Summer is the big season for writers conferences, and while those classes are certainly useful for those who pay attention, everyone knows the real action takes place in the bar. Why wait?

Could anything possibly be classier?

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FIRELANDS Apocalypse Reader/Blogger Challenge Entries for this week:

What would you write for your last blog post? Jules has some hysterical ideas, along with a lively discussion over at her site. If This Were My Last Blog Post

Grab Your Tac Bag, Machete, and . . . Cat? by Sonia Medeiros. What sort of animal would you want with you in a post-apocalyptic world?


Blogs with Links:

Writing Resources 20 June 2013 by Gene Lempp. Gene has the best mashups in the blogosphere. Thanks for the feature, Gene!

Smplefy has been a joy to me this week, tweeting as he reads FIRELANDS. It’s almost like getting to read over his shoulder and watch his reactions. Very cool! He’s got them compiled along with the bittersweet memories from his First Week of the Summer of 2013. 

You can enter until midnight on July 18, 2013. Bloggers enter by posting about apocalypse and linking up. Readers enter by signing up for our mailing list at Bayard & Holmes Newsletter, or by leaving quotes, pics, or reviews. Great prizes! Check out the details at FIRELANDS Apocalypse Reader/Blogger Challenge.

FIRELANDS  is available for purchase from Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle and in e-book at Barnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes for iPad and mobile devices.

Thank you to the participants thus far, and we’re only getting warmed up!

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

image by Emily Cannell

image by Emily Cannell

Apparently, the Japanese have a gift for napping. Great photos from my favorite ex-pat, Emily Cannell at Hey from Japan. You Know You’re In Japan When . . .

Via the awesome Best Selling Author Les Edgerton, Stephen King’s 20 Quotes on Writing.

As a former Native American Law scholar, I found this case particularly interesting. Supreme Court Rules for Couple Over Baby Girl’s Adoption. The father, technically a Cherokee, is only 3/256th Cherokee. This is not the dream case for natives, for sure. I have to wonder if that ridiculously slim connection didn’t influence the decision.

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Starving sea lion pups are washing up on California beaches in record numbers, but Elizabeth Fais tells us how we can help. She will donate $1 to feeding these babies for every tweet linking back to her blog with the hashtag #fish4pups. Sea Lion Pup Crisis ~ Twitter Challenge

Darlene Steelman bravely takes on the challenges of Recovery at her site, Sober Living – Life at Full Throttle. Relapse – A Painful Truth

Super Blogger Susie Lindau is recovering from her breast cancer surgery and doing great. She made a list of all the bloggers who have supported her through this time with their posts. Pop on by and get an update on Susie, and be sure to follow these super supportive friends. The Boob Report – Bosom Boosting Buddies

Devious Maids

Tiffany A. White, our Blogosphere TV Maven, gives us the report on Devious Maids. Devious Maids, Devilishly Fun

Health Alert! Jenny Hansen shares 5 Lifesaving Things to Know about Blood Clots and 5 Simple Behaviors that Help Prevent Blood Clots. They’re more common than you might know.

He Did It! Daredevil Nik Wallenda Wire Walks Across the Grand Canyon. For reals.

This one is for the Iron Man fans . . . How Iron Man 3 Should Have Ended.

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All the best to all of you for a week of finding appropriate underpinnings.

Piper Bayard