OK, so I just wanted to centralize the links to many of my favorite Web sites, focusing on writing and gardening. I'll be continually adding links as I travel online, so please check back often. Hope you'll find these useful as well!
Writing Web Sites:
A Book Inside - How to Write and Publish a Book
Carol Denbow's blog (based on her book of the same title) provides excellent "Author 101" advice on how to write, sell, and market a both fiction and nonfiction books.
"Write hard. Write true. And write more." Plenty of info here on the business of writing, and the forums are often lively.
Author Tech Tips
Everything the freelancer needs to know about blogging, social media, podcasting, online marketing, and other "tech tips" even a Luddite would understand.
One of my favorite fiction market sites, with thousands of markets from the pro and semi-pro publications to the smallest literary magazines, as well as online and audio markets. Includes a great submission tracker!
Articles and resources on nearly every aspect of freelance writing, including social networking and a section on photography.
Here you can read and dissect scripts from your favorite horror and suspense movies. I especially like comparing draft scripts with shooting/final scripts, taking note of the differences. Always fascinating.
The Literary Platform
"The Literary Platform is dedicated to showcasing projects experimenting with literature and technology. It brings together comment from industry figures and key thinkers, and encourages debate."
One of the best sites for keeping up with publishing industry news, including job opportunities.
"Tools for the business of writing." Based on Julie Hood's book, The Organized Writer: 30 Days to More Time, More Money, and Less Frustration, this Web site contains many freebies and articles to help writers ... well ... get organized!
Preditors & Editors
This comprehensive site's sole purpose is to "provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work." The site is also valuable because it reports scams and problems in the publishing industry, and can steer freelancers away from the "predators" out there.
"Organize and track your query letters to literary agents and publishers." Free service, includes demo videos to help you get started.
Another fiction market site, with emphasis on speculative fiction, horror, and science fiction! There's a quirky sense of humor here as well.
StoryPilot's Science Fiction & Fantasy Market Engine
Another search engine, this one specifically monitoring SF and fantasy publications. Neat search device.
"The highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world!" Subscribe to the ezine here, and access lists of open markets and job opportunities for writers. (Angela Hoy, the publisher/editor, helped me obtain payment from a magazine that published one of my articles but was reluctant to send a check; it took two years!)
Gardening Web Sites:
American Community Garden Association
Community gardens groups are growing all over the U.S. Here is the information you need to become involved.
National Garden Bureau
This nonprofit organization provides "reliable, accurate gardening information on flowers and vegetables grown from seed."
National Gardening Association
The NGA Web site provides a wealth of information and resources for gardeners of all ages. I particularly like the association's article archive.
National Home Gardening Club
Home of Gardening How-To, one of my favorite gardening magazines. This Web site also contains plenty of advice for home gardeners.
Revive the Victory Garden
There has been a recent resurgence in growing vegetables in the home garden, and this site has been set up to serve gardeners in that regard.
A spinoff from Fine Gardening magazine published by Taunton Press, this site provides plenty of info, project plans, videos, and resources for the vegetable gardener.