A Post With Prizes!

So, I’m a bit new to the blogging scene.  It’s a little intimidating, to be honest, and if we were at a real party, I’d probably be hanging out by the buffet or helping out in the kitchen, trying to distract myself from a bad case of nerves by eating chocolate cupcakes or offering to wash the dishes.

But, this is a virtual party,  and while virtual cupcakes have no calories, they also have no taste. (Up side — did I mention no calories?  And no dirty dishes.)  I still have something real to celebrate, though  — a brand spanking new website coming in four weeks, followed by my debut novel Evenfall in February.

So how about some virtual distractions, followed by real prizes?  Here’s how it works.  Once a week, for the next four weeks, I’ll ask you a question.  Answer in the comments, and I’ll randomly choose one winner for that week’s prize.  (Prizes will be book related — not cupcake related.)

Small children and dog not included in prize package unless it has been a particularly trying day.

This week’s question — what’s your favorite website or blog?  My favorites are over on the right, under the heading “People I Read Who Don’t Post Enough.*” Check them out, let me know what you think, and let me know what your favorite sites are — which ones do you visit every day?

*These blogs do not reflect the opinions of the management. Except, damn it, they do.
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Liz Michalski


  1. Jan O'Hara of Tartitude on October 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Well, hello. It still said password protected, but I found the comment box this time, LOL.

    Anyway, welcome to the blogosphere! I hope you come to enjoy your blog as much as I have mine. (And thank you for putting my in your blogroll. I’m honored.) I’m looking forward to getting my grubby hands on your book, whether it comes with or without children and pup.

    As to your question, you have two of my must-reads: Joshilyn Jackson and Writer Unboxed. I’d also recommend Argh Ink, website of Jennifer Crusie; and this one: Author Online Editor’s Blog The latter discovery I made through Donna Cummings who is a bad, evil woman.*

    *On principle; nothing specific at the mo, though I’m sure that will change after she reads this reply.

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much Jan for all your help. You are awesome!

  2. Deborah Gray on October 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Congratulations on your debut. It’s a great start.

    I wish I had more time to read blogs! The only blog I check in on with any regularity (if you can even call it that) is Tartitude, and occasionally WU, both of which I heartily recommend. I do check in on my friend’s blog once in a while too, sandiegomomma.com, because she really lets it all hang out, she’s very funny and vulnerable, and it’s a wonderful way to keep up to date on her doings.

    One of these days I will join the blogging world. Perhaps when Jan holds my hand. Ha.

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Deb. I need to let go of Jan’s hand first before you can grab it! 🙂 I’m holding on for dear life!

  3. Christine Greeley on October 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    This blog looks good– so good in fact it is now my favorite blog! Honestly, I don’t stray too far from Facebook or my 3 e-mail accounts long enough to read many blogs, so yours, my dear, will be my one and only and favorit-est! AND I am looking forward to your novel’s debut. I feel like I know it so well already wink wink. Do I get a prize?

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      Hee — you are too funny. It’s a RANDOM contest, otherwise you’d definitely win. I’ll post the winner early next week.

      • Christine Greeley on October 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

        RANDOM??? There is too much randomness in the Universe. “Random” is overrated. But okay, I’ll put on my “patience” hat and wait it out. (please be me, oh pleazzzzzzzze pleeeeeeze….) ha ha ha

  4. Heather McConley on October 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I too love the blog post! 🙂 YAY LIZ! And I’m also looking forward to your book with bated breath. 🙂

    Personally, my favorite blog is http://www.mom2my6pack.blogspot.com/ Dawn has a fantastic sense of humor and writes mostly about mommyhood. Love the ebay story, love the Adventures in Grocery Shopping. Have fun!!

    (Hugs) from Heather

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Heather!!

  5. Julie Wu on October 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Ooohh! Gorgeous book!!!! Congratulations on your blog’s debut. You’re a natural . . .

    My husband calls me a Backspace junkie, so I guess that must be my favorite website.

    Very excited for you!

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Julie. Good luck to you….And thanks for the Backspace reminder — I’ll have to add it.

  6. Timothy Power on October 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    You mean OTHER than Absolute Write? 🙂

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      Whoops. Thanks for the reminder, Tim! BTW, I ordered your book — I can’t wait to read it!

  7. Green Lantern on October 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats, Elizabeth!! Sister Alberta would be proud!! Favorite blogs (you know this already):

    Michael Graham’s The Natural Truth http://michaelgraham.com/
    Michelle Malkin http://michellemalkin.com/
    Heterosexual pornography

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Annnnd there’s one in every crowd….

  8. Leslie Peterson on October 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Yeaaa!! Congratulations! Your blog is finally here!!! And yours my friend is my one and only all time favorite blog!! Having said that, I must admit that I have never blogged before but Liz, you are opening new doors for me! Have fun! Leslie

    • liz on October 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, Leslie!

  9. Green Lantern on October 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    And I forgot the LIZ MICHALSKI blog that will be frequented by the lowly libertarian that I am: http://lizmichalski.wordpress.com/

  10. Other Lisa on October 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations, Liz!!!!

    Favorite blog…uhmmm….do I have one now? I read a lot of stuff but I mostly skip around according to topics that come up in things like my various Twitter feeds and Google alerts. So I’m not sure that I have one at this point.

    Though when I’m in a bad mood, I like to go to zooborns.com! The cute factor is pretty much off the charts.

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      My daughter love zooborns …thanks for visiting, Lisa!

  11. Mr. Jeff & Ms. Merc on October 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Good luck with everything. We are so very proud. We already have books on order, but as we know, I, Mr. Jeff will be holding out for the cupcakes and a pillow. Book related prizes will not cut it. I believe the next book should be geared more towards “The Old Man and The Sea” or Jeff’s Life.

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      Aren’t those two things the same? 🙂 And I’ll always have cupcakes for you Jeff! (Merc will have to bring the pillow.)

  12. Linda on October 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Um, I do not read any blogs regularly, nor do I do Facebook, MySpace, whatever. Too afraid I will run into one of my students out there in cyberspace. I took a look at your fav blogs Liz, and I liked the first one and the last one. Am I still in the running for a prize?

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

      I know exactly what you mean, Linda. And yep, you are in the running! Book giveaway is Wednesday!

  13. Alex Foltz on October 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    As you already know…..I’ve begun the bragging process telling everyone I know my friend Miss Liz is a famous author! And yes, it’s true, I will stock stacks of your autographed books as gifts!
    My favorite blog is my dear friend Lisabeth Paradise http://fiveacrehouse.blogspot.com/
    She is an amazing photographer, writer, artist and all around cool cat.
    My favorite website, again you know me well…….Anthropologie, or anyplace I can virtually shop till I drop!
    much love and luck! Miss Alex

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      I love that blog, Alex — the photos are awesome! (I need to do some nonvirtual shopping soon…….)

  14. Michelle Fox on October 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Congrats on this! Very nice!!!! I’m afraid that this is my first blog read, so I don’t have any recommendations. Was I the last person out there not reading these???? Now that I look around they are everywhere. As my kids frequently tell me, I’m still living “back in the day”. Well I promise to follow this one. I can’t wait to see their faces when they realize that I’m not living in some parallel universe.

    I look forward to a great read in February. Really, I can just picture it, snow falling gently outside, sweatpants, and a mug a hot chocolate in hand.

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Hmm…I think I’ll be busy in Feb. still trying to beat you at Moxie!

  15. Sandy O on October 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    This site has saved me more than once for dinner party menus. Good luck with the blog.

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks, Sandy. I love epicurious and I miss Gourmet magazine. Nothing else can take its place….

  16. Calum on October 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Liz!
    Well done with your blog, I like it. I am fairly new at blogging as well but if you keep at it, blogging soon becomes second nature. If you get the chance feel free to visit my literary blog at: http://www.thesecretwriterblog.blogspot.com
    I joined as a member of Book Blogs. You will find loads of advice and bloggers there. Have a great day! (hope this post counts me in for your giveaway!;-)

    • liz on October 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Calum,
      I looked at your blog just now and really enjoyed the interview! I just missed going to the Bon Jovi concert mentioned…how funny is that! Couldn’t post bc I don’t have a google account yet, but will definitely keep reading!

  17. Kate on October 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Ahh not sure I should admit this… but I’m not sure I know what a blog is? I just figured out texting. This is a big step.
    I really liked your email about hyperventilating. Pretty funny. I can’t wait to read more.
    Oh yeah, yours is my favorite.

  18. Miz S on October 4, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Wow, 33 commenters on your first post! And your taste in blogs is impeccable.

    Also, I think it is fantastic that your novel is being published. Here’s to brisk sales and lots of buzz.

  19. Barb on October 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hey Liz,
    You’ve finally done it! The blog looks awesome, and I’ve already bookmarked it as a favorite. My former (ahem..) favorite blog is Soulemama, inspiring me to be the mom I want to be. I’ve already preordered your book, but how about posting some excerpts to whet our appetites and tide us over till February. Congrats!

  20. Green Lantern on October 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    OK, here you go. Hope you’re not looking for depth. Favorites: The Harry Potter Books and anything by David Feherty as there’s genuine genius in his intentional stupidity.

    • liz on October 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      I love HP too, and I’m so glad Rowling hasn’t completely ruled out doing more!

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