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    Blog chain

    Who has the list for the third round of the blog chain? I think I'm coming up, but I'm not sure who is supposed to follow after me.

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    Here's the third list Matt. Only the first two have their posts up as far as I know. (see - http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34135)

    Forbidden Snowflake
    Fireflies in the Cloud
    Musings of a Writing Wife
    Mad Scientist Matt's Lair
    Youth - Our Greatest Natural Resource
    The Road Less Traveled
    Jennifer Sando
    Peregrinas
    Flying Shoes
    Southern Expressions
    Organized Chaos
    Kappa no He
    Tiffany's Smorgasbord
    Even in a Little Thing
    Liv's Life
    Everything Indian

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    Hi guys - Could you change the name of my blog on the list (was Youth, our greatest natural resource)? I renamed it "Pass the Torch".

    Thanks!

    You know, Matt, we may want to skip Temlyn this round. She said she was really busy and was okay if we went around her. Then the Nav could direct to your site and you could continue. If we ever finish this round, we'll have to revisit what works and what doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyC

    You know, Matt, we may want to skip Temlyn this round. She said she was really busy and was okay if we went around her. Then the Nav could direct to your site and you could continue. If we ever finish this round, we'll have to revisit what works and what doesn't.
    Hey there--it's me, Julia (Temlyn). I know I said on Friday that I couldn't get to blog over the weekend, but I'll be getting my entry up either today or tomorrow (we've got some bad storms moving through, so whenever the lightning isn't bad).

    I know Matt said he was a few days late when he posted on Wednesday (Sunday was when he said he could have, but didn't), so apparently it's not the worst thing to be a few days late.

    So, if you'll still have me on board I'll be getting my post up ASAP!
    Julia Temlyn, Word Therapist
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    Blogs: Musical Reviewer Writers Remember Mrs. Write Right, Word Therapist A Mom at Heart: an infertility blog Houston Theatre
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    wearer of many hats KellyC's Avatar
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    Sounds great! We'll look forward to your post. Round three has just been really disjointed, partly because I juggled the list.

    (Thunking forehead with heel of hand)

    Oh and there was the matter of losing 6 weeks of posts.

    And all the Yanks are playing with fireworks.

    But we'll get the jive again and it will be great. I really like this chain.

    Hey lookit - my post counter is up again. Somebody found some stuff.
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    Can someone enlighten me as to what a blog chain is?

    Kristen

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    Kristen, we started a chain of bloggers where one blogger would write a post about the post of the previous blogger in the chain, then refer to the next blogger who built on that post, etc. It is a continuous chain until it's complete. We completed two well organized chains that were lots of fun. (Towerkel's doing). Currently on round three. Check out quidscribis' blog - she's the keeper of the lists

    They also located some of the lost posts on this thread and I think they're here: toward the end of the thread.
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    I'm quite put out. Forbidden Snowflake's Avatar
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    Could we remake this thread a sticky? And maybe name it AW Blogging chain or something?

    Here's the old thread, retrieved from Google:

    Towerkel:
    Okay, here's the idea I posted in Dawno's Blogosphere thread. She told me to go ahead and start if I like, and I like.

    Here's the deal. It's simple. We get a list of AWers who want to be part of the AWChain. The first person writes a blog entry, lets everyone know that their entry is up. The next person on the list has to take some element from the first post and blogs on it. Then the next person takes one element from the previous blog and so on. When we get to the last person on the list, they have to follow procedure by writing about something from the previous blog entry. BUT, they also have to incorporate some element from the very first blog, thus completing the circle.

    After the round is over The first person on the list gets dropped to the last position and everyone moves up. The new first person looks at the Last person's blog entry and starts again. And the cycle continues. Confused?

    Example;
    Here is the player list;

    Fred
    Wilma
    Barney
    Betty
    Dino

    Fred blogs about his day at the beach. One of the things he mentions is the beautiful blue sky. He posts in this thread that his is up, with a link, and the name of the next person on the list, Wimla reads it and blogs about the fabulous cherry vanilla creme flavor of Blue Sky soda. Barney blogs about Cherry blossoms in his yard. Betty blogs about orange blossom being her favorite honey. dino blogs about his favorite activity, munching on honey flavored bones at the beach.

    Round ends. List now looks like this;

    Wilma
    Barney
    Betty
    Dino
    Fred

    Wilma starts by going to Dino's blog and picks something out-- she blogs about deboning (bone) a ham. Barney blogs about last year's company picnic, where he hammed it up big for his boss. Betty blogs about her bossy sister's bad habits. Dino blogs about the nun's habit he swiped the other day. Fred blogs about the nun he had in grammar school who refused to eat ham sandwiches. Round ends, everyone moves up one.

    Simple, right?


    To sign up for round one; simple respond to this thread with "IN" and provide an URL for your blog. Please do so by Thursday, 8PM Eastern. I'd like to get this rolling for the weekend.

    Also, if someone wants to join after a round has begun, they'll have to wait until the current round ends, then they will be placed "at the bottom" of the list. ("at the bottom" meaning at the bottom of the first list. So if they join in round 4, they'll be added after Dino)

    One thing, try not to copy the previous post. If the post before you is about changing your own oil in your car, don't write about your experience changing your own oil. The point is to see how far out we can go, and then bring it back with the last person. (so, instead of writing about your oil change experience, you could write about the time you overheated oil in a skillet and it caught fire.)

    I hope this makes sense. If there needs more clarification, or any questions, feel free to post them here.

    Oh, and try to keep to your blogging style, if at all possible. If you normally blog several paragraphs, don't just blog two sentences for this project.

    The reason I figured to have people post here when their blog is up is to encourage everyone to read all the blogs. It'll help to know context, and I think it'll just be a lot of fun. And don't forget to comment about posts (on their blogs, not in this thread.)

    Towerkel:

    Here is the list, to be edited frequently;

    Towerkel www.dtkelly.net
    TemlynWriting http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/
    Blue Texas http://kiraconnally.com/blog/
    Forbidden Snowflake http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/
    Sury http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/
    XThe NavigatorX http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/
    Peggy http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/
    MadScientistMatt http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/
    Jen.nifer http://www.jennifersando.com/
    KellyC http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/
    quidscribis http://www.lmashton.com/
    chaostitan http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/
    Wendelynn http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/

    BlueTexas:
    In!

    Forbidden Snowflake:
    In.

    Sury:
    In.

    XThe NavigatorX:
    I'll do it. In!

    eta:
    shiveredsky.blogspot.com

    XThe NavigatorX:
    We need ground rules for people flaking out or not being able to post. If Barney's appendix bursts, the whole chain stops.

    Peggy:
    Sounds like fun (and a good way to inspire my blog posting) - I'm in.

    http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com

    Towerkel:
    Well, I figured a round would take a day or two (depending on how many participants), and if you knew you would be home you'd have the courtesy to let us know via this thread. Can also opt out for round(s) if you know you're going on a trip w/o internet access and the like.

    Or put in a failsafe-- if after 24 hours the person "up" hasn't responded, they'll be skipped. Won't be any name calling or pointing of fingers, we'll just squeeze them in if they come back before the round ends... I can easily monitor that.

    Dawno:
    Whoo Hoo! Great stuff Towerkel - and what fast responses to Round One. I'm really looking forward to reading all this.

    MadScientistMatt:
    I'll join too, using my main blog.

    Jen.nifer:
    Count me in, too!

    KellyC:
    I'd love to join in, but can I be assured I'll get gentle reminding when I'm supposed to get off my arse and post?

    Towerkel:
    As long as you remember to check this thread once we start, you'll be fine. If not, I'll personally send you a PM. How's that for service?

    Peggy:
    Would it work to have the blogger PM the next person in the chain when their post is posted?

    Towerkel:
    You tell me.

    I'm game for it.

    quidscribis:
    In!

    I think PMing the next person in line once you're done your post is an excellent idea. Especially since I'm also the forgetful type.

    chaostitan:
    IN!

    http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/

    KellyC:
    LOVE that service! Thanks in advance

    http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com

    Sury:
    I am sorry, I forgot to mention the participating blog. It's my writing blog: http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/

    TemlynWriting:
    I'm leaving to go out of town on Friday, and won't be back until the following Friday/Saturday (June 17). With that in mind, would I be able to participate in this round? I could be toward the end of the list, if there are enough people to last through to when I return.

    If so, I'm in. My blog address is http://juliawrites.blogspot.com

    (I'm in need of more regular updates, anyway.)

    Towerkel:
    Probably not. I suspect the rounds won't take more than 2-3 days (depending on the final count of participants). But, I'll add you to the list, and when you come back we'll squeeze you in to the current round.

    BlueTexas:
    Add my vote to the PM'ing idea.

    Towerkel:
    For the record,

    I was never against the PM option, just in the interest of simplicity and to keep everyone informed I decided on the thread option.

    I think we should do both, at the very least so that everyone knows who's "up".

    And Quid,

    I had hoped that the 24 hour window would be enough to keep our around-the-world members in the game. Should it be longer?
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    In!
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    Towerkel


    Okay.

    Registration for round one is closed. More to come shortly.


    Anyone can still register, they'll just have to wait for round 2.
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    Round 1, *ding*
    Okay.

    Quick rundown--
    Here's the list.

    Towerkel www.dtkelly.net
    TemlynWriting http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/
    Blue Texas http://kiraconnally.com/blog/
    Forbidden Snowflake http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/
    Sury http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/
    XThe NavigatorX http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/
    Peggy http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/
    MadScientistMatt http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/
    Jen.nifer http://www.jennifersando.com/
    KellyC http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/
    quidscribis http://www.lmashton.com/
    chaostitan http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/
    Wendelynn http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/
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    1) Read each others blog entries and comment!

    2) Take something from the blog before yours and make it into the main idea of your blog post. (try hard not to have a similar entry to the one you're following)

    3)When your post is up, Report it in this thread with a link (a direct link to the page would be best, if possible) AND PM the next person on the list.

    4) The very last person on the list has to take an element from the previous post and somehow link it to something from the very first post of the round, finishing the loop.

    5) The order is listed as signed up, with the exception of TemlynWriting. I bumped her up to make sure she got to write in this round. I didn't think anyone would object.

    6) Any further questions feel free to PM or email me.

    7) Please tag your post with the following code so people can check them out on Technorati.

    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/awchain"rel="tag">awchain</a>

    Round 1 Begins--

    My Blog entry is up. http://www.dtkelly.net/?p=96

    TemlynWriting, you're up.
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    Towerkel, no, I think 24 hours is fine. I was referring more to your statement that you thought round one would be done in 2 or 3 days. It might be, but I wouldn't count on it given the whole around the world factor, which naturally can delay things. . . That is all.
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    Towerkel


    Quid. no worries. The round will finish when it finishes. I'm in no rush.
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    madderblue


    I'm in for Round Two. I'll politely watch this first one and see how its done.

    http://kappanohe.blogspot.com/
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    BlueTexas


    Julia posted last night, and I just got mine up here: http://kiraconnally.com/blog/?p=230
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    Forbidden Snowflake


    http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/

    It's up
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    BlueTexas


    Forbidden, I had to highlight your text to even tell it was there - the whole page just shows up as black on my screen. Just FYI.
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    Sury


    My post is up here:

    http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/20...orror-mag.html

    It's the turn of XThe NavigatorX. PM sent.

    Thanks Towerkel for getting the ball rolling. It was fun to participate in this!

    Sury
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    I'm in for Round 2.

    http://southern21.blogspot.com
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    Forbidden Snowflake


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BlueTexas
    Forbidden, I had to highlight your text to even tell it was there - the whole page just shows up as black on my screen. Just FYI.

    On every other screen, I've checked, and they were about 5, it shows up fine. Sometimes a bit dark. But never too dark, so it must be your settings.
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    I think if someone has their display settings low, like at 256 colors, it might be an issue. I don't know. I can see it pretty well.

    Anyway, my post is up. Peggy is next. (I sent her a PM.) Go! Go! Go!
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Forbidden Snowflake
    On every other screen, I've checked, and they were about 5, it shows up fine. Sometimes a bit dark. But never too dark, so it must be your settings.

    It's on 32 bit color, but it's a laptop, so who knows. Oh well.
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    quidscribis


    Forbidden, I can see the text, but the contrast is so low between the text and the background that it is, for me, difficult to read. 32 bit color, FireFox.
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    Forbidden Snowflake


    Yes, I've seen computers where it's difficult to read, due to not that much contrast, but on most it looks fine, next layout will be with more contrast again. Thx
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    Peggy


    My post is up, and MadScientistMatt has been PM'd.
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    An Idea
    Here's an idea, don't know if it will work.

    Instead of having the same people posting in response to the same people over and over (with only the top batter changing, moving up on the list). Why not shuffle the blogs at the end of each round.

    Keep the original line up as a way to know who is on top next.

    Example:
    (first round)
    A
    B
    C
    D
    (second round)
    B
    A
    C
    D
    (third round)
    C
    A
    B
    D

    Does that make any sense? The top batter would continue to be A, B, C, D on down that original line (and also whoever joins later) but the ones to follow (red) would be shuffled. Of course, there is the problem of figuring out how to shuffle and who would do it (maybe the first person of the next round could just do it at random--hat, eyes closed pointing, whatever) and then write the list here and on their first blog before the next round starts?

    I noticed everyone has such unique and interesting styles. It would be fun to respond to someone different each time. Or if you happen to get someone you've had before, fine too.

    What do you think?
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    Forbidden Snowflake


    That sounds like it's about to get very complicated. But it'd make it more interesting, as the order would change.
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    madderblue


    Yea, I was thinking about it getting complicated too. Especially once more people started joining. It would certainly make people have to pay more attention. And get friendly with more than their immediate before and after bloggers. Hmmm....
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    Forbidden Snowflake


    How about they always get switched? Like instead of B and then C it'll be first C and then B.. and D and E get switched and so on?
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    Towerkel


    How about we just go a few rounds and then toss in some things for variety?
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    Dawno


    Folks, this is WONDERFUL! Towerkel, thank you for the idea and organizing the participants.

    I've read all the chain so far - need to go comment on early ones that I read but didn't say "hi" at...I look forward to reading more!
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    Judi_S


    Can I be in for the next round?
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    madderblue


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Towerkel
    How about we just go a few rounds and then toss in some things for variety?

    Good idea, have everyone get used to it first. I'm so erratic about reading blogs (there are so MANY). This will teach me discipline! To me that is first and foremost.
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    Towerkel:
    Okay, Matt went yesterday, it's Jen.nifer's turn. http://www.jennifersando.com/

    KellyC:
    Thanks to Jen.nifer for giving me a topic I could write about! Mine's up -- http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/

    jen.nifer:
    Hehe, glad to hear that - I tried to mention a couple of things; I hoped it wasn't against the rules to blog about something other than chosen element...

    KellyC:
    I thought your's flowed very nicely - I think the point is to play "telephone" a bit. How does one topic relate to the next, etc etc.

    Towerkel:
    Jen, you did just fine.

    quidscribis:
    Kelly let me know she's done, I'm awake now, and I'm off to read and then write my own...

    I'm done, and I've PMed chaostitan.

    Wendelynn, I checked out your blog and attempted to comment on one of your posts, but can't. I'm not a member of Blogger. Did you know that you can open up your comments to people outside of Blogger and moderate them so no spam or offensive posts get through? I'd love to comment on your blog...

    Wendelynn:
    Hi Quid,
    I thought that I had opened up my blog! Thanks for letting me know. I'll go tend to it right now.

    Wendy

    quidscribis:
    Ah, yes, that feels better... Wheeeeee!!!!!

    Thanks, Wendy.

    chaostitan:
    I've posted my part of the chain.

    http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/2006/...ger-chain.html

    Wendy, you're up!

    Towerkel:
    wendy, don't forget. You have the task of tying Chaos' post to mine.

    (here's the direct link to my post. http://www.dtkelly.net/?p=96)

    Dawno:
    I don't know if I'll have the time or talent to do this but I was thinking it would be cool to have a little button in the AWChain blogs that memorializes your participation - and maybe links back to this thread?

    I hope you're all adding each other to your blog rolls as well

    This has been wonderful and I hope Towerkel's rep pts are rollin' in

    Can't wait to see round 2!

    KellyC:
    I thought this was a great exercise and it gave me a reason to post a blog entry. How do you make a blog roll?

    Wendelynn:
    The 1st AW Blogger Chain is now complete! Take a look at http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com

    Towerkel:
    I was fiddling. Is this the kind of thing you were talking about, Dawno?

    If so, and someone else feels like making a better one (ie one that isn't crappy) feel free.

    Okay, so the first link of the AWchain is completed, time for round two to begin. One rule to be added, but since most of you have done it already it shouldn't be too difficult. In your post, please provide links to the previous post and the next person in the chain, so that anyone following the chain can go either way along the chain without gong back to the AW page.

    Don't forget to also PM the next person in line, as well as post on the thread to keep everyone up to date as to where the ball sits, so to speak.

    Since TemlynWriting is away, we'll skip her for round two and start with Blue Texas. Kira, don't forget to take something from Wendelynn's blog entry to keep the chain going

    Have fun, that's what it's all about.



    TemlynWriting http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/
    Blue Texas http://kiraconnally.com/blog/
    Forbidden Snowflake http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/
    Sury http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/
    XThe NavigatorX http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/
    Peggy http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/
    MadScientistMatt http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/
    Jen.nifer http://www.jennifersando.com/
    KellyC http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/
    quidscribis http://www.lmashton.com/
    chaostitan http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/
    Wendelynn http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/
    Madderblue http://kappanohe.blogspot.com/
    sthrnwriter http://southern21.blogspot.com/
    Judi_S http://everythingindian.blogspot.com/
    Towerkel www.dtkelly.net

    *Edited because KellyC just reminded me of something I forgot.

    KellyC:
    I really liked it when there was a link referring to the previous post as well. I actually went through the chain backwards that way.

    Hey guys, my technorati rank jumped a ton after that round. I'm not too sure about how that works, but my understanding is that it improves every time someone includes your link within their text, right? If it will help people's rank, I'm willing to post the complete chain, like some of you have. My blog is very narrow, so I'm trying to be careful, but if that is one of the things that improves your rankings, I'll include it.

    If it's some other way of linking, please tell me that too. I still haven't figured out tags well enough for them to work when they're supposed to.

    Please advise - thanks!

    @Towerkel:
    I think it's beautiful and not crappy at all But here's mine - oh so much more advanced:

    @@@@@@@@@

    Now, THAT's crappy!

    quidscribis:
    KellyC - linking to the other blogs also improves Google page ranking for the other sites. I'm no expert on how it all works, so that's pretty much the extent of the explanation you'll get from me. But yes, it does improve ranking for others. That's why I linked to the entire chain in my blog - I figured it was a nice thing to do. I wouldn't argue if others wanted to do it as well.

    And Kelly, I love your chain - it's teh awesomest! :p

    Towerkel, wonderful idea, and it worked very well, too, I think. Thanks!

    KellyC:
    Okay, cool - thanks for the explanation quidscribis (glad you liked my chain too

    I will post the full list on my blog.

    Also, this makes me think that mixing up the list would be good, because then you would have new people linking to you each time? (Tell me if you think my logic is wrong on this.)

    Towerkel:
    My only concern with scrambling the list every round is moderating who has had a turn starting and completing a chain link. Last thing I want to do is hurt someone's feelings because member A has been the last link 3 times, and member B hasn't had even one turn.


    If this does not matter to anyone, I'll be more than happy to scramble the list, starting with round three.

    KellyC:
    Good point Towerkel, we'll have to play that by ear, I guess.

    Hey guys, I formatted the Aw Chain lists so it indicates the name of the each blog (where I could find one.) You can copy my html if you want, for your posts (I'm feeling very smart!)

    Let me know if I missed someone.

    Here's what it looks like: http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006...-training.html

    <a href="http://www.dtkelly.net">The Secret Government Eggo Project</a>
    <a href="http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/">Musings of a Writing Wife</a>
    <a href="http://kiraconnally.com/blog/">Loving Twilight</a>
    <a href="http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/">Forbidden Snowflake</a>
    <a href="http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/">At Home, Writing</a>
    <a href="http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/">Fireflies in the Cloud</a>
    <a href="http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/">The Road Less Traveled</a>
    <a href="http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/">Mad Scientist Matt's Lair</a>
    <a href="http://www.jennifersando.com/">Jennifer Sando</a>
    <a href="http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/">Youth - Our Greatest Natural Resource</a>
    <a href="http://www.lmashton.com/">Peregrinas</a>
    <a href="http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/">Organized Chaos</a>
    <a href="http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/">Flying Shoes</a>
    <a href="http://kappanohe.blogspot.com">Kappa no He</a>
    <a href="http://southern21.blogspot.com">Untainted Enrapturement</a>
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    Quote:
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    I was fiddling. Is this the kind of thing you were talking about, Dawno?



    If so, and someone else feels like making a better one (ie one that isn't crappy) feel free.
    This is my attempt at a sidebar button:

    I tried to draw a chain along the middle border, but I suck at pixel drawing.

    (I used this web site: http://kalsey.com/tools/buttonmaker/)
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    holy stutter batman!
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    Quote:
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    holy stutter batman!
    I was just trying to boost my post count
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    I love both chain buttons, Towerkel and Peggy! I plan to use them both - one with the list that KellyC posted (another big thank you!) and the other down with my 'button collection' further down in the sidebar.

    Now, for the html you can put "under" them to make them clickable - do we want it to link back to this thread? I'm going to do that on my blog - if that's what you want and don't know how to do the html, I'll post it in a bit.

    eta: ok, here's the html to the button that I've posted above the list of the first blog chain blogs (Towerkel's):

    Quote:
    <center><a href="http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34458" target="new" title="AW Bloggers have written a blog chain - read it, join it!"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/Ebil_Librarian/awchain.jpg" width="80" height="40" alt="Read the AW Chain!" border="0"></a></center>

    Now, I've hosted the picture on my own Photobucket site and I don't think there would be a problem with you hotlinking to it. That said, if you can host your own pictures, just replace the stuff between the <img src=> and </center> html tags with your own host site URL for the button.

    The way I've set it up, when you hover your mouse a little popup title appears that says "AW Bloggers have written a blog chain - read it, join it!" You can replace that text with whatever you want to say - just edit between the quotes.

    If you don't understand how to do any of it, just post in the Techies thread and one of the more tech savvy amongst us will give you the 411
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dawno
    Now, for the html you can put "under" them to make them clickable - do we want it to link back to this thread? I'm going to do that on my blog - if that's what you want and don't know how to do the html, I'll post it in a bit.
    I was wondering if that was the right thing to do. I'll probably update my template in the next day or two and add the link.
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    I think the button should definitely link to this thread.
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    Quote:
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    I was just trying to boost my post count
    I should try that. :p
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    Got mine posted for round 2.
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    AW Chain
    I want to play too! (Round 3 I guess!)
    Here's the blog I'll use: http://tienci.blogspot.com/
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    Gillian is on a distinguished road

    If there's a round 3 can I join in, please? I am way out of date on *everything* because of an SF convention. I had the best fun time, but this is the first time I have been able to check AW since the Great Shutdown.

    My blog is http://gillpolack.livejournal.com

    Right now it seems to be mostly recipes.
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    SF as in Science Fiction? AND you have recipes? You could be my newest best friend...
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    Putting my post up now
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    SF and food are a pretty unholy combination, aren't they?

    I designed the medieval feast for Conflux (since in one of my other guises I am a medieval historian) and before I even left the dinner people started demanding the recipes so they could make things at home. For the record, the most requests were for hypocras (alcoholic drink), which says *something* about Australian SF&F writers.

    The oddest things give you your blogging moment-in-the-sun - my feastliness gained me a link on a national media site and people keep checking out those recipes.
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    My post is now up:

    http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/20...skin-bond.html

    Matt is up next. PM sent.

    Sury
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    I'm done.

    http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/2006...es-ill-go.html

    Peggy is next. PM on its way.
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    Sadly, I'm going to have to step out for a few rounds. Long story short, I'm cutting internet in the hopes to spark my writing.

    Can I trust someone will step up and keep it going? As well as add new members at round's end?

    Here is the new list, please continue on.

    TemlynWriting http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/
    Blue Texas http://kiraconnally.com/blog/
    Forbidden Snowflake http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/
    Sury http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/
    XThe NavigatorX http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/
    Peggy http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/
    MadScientistMatt http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/
    Jen.nifer http://www.jennifersando.com/
    KellyC http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/
    quidscribis http://www.lmashton.com/
    chaostitan http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/
    Wendelynn http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/
    Madderblue http://kappanohe.blogspot.com/
    sthrnwriter http://southern21.blogspot.com/
    Judi_S http://everythingindian.blogspot.com/
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    Sad to see you go, Towerkel. But if it is to fire up the writing spark, go for it! Thank you for initiating this wonderful chain.

    And in a similar vein, I would like to step out of the next round.

    It's been great participating in the first two!

    Sury
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    Quote:
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    Sad to see you go, Towerkel. But if it is to fire up the writing spark, go for it! Thank you for initiating this wonderful chain.
    I'd like to chime in that this was a great idea. I've found lots of new interesting blogs to read and it's given me incentive to get off my rear and post!

    My entry is up, and MattScientistMatt was PM'd.
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    Mine's up!

    http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com...d-sar-car.html
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    Whoops, my inbox was full and only got Matt's message now - I didn't realise I was in round 2, too. I'll try to have something up soon!
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    Okay, I'm done: http://www.jennifersando.com/archives/198

    Kelly, you're up!
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    I'm going to be really busy for the next few weeks, so I'm going to have to step out too. If I'm missed something, please just skip me, and I'll be back soon!
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    Mine's up here. Quidscribis is next.

    http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006...and-me_21.html
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    Quid? When you're finished, please skip me and go straight to Wendi.

    I'm waiting on some bad news, and I haven't the heart to post anything mildly well-written. Hopefully I'll be back for the next round.
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    Waiting on bad news is the worst... Hang in there.
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    chaostitan - sorry to hear there could be bad news. Let us know how we can support you if you need it!

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    Ok, now, I think I got it. Ties the first to the last and round three is new and new and new!

    Well, I will post later on. If something interesting in my life happens. That is actually worth posting about.

    Thank you

    Sury:
    I mentioned earlier I won't be able to play in this round.

    Hope you all have fun!

    Sury

    KellyC:
    Thanks Sury - sorry I missed it.

    Here's what we have so far - I'm deleting my previous lists to avoid confusion.

    <a href="http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/">Forbidden Snowflake</a>
    <a href="http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/">Fireflies in the Cloud</a>

    <a href="http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/">Musings of a Writing Wife</a>
    <a href="http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/">Mad Scientist Matt's Lair</a>
    <a href="http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/">Youth - Our Greatest Natural Resource</a>
    <a href="http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/">The Road Less Traveled</a>
    <a href="http://www.jennifersando.com/">Jennifer Sando</a>

    <a href="http://www.lmashton.com/">Peregrinas</a>
    <a href="http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/">Flying Shoes</a>
    <a href="http://southern21.blogspot.com">Southern Expressions</a>

    <a href="http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/">Organized Chaos</a>
    <a href="http://kappanohe.blogspot.com">Kappa no He</a>
    <a href="http://tienci.blogspot.com/">Tiffany's Smorgasbord</a>
    <a href="http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/">Even in a Little Thing</a>
    <a href="http://livs-life.blogspot.com">Liv's Life</a>

    <a href="http://everythingindian.blogspot.com">Everything Indian</a>


    On break:
    <a href="http://www.dtkelly.net">The Secret Government Eggo Project</a>
    <a href="http://kiraconnally.com/blog/">Loving Twilight</a>
    <a href="http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/">At Home, Writing</a>

    sthrnwriter:
    Yep that's me. I spent all those years in the front of the class being the good little girl. I'm well overdue for a little troublemaking.

    quidscribis:
    Or just eat all the chocolate.

    @judi:
    Hey!

    I resemble that!

    KellyC:
    Note to self: never keep chocolate in motorhome ovens.

    (slapping hand for uncontrollable urge to stay off-topic)

    quidscribis:
    See, that makes you not a rat. That makes you a squirrel. Slappy the Squirrel.

    I'll behave myself now. I will, I promise. I'm going to bed. Not much trouble I can get into there...

    KellyC:
    okay - I'll be good too. Self-talking now. AW chain, AW chain, AW chain...

    Peggy:
    @quidscribis [Uh, yeah. I'm not Preegrinas. I'm Peregrinas. I wonder what a preegrinas is, anyway. Hmm.]

    My spell check doesn't recognize either of them !

    @sthrnwriter:
    Me too! Wheeeeee!

    KellyC:
    But then, my spell-check gets confused about a lot of things.

    By the way, were we all goody-two-shoes-es? (plural forms are a beast, aren't they?)

    Do all front row desk-sitters turn into freelance writers who blog incognito?

    Forbidden Snowflake:
    Don't rush me!

    Hyperbole:
    here!

    Judi S:
    still here

    madderblue:
    I'm here! Sorry, I was back there folding paper airplanes...

    Forbidden Snowflake:
    My post is up!

    KellyC:
    Thanks Forbidden - now Navigator's up.

    Dawno:
    Would someone mind helping me out? I'm updating links on my blog and I have the AW Chain on it - if someone would take a look at what I've got up and let me know if I've missed anyone, I'd be most appreciative...I'm getting a bit confuzzled about how this works - is the 2nd chain everyone from the 1st plus the newbies? How do I separate the two chains so they list correctly - or should I?

    Thanks!

    quidscribis:
    Or you can go to my blog where I have all the chains listed...

    Round One with permalinks
    Round Two with permalinks
    Round Three not done yet, so permalinks not yet possible

    Hyperbole:
    Thanks Quidscribis - I'll use your links!

    quidscribis:
    Anytime, hyperbole! It's what they're there for.

    You know, I was just reading Forbidden' (http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/)s and JudiS' (http://everythingindian.blogspot.com/2006/06/aw-chain-round-2.html)s blog entries and see that neither of you link to each other. I think even though you're addressing different subject from two different chains, you should at least mention the other blog as the first in the next chain or final in the last chain. That way you benefit from two links, like the rest of us.

    I'm sorry I didn't figure that out earlier - I think someone asked. Sometimes logic escapes me....

    Towerkel had this all figured out already. Guess that's why there are rules
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    Oh, you mean linking Chain 1 ender to Chain 2 beginning, Chain 2 ending to Chain 3 beginning, and so on? Good idea.

    Um, that is what you mean, right?
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    Yes, quid - that's what I mean. Towerkel suggested we even tie the content from the last to the first, but we got all out of whack with the switcheroo (sorry). Just going back to add the link without connecting the content would at least keep the chain going without breaks. Theoretically it could be an infinite chain.

    Also, I'm wondering if the first post in Round 2 got two links then. I'm not sure.

    Just bugs to work out as we continue.
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    Okay, glad to know I did understand.

    I think what I'll do then, as well, is link to Chain 1 from Chain 2 and so on and so forth within my own blog. To provide silly little links all over the place for anyone to track as they will.

    But not right now. I'm actually working on a proposal...
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    Ooooh... That sounds very professional.

    You mean some people work around here?
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    Well, no, but I sometimes pretend to.
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    Quote:
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    You know, I was just reading Forbidden' (http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/)s and JudiS' (http://everythingindian.blogspot.com...round-2.html)s blog entries and see that neither of you link to each other. I think even though you're addressing different subject from two different chains, you should at least mention the other blog as the first in the next chain or final in the last chain. That way you benefit from two links, like the rest of us.

    Sorry about that. I just added that to the post. Thanks for reminding us Kelly.

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    Quote:
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    Thanks Sury - sorry I missed it.

    Here's what we have so far - I'm deleting my previous lists to avoid confusion.

    <a href="http://infinitevanity.livejournal.com/">Forbidden Snowflake</a>
    <a href="http://shiveredsky.blogspot.com/">Fireflies in the Cloud</a>
    <a href="http://juliawrites.blogspot.com/">Musings of a Writing Wife</a>
    <a href="http://madscientistmatt.blogspot.com/">Mad Scientist Matt's Lair</a>
    <a href="http://www.kellycurtis.blogspot.com/">Youth - Our Greatest Natural Resource</a>
    <a href="http://thoughtsontheroad.blogspot.com/">The Road Less Traveled</a>
    <a href="http://www.jennifersando.com/">Jennifer Sando</a>
    <a href="http://www.lmashton.com/">Peregrinas</a>
    <a href="http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com/">Flying Shoes</a>
    <a href="http://southern21.blogspot.com">Southern Expressions</a>
    <a href="http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/">Organized Chaos</a>
    <a href="http://kappanohe.blogspot.com">Kappa no He</a>
    <a href="http://tienci.blogspot.com/">Tiffany's Smorgasbord</a>
    <a href="http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/">Even in a Little Thing</a>
    <a href="http://livs-life.blogspot.com">Liv's Life</a>
    <a href="http://everythingindian.blogspot.com">Everything Indian</a>



    On break:
    <a href="http://www.dtkelly.net">The Secret Government Eggo Project</a>
    <a href="http://kiraconnally.com/blog/">Loving Twilight</a>
    <a href="http://athomewriting.blogspot.com/">At Home, Writing</a>

    Actually Kelly
    <a href="http://southern21.blogspot.com">Southern Expressions</a> was before me <a href="http://everythingindian.blogspot.com">Everything Indian</a>
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    Judi - the list you quoted is the round 3 list - we juggled it, which has caused confusion, I think. So you followed Southern last round, but this next round is all different (Although I see you're at the bottom again!) The juggle wasn't very scientific. If you'd rather be elsewhere in the chain, we can move you.

    Everyone needs to take a look at the round three list so you have an idea when you're up. Also, please make sure you PM the next blogger, or round 3 will finish around Thanksgiving

    My list might be odd because it's just html - I wrote it for people that wanted to cut and paste the list into their blog. I fyou'd rather have the hyperlinks for every list in the univers, Quid's got you covered at Peregrinas
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    Thanks for keeping this going.

    FWIW, I envisioned each round being a link in the chain. so the last post of round two would tie into the previous post and the first post of that round. Then the first post of round three would tie into the last post of round two, this connecting the 'links'. and so on. You're doing fine.
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    OH trusty leader, thank you for chiming it to keep us on the straight and gimpy

    I knew there was a method there - it's just that it was a thousand posts ago. Glad you're back (even if only to check up on your following)
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    Has anyone heard from The Nav? I am worried. He is like the blogging savant. I visit Fireflies everyday and Strange Bathrooms is still up. Either he went out of town for the weekend or Chi Chi got vengeful...
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    I've been thinking about him too - and see the weird bathrooms are still up. I don't know if Forbidden PM'ed him. Anyone else heard from him?

    We could redo with Round three list with only those who said "here". That may make it more possible we complete the round before the holiday weekend? I don't know what you guys think.
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    There's a holiday weekend?
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    I'm a Yank, remember?

    The 4th of July lands on a Tuesday, which means we party the whole week around here, since noone knows which weekend to pick

    But then, maybe I'm the only Yank in this round-the-world chain, who knows? And I sure don't care. It's not like I have a job or vacation days
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    I'm here. I'm alive. I had one of those weekends.
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    I will be out of computer range from Saturday, so finishing the round by the weekend sounds good.
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    Quote:
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    I'm here. I'm alive. I had one of those weekends.

    Hey Dude, welcome back to the cooler, man
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    Oh hey, that means Canada Day is coming up soon, too! Um, which day??? Oh, that'll be Saturday. I wonder if any Canuckians here will be celebrating...
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    Quote:
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    Judi - the list you quoted is the round 3 list - we juggled it, which has caused confusion, I think. So you followed Southern last round, but this next round is all different (Although I see you're at the bottom again!) The juggle wasn't very scientific. If you'd rather be elsewhere in the chain, we can move you.

    Oh yeah, you're right, I did. Sorry about that. It's tough paying attention in the back of the class with paper airplanes and slingshots going off around me. LOL I don't mind where I am in line so you can either leave me there or change me, either way is ok. Thanks.
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    You kids keep it down back there! Hehehe

    Let's limp along through this round, then next round we'll use logorithms and stuff to make sure the juggle's mathmatical

    yeah right
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    Quote:
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    I'm here. I'm alive. I had one of those weekends.

    You mean one of these weekends?
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    Actually not. It was more of those hanging out with a bunch of old people and hoping none of them die in your presence weekends.
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    Quote:
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    I mentioned earlier I won't be able to play in this round.

    Hope you all have fun!

    Sury

    Sury,

    I tried to leave a comment on your blog but it didn't show up.
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    Quote:
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    Actually not. It was more of those hanging out with a bunch of old people and hoping none of them die in your presence weekends.

    Ahhh...a museum old folks weekend!
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    so, Nav, dear, did someone tell you about my terrible phobia? of bugs?
    *sigh* that AV really really creeps me out. But don't change it - I'll just scroll fast. Sorry, I'll miss your posts...

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    Ya know, it should really say "Super Moo-derator" under your name. Just sayin'.
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    Quote:
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    Ahhh...a museum old folks weekend!

    Heh. No. I had a baptism on Saturday (I'm allergic to churches, but I had to go it being my kid and all) and a surprise party for my mom, who is now 65.

    Dawno:

    Ah, come on. They're just cute iddy biddy buggies. They won't hurt anyone. Well, unless they give you Lyme Disease or the plague or something.
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    I suggest we all give rep points to quid because she's a rescuing post goddess.

    Thanks quid!
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    My series on becoming a non-fiction author.


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    I'm quite put out. Forbidden Snowflake's Avatar
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    Yeah, I'll take all the rep points ya wanna give me - but Forbidden should get at least as many... Thanks, Kelly!

    Thanks, Forbidden!

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    Yes!! your's are coming next! (sorry - I only read the last couple of posts this morning -- you guys have both been seriously busy!!!)

    Thanks a ton!
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    I'm quite put out. Forbidden Snowflake's Avatar
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    @quid: I'm so glad you found that page 7 and 8 *bows*

    Thx Kelly and quid
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    Yay! Thank you Forbidden Snowflake and quidscribis! I'm very glad the chain is back.

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    thx gals for all your hard work.

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    Looks like a really cool idea. So, how does one participate? - I assume it's a case of wait for round 4?

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    I know there will be a round 4, and you're welcome to participate! We just have to work out the bugs. After round 3 finishes, we'll all share our thoughts about how to proceed with round 4.
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