Monday, September 23, 2013

Follow Fest: Hello, World!

NOTE: Eeeek! A post that's not on a Wednesday! I know, I know, what is the world coming to?? Well, I'm being adventurous. Which is to say that I'm doing something thoroughly normal, and participating in Follow Fest 2013, in order to introduce this little blog to the World Wide Web. That's right, the ENTIRE INTERNET. It's a big day. I'll be back on Wednesday with a regular post, as per usual.

Name: Liz Blocker

Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction! Someday I may leap into the world of the real, but right now, I'm much better at making things up.

What genres do you write? Literary fiction, mostly (although I'm not a fan of the name of that genre). I love and read many genres, but I write straight fiction with a good amount of magical realism dabbed in, and more than a few touches of the fantastic. I also write plays, and, someday, screenplays.

Are you published? I'm working on it. Stay tuned!

Do you do anything in addition to writing? Oh gracious me, no. I have no day job and can therefore devote myself entirely to writing. HA! Or not. I'm a massage therapist, and a devoted-but-not-very-good runner, a reader for sure, and an editor for my friends.

Where can people connect with you?

  • Here! On the blog. lizblocker.blogspot.com. There are follow buttons for blogluvin, email, and RSS feeds on the left-hand side of the page, under the header photo. 
  • Twitter: Come find me @lizblocker. There are also follow buttons under the header on the left, and at the very top right. 
  • Google+. And of course there are follow buttons in the same places as above. 

Thanks for stopping by!! I post here every Wednesday. On the first Wednesday of the month, I have a good old IWSG post. I'm open to guest posts, releases, cover reveals, etc. Message me on Twitter, and we'll chat..

Oh, and leave a comment! I love comments.

76 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating!

    You went way out of your comfort zone to post on a Monday. :P Now I can thoroughly stalk you. :)

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    1. Haha, yes. MONDAY! It was tough, but worth it ;) Thanks for hosting!!

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  2. Super cool. Nice to meet you, and I'm surprised we haven't bumped into each other before--or maybe we have and mommy brain has erased it from my history. *sigh* Ah the perks of growing up.

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    1. Hi Crystal, nope, I don't think we have - but your name is really familiar to me. So maybe we both just blanked out? Either way, nice to meet you. Again. Or for the first time ;)

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  3. A runner and a massage therapist- you sound like someone I need to know!

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    1. If only massages could be virtual...! Nice to meet you, too! Thanks for coming by.

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  4. Hi Liz! I've been to your blog before but it's good to be back via Follow Fest! I'll go and find you other places online. Hope to see you around! By the way, "straight fiction with a good amount of magical realism dabbed in" sounds like my kind of story:)

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    1. Welcome back!! I'll be around more now that I actually follow the blogs I like. Ooops... :) And thanks - it's the kind of story I love to read, too!

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  5. Day jobs... We'd probably get a lot more writing done without them. But then we'd probably starve, too. Following you on Twitter!

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    1. I know, right? Silly basic human needs. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Hi Liz! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I envy your full-time writer status. You WILL be published soon. Best wishes, Liz.

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    1. Oh no... that was just me being overly sarcastic! I would envy my full-time status, too, if I had it! Thanks for the good wishes!

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  7. Heya! Just dropping in for Follow Fest. ^_^

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  8. Really pleased to meet you :)

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    1. You, too! I'm off to read your blog now.

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  9. Nice to "meet" you! I'm a runner, too. Good luck with your writing!

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    1. You, too! It's amazing how many writers are runners, too. Guess there really is something to be said for that meditative state that happens on a long run!

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  10. Well Liz,

    Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing. We writers need to live outside of our comfort zones to make sure we pen it all down for those too frightened to ever do so. Adventurous is a trait we need to have, so you're doing just fine!

    I believe I follow you in all the venues we share. :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  11. I'm a runner too (mostly trail running) ! Though not a very good one, but I enjoy it. Great to meet you, Liz!

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    1. Me neither, but enjoyment is the big thing, right? I would absolutely be a trail runner if I didn't live in the city. Nice to meet you, too!

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  12. Great to meet you, Liz. I also don't especially like the category "literary fiction," because the meaning seems to be constantly in flux. I tend to think of it as fiction that's thematically complex and is general audience (unlike, for example, romance, which often is unappealing to men or techno-thriller, which isn't as popular with women). But to others, "literary" means realistic fiction about muddled people talking and feeling and not doing much of anything, usually with unresolved or sad endings.

    I definitely think magical realism should fit within literary--its a great way to create complex themes (and have an actual plot!)

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    1. Thanks, Laurel. I totally agree. It's such a broad 'genre', and seems to imply that others genres aren't literary. And magical realism doesn't show up on most genre lists, so I say you're right, and we should just include it in literary fiction!

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  13. Hi there!! So great to meet you. What a fun blog fest. :)

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  14. It's great to meet you, Liz. I've written screenplays a number of year ago. It's such a great way to achieve economy of words, and it's great fun!
    I do so like literary fiction!

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    1. That was the hardest thing for me when I switched from playwrighting to fiction: forgetting about word economy. I was so used to choosing every single word with care; I couldn't believe how many I suddenly got to use! Now, of course, I use way too many. It's probably time to get back to screenplays, and back to that economy!

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  15. Hi!
    So, if I need a massage to relax, can I call you? lol

    Nice to meet you! :)

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    1. Just as soon as I figure out how to give virtual massages! ;)

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  16. "I'm a devoted but not-very-good runner..." You just summed me up as a runner, too! LOL

    Really nice to meet you (again) Liz. I'm looking forward to following your writing journey! ~EJ

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    1. Thanks, E.J.! It's amazing how many of us are runners. I think it's kind of great, actually. I'm glad you came by!

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  17. Nice to meet you too, Liz. You sounds like a fun kind of girl. I'll be following you on the journey.

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  18. Looking forward to following your writing journey! I'm interested in the screenplay genre too.

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  19. Hey Liz, welcome to the bloggosphere! I hope you have a great time in our awesome writing community. :-)

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    1. It's pretty awesome so far! Thanks for the welcome, and for coming by :)

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  20. I'm not a very good runner either. And I'm definitely not devoted.

    Best of luck with your writing!

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    1. Haha, I wish I could say they go hand-in-hand, but unfortunately, devotion doesn't make me any better at running.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I'm so glad to meet you thought this fest, Liz! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier in the week - I am looking forward to following you here and connecting elsewhere. :)

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  22. Cool! So nice to meet you! And thanks for stopping by my site today. ~M

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for visiting me, too :) I look forward to getting to know you!

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  23. Cool! So nice to meet you! And thanks for stopping by my site today. ~M

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  24. Cool! So nice to meet you! And thanks for stopping by my site today. ~M

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  25. It's great to meet you and get an invite into your virtual home, Liz. Good luck in writing and massaging! :)

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    1. Thanks, Ava! The profile pic is hilarious, BTW. Thanks for coming by!

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  26. It's really nice to meet you Liz. Literary fiction, even the straight kind, is great. Trying to figure where you fit in is a crazy thing, especially when you write you and not the genre. But I did eventually find myself within a genre. :)

    I love to read different types of fiction and non-fiction, but also can't see myself venturing into writing NF yet. Good luck on getting published! Thanks for coming by my blog! Writer’s Mark

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    1. Thanks, Nancy :) I appreciate that - it IS hard to define this stuff sometimes.

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  27. looking forward to your works!stalking you every way that i am able to!

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    1. Thanks, ladies! I'm stalking you right back :)

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  28. I too adore magical realism! It is very nice to meet you, and I'm wishing you the best with your writing!

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  29. So nice to meet you, Liz. This Follow Fest is great. I'm meeting such wonderful people! I'm staying tuned to hear about your writing journey, good luck!!

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    1. You, too, Cathrina! Thanks for coming by!

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  30. Hi there! Stopping by from Follow Fest to join your blog. It's nice to meet you!!

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    1. Thanks, Randi! It's great to meet you, too. I'm off to your blog now...

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    1. And the same to you! Thanks for the follows - I'll be following you shortly :)

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  32. I did ISWG for a while, and then I had school, work, and writing that just took my mind away from it! I'll have to join it again! I look forward to your posts! I enjoy running too!! I'm working on running 5ks this year!

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    1. I can imagine that school might be a little bit of a time-suck, yeah ;) Please do join again!

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  33. Hi Liz, it's been great to meet you through Follow Fest. Loved your New York post, too.I'm such a small town girl, I'd get squashed like a bug if I ever tried to live there, but I adore visiting Manhattan. It awes me. I'm looking forward to following. :)

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    1. Thanks, Delynn, you too! It IS a great city to visit. One of the greatest, I think - and it's great to go home, too :) Looking forward to getting to know you!

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  34. Hi Liz. Made a friend request on FB. I saw you posted Nathan GR blog. I saved it to read throughly and may also share it, but I've shared something like it before and don't want it to be the same thing.

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    1. Thanks! I don't have an author page on FB - that's my personal account, but I'm glad to be friends there, too. Thanks for coming by!

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  35. Hi Liz, stopping by from the Follow Fest to say hi. :D

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  36. I never did a proper introduction, and I believe I "met" you via Follow Fest. I'm Livia Peterson. Nice to meet you, Liz. I love writing non-fiction such as movie reviews; fiction is hard for me. Good to see you around here. :)

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    1. Yup, it was Follow Fest :) Thanks for coming by!

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