In celebration of me finally landing on a description for this blog, Ruminations on the 80s and writing, I'd like to point you in the direction of two wonderful websites that make the 80s and writing even more fun.
First up Goodreads. My first thought about Goodreads was that it's sort of like Facebook for writers and readers. But different. Like Facebook, you friend people and get a feed on their Goodreads activity, but everything here is focused on literature. You fill bookshelves with all the books you've read, are reading, and want to read, and you can rate and review them all. Also, there's space on your profile for a blog, for samples of your writing, for videos, and for exhibiting your favorite quotes from an enormous searchable quote library. If you like, you can become a fan of your favorite authors and join various groups to engage with readers/writers with similar interests. Additionally for writers, you can list your books and publicize upcoming events. Here's a link to my profile as an example.
Now through May 31, Goodreads members (membership is free) can enter to win a signed copy of Three Daves.
And for your 80s fix, you've got to check out Like Totally 80s. It's the most comprehensive and easy-to-navigate 80s site I've found. It has a separate page for Music, TV & Movies, Culture, and Fashion, and each is loaded with articles and links. The site even has an 80s Party Guide and a page where you can Buy 80s Stuff. And best of all, everything is written with just the right amount of cheek so that it's both informative and delightful.
Now though June 30, you can enter to win a signed copy of Three Daves at liketotally80s.com