Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Do You Like My New Home???

Hi. Welcome to Gotta Have YA, my new and improved blog. How do you like my digs? Wicked cute, huh? I love my design!!! It was done by Freyja Silver at Silver Designs, so if you're looking for totally adorable designs, check out her site.

I know I don't have many followers yet, and that that looks really sad in the boxes, but I'm in the process of moving from Wordpress to Blogger. I still need to do my link lists, but just about everything else has come together sweetly. Please click the Follow button to keep it from remaining so pitiful.

Why did I move??? Well, WP makes you choose from stock designs, or you can pay, but why pay when Blogger's FREE? And it doesn't allow javascript, so there's only so much you can do with it to make it feel like your blogging home rather than a rental space. Like, you can't put little widgets in your sidebar, especially follower boxes, countdowns or to-be-read books. That's pretty much like not being able to hang pictures, put in surround sound or paint the walls.

I've been at Wordpress since 2008, and although it was nice for the time I was there, I felt it was time to part ways. Blogger offers fun, color and a more visitor-friendly platform. My blog posts may be old, but there are great nuggets in there for writers. Click on my labels if you are trying to figure out what people mean about different points of view, if you need a creative boost with a writing exercise or want to learn all about voice, hooks, the importance of story questions, etc. and how I really felt about Twilight.

For this blog, I intend to make it more YA-focused. Sure, I'll talk about writing and personal stuff too, but I mostly plan engulf myself in YA lit and blog about books and what's going on in the publishing industry regarding this way-awesome genre that sets trends, surprises always and bridges divides. Thanks for stopping in. If you follow, I'll follow back.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. I think it's beautiful. I'm going to follow...if I'm not already.

  2. Looking good but takes a while to load.

  3. Really? It doesn't take long on mine and I have terribly slow speed. I may have to remove some widgets.

  4. I have the same problem - it takes a while to load and I have high-speed DSL. Also, you don't have your subscribe by email thing up like you did on your wordpress blog. I like the look with the butterflies and all but the top picture looks a bit racy for a YA writer - it almost looks erotic to me. I didn't realize Sybil was actually your publisher. I met her a few weeks ago at the Savannah Children's Book Festival and will be working with her at the SCASL conference in March. Looking forward to seeing more out by you. E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery
    "The Proposal" (an April Fools Day story), a humorous romance ebook
    "The Tulip Kiss", a paranormal romance ebook
    "Bride-and-Seek", a paranormal romance ebbok

  5. yeah, Sybil and I are in the same publishing company. Thanks for letting me know about the subscribe to email thing. I added the widget. I think most Blogger blogs with widgets have a little lag time to load, especially the follower boxes. They usually come up last.

  6. Hi and welcome to Blogger! I'm a new follower. Love the blog! :) Keep up the great work!

  7. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the blog.