Saturday, January 3, 2009
My grandmother was known for her fantastic baking - pies, cookies, cakes. She'd serve them right after dinner, which is when my grandfather ("Granpa Great," my kids call him) still likes to have dessert. But without fail, when everyone was served, she'd sit at her place at the head of the table with only coffee. When we asked if she was going to have some of the fabulous desserts, she'd say, "well, maybe just a smidge," and cut herself a thin slice of whatever.
So, here are a few of the smidges I've found around the blogosphere:
Despite the fact that Jason Evans announced his latest Clarity of Night contest 'Ascension' a week before its opening, I still do not have an entry. I don't know if it's the fact that about 3 novels popped into my head over the holidays, or if I'm just too intimidated by Sarah's winning entry last time, or if I have just had too many chocolate martinis over the last couple of days. I'm using this contest to kick off my 2009 Writer's Challenge (stay tuned!).
Tamora Pierce accepted my friend request on Goodreads! Seriously, people, I went my whole life with Robin McKinley at the head of my pantheon of Writer Gods. Then, last year, I discovered Tamora and - bam! Robin had competition for Queen Goddess. If you're a first-time author (cough, cough, Cindy, Ell, etc) it seems to be a good idea to join Goodreads as an author - you get a special "Goodreads Author" badge and fans flock to you. There are also contests to win ARCs and other books. I'm no publicist, but I think it's a pretty quick and easy means of promotion.
Ello has moved her personal blog, so be sure to go give her some "Follower" love. She also revealed a little-known picture of me:
Even though I did very little to help out, I appreciate the sentiment. (And the waist.)
In Other News:
The 2008 Cybils finalists have been revealed, Cindy arrived home to find her ARC (yay!), Whirl is anticipating his 100th post, Moonie's quashing ovewriters, and one of my dearest friends welcomes her New Year's baby - happy birthday, Meg!!!