Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Travis Erwin, Blog Round-Up, Class of 2k8

On MONDAY, I wrote about Travis Erwin and his house burning to the ground. On TUESDAY (which goes to show how quickly the Blogosphere mobilizes itself and what a caring place it is), I got an email from Stephen Parrish. Here's what Stephen had to say:

Travis Erwin is one of the truly unique voices in the Blogosphere. In his absence we must turn to Conan O'Brien for entertainment, and I don't have to tell you what kind of hardship that's going to be. For $25 you can contribute a brick toward the construction of Travis's new house. And have your name embossed for all to see. Just visit habitat for Travis.

I know Erica Orloff is also involved with this effort to help Travis and his family get back on their feet. So, go forth, Blogospherians, let's do what we do best, band together and look after one of our own.


Now, abruptly changing topics, I'd like to start a monthly blog round-up for book reviews. Say, the first Wednesday of the month we each post a book review. About any genre (well, within reason. Ack!). Personally, I'll mostly do YA or Middle Grade. Then again, maybe not. I do read books for grown-ups too. :) And I have a couple of middle schoolers who'd like to write reviews. Now THAT could be fun!

Let me know if you're interested by leaving a comment or emailing me (barrie.summy@gmail.com). I'll email you a reminder before Wednesday, February 4. I'll link to your review on that day. I think I'll even have a cute little widget (is that the right word?) made up for us. Ooooo.

Patti Abbott at pattinase's blog does a GREAT job coordinating Friday's Forgotten Books. No doubt I'm her most erratic and unreliable contributor! Although I do love it when I get my act together and rediscover a book from my past.

At any rate, I'm not as ambitious or organized as Patti and am just aiming for a book review round-up once a month about your fairly current reads.

And finally....

This is a picture of Child #4 reading Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different! by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, from the Class of 2k8. I promised PJ Hoover I'd put this up on Monday. I forgot to take the picture on Sunday evening before tucking in Child #4. Then I said I'd take the pic at breakfast. What was I thinking? Like our mornings are calm and peaceful enough for photo shoots??? Uh, not. It's a good day when all the kids go to school dressed. In clothes. It's a great day when the clothes are clean. A breakfast photo shoot. Yeesh.

Can you believe the amount of linkage in this post? it's positively clanking!

24 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Great picture, Barrie!

pattinase (abbott) said...

First time anyone ever said i was ambitious or organized. I have a whole new view of myself.
Sounds like fun.

Barrie said...

Patti, you're my blog round-up hero!

Vodka Mom said...

you are the QUEEN of clanking, baby.


clank on........

Kristin Tubb said...

Oooo! I am SMILIN', seeing a nose buried so deep in Autumn! :-) Thanks for that!

Bee said...

I've just seen another mention of Travis at The Smitten Image. Word seems to be spreading fast . . .

I might participate in some of your book reviews. I don't mean to sound so noncommittal, but I like to keep my blogging as non-deadline oriented as possible. (I hope that doesn't sound sharpish; I just mean that I'm lazy.)

Beth said...

I'm easing up on the book reviews for a bit but will keep tabs on your book review round-up.
And you're a good woman with all your "clanking" links - I'm off to check out habitat for Travis.

LarramieG said...

Obviously Vodka Mom has never read a book presentation on Seize a Daisy where there are LINKS! ;)

Jennifer Jilks said...

I have posted info re: Bricks for Travis, thanks for the info. I'm too broke to contribute for now, but my book is on-line at amazon & chapters, and I am hopeful!!!! :-)

My football freak husband is freaking with our line of credit!

Football freak, indeed!

Monnik said...

Hey there! I'd love to take part in your monthly book review! But I will need a reminder for sure.

laughingwolf said...

the way mine used to read when they were that age :D

sad about travis :(

Sarahlynn said...

I am in for the book reviews. Great idea! (splester at yahoo)

ARCHAVIST said...

I'll contribute - great community going on here

David Cranmer said...

I ditto Archavist's comments and I'll see what I can do. Don't forget to remind us:)

alex keto said...

sure, I'll take a stab at book reviews

Wunderwoman said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I would LOVE to do a book review!! Please send a reminder(I'm forgetful)

Mary said...

It’s wonderful to see the blogosphere rally for Travis. Hats off to Stephen and Erica for pulling it together so quickly.

Kelley said...

I like that Child #4 has her very own dog blanket. That is probably pretty darn handy.

Scott Parker said...

Barrie,

My hat is in for the monthly book reviews.

Shana said...

Monthly book reviews sounds kind of fun! That was commentary, not commitment, in case you were wondering.

I'm playing catch-up on your blog. I like your revisiting of new year's resolutions. The teen years: been there, done that, and still have one to go! It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Clanking is a GREAT term for linkage!

I'd love to be included in your Review Round-up (or whatever you're calling it)--and a widget does sound exciting! :)

bethyarnall said...

Count me in for the book reviews! Thanks for the heads up on Travis and his family. I blogged and linked and now I too clink.
Hey, that rhymed!
Great photo, love the dog's bow.

kim said...

Oh no, Travis Erwin! We travel in some of the same blog circles -- I hadn't heard.

As for the second half of your post -- Winnie wants to guest blog on my blog to review YOUR book.

I don't know when she will do this, but I will definately give you a head's up when she does.

Shana said...

Just rereading this post. I didn't realize there would be a WIDGE involved. It it means I get a widget, then OF COURSE I am in. Not to sound like a widget whore.