back in 2005. He had a great run, blogging for four years, but he quit in 2009. I was hoping he'd come back, but alas, he never did. Miss this blog!

2) P:fuzzbox: Another blogger that started the same time I did, but quit back in '08. His blog was dirty, raunchy, and could border on Rated X at times. But there was an underlying intelligence and a much appreciated sense of humor in his writing. I was sad to see him just suddenly stop.

3) JD (Jamie Dawn): I am fortunate that this blogger is still in my life (via Facebook). We started reading each other's blogs back in 2006. She quit, but I get updates from her all the time. Her daughter is a talented filmmaker now. JD's son is rockin' out with a fantastic rock group, Crown Jewel Defense, that has toured the UK. It's been cool to watch her kids grow up - from high school to superstars.

Three Blogs I WOULD Miss:

1) David Powers King: Not only is the man witty and funny, but his blog is full of all kinds of helpful and useful information for writers. His outlining method was KEY to my shedding the pantster persona and learning to get my stuff organized.

2) Michael Offutt: Smart, interesting, fascinating, and a real resource. That's how I would describe Mr. Offutt. We might differ in the politics and religious departments, but there's always mutual respect during our discussion. Check out his newest book, Occulus. I'm excited to read the sequel to Slipstream.

3) Alex Cavanaugh: One of the first new blogger buddies I "met" after I returned from a year long blogging hiatus. I'm honestly floored that this man has time to visit my little corner of the interwebs. His blog is just crammed with all kinds of announcements, kudos, and fun trivia. This Ninja Captain is a blog staple, and he founded the Insecure Writers  Alex is the author of CassaStar and CassaFire (which I still need to read).

Bonus: My LONGTIME Blogger Buddies. Going on EIGHT years with these guys. So glad these bloggers are still in my life after all this time.

1) Angel Jr.: This guy has been blogging for even longer than me. He started way back in May of 2004. He was the very first blogger buddy I got to meet - in a small airport in West Virginia. He even got my oldest son a gift. We have lots in common: we're both handsome Filipino boys and were nationally ranked tennis players.

2) Mr. Shife: I have had soda spew from my nostrils from this guy's writing. When we started reading each others' blogs, he was a newlywed. Now he's got TWO kids. He's a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, despite living in Idaho, and he decided to finally write a book!

3) Phats: Another tennis ninja. We were both teachers and both coached girls tennis teams, so we can relate. Phats is a big time Purdue Boilermakers fan, and he's pretty vocal about it. He's also an overall sports fanatic, and someday, we're going to have to go out onto a tennis court and hit around...oh, and I want to watch him do his infamous back flip.

4) The Weirdgirl: I remember when her son, Chance, was a little baby. Now, he's a rough and tumble big boy. It's so cool to watch my blogger friends' kids grow up. The Weirdgirl is just weird enough to be cool (not the kid of weird that makes you scratch your head). I thank her for introducing me to the word "STEAMPUNK."

5) Arch Phoenix: This blogger used to live right here in St. Louis, but she moved onward and westward to California. We still miss you here! This blogger might not blog as much as she used to, but I make it a point to visit her site on a regular basis. She's super creative and runs a company theater over there in Cali.

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Speaking of blogs, I want to introduce you to a "new" blogger friend of mine: Erin Danzer. Her book is about to come out, and I get to help reveal the cover of her new YA paranormal novel, Into the Spiral. Her cover is not finalized, but here's what her publisher, Hydra Publications, has so far:

Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

Author Bio:
Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. She writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Into the Spiral is Erin's debut novel. Erin resides in Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and their cat.

Twitter: @erindanzer


Erin said...

Thanks, Jason!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Jay! And that's cool you still have friends from your first blog. That says a lot about YOU!
Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

Brinda said...

That's neat that you put the 'bonus" list in there. :)

angel, jr. said...

Thanks for this little nudge. Matt Shife and Phats are also two that I communicate with beyond the blogosphere.

I hope all is well!!

Jay Noel said...

Erin: You're welcome!

Alex: Thanks for organizing it.

Brinda: Had to give love to my longtime friends.

Angel: I hope you get back to blogging.

Emily R. King said...

You picked some stellar blogging examples to miss!

farawayeyes said...

Wow, eight years with some blogger buddies. That is cool. Of course so are you.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've blogged for almost as long and there are some special people who've been with me a long time.

I think the bottom of the blogging universe would fall out if Alex quit.

Laura Eno said...

You've known some bloggers for a long time!

Erin's book has a cool blurb!

David P. King said...

Thanks, Jay! You've introduced to me a few blogs I haven't visited before, so I better get crack'en. And dude, I'd totally miss your blog as well. :)

Morgan said...

Totally agree with Michael, Alex, and DPK. They're all so awesome. As are YOU, Jay!

the weirdgirl said...

Hey Jay! Thanks for the shout out! I'm so glad you're still blogging, too. AND now you're introducing me to other writers' blogs. Also, isn't it weird that ArchPhoenix moved from your area to mine? We still haven't met in person but she's close. Small world!

I totally miss P fuzzbox too. :( Wish he'd pop back up again.

Jay Noel said...

Emily: Plus, I found you through them.

faraway: Thanks so much!

Diane: I agree. It would just crumble into a hopeless heap.

Laura: My blogging friends mean a lot to me. Erin's book is going to be great!

David: Thanks, man!

Morgan: You're so sweet. I appreciate it.

WG: Hopefully, you will return to blogging after your hiatus. P:fuzz was a nice change of blog-scenery. Miss the guy.

Sherry Ellis said...

That's nice that you acknowledged your long-time blogging buddies!

Melissa Bradley said...

How cool that you went beyond the parameters of the blog and gave a shout out to what sounds like some very cool and intriguing people. I will definitely have to check them out.

I love Michael and alex and would miss them if they ever stopped blogging.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Thank you sir! You are a gentleman and a scholar. And us having different views on politics and religion is good. I might bring to a discussion things that have been left off the table and vice versa. The same goes for our government. Dems need repubs to keep us from going too far left. The same is true of repubs. We'll keep you from going too far right.

Nancy Thompson said...

Alex is on my list, too. And Michael and David are awesome, as well.

M Pax said...

Congrats to Erin! Woot! Bloggyland is a wondrous place filled with great people.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm nowhere on the list? Wow. *sheds a tear*. Although, really, keeping track of them makes me sigh heavily.

I totally miss David Amulet & Fuzzbox's blogs too. Had total blog crushes on them. Can't lie.

Tamara said...

Hi Jay,

I'm a new follower and also a fan of chocolate chip cookies. I'm glad I found you through the bloghop.

cool blurb on the book and I like the cover!

Matthew MacNish said...

I knew we could count on you to pull some old school bloggers out of your bag of links. Thanks, Jay!

The Golden Eagle said...

I'd miss those three bloggers, too. They all post really interesting content.

Mr. Shife said...

Thanks Jay. You are awesome. I appreciate the kind words and glad to have you as a blogging buddy.

Anonymous said...

I do miss blogging and the fun I had keeping up with so many others in Blogdom. FB is a quicker way for me to dabble in the lives of others and leave a short note for others to dabble into my world. It has to do for now. Who knows? Maybe I shall return to the joys of blogging once again some day. Thanks for the honorable mention and for plugging my kids. Keep on writing! See you on FB. :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jay .. you've been blogging one long time .. does it take your mind off zeee girlees?! Love tennis though ... but see you selected dudes for would miss blogs - quite rightly!

Then your long term buddies - wonderful you've kept up with them and them with you ..

Good luck with your writing career - cheers Hilary

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Jay, great picks!

Ciara said...

I'd miss all those guys, too. You did notice you picked all men, right? :)
It's awesome that you still have friends from your first blog.

Cherie Reich said...

I love the swirl around the title of Into the Spiral. :)

And definitely some great bloggers we would miss if they left.

Ella said...

Nice to meet you and I love your bonus feature! This books sounds fab! Congrats Erin~

Milo James Fowler said...

Honestly, I don't know how Alex does it. He has clones, right? Glad you're still at it, Jay.

Julie Dao said...

Amen to Alex and David! I would miss their blogs a ton!

Phats said...

Thanks for the shout out :) Love that we have remained blog friends for so long and yes we need to hit sometime and I am still tumbling away haha.

It's funny of the three blogs that don't blog anymore I also read 2 of them

Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving!

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