Question of the Month: You on the Web

by Susan Henderson on April 6, 2009

If my in-laws lived in Kansas, that’s where I would be right now. Alas, they live in Hawaii.

(That’s my mother-in-law’s house and Mr. Henderson’s behind.)

I’m taking this month off from LitPark, but I thought this would be a good time for us to share our various websites. I’ll list mine here:

MySpace (me, LitPark)
FaceBook (me, LitPark)

Now, list your websites in the comments section. And please feel free to mention any upcoming books, readings, or other news you’d like to share. I’ll comment when I’m back in town.


Next month, I’ll post a new question and interview for you. And now I’ll leave you with a little news from the last few weeks…

harley 1 harley 2

My boys played some songs for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at Lighthouse Harley Davidson. Hell’s Angels were in the audience, as were members of Twisted Sister. Was pretty funny.

And, if you’d like to see how Purple Day went, Robin Slick has a great re-cap over here, with photos!

Take good care of each other while I’m away.

{ 98 comments… read them below or add one }

lance_reynald April 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

hi everybody,

the links list, eh?

the blog:
the website:
oh yeah, there is this…

wondertwin- Have a great time on the island!! beats the hell outta Kansas!
xo. LR


Kirk_Farber April 6, 2009 at 9:04 pm

That Hawaiian view is incredible. Have a great time.

My website:
My blog:

Harper Perennial is publishing my first novel, POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL, in early 2010.



Nathalie April 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm

You poor thing… I can see you’d rather be in Kansas. Try to have fun nevertheless.
Do you get to see the vulcanoes?

Photo blog:
Word of the Day:

I can’t be bothered to try and find my MySpace address and if you click on picture at my LJ blog, you can get to my Flickr account.
All my published works are listed in the side bar on my picture blog and word of the day blog. I have more coming apparently so watch that space for updates.


Kimberly April 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm
terrybain April 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm

By the way, if y’all have any litpark trouble while our host is away, please let me know ASAP.



Aurelio April 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I’m currently querying agents for my new novel, so any and all recommendations or feet in the door are welcome.

Livejournal:Aurelio’s Mind Melt
Facebook:Aurelio on Facebook

I’m not much of a blogger, to be honest, but I keep the posts on MySpace the most current.


Lac April 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm

My debut book, a memoir, titled “I Love Yous are for White People” (HarperPerennial) will be on sale on May 12, 2009.






Nicole1 April 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I’m A Writer and A Rider at
I currently have a novel out there making the rounds, but no bites yet.
Hawaii looks heavenly!


terrybain April 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm
TanyaEganGibson April 13, 2009 at 12:06 am

My debut novel, HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, will be published by Dutton on May 14th. Here’s more contact info than you could shake a stick at (or would want to — though I’m not sure, exactly, why you’d want to shake a stick at anything, even in a cliché that ends with a dangling preposition).

Funny (I Hope) Book Trailer:
Red Room:


aimeepalooza April 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm
SusanHenderson April 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Just back from Hawaii and will take a bit to catch up, but so glad to see all of you here, and I’ll comment individually tomorrow.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 10:59 am

Hey, Terry Bain, I want to respond to the comments here, and there’s no longer a way to comment to each individual post. Also, got lots of notes that people are having trouble using Disqus. Ideas? Can we just do old fashioned comments again with no sign in?


terrybain April 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Wanted to pipe in here and say if you’re having trouble posting to the comments section, you may want to check and see if you have third party cookies enabled.

Within Safari and Chrome you will need to make sure to accept third party cookies.
In Firefox you will find this under the Privacy Section.
In Google Chrome click the wrench (to thetop right), options, and within the tab “under the hood ” you will find it.

If you’re still having trouble, send me an email and we’ll see if we can get it fixed.


terrybain April 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Gurg. How did I break that?

Of course, we could open up comments without sign-in, but that’s kind of like saying “oh, please SPAM me! I love it.” Unfortunately, trolls still exist. But I shall do as you request, of course.


terrybain April 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Apparently my method for turning off the “like” button also turns off the “reply” button. I’ve put them both back, temporarily, since replying seems important, and I’ll work on the like button once I hear back from the disqus folks. In the mean time, fell free to discuss disqus (or something).



blisti April 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm
terrybain April 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Okay. I’ve temporarily set it up so that it should be a little easier to comment here. Hopefully some people will be able to leave a comment that weren’t before now. Feel free to let me know if you are still having problems.


terrybain April 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Also wanted everyone to note, if you’ve had trouble logging in to disqus in the past (or even if you haven’t), you can now log in via “facebook connect.” That is, if you click on the “facebook connect” button above the input box, it will take you to a facebook login page. Enter your facebook login data and it will log you in as a facebook user. Then you can comment here and your comments will appear here and in your facebook pages.

(Note, I had to reload this page after I logged in to facebook to get it to accept me as a facebook user, so there may be a glitch or two in the system… but still… cool!)

As always, if you have problems with it, let me know.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Yay! Comments are working again! I hope everyone’s checking out each others’ websites and friending them and all that. I can personally vouch for Lance’s book, which sort of punches the gut and expands the heart all at once.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Kirk! Did I know that about your book? Because I don’t think I did. And huge huge congratulations!! I’ve loved every Harper Perennial book I’ve ever read.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm

There were only 2-1/2 sunny days. And on one of them, my MIL brought me to an old volcano site, where it was 51 degrees and raining (because of the elevation), and there we looked into binoculars to try to find a bird she liked.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I love the scribbles.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Ooh, but you have to link your essays/columns, too. And I’ve got a good feeling about your query, so just keep sending it out!


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Another amazing book from Harper Perennial! But more about that soon!


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Happy belated birthday! Sending all good vibes for someone to $ snatch up $ your novel!


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

For those of you who don’t know, Terry is my Amazing, O. Henry Award-Winning webmaster. Thanks for all your fiddling today, t!


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Ooh, you guys have to visit Tanya’s site and tell your story about how reading saved you!

Hi Tanya! Glad you’re here.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Aimee, I love the story of your little boy, not so little. And I hope, when you bought all those Golden Books, you got The Pokey Little Puppy.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Oh, then I’m to blame for making you remove the Like button. Sorry about that! But just so everyone’s clear, there will be no grading or rating posts around here. I hate that.

(P.S., t, did you know, all this time, until one second ago, I thought that was a picture of a cucumber and not a marble? Does this mean I need glasses?)


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Hello, fabulous Brad Listi!

Is everyone around here reading (and submitting stories to) The Nervous Breakdown? I hope so.


SusanHenderson April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for all your work here.


TanyaEganGibson April 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Thanks, Susan! [Hey, you wouldn’t happen to have a story yourself, would you? :-) ]


Aurelio April 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

Okay, Susan, you asked, so here you go:

I’ve done some essays for the ezine, Impact Times. Here’s the link to their Spring issue. My piece is entitled, “Of Memoirs and Makeovers”:

Impact Times

I have several other essays in past issues. If you are a glutton for punishment, here’s the link to their archives:

Impact Times Archives


Jane Lebak April 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm


My weblog (Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family) with links to my online stories & essays:

My novel’s website:


Elizabeth Enslin April 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

My most recent essay available online is in Fringe Magazine:

I’ve also had worked published recently in print in The Gettysburg Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Truth About the Fact.

I’m finishing an ethnographic memoir, Sacred Threads, on my experiences as anthropologist and family member in Nepal. I’ll be sending out queries in the next six months. Any recommendations are welcome.

Main Website:


Maureen McGowan April 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I feel so sorry for you about the inlaws in Hawaii thing. You’ll get to Kansas some day. 😉

I also have a Myspace page but almost never look at it.


Maureen McGowan April 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm
SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’m not seeing your link there, so let me post it for you. LOVE your website. (Hope everyone’s visiting each others’ pages because all of you cool people ought to know each other.)


robinslick April 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

First of all, thanks so much for the Purple Day mention and second of all, welcome back! You poor dear, having to go to Hawaii. (Though I do not envy the long flight but that’s why they’ve invented Valium)

Okey doke, in case you have missed all of the billboards I’ve posted on the internet and in cities and towns near you, I have a new book out, and it kind of makes me nauseous to post an Amazon link given their latest tactics so I’ll also post the Barnes and Noble link as well…and naturally because I’m a total publicity slut I’ll also (yet again) post links to my blog and website:

The book: and

The blog:

The website:

I am also on MySpace and Facebook which continue to confound me, but I absolutely love Twitter and I’m a total addict. So here is that link:


Alexander Chee April 15, 2009 at 12:40 pm

You can find me at my blog,, or at my authorsite: I recently had them redesigned by The Imaginary Boy (


Alexander Chee April 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Also, Susan, it looks like you had a wonderful time in Hawaii. I hope to get there this year myself.


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

The design of your website is a perfect match for your writing. Wow. Please, please, I hope everyone visits Alex’s links. And I’m going to remember the imaginary boy for when I need him.


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Ha! Yes. Well, mostly. Did you see the photo of me in the mumu my MIL had me wear?


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Robin, I’ve missed you. And what is all this about Trent Reznor?

If anyone here hasn’t read Robin yet, get ready for one hell of an emotional ride and some fantastic black humor. And if you guys want to support indie bookstores as you buy each other’s books, just click here:


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Love the rant about QueryFail. I’ll link it so folks can jump in:


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Is anyone else here kind of stunned by how flat-out cool and unique you people are? You have to click on Elizabeth’s links and see what she’s done in Nepal.


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Jane, was “philangelus” already a word, or did you coin it? I love it, and same with your fascinating blog.


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Let me make the links a little bit easier to get to… and just warning folks who click that these are pdf files so they’ll download rather than take you to a webpage:

FAME: I’ll Have To Live Forever – Aurelio O’Brien ––Winter_2008.pdf

Top Ten Qualities Needed To Be POTUS – Aurelio O’Brien ––Fall_2008.pdf

Is That Really Funny? – Aurelio O’Brien ––Jun_2008.pdf

The Delicate Art of Speculative Satire – Aurelio O’Brien –


SusanHenderson April 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I’m gonna do that tonight!


terrybain April 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Oh. Now I need to get a picture of a cucumber, because that would be awesome.


djtuffpuppy April 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I love the internet..
Writers in the school (blog I maintain for my internship)
Twitter: thebookpirate


Nicole Beattie April 16, 2009 at 2:30 am

Hi Sue,

Are you still in Hawaii? Have you tried Puka Dog? Strangely tasty.

Twitter: @literarycity

I help authors with social media, websites, book trailers, widgets, graphic design, manuscript polishing, HTML newsletters, marketing strategies, book covers, POD options…..I draw the line at washing windows though (I have boundaries people – boundaries!)



billie April 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

I hope your Hawaii trip was wonderful!

My sites: (woefully out of date, but I’ll get to it eventually!)

It’s been awhile since I could get the comment function to work here, so I’ll try again and keep my fingers crossed!!


glecharles April 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

I went to Hawaii for the first time last summer, for the Maui Writers Conference (in Honolulu) and was disappointed that I didn’t get to see much beyond the hotel and the outdoor mall next door. From the air, it’s beautiful, and I’d love to go back one day and get out of the city. Enjoy your visit!


I’m looking forward to the NY Writers Round Table Conference next weekend; I’m participating in the blogging panel on Friday. Also, teaching a poetry workshop at Hostos Community College on 4/26:


Cliff Garstang April 16, 2009 at 9:03 am

Enjoy your time off!

My litblog is Perpetual Folly.
I’ve got a story collection coming out in September from Press 53 called In an Uncharted Country, and there will be a website,, but that’s not quite ready yet.

And of course I’m on Facebook and Twitter for all to see.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hey guys, I’m glad you’re all here. (And I am, too, just got back on Monday, sorry for the confusion.) I’ll be checking out everyone’s sites all day – really fun to see the personality of each of your blogs – and I’ll be responding to posts when I take breaks from my new novel.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

Can you post the direct link to where we can all tell our stories about how reading saved us? I can’t find it anymore.


aimeepalooza April 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

Thanks! No, The Pokey Little Puppy was not included. Sad! My son is obsessed with The Little Red Hen. I do see why they fell out of fashion. They are more difficult to read than most young reader books and tend to be slap in the face preachy. But in Kindergarten, the point is he is reading them…right?


TanyaEganGibson April 16, 2009 at 9:36 am – Turn the “light” on in the site and then click on the egg-shaped thing (top left-ish) on the bookshelf. There’s a scrolling list of stories, and on the bottom of the screen there’s a “share your story” button that brings up a form to fill out with name, e-mail address, title, and story. :-)


Betsy April 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm
SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Yay! You made it, Betsy.

That Ben Tanzer interview on your blog killed me. And he likes all the same books as I do, so I’m going to have to read him, too.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I think Terry’s set the comments up so you can sign in from Facebook now, which would give you a nice little photo there where it’s blank.

And hey, I’ll be curious how the garden project you mention on your blog works out. We made a decision when we moved in not to have grass anywhere (we don’t own a lawn mower) and so have let most of the property go to forest, and outside the fenceline we have plants that more or less maintain themselves. But part of the yard desperately needs something, so we’re going to experiment with clover and vegetables, etc, and if you get better results, I’ll be copying from you.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I’ll be interested to hear how your conference goes. Who else is on your panel?

Love the poetry prompts on your blog, and then got distracted with the Bar-Kay’s Freak Show on the Dance Floor link. :)


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:12 pm

So happy to see you here again, and sorry for all the trouble folks have had leaving comments. Hopefully it’s all getting sorted out. Do you ever show your photography? I always have a real emotional response to it – not just pretty pictures. (Love the story on your Mystic Lit blog about the fog and the wet tree trunks and the open barn doors.)


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I got back on Monday. Tell me, what’s Puka Dog?

Your site is GORGEOUS and simple. Can you say something about the re-launching of books? I think a lot of people here would be interested in that.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

The Book Pirate’s awesome. And even though I kind of like that William Carlos Williams’ poem about the plums, I think it’s really fun to have a poetry you loathe day!


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

It’s funny because I think I totally ignored the in your face preacher moment in that book. What I liked best about it was the cadence. It did that Annabelle Lee trick, where the words would kind of build to a roar. (Maybe this is why I struggle so much with plot. My attention is always on the sound of the words.)


terrybain April 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Looks like peeps are back to commenting like crazy. Good on you. Let me know if there are any other problems. I’m still working on the “like” link, but if it has to stay there too keep up all this mad activity, it might be a sacrifice worth making.


SusanHenderson April 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

You done good, t. Thank you.


Maureen McGowan April 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Thanks Susan! This was such a great idea. Having fun visiting everyone’s links.


billie April 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Have never shown it, but every now and then have sold one! I went to photography school for a year in the middle of my undergrad English degree debacle, and loved the work but if getting a form rejection from an agent/editor seems bad, imagine having one of your photographs thrown across the room! Or once, ripped in half. :/ I ended up packing my old Nikon away for several years, and now that I take photos again, it’s mostly for fun, and w/o the pressure to make them technically perfect. Though now so much is digital, it’s completely different anyway.

Thanks for asking. I love that you have that kind of response to some of the photos. I definitely go for the emotional shot, not the technically wowing or the dazzling.


SusanHenderson April 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Selling is even better! But what an awful story about someone ripping your photos in half. I’m sorry. Amazing the thick skin artists of all sorts have to develop.


5speener0 April 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Welcome back, Mumu Momma!

Just like you, Susan, I am really looking forward to visiting all the sites. I do love to connect with people, so this is just kicking it up a notch with all the folks on Lit Park. Thanks for the opportunity.
This is where, according to my Dewey, I spend too much time: This is where you can contribute your story for my book, The Kindness of Strangers. Surely we’ve all been recipients of a simple and beautiful story of kindness. Every story submission will be considered for the book.

I hang out on facebook also, but have only a personal profile at this time. Any Lit Park friends who are on there too are more than welcome to add me. Search for Despina Yeargin…I’m the one with a smoochy profile pic of me and Dewey.

Looking forward to next month’s question.


Kimberly April 20, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Oh poo. For some reason I thought it was the first monday of the month again.

Dang it.


Marilyn Peake April 21, 2009 at 12:47 am

Finally made it back here. Been very, very busy. Here are my websites: – My Author Website – My Twitter page

Enjoy your time off!


SusanHenderson April 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hey there, Despina. This isn’t a stranger story, but it’s one that was a big wake up for me on how easy kindness can be when you let go of the idea of keeping score:

And I’m glad you’re looking forward to LitPark next month because everything will be back in full force. And I think I’ll ask a question next time that brings out a little more of the storyteller in you guys. (Always love visiting your Alpha sites!)


SusanHenderson April 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

That’s too cute.

Mr. H had such a great time with you the other day, btw. You free on Sat, May 16th? The boys are opening for Twisted Sister!


SusanHenderson April 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

Wow, you really have been busy! I’m glad you’re here.


maria April 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I don’t know what brought me by here today, but re-reading your story of generosity was just what I needed. (I do totally understand why you cut back, but, oh, I really miss the days of once-weekly LitPark!)

I have a website,, and I blog there, too ( I was really into the blogging idea at first but soon enough I was spending too much time on that and not enough on my “real” writing, so I reversed the polarity. I still post here and there, but now I try to save most of my energy for fiction.

Can’t wait to visit all the sites listed here!


glecharles April 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Sorry it took so long to circle back! The other panelists are Pamela Skillings (, Rebecca Fox (MediaBistro) and Julie Trelstad (Plain White Press), with Roy Sekoff (Huffington Post) moderating. Should be interesting.

The poetry prompts are courtesy of Robert Brewer via his Poetic Asides blog and the Poem-A-Day Challenge ( I’m trying to go 30/30 and would never get there without the daily prompt. At the moment, I’m two days behind again!

Looking forward to your return next month. Take care!


SusanHenderson April 22, 2009 at 11:28 am

My neighbor’s baby died last night, and we’re organizing who’s cooking dinner on which night. :(

I’ll catch up here this weekend. I’m glad you’re all here.


Nathalie April 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

That is so sad. :(


Kimberly April 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I’ve never had Twisted Sister on my calendar before. Ever. This is too friggin’ hilarious for words!!! Send me deets via email, please, and I’ll be there!


SusanHenderson April 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I know, isn’t it? I’ll send you the vague details. Apparently, Snyder likes everyone to be flexible – like a 2 hour cushion of flexibility. Maybe you should bring one of your gingerbread kits for the wait?


SusanHenderson April 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Maria! Your youtube frightened me. You know which one I mean?


SusanHenderson April 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

It’s the saddest thing. And no one saw it coming. Everyone was perfectly healthy the day before yesterday.


5speener0 April 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Oh, my! So sorry to hear this. This is the kind of even that is very difficult to swallow. How will the parents get through this? My thoughts are with you all.


5speener0 April 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Thank you, Susan. You have a kind and generous heart. That story is pefect. It’s the same idea that my father shared with me when I was in my 20s. His own grandfather had always instructed him to plant a grapevine wherever he lived; even if he didn’t like grapes, the vine would offer food for the birds.

Interestingly enough, while the book is about kind deeds of strangers, my conclusion and deep belief is that there are no strangers. Because we are all connected, there are only people that we have not yet gotten to know. :)

I would love to talk to you at some point about including your story in the book.


maria April 23, 2009 at 2:40 am

Yes! Isn’t it bizarre?? I’m kind of addicted to odd bits, but that one is just totally unhinged.

I’m so so sorry to hear about your neighbor. What a tragedy.


SusanHenderson April 23, 2009 at 8:22 am

Ah, you and I believe the very same thing about strangers.

Thanks so much for this. I’ll send you a note and we can talk more. :)


SusanHenderson April 23, 2009 at 8:26 am

Thank you.


SusanHenderson April 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thanks, Maria.

And I’m with you about odd and random bits. They can get you thinking and creating in totally new ways.


SusanHenderson April 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

So great to see you last night!


SusanHenderson April 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

What a great panel. Let us know how it goes.

I might adapt those poetry prompts to my novel if I hit a wall. Looks like you’ll have to write 3 today, huh?


Kimberly April 27, 2009 at 9:15 am

Oh… I’ll work on bringing a *treat*. 😉


SusanHenderson April 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hoping you mean a human, accordian-playing treat!


5speener0 May 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

No punishment, just good stuff from you. :)


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