Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blogger or Wordpress? Why I am Sticking with Blogger

Which blogging platform should a beginner blogger use? Many different platforms exist, but the two most popular ones are Blogger and Wordpress.

People use Blogger because it's free, easy to use, and they can start blogging immediately. Many blogging authorities urge authors and illustrators to use (requiring self-hosting) because it gives them full ownership of their blog. Wordpress has powerful features, but I'm sticking with Blogger for these reasons:

1. From a design standpoint, I can tweak a Blogger blog in multiple ways, while I'm limited to the Wordpress themes.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Writer's Blog Hop & Giveaway

Prize 1: four art postcards

One of my critique buddies, Elaine Kiely Kearns, tagged me in a blog hop. If you stick around and post a comment, I will give away two prizes: a set of art postcards and a new copy of SCBWI's The Book, a great resource for children's writers, listing publishers, agents, and other useful information. (This is an extra copy that I ordered after I mistakenly thought I lost mine). In your comment, mention which prize you would like to receive and I'll enter you into that drawing.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Doodle Day July, Day 11: Crustaceans

© 2013 Sylvia Liu

Steampunk Crab © 2013 Sylvia Liu

I love crustaceans. I love to look at them when snorkeling or scuba diving, and I love to eat them steamed with butter.

Crustaceans are the same phylum as insects (arthropoda) and include the large class of mostly aquatic animals with hard exoskeletons, like lobsters, crabs, crayfish, barnacles, and shrimp.

So express yourself in Doodle Day July (a daily doodle challenge brought to you by Alison Hertz) by doodling some crustaceans today: