Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

News. Reviews. Previews.


I had so much fun planning this week. I’ve got some new blog ideas and am actually considering moving my blog over to WordPress instead of keeping it here at Blogger. Have any of you done that? I’d love to hear your advice on the matter!

So I’ve got these new things that I’m so pumped about sharing. But I want to

wait to make it all just right before I do a grand opening! So excited!

Speaking of excited, did you notice the change in the header. I promise the picture that was there before was only a half-dozen years old, but it made me look much younger. So this one is only a few months old. My dinky twinky did a great job on it! (BTW, Dinky Twinkies is code for my twin girls. thus Dinky Twinky would be a single.) Precious Redhead said it made me look mysterious. I would be flattered except that yesterday she said my grin made me look constipated. I think I’ll go looking for compliments elsewhere – just sayin’. 🙂

This weekender will offer:

  • Some great blog articles from authors including Staci Stallings, Jody Hedlund, David Walker, and Julie Cantrell.
  • Last week’s blog review
  • ROW80 Update
  • Next Week’s Blog Expectations


I’m getting better at visiting blogs, this week. Of course with my Grace Readers’ Weekly, I don’t have to rely only on my own blog touring. Some Twitter buddies offer their favorites as well.


Last Monday, I got to share the Best Almost Kiss winner at the Clash of the Titles. I’m enjoying being part of their blog Alliance every other week. On Tuesday, I shared about my boy’s rugby team at the University of Texas at Dallas in G is for Grrrrr! Highs and lows and how to live through them was my topic on Wednesday with another ROW80 update. Then I shared all I’ve learned about writing a Synopsis on Thursday. An interview with author and missionary Zeke Lam rounded out the week with a discussion of his book, Submission. Please visit the links here if you missed one of the articles!

ROW80 Update

Like I said, I’m inspired. I’ve written about 5k in a new story and am in the process of laying it out. I’ve taken two of my other stories, along with a serial I wrote using one of the characters, and am in the process of weaving the serial into my second story to connect them in a series. This third one that I’m writing now will complete the set and I’m really excited how things are going with it.

I got better at blog visiting, started on Pinterest (I’m totally addicted!), began tweeting more regularly, and set up some new surprises for later. Oh and I also played volleyball for an hour and a half! So sore after sitting around for 2 weeks! Now if I could just get off of potatoes again!


I think my plans may change, but for right now, I’m planning to Review a brand new book by debut author Bonnie S. Calhoun on Monday. On Tuesday, I’ll be highlighting the letter H. Hmmmmmm. I’ll have another ROW80 update on Wednesday, along with an inspirational article about life and writing. On Thursday, I’ll be chatting about learning styles and how they affect adults as much as kids. Then Friday will hold an interview with Author Fay Lamb.

Hope you’ve had a productive week and will have a delightful weekend. I’m going to watch my Dear Boy beat up on the UT of San Antonio for the Texas State Rugby Championship! (That’s the way I’ve pictured it in my head anyway.)

Your Turn: Have you blogged with both Blogger and WordPress? Which do you prefer? Do you think I should switch to WordPress?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

13 thoughts on “News. Reviews. Previews.

  1. I love a good bout of inspiration! It's amazing what kind of productivity it can spark. I had a great inspired week of my own…here's hoping it continues on this week for both of us. Best of luck on your goals!


  2. Thanks David. I think I'll duplicate my stuff and keep both for a bit while I try to switch as many of my followers as possible. It's a good time to move because I'm making a few changes and am getting excited about them!


  3. So glad you're moving. In WordPress, go to "Appearance," scroll down to "Follow Blog" and click "Add."Wordpress bloggers outnumber Blogspot or others by a wide margin, and we don't have to reenter our email, etc., each time when commenting on other WordPress blogs.


  4. Oh thanks, Karen! It may be round two before I get it all set up, but I'm working it!


  5. You're doing great Marji! Thank you for moving to wordpress. I have a terrible time commenting on some of the blogger sites. Blogger it seems doesn't always like me. But we fellow ROWers will follow you! Have a great week. 🙂


  6. Oh, you guys are great! Thanks so much for the feedback! I've started copying my blog to, but I'm still struggling with it. I'm hoping to make it look rather like this one if I can. I love the way I can set up multiple pages and have them in a drop-down menu. I'm slowly but surely being sold.New question: is there a widget for following like Blogger has? I know I've seen it on some WordPress sites, but I couldn't find it. Thanks for all of y'all's input. (Yes, y'all's is the correct possessive for y'all – perfectly appropriate for Texas Sassy!)


  7. I LOVE your header. It is so creative!! The tie in between your name and the blog name with the signs is really great. I've used blogspot before and it's all right, but I much prefer WordPress. I find the set up is easier to use (more intuitive) and the entire look of the blog page is better. Hope that helps with your decision. 🙂


  8. I've used both platforms and I find that I enjoy WordPress more. If you're hosting your own WP install, the possibilities are endless on how you can configure it. When it comes to Blogger, you're kind of stuck to what they allow and their limited design template. Going to a new platform WILL have a learn curve to it. I think once you get used to it and get a design you like, you'll feel right at home. Good luck on your decision and keep up the great work on those ROW80 goals 🙂


  9. Good job on your progress.. I love Pinterest! It is so much fun. When I am stressed out, I go to Pinterest and pin my stress away. I have a Blogspot blog and a WordPress blog… the one thing I don't like about the Blogspot blog is there is no way for me to be notified of a comment and I have to check back.. and then I get busy.. and I forget..


  10. I love that inspired feeling.And I much prefer wordpress to blogger/blogspot… I used the latter years ago and never got into it… then a friend put me onto wordpress and it's been great… so easy!I have a lot of commenting issues with blogspot blogs…


  11. Thanks, Jenny. I had no idea it was hard to reply on Blogger! I really like it and I know the program well, but I keep hearing that WP is better. Will need to be convinced I think, but commenting is certainly a notch in the right direction! Thanks!


  12. Great update, Marji! I am all in favor of everyone moving their blogs to WordPress. I hate commenting on Blogger – it kills me daily.Either way, all your ROW80 pals will still visit you and see what you're up to. 🙂