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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Follow Friday Blog Hippity Hop

It's time again for the Follow Friday Blog (Hippity) Hop.This week's featured Author is Michelle Ferguson. I am going to begin with an apology, directed especially towards my new followers, that I have not updated my blog since last Friday. I have a good excuse though, I've been busy writing and editing in an effort to make  my weekly word count goals. I am editing the prologue and first few chapters with the goal of having them featured here on my blog by my turn to be the featured author in a few weeks. In addition to my full time job I've been busy around the house as well plotting and planning a chicken coop with my Hubby with the hopes of bringing home some baby chicks in time for Easter. Wish they had multicolored chicks around here like they did in Oklahoma. The purple and pink ones were so cute.... We have almost 2 acres so it is a shame not to engage in something farm related. We also celebrated my daughter's 6th Birthday. My husband, Mr. Betty Crocker, baked a 4 layer cake with homemade strawberry filling. 

Now, onward to the question of the week:

For Elizabeth Sharp, one of the most useful tools in her writing arsenal is Urban Dictionary. What is your most referred to website for your writing?

The answer to this depends on whether Google is a Website or a Search Engine. If it is a Website than I unequivocally and unoriginally select Google as the most referred to website for my writing. Why? It allows me to find the answer to everything quickly. Even if I have only the beginning of an idea it can pull answers together for me. Where else can I go to research famous European Plagues other than the Bubonic, French surnames,  the histories of blood letting and transfusions, the sites of Quebec City and whether Zinc Oxide can be delivered in a clear aerosol form. These are all topics I have Googled while writing SPF. Without the internet I shudder to think of how many books I would have checked out to answer these questions. 

If I had to pick something other than Google I would probably select Wikipedia which is where Google generally takes me, or on a lighter note Seventeen.com which helps me keep current on teen trends for my character development and is a lot cheaper than buying the magazines. It also saves me the trauma of having to carry it through the checkstand. It is so embarrassing I have to hide it under a box of tampons ;-)

Want to participate in the Follow Friday Blog Hop? Here are the rules:

The rules
  • 1)      Follow this blog.
  • 2)      Follow Elizabeth Sharp, the host of this hop
  • 3)      Follow the featured author of the week: Michelle Ferguson.
  • 4)      Go to Sharp words and copy the image code found there and paste it in your blog. Add your name to the link at the bottom of the post while you are there.
  • 5)      Copy and paste the rules in your blog, as well as this week’s question.
  • 6)      Answer the question
  • 7)      Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don't bite! This post serves as a perfect place for you to say hello!
  • 8)      If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
  • 9)      Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

Finally add your name to this list of wonderful blog authors by clicking the frog link at the bottom and adding your name and blog address. Make sure you actually answer the question and link to the hop. And please comment, we all like to hear someone out there is listening. 

Thanks for following!



  1. See, that's why I didn't pick Google because to me it's a way to FIND websites to me... Wikipedia was warring with Urban Dictionary for me....

  2. I have never visited Urban Dictionary. Did I just lose all credibility? :-)

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  4. Ah, we're all crazy busy--be sure to post some pictures of the baby chicks! I haven't visited Urban Dictionary either and I prefer bing to Google. I haven't posted much either and here's why: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/follow-friday-your-best-search.html
    Have a super week, y'all!

  5. Just hopping by. I'm in the same boat with Google and Wikipedia. But I also maintain a collection of dictionaries of various languages to add a different flavor to my writing.

  6. Ha! 'Hiding it under a box of tampons'.....that's great. Follow Friday led me to your blog page, M.G., and I am encouraged to see other writers working 'after hours' too. At least once a week I declare that I hate myself when the early a.m. alarm forces me from my bed after a particularly productive night ......It's a lovely/hateful feeling, pleasure over my writing success checked by the indignation my body feels at leaving the comforts of bed with only four hours of sleep. Hope you are more disciplined than I in making yourself put the pen down to head off to bed! Have a great week. ~ Nadja

  7. Wiki and google are my choices too.

  8. Wiki and google are my faves as well. Although I also use dictionary.com

    Thank God for the net! How did we ever get through life before?

    Keep writing! Darrell.