Favourite blogs and websites

I’ve collected another selection of links to the blogs and websites that have grabbed my attention this week, but this time I’ve put them in categories for ease of reference.

  • Books / Writing

Shop for books online, collect at your local independent book store

The principle: support your local independent bookshop. The stigma: you like ordering online because you can do it from home in the warm with your cat. The idea: what if there was a website where you could actually do both? The answer: hive.co.uk – where online shopping for books, DVDs, Blu-ray and stationery is twinned with still visiting your favourite local bookshop.

The Book Depository
The Book Depository is the UK’s largest dedicated online bookseller, offering the largest range of titles in the world, available for dispatch within 48 hours.
To quote David Gaughran, “there’s something really hypnotic about The Book Depository’s live sales map
They’re also on Pinterest

Interesting blogs –
Cathy Woodman
It hasn’t been updated for a while, but it’s rather pretty!
Talli Roland
Quirky, witty, and diverse – always an interesting read.
Bookshelf Porn
Absolutely no porn, just lots of books. Recommended on Twitter by Annie Rose (@annieissinging)
The Wu Wei Way…
Applying ancient wisdom to modern times for a happy, healthy & stress free life…

Interesting articles –
What Google+ can do for you
9 warning signs before signing your life away to a publisher
Self-published author society prepares to launch
How to complete Amazon tax documents (pay particular attention to
David Gaughran’s comments)
Pinterest for fun and profit
25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents
8 Answers That Help Self-Publishers Get Up and Running
The Seven Deadly Sins of a Self-Published Writer
Care about literacy and communication for 0 – 11 year olds? Please take a second to ‘Like’ the campaign page at Words for Life UK

Fantastic event for writers and readers: a one-day residency (27 Feb) w/ Lucinda Anne Dickens Hawksley at Blacks Club! Fiction Uncovered
Reported on Twitter by Fiction Uncovered (@FictUncovered)

Write Now 2012 (9 – 10 March)
Write Now is an exciting new addition to Scotland’s leading writing festival, Aye Write! Organised by creative writers at University of Strathclyde, Write Now offers attendees the chance to think seriously about writing and to develop new skills over 2 days of skills sessions and talks.

World Book Day March 1
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Dundee Book Prize
“Are you an unpublished novelist? Enter your book in the Dundee International Book Prize, I’m a judge.” – Stephen Fry @stephenfry
Closes 1 April

Novelicious Undiscovered 2012
Novelicious Undiscovered invites aspiring commercial women’s fiction writers to submit the first 3000 words of their novel. Closes 3 april


  • Self-discovery and health

Life Squared
Life Squared helps people to ‘live well’ in the modern world.

Psychologies Magazine
The magazine for those who want to know more and grow more

Peak House
Unique Centre for Holistic Wellbeing and Personal Development in Derbyshire. Therapies/Workshops/Classes: Counselling Acupuncture Hypnotherapy Meditation + More! Derbyshire, UK

Want to have your say on heart services? British Heart Foundation


  • Charity and Community Initiatives

Each One Counts is the inkjet cartridge and mobile phone recycling scheme that helps charities raise funds without costing you a penny.

The Big Egg Hunt is now on across London. Giant eggs are in over two hundred locations, and for 40 days and 40 nights, until Easter Monday, 9 April, the hunt is on! Over 200 uniquely crafted eggs have been created by world leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers, providing what will be the most exhilarating treasure hunt London has ever seen. So if you live in London or are visiting, why not join the hunt and search out the eggs? Click here to download the free maps, and gather your family and friends and get cracking to see how many you can find.
The Big Egg prize: Members of the public hunting the eggs can text in special codes found on each egg to enter a prize draw, and win a one off Diamond Jubilee golden egg designed by main sponsor Fabergé.
Other activities:
Online auction
These hand-crafted eggs, destined to become highly collectible works of art, are now available to buy online, so why not tell your friends and family about it and if they are lucky they may not have to shell out a fortune.
Visit all the eggs together
If you want to see all the eggs together you will be able to discover the entire collection at the Grand Eggstravaganza at Selfridges from 4-9 April.
In the meantime you can see the eggs at http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk.

Spacehive is the world’s first funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects.

We make it as easy to fund a new park or playground for your area as buying a book online.
For people with inspiring project ideas, Spacehive allows you to pitch for support and funding from your community. For everyone else it’s a refreshingly easy way to transform where you live: just find a project you like and pledge a donation. If it gets funded, it gets built!

Retweet for Towns Day 8 March

We can all play a part in shaping the future of town centres and high streets. All across the UK, resident led activity along with business collaboration is working to ensure that towns stay vibrant and will remain part of our communities long into the future. Soon we will see an increase of the mobilisation of Town Teams thanks to the enthusiasm of the UK Government to highlight the plight of our towns

Give as you live
Shop online with thousands of stores and raise money for your favourite cause with every purchase – at no cost to you

I hope you find something of interest to you among these links.

I’d love to know what blogs, sites, and articles have grabbed your attention this week 🙂

About johannanield

Welsh author of a contemporary British romance trilogy
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