Monday, August 4, 2014

Doing Awesome Things Online and IRL (Linkup Party)

I love the Internet. This magical, etherial place where people can create, share, and connect with others across the globe who share similar (and radically different) interests, ideas, fandoms. I have been inspired to create a shout-out post featuring a few of my friends and family who are doing awesome things on (and off) the Internet.

Let me start with Victoria Wilson, as she is the inspiration (and link-up host) for this post. I am super proud of her courage to soon put her book into the world. She blogs over at about her life as a writer, wife, and new mom.

Next up, my mom. Pat Gerke worked in the tasting room of a local winery for years, and asked herself what she could do with all those empty wine bottles. Now she up-cycles old bottles into awesome art. Check out her Etsy site, Bottle Redux. She also sells them around town at local shops.

Victoria Stoklasa, my friend from college, has written several political ebooks such as Sign It Into Law: How to Put Your Petition on the Ballot and Buddhism and Politics: Citizens, Politicians  and the Noble Eightfold Path. She is also an excellent photographer. She did our wedding photos! Plus her website is superbly designed. 

I recently had the opportunity to talk with author Matt Hlinak at our family reunion, and he offered me some excellent words on wisdom and insight into the publishing world. You can check out his book DoG in paperback and ebook. You can find his short stories in 100 Doors to Madness and Sudden Flash Youth. 

I hope you'll join us in some community building and share what cool things your friends are doing online. Make your own blog post for the link-up party, or leave a comment below.


  1. Thank you so much for the shoutout! Love these new follows. Also would love to hear what publishing advice you got from Matt!

    1. I asked about agents, and he did recommend getting one. (I'm currently querying agents). We talked about word count and how that was a struggle from him as his book leans towards the novella length and traditional publishers shy away from shorter works.