May’s Ketchup is here! But it will be VERY different from my usual Ketchup. Since guest bloggers represented two weeks this month, I won’t have a place for guest bloggers. Instead, I will organize it according to popularity and subject, linking to both the post and the guest bloggers’ websites. I also didn’t upload any new episodes to Coffee and Cats, so there isn’t a slot for YouTube videos. (I’m sure it will make more sense as you scroll down.) But – as usual – I will include the monumental moments, the top three posts, the post I wish got more views, the number one searched term, my top referrer other than search engines, the websites that supported ShannonAThompson.com, and all of the other blog posts organized by topic. I hope these Ketchup posts continue to help other bloggers or interested readers in understanding the behind-the-scenes here at ShannonAThompson.com. If you have something you would like me to add to these posts, please let me know.
I want to share the photos below for two reasons. My brother got married this month, and this photo was taken in the rose garden during the wedding rehearsal. I now have a sister! (Yah!) And the second reason is because these flowers are so beautiful that I wanted to share them in the sense that I want them to be for you. I want you to enjoy them, even if it is just over the computer, because beauty like this should be shared with everyone.
With all my love,
Three of my poems released on Whispers in the Dark radio. Although I’m a novelist, I’m also a poet, and poetry is an intrinsic part of my soul. These are the four horror poems, and his readings are amazing: In-sum-knee-ah (Insomnia) – This Waiting Place – Her Button Collection, Now Mine – Glitter Rain.
ShannonAThompson.com hit 16,000 followers, and actor and martial artist, Tony Jaa, quoted Seconds Before Sunrise. Tony Jaa is known for his work in Ong-bak 1, 2, and 3 as well as Fast & Furious 7.
I interviewed David Congalton – You’ll see the post below, but I wanted to mention it up here, because I was truly honored to be able to speak with the writer of the movie, Authors Anonymous – a movie I definitely suggest for any writer.
Colt Coan – a Kansas City photographer – also created the amazing portraits you will now see on my social media pages. Here’s his website. We’re planning on working together on more projects in the future, too, so look out for that.
I also joined Tumblr and Pinterest. If you share anything from my Pinterest, I will share the photo on my Facebook pages and credit your websites. I plan on sharing insights about my novels in the future with my Pinterest, so I’m really excited about joining this social media site.
Top Three Blog Posts:
1. My Next Novel, Take Me Tomorrow, is Almost Here!: If being grateful could burst through a computer screen, my emotions would. I am blown away by how much you all supported my next novel. I cannot wait to share more. (Seriously. I have to restrain myself to prevent spoiling too much.) That being said, the restraints will soon be removed, so expect more information and excerpts to start coming your way in June. If you want to be on the review list, email me at email@example.com. If you want to know more about my YA, dystopian novel about a clairvoyant drug click here to visit Goodreads.
2. From Wattpad to Publication: I will confess. I was so nervous about this post that I almost didn’t share it. I shared some of my greatest struggles I’ve ever had in publishing and writing in this post. Although it is long, it is meaningful, and I hope it encourages those writers who’ve given up – because I did. I completely surrendered.
The Post I Wish Received More Views:
Marking Mother’s Day with Bookmarks: Mother’s Day is a beautiful day for many people, but for the motherless it can be a severe struggle. I shared how I cope as a motherless daughter, but I also shared how bookmarks have shaped me as a person overtime.
Other Blog Posts, Organized by Topic:
- My Anniversary: A Timeline of this Past Year: It’s been one year since Minutes Before Sunset released, and I shared exclusive insights on how the novel has been doing and how it has grown over 365 days.
- Q&A about Take Me Tomorrow: More information on my next novel!
- History is Something that Happens to Other People by Misha Burnett: The insights from an author who writes historical fiction.
- Why Genre Hopping is your best friend by Ryan Attard: I believe in Genre Hopping. Obviously. I write poetry, military fiction, and young-adult. (And that’s only what I have published.) I also have a contemporary romance written. But I am so glad Ryan Attard wrote this post, because he expressed the controversy and beauty of this decision with humorous honesty.
- Chocolate and the Metaphor by Ron Estrada: A great example about how metaphors and similes need to be handled with care.
- Self-Publishing Checklist by Jonas Lee: For those who are starting, this is where you can begin to understand what needs to be done.
- My Wonderful, Talented Guest Bloggers
- Interactive Book Reviews for Readers and Authors by Pau Castillo: As a reader and an author, I love her reviews.
At the end of the month, I also like to share my helpers. If you would like to review any of my novels, poetry, or short stories I am available at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also open to interviews and features! I love emails. Don’t hesitate. I am almost always online, too, so I don’t need a lot of notice. Again, email@example.com. (Do I sound like I’m begging yet? I hope I sound like I am begging. It adds a bit of entertaining drama, I think. Unless you’re not into that. Then, I hope I sound like I’m just being nice :D)
Photographers: Colt Coan took photos of me that are now updated on all of my websites.