Friday, June 11, 2010

Bloggiesta: What I've Done, What I Hope To Do

I am participating in the Bloggiesta. It's an event hosted by Maw Books Blog. I think I'll just be updating this one post--or maybe I'll have one update post a day???--to let you know my progress. (Actually, I'm not sure how this will work. I may have frequent posts but keep this one current too.)

ETA: Totals, I spent a little over twenty hours.

What I've Done (So Far):

What I Want To Do:
  • Read, Review, Schedule Posts for Young Readers for the rest of the month. Or if that's *too* ambitious, through the end of next week! (These will be mainly picture books. So reading is just part of it.)
  • Write reviews for The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis, and This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee.
I'll add to this list as I think of new goals, new directions. But I want to get started on what I've listed so far.

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Mystee 1:34 PM  

Good luck..I hope that you're able to get a lot accomplished.

Natasha @ Maw Books 4:02 PM  

I don't mind the pink at all but I would like to see the header centered. Thanks for playing along in Bloggiesta. I'll be checking back in again!

Becky 4:09 PM  

Natasha, thanks. I'll *see* what I can do. But I don't think I can center the header without playing around with the image itself. So we'll see if this header stays the same!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked 4:35 PM  

Fantabulous work accomplished so far.

Bobbie 6:52 AM  

First off I must say your blog is beautiful. It looks like you have already got a head start on everything. Good luck this weekend!

Shelley 1:05 PM  

I love the favorite authors page! I see a lot of my favorites on there too.

Natasha @ Maw Books 10:39 PM  

Coming back to say thanks for joining the Bloggiesta! You got a lot done! I love it! Hope you'll join us again in January.

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