I’ve added a few things to my blog and am hoping those who stop by will let me know what think of them - should they stay or should they go (talking about the new additions).
First let me say I’ve added a Christmas play list (on the right) to help me get into the spirit of Christmas. The volume on the play list is a little loud, but I wasn’t able to lower it so I place it at the top of the column so visitors to the blog can either turn it off or lower the sound to suit their mood.
I’ve selected a few old favorites to entertain you while you read. I hope you enjoy, if not let me know. The majority will rule either way.
Next, I received an award (my first and quite unexpected) Tuesday from fellow blogger Michele Emrath at http://www.southerncitymysteries.blogspot.com
In listing the award on her site she wrote, “beautifully formatted and chock-full of yummy links” describing this blog. Thank you Michele for such kind words and the award. You can click the play list off and just enjoy soaking up the pictures and words, like we discussed.
I’ve also added a button for ReBooWee which is a topic I will get into on Monday. This is a challenge from fellow blogger Patricia Stoltey at http://www.patriciastoltey.blogspot.com that I’m going to try to attempt. She recommended this challenge in her Tuesday, Dec. 1, post. Check it out and join.
In addition, I’ve still got the various book giveaway deadlines posted and tomorrow I hope to include a section telling what is needed to enter the contest. Thought that might be handy for any new dropping by that hadn’t seen the earlier post.
Another new button is “I’m Buying Books for the Holidays 2009.” This is an attempt to help promote books. They make wonderful gifts, especially at Christmas.
There is also a button for “Animal Rescue Site” where you click daily to help animal shelters. This click (like the one for Breast Cancer Awareness) is free and only take a few seconds. In fact, when you click on one, if you look at the top of the page there will be tabs for several other causes. This came as a reminder from fellow blogger Carol Kilgore at http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com
With these new additions, I hope I’m not cluttering the blog down too much. These are just items I want to share. But at the same time, I don’t want to over do it either.
I know a number of these items will soon come off (the giveaways) and then there won’t be as much.
I’ve read books where the author has tried to organize the chaos, but it still read like clutter. Have you ever read a book where the author put far too many tiny, tiny details into the storyline that weren’t needed to make the plot flow smooth?
Or have you read a book where the author has way too many characters in the story and they have no bearing on the plot whatsoever?
After a half dozen or so of these type characters show up, you being to wonder if the author is just trying to reach a certain word count. Don’t get me wrong, I love a few extra character thrown into the mix, just to tip you off balance when you’re trying to figure out who the killer is.
As a reader do you prefer organized chaos or clutter when it comes to characters and details in a mystery? As a writer how do you balance between organized chaos and clutter and at the same time give the readers enough details?