Something Wicked This Way Comes…

People, COOL STUFF is on it’s way to the blog. Some I can mention and some I have to stay zipped about…for now. But stay tuned friends, for great TBM stuff is in store!

First and foremost, many of you have noticed I’m not the only person writing Setting Thesaurus Entries any more. Indeed, I have unleashed Project Awesome, whereby guest entries by your favorite published authors will be appearing here at The Bookshelf Muse! This is a fantastic opportunity for all writers, because these authors are selecting settings FROM THEIR NOVELS and using them to share their descriptive talents with us.

All Guest Entries by these authors will be featured in the sidebar with a *GE* next to their setting. And maybe, just maybe, you might want to check back on Saturday to see who our next guest Author is. Like, even if you were say, Across the Universe.

In other news, I have a visitor! CRITTER, the creation of artist Ian Sands, has popped in for a visit, the last stop on his tour of the KIDLIT world. The second I lifted him from the envelope, he started exploring the house and meeting the locals.

The Travelocity Gnome filled him in on the weirdness he can expect to find here in the Ackerman home.

Aragorn recommended a few costume choices for Halloween in between lessons in orc slaying. And, he dished some dirt on Legolas, but that’s a post for another day.

Critter, who has visited with many excellent writing personalities over the past year including authors Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitch Smith, Jill S. Alexander and PJ Hoover, has been all over the world on a giant adventure. He originally hails from Christy Evers at Christy’s Creative Space, where you can visit for the full low down about Critter, where he’s been and the mission to help St. Jude’s.

I’ve got some special stuff planned with Critter (including a VIP event!) to make sure he ends his world tour in style. In the meantime, I feel it’s my duty to make sure he’s ready for the Apocalypse, so I fixed him up with something educational to read.



Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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36 Responses to Something Wicked This Way Comes…


  2. So so so fun! What a wonderful end to the cute little guy’s journey.

  3. Oh what fun! A visit from Critter. I’ve seen some of his other blog stops. I’m sure he’ll have LOTS of fun at your home. Look forward to hearing more about his visit in future blog posts.

    Also looking forward to hearing about the surprises you couldn’t mention yet.

  4. lbdiamond says:

    Ha!!! This is so cute! 😀

    Looking forward to all the awesomeness!

  5. This is beyond awesome! I can’t wait for the news! And how did you get the Travelocity gnome? I thought you had to run The Amazing Race to get one of those…

  6. Hurray for Critter! I am staying tuned.

  7. Thanks everyone for the great comments. I figured not too many people here would be surprised I had that book, LOL.

    I am so excited to host CRITTER and I know we’ll all benefit from having the great descriptive talents of so many authors here at the blog.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  8. Sounds like a great idea! Can’t wait to see future guest entries. Spread the wealth!

  9. Julie Musil says:

    See? I learn something new whenever I read your blog. I had no idea there was a survival guide for Zombies! AND I had not yet heard about Critter, which sounds like a fun idea on behalf of a great cause. Love St. Jude’s.

  10. Bish Denham says:

    Doesn’t Critter just make you smile? Here’s to a BIG cheer! HipHipWhoRah!

  11. Wow, Angela, your Project Awesome sounds… well, awesome! Can’t wait!

  12. Nathalie says:

    Sounds like some exciting stuff coming up! Personally, I’d like to see Travelocity Gnome and Aragorn battle it out, but I digress.

  13. Jan Markley says:

    That’s a great little critter!

  14. Can’t wait to see what you have planned, Angela (and Critter). 😀

  15. Marcia says:

    Oooh, on pins and needles. Angela, you are one AWESOME blogger.

  16. Nandini says:

    My bad … I didn’t realize this WAS Critter’s last destination! Can’t wait to see his send off!!!

  17. Nandini says:

    I can’t believe Critter is almost done with his travels!! What a ride he’s been on …

    Project Awesome sounds, well, awesome :). Will stay tuned for the the guest author entries, and the other NEWS, and to see who Critter end up with on his final trip!

  18. Very cute! Can’t wait for your surprises! Didn’t know there was such a thing as a Zombie Survival guide. I may have to pick that up for my daughter. She’d love it!!

  19. C.R. Evers says:

    Awesome pictures! I’m so glad that Critter has made friends so quickly. :0)

    You crazy kids have fun. I can’t wait to see what all you have in store for him.

  20. Ooo, ooo, I know your secret–I *think* (I’m on the inside too. ;))

    But I’m not telling.

    And wow, what a genius idea to open up the project. Looking very forward to reading.

    Looks like you showed Critter an awesome time. 🙂

  21. Well, I’m curious to find out the news, but I guess I’ll have to wait. Chuck won’t be happy about seeing that Gnome in your house. Have you read the book yet? I’ll definitely be reading Saturday and every other post of course, because I love BSM! Thanks Angela!

  22. I’m looking forward to whatever’s coming. 😀

  23. Well, I would love to be able to share THAT KIND OF NEWS, but not yet! However, it is something super fun and cool for the blog, so I hope people will still be happy to get involved!

  24. Heather says:

    Critter will be well prepared. Everyone should read the Zombie Survival Guide. 😉 I can hardly wait for your exciting news!

  25. Elle Strauss says:

    First time I’ve heard of critter–he looks awesome!

  26. Oh, with a hint like that, the universe couldn’t keep me away! LOL. It looks like Critter is having a great time at the Ackerman’s.

    I have my fingers and toes and shoelaces and…well, you get the idea…all crossed about the wicked news that’s coming!! 🙂

  27. Lenny Lee! says:

    hi miss angela! gotta just love that critter. looks like critters feeling right at home at your house. im gonna watch for your guests cause theres lot you could learn from them.
    …hugs from lenny

  28. E.J. Wesley says:

    Good thing Critter wasn’t hiding the One Ring, or Aragorn might’ve had to deal with him. Like Smeagol, there’s just something untrustworthy about Critter’s eyes.

  29. Angela,
    My son read “The Zombie Survival Guide” like a field manual. LOL. Seriously, he regurgitated data like actualities. Needless to say, he loved it!! And, he’s prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

  30. Ha ha! Your post had me giggling all the way through it! Yay for Project Awesome and guests and Across the Universe. (I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK THAT I HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS FOR A SECOND!) Okay, I’m all better…for now.

    Thanks for all the fun stuff today, Angela! Hope to see you at Elana’s query chat tonight, too! 🙂

  31. What an awesome idea to open the project. Uh, I guess that’s how you came up with the title.

  32. Go, Beth!! Hooray for Elevensies!

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