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Road Trip feet

I’m goin’ on a road trip and you’re all invited! Join me each week as we Road Trip around the internet and stop off to refuel at some great posts and articles I visited earlier in the week.  It’s a weekly round-up, mash-up, link-up of goodness and brilliance and fun. So pack a bag, pass me the cookies and let’s hit the road:

A beautifully written post by Sara Walpert Foster on looking at how we define and reveal ourselves to others as kids and as adults.

Sherry Isaac’s guest post on Gloria Richard’s blog at breaking down our goals into baby steps gave me a lot of food for thought on setting my writing goals for this month, this year, and beyond.

Laird Sapir’s Wiki Random Writing Challenge was a fun way to encourage readers to come up with a 3 sentence “story” using a random writing prompt from Wikipedia. Read through all of the entries – they’re great little snippets of writerly wit.

Given the huge popularity of paranormal and fantasy books out there, Kristin McFarland asks a great question: Is Magic Empowering or Addictive?

Since I’ve upped my social media game over the last few weeks, I’ve been on Social Media Overload. Family and friends are starting to notice the bags under my bugged-out eyes and the fact that I only speak in 140-character phrases.  Over at The Bookshelf Muse, I got some free therapy from her post Do You Need a Social Media Intervention?

One of my favorite YA authors, Libba Bray, (if you haven’t read her books yet, for the sake of all that is chocolate at LEAST read her hilarious blog, especially this post on how fellow YA author, Maureen Johnson, tried to kill her) writes about gratitude and appreciating her on-going journey of learning and growing as an author.

On travel-related things this week, Third-Eye Mom blogs about the importance of helping kids around the world have the opportunities we have – and often take for granted – here in the US.

And, since Thailand is on my list of must-see places, I was especially interested in Nomadic Matt’s breakdown of how much a trip there would cost. This guy knows how to travel frugally and since he’s been travelling non-stop for the last several years, he’s got some great advice to share.

Thanks for joining me on the Weekend Road Trip.  Tell me about other links that caught your eye this week. I’ll be sure to pass back the cookies if you do.

chocolate chip cookies