Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Are there days you have 15 things going on at once, but can’t help but think you’re forgetting something?

I think we all feel overwhelmed from time to time trying to keep everything going. We’re like the guy (or the ladies in the photo) that is spinning all the plates on sticks at one time. If we slow down the least little bit, one may fall.

I’m taking a bit of a breather today and slowing down to say thanks to Sia at Sia McKye’s Thoughts,,,OVER COFFEE for awarding me the Meat and Potatoes Award this past week. She explained that the award tells you that the blog content is more than fluff but offers some solid information. I'm honored that she feels this blog offers more than just fluff.

This is what Sia posted about the award and bloggers she pasted the

award on to: “This prestigious award goes to a particular group of wise and experienced bloggers who have proven themselves over the course of time, trials, and tribulations. If you’re looking to follow someone’s guidance for writing, publishing, promotion and thought provoking articles, then I suggest you look at this group.”

If you haven’t stopped by Sia’s site, please do so. She blogs three times a week and offers wonderful interviews, reviews and thoughts on the writing profession.

Now I’m to pass this on to five bloggers. There are so many wonderful blogs that I visit it’s hard to select. I’d like to pass this on to:
Margot at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...
Lynnette at Chatterbox Chit Chat
All the editors at The Blood-Red Pencil
The group at The Writing Bug
The ladies at Women of Mystery

Each one of these blogs provides thought provoking posts chalked full of informative, helpful and entertaining elements. If you don’t visit these blogs already, be sure to check them out. You won’t be disappointed. A special shout out to Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs who got this award started.

Now I have winners to announce. Congratulations goes to Christy H. of Utah and Julia H. of Minnesota for winning the two-book set of Patricia Batta’s books. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on Patricia’s post.

A quick reminder that tomorrow at 8 p.m. is the deadline for submitting a comment on Monday’s post for a chance to win a $60 gift certificate from Just finish the sentence and be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not included in your profile.

I have a line-up of great authors slated for the coming week. Be sure to drop by and say hi to each.

I'm trying a different font and size for this post. Please let me know if this is easier to read than what I was using.  This is Times Large. What I was using was Verdana normal. Which do you like?

Now, are your plates still spinning all at one time or have you broken half of them and decided to take a breather today too?


  1. Congrats on your award, Mason!

    I'm taking a breather today, too. Have a great weekend!

  2. Mason - Thanks so much for this lovely award! That's very, very kind of you. And congratulations, too - you very much deserve it.

    I have those "overwhelmed" days myself, so I know exactly what you're talking about. I hope you enjoy your break today.

  3. Congratulations on your Award,and the blogs you have passed it onto are extremely worthy ones too.

    I prefer the new font to the old one, but I have always been partial to Times New Roman so my liking it may not count for much.

  4. I always feel like I have 15 plates in the air and any one of them could fall at any time!

    Congratulations on your award!

  5. Well, you're doing great and congrats on the award. I will check out some of the unknown links.


  6. Congrats on the award and to the lucky winners! :)

    I like the new font - little easier to read.

  7. Congratulations on your award and to the others.

    The font is good either way. I have to use my glasses both ways. :)

  8. Ingrid, thanks and hope you enjoy your weekend.

    Margot, thanks and congratulations. Your blog always gets me to thinking.

    Rayna, thanks and your liking the Times font does count.

    Kathy, thanks and I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my plate twirling stage. :)

    Clarissa, thanks. I think you'll find all the links feature great blogs with informative post.

    Jemi, thanks. I think I like the new font too but then without my glasses I'm as blind as a bat.

    Teresa, thanks. I've noticed that even with my glasses sometimes the font looks like it's smaller than it was yesterday. :)

  9. Congrats on your Award! My plates are spinning this weekend as I'm immersed in a writing project that I'm trying to wrap up.

    And this font is easier to read, but both work for me.

    Happy Saturday :)

  10. Thanks for the award. People sure are getting creative with them. LOL Never expected to see meat and potatoes as an award. Great idea though.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Lynnette Labelle

  11. Congrats on the award, Mason, and to those you've given it to! Great work.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

  12. I'm new to your site, but I like this font size. Easy to read.

  13. Overwhelmed? Yes, I think I am. June is our exam period so I certainly recognize the feeling of juggling and worrying if I have remembered everything.

    But in a week it is all over and the summer holidays begin!

  14. Joanne, thanks and good luck on your writing project. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Lynnette, congratulations. I'm constantly amazed at the awards that bloggers come up with. Hope your weekend goes well too.

    Talli, thanks and hope you're having a great weekend.

    Alex, welcome and hope you drop by again. I think the new font size is here to stay (unless blogger takes it away).

    Dorte, having exams would make for a very crazy time for me. Hope that the week isn't too crazy and you have a great summer.

  15. Just came to your blog. The Times Large is certainly easier to read.

  16. Mystica, thanks for dropping by. Hope you stop by often. I think the Times Large will work much better and as you said, it is easier to read.

  17. My permanent state is hoping I've only missed or forgotten optional, not essential, things. Even a steady 95% success rate can lead to embarrassing, frustrating slip ups. However, every time I whittle my schedule down (too much?) I just start filling it up again.

    Thanks so much for the kind, and delicious-looking award. It's a thrill to be considered substantive- I better go put on my glasses so I look smarter! Is there a template so we can put glasses on the whole blog? : )

  18. Hi Mason .. thanks for the introduction to these bloggers who offer value on their sites.

    Have a relaxing day today - and I prefer the Times Large .. Hilary

  19. Congratulations on your award--I'm sorry I haven't been around lately. (And it will get worse before it gets better--we'll be traveling and entirely or nearly entirely incommunicado for almost a month.)

    I'm so excited to have won another book--YAY!

    I really loved Sabrina Jeffries book, which I recently finished. THANKS for this and all the others. And your fun blog that makes it all possible.

  20. Confratulations on your award, Mason!

    The bigger font is much more readable. :-)

    - Corra

    The Victorian Heroine


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