Friday, October 14, 2011

Pay It Forward Blogfest

Matthew McNish and Alex Cavanaugh (the King of Blogfests) are partying Pay It Forward style today. Click on their names to find almost 200 links to those participating. I'm looking forward to checking out some cool new blogs today.




So, which blogs do I want you to check out?


First, I want to give props a few rock star blogs that you probably know. If you don't, click and follow.


Elana Johnson - Informative, friendly posts. Elana is so generous with her time, and she is the Query Queen. And the author of Possession.

Literary Rambles - Major resource of agent info thanks to Casey and Natalie.


Here are some blogs you may or may not be following but absolutely should! Seriously. Follow them. Or I'll scream Motley Crue songs in your ear until you do.



1. CAROLINA VALDEZ MILLER - I have never read more exquisite book reviews than at her blog. She could sell a book about a wombat/laundry basket/Jared Leto love triangle with her perfectly worded, vivid reviews. She is very generous with book giveaways. And she's fun! She was my concert buddy to a 30 Seconds to Mars Blood Ball. Did you hear she's going to Haiti soon? What a woman!


2. CHRIS PHILLIPS - Funniest guy in the blogosphere. He makes me laugh every time. Unless he's making me tear up with his poetry. The man has talent, yo.


3. THE PRACTICE ROOM - Tina and crew set up times each week day to write and then reconvene in a chat room to discuss your writing progress or whatever else is on your mind. This is a great motivator, and also a great resource for moral support! (And of course some laughs are interspersed in between the encouraging words!)



Special Bonus Recommendation:

Author ADAM REX.


Did you know this talented artist had a blog? Adam shares sneak peeks of his illustrations or random photos of pigeons on his porch or even pictures of himself in a dress. Did you know he was my all time favorite author? The man writes picture books, poetry, middle grade AND young adult. And he's an extremely talented illustrator. And quite witty. So check it out. And tell him his number one fangirl, Kelly, sent you.

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Lastly (shameless plug alert), check out my new blog Book Recs of the Rock & Famous! This week I have an alternative rocker and a funny lady sharing their current reads! Thanks, and have a most excellent weekend!

45 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for including Literary Rambles as one of your recommendations. I love Carolina & Elana's blogs but haven't heard of Chris.

Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks so much for taking part in our blogfest, Kelly! You're featuring the best blogs ever written.

julie fedderson said...

Jared Leto and a wombat? That's a book I must see in print. Great list, can't wait to check them out! Have a good weekend, lady!

Tony Van Helsing said...

Thanks for the tips, I enjoyed Adam Rex's, illustrations on blogs are a nice change.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I adore Literary Rambles and Elana J! And Carolina! The others, I'm about to meet. :-)

Jonathon Arntson said...

Good call on TPR!

Angela Ackerman said...

Very awesome choices, Kelly! But then you are practically exploding with awesome, so of course I am not surprised. :) Have a great weekend!!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Susan Oloier said...

No Motley Crue, please! Elana, Carolina, and Literary Rambles are terrific.

LTM said...

Yay! Super choices, and wow. I love Adam's illustrations! Thanks, K~

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I know almost everyone on your list, Kelly. :) What a great group. Now I'm off to check out the two I don't know.

salarsenッ said...

You've picked some fabulous bloggers!! Thanks for sharing them. I know them all. :)

Kelly Polark said...

Natalie - Visit Chris, too! He amuses me.
Matthew - Sorry I just realized I spelled your last name wrong. I wouldn't have it was still Rush! :)
Julie - Thanks and enjoy the weekend!!!
Tony - Yes, and he's so very talented!
Shannon- Thank you for checking them out!
Jon - Now I need to check in with TPR more!
Thank you, Angela! I should have put your blog in the rock star category! I really should have!!
Susan - All right, all right, I won't sing the Crue in your ear..
LTM - They are awesome.
Sharon - Thanks for checking the others out!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Great recommendations, though Motley Crue in my ear wouldn't be such a bad thing :)

Pat Hatt said...

Will check out your picks, as I go on blog hopping away. Nice blog you have as well!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chris and Carolina are both awesome! And now I'm the King of Blogfests. Cool! Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

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Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh, some of these are new to me. Thanks, Kelly.

Christina Lee said...

A wombat *snort*!!! NICE RECS and I agree with most (but must rush off to follow the others)

Laura Pauling said...

Great picks, Kelly! I think we run in the same circles! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Awesome list, Kelly. I haven't visited Carol's blog in a while. Ooops!

Kim Kasch said...

Oh I'll be popping around the blogosphere this weekend :) thanks for the links

Bish Denham said...

Okay, I'll have to go check these out!

Michael G-G said...

Great blog recommendations, and your blog rocks, too!

Stephen Tremp said...

Some newbies I will definitely check out. Looks like Frankie has the late night munchies.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You're such a kind soul, Kelly. Thank you for such a sweet mention. So unexpected! I'm truly flattered. Hopefully one of these days I'll get back to blogging more than just reviews! Ha!

I wish I'd been able to participate in this blogfest. A brilliant idea!

Suzanne Casamento said...

This Pay it Forward blogfest is great! Bish did it too. So now I have lots of cool new blogs to check out. Thanks!

Kate Larkindale said...

Wow! Apart from your rock-star ones, I've never been to any of these. Will have to check them out!

Rena said...

I love the Frankenstein picture. The boys and I are reading an abridged version of that in school right now.

Jeremy Bates said...

i missed the pay it forward hop, so coming fashionably late to say hello! nice to meet you kelly :)

Amie Kaufman said...

Love your recs! I agree, Carol writes the best reviews in the blogosphere, hands down. I'm off to check out the others, since they're in such good company!

cleemckenzie said...

Great list of recommendations! And I promise to follow those blogs. Please no Motley Crue music!

Missed Periods said...

I want to follow those blogs, but I also want you to scream Motley Crue lyrics into my ear. I'm torn.

MG Higgins said...

Thanks for the cool recs! I'm going to check them out right now.

C.R. Evers said...

I've been so bad with getting around to blogs. I didn't even know about the pay it forward thing until today.

those look like great blogs! I'll have to check them out.

Theresa Milstein said...

I agree with you on Elana and Carolina - worthy choices.

I'm going to take a look at the other blogs now.

Lydia Kang said...

So glad Chris made it onto one of these lists. Great choices!

Lola Sharp said...

Oh, mans, what a great blog-fest concept, by two great guys I adore. Sorry I missed it. I've just been so darn busy.
I love your choices!

Huggles,
Lola

Murugi Njehia said...

Hi kelly, stopping by from the blog hop. Glad to have discovered your blog, it's really cool! I am a new follower!On twitter too..:)

Eve.E said...

Hi there,
Hope you are well. I'm just hopping around as many blogs as i can from the blog fest. Great blog :) I will try and stop by as much as I can. So many blogs on the list phew!!! you have a new follower.
Eve. :)

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Great post Kelly and I love so many of these blogs. You've got good taste:)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Thanks for talking TPR. I missed it until now. It truly does make the writers' office feel a little more populated. Thanks for writing with us, Kelly. It's always a hoot when you're there.

All those blogs on your list are fantastic. The only one I don't know well is Chris Phillips. Going to check now...

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I LOVE Adam Rex, and this book is one of my absolute favorites.

Heading over to check out the blogs you recommended. Glad I found your blog.

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! :)

Christina Farley said...

Great blog links! I love finding new blogs to check out.

Elana Johnson said...

I AM A FAILURE AT ALL THINGS.

Thank you for mentioning me! I really need an email when these things happen. I'm so going to let Matt have a piece of my mind... Ha! Just kidding. Sort of.