Weekend Hangout #1


A couple of years ago, I used to hang around this site. It was devoted to blog party games (and here you didn’t think your blog knew how to party…), and one of the most popular games was the weekend visiting game, we’ll call it.

I’ve decided that, with my blogroll hopelessly out of date and traffic down, this would be a good time to try to revive it.

Here’s how to play:

1. Leave a comment here, on this post. Say hello to me, tell me what you’re reading, what song you’re jamming to. You pick it. Leave your link (I can’t get Comment Luv to work regularly) to your blog.

2. Go visit the blog link in the comment above you. Tell them “I’m from West of Mars” and hopefully something nice about their post.

3. When three people have left a comment since your last one, you may play again. If no one’s commented for two hours, you may play again. This is the ONLY time you may visit someone other than the person above you.

4. If you’re new here, your comment will go into moderation. I’m going to try to keep on top of that, but do check back to make sure no one missed you. If you were skipped, leave another comment — even if you break the three-person rule.

5. Be nice. Have fun. Make new friends — that’s what this is all about. And, of course, I operate on the Commutative Principle of Friendships, whereby any friend of yours is a friend of mine. Which means anyone and everyone is welcome to play.

6. Game ends Sunday night.



  1. Maria Savva

    March 18, 2011 8:29 am

    Hi Susan, nice idea πŸ™‚ I’m currently reading ’33 Days’ by Bill See, who used to be in LA based band called Divine Weeks in the ’80s. The book is about the tour Divine Weeks did in the ’80s, and it’s a lot of fun. I think you’d enjoy it πŸ™‚
    Here’s a link to my Goodreads blog where I’m giving away free ebooks by Stacy Juba at the moment! http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1048118-come-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-and-enter-to-win-an-ebook

  2. Suzanne Adair

    March 18, 2011 9:41 am

    Susan: what a cool idea for a blog hop! Thanks for mentioning it on Goodreads.

    I’m currently re-reading The Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict. For every writer who has to deal with a sex scene in their wip, this book is great — not because it tells you what to write in the scene, but because it helps you understand why you’re writing the scene.

    And I cannot get Queen’s song “Teo Torriatte” out of my head. πŸ™

    Yesterday through Sunday 20 March, I’m in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop. Stop by my blog and follow the directions:


    There are more than 200 other bloggers with prizes in the hop!

  3. Gwen Mayo

    March 18, 2011 9:52 am

    Hi Susan. Right now I am reading close to home, my spouse, Sarah E. Glenn’s just got her ARC for All This and Family Too and I have to see what changes she made while doing the final edits.


  4. Joel The Kirkpatrick

    March 18, 2011 1:45 pm

    Relative to everyone else, I’m being Mr. MeanNastyJudge. JournalStone Publishing is into their 2011 Horror Novel contest, and yes, I’m on the panel. Having never done that before, it actually intimidates me – which might be good for the entrants. πŸ™‚

    Now, if you visit this linky: http://thetaleisthething.blogspot.com/2011/03/on-eighth-day-man-created-music.html You will notice that Susan is slated for some torment on my own blog. We are being properly PrimaDonna about it, making everyone wait. Drop by and complain about it. πŸ™‚

    Now, I’m off to pester Gwen Mayo about a sandwich.

  5. thea atkinson

    March 18, 2011 2:15 pm

    Hey there WestofMars. Just got home from a long day of work and thought I’d check in to your blog. Imagine my pleasure at seeing this cool lil parlour game.

    At the moment, I’m listening to Tool and I’m picking up the rest of Mel Comley’s Impeding Justice later as reading material for the eve.

    Feel free to visit my blog
    http://theaatkinson.wordpress.com to say hello or just to visit the rate me some tab where we play a game of ‘like that blurb’

  6. Jaleta Clegg

    March 18, 2011 5:18 pm

    Hi, Susan! I’m watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with my children. I should be writing either the steampunk airship pirate story or the demon story or the space bar swindler story, but I’m not. I’d rather play games right now. I’ll write later.

    I’ve got a recipe for dairy free cream of veggie soup on my blog. Stop by and check it out. http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/2011/03/thursday-recipe-dairy-free-cream-of.html

    Thanks and nice to meet you.

  7. Stacy Juba

    March 18, 2011 8:48 pm

    Ah, now I know why so many people are visiting Maria’s Goodreads post from West of Mars! Great idea, Susan. Stop by http://stacyjuba.com/blog/blog/ to say hello – and I’ve got two contests going on through March 19!

  8. Jaleta Clegg

    March 19, 2011 11:06 am

    It’s been a few hours, so I get to play again before I run off to fix the planetarium at work.

    Here’s a link to episode one of a serial blog story: http://adrianstevensquartermaster.blogspot.com/2010/10/personal-log-1-1-posting-to-voyager.html

    Vaguely Star Trek fanfic, based on a character I play at work during the summer camps. Have fun!

  9. Frances Pauli

    March 19, 2011 11:17 am

    Howdy, what a fun party! I am currently watching the news, wish I wasn’t. Listening to Tricky Pixie and procrastinating on my current WIP.
    Hope y’all come over for a visit.

  10. Michael Radcliffe (a.k.a. Alderdrache)

    March 19, 2011 11:46 am

    Hi Susan!

    I’m currently reading ‘The Cutting Edge’ by Darcia Helle (starting it today, actually).

    Just redesigned my website over at http://theguardiansapprentice.com so drop by and visit sometime! Visit the ‘creatures’ section of the website & you’ll learn why my name on twitter is “Alderdrache” πŸ˜‰

    thanks and have a great weekend!

  11. Dee Williams

    March 19, 2011 11:57 am

    Oh, I like to party! I’m reading “A Moth in Darkness” by Frances Pauli and I’m not listening to anything at the moment, but I’ve been listening to Seanan McGuire a lot recently…especially when I was supposed to be editing my manuscript…

    The MLM Blog is as follows:


  12. Susan Wells Bennett

    March 19, 2011 12:02 pm

    Hi Susan…great idea!

    I’m finishing up Foxy’s Tale this weekend and currently listening to It’s Not My Time by 3 Doors Down. I’m also writing today, working on my fifth novel.

    My blog is swellsbennett.blogspot.com.

  13. Jaleta Clegg

    March 19, 2011 4:51 pm

    Hey, I’m back again. Planetarium is all clean and working. The sound system just needs a better cable and we’re hunky dory there.

    I’m going to post a link to my boss’s blog because it’s all about my day job and I haven’t read it in a while and need to catch up. It’s also hilarious. http://voyagerslog.blogspot.com/

  14. Robin Weeks

    March 19, 2011 4:58 pm

    Hi, Susan! What a cool idea! I’m reading a book of short stories whenever I can squeeze in time from editing my own book and reviewing my crit groups’ books. πŸ™‚ My son turned on country music really loud and then left the house to go play. Considering whether I’m too lazy to turn it off. Not like I can’t tune it out just as easily….

    My blog is http://www.robinweeks.blogspot.com. πŸ™‚

  15. Frances Pauli

    March 19, 2011 5:21 pm

    Okay, this is a hoot. Round two, I’m watching Dino Dan (not my choice, trust me) listening to David Bowie and STILL trying to work on the work in progress.
    here’s a diff. blog link: free ridiculous space opera…with mollusks.

    ~ Frances

  16. Gwen Mayo

    March 19, 2011 5:27 pm

    This has been interesting. I have dropped in on old friends and met a few new people. I’m off to the next blog now.

  17. Gwen Mayo

    March 19, 2011 5:29 pm

    Forgot to leave my blog address, sorry for posting twice. http://gwenmayo.blogspot.com/

    By the way Joel, I’d be happy to make you a sandwich anytime.

  18. Jaleta Clegg

    March 19, 2011 5:42 pm

    My husband is making me watch The Proposal. Save me from chick flicks!

    Space slugs is lots of fun. Nice to meet everyone else here.

    Here’s another fun blog to try – the Clarion Writing blog. They have writing prompts every Saturday. http://clarionfoundation.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/clarion-call-11/

  19. Susan Wells Bennett

    March 19, 2011 5:59 pm

    I’m back to play again. I finished Foxy’s Tale and started In Memory of Greed. I also wrote a thousand words on my WIP. Currently, I’m not listening to anything other than my husband yelling at the dog. πŸ™‚

    Please visit me at: http://swellsbennett.blogspot.com.

  20. Michael Radcliffe (a.k.a. Alderdrache)

    March 19, 2011 9:40 pm

    Well it took me all day, but I finally made it back! Forgot to leave my blog address (gave my website earlier). I’m over at http://michaelradcliffe.wordpress.com

    have a great weekend! πŸ˜€

  21. Barry Maz

    March 20, 2011 7:56 am

    Like this idea. Well, I am currently jamming on my ukulele and playing a bit of Arcade Fire and Johnny Cash.

    I also blog and write about the ukulele, so hope you like my site – if it persuades you to think about starting the ukulele I would be delighted!


  22. Jonathan Ellis

    March 20, 2011 9:55 am

    What an interesting idea. So I just returned from your blog Barry. I’m currently reading Barbara Silkstone’s “The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters” on my iPod” and “Queen of Angels” by Greg Bear in paperback by my bed. My music of choice today… Muse

  23. Maria Savva

    March 20, 2011 11:22 am

    I’m back to play again! There are some very interesting blogs featured here!
    Here’s a link to my Goodreads blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1048118-come-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-and-enter-to-win-an-ebook
    there’s still time to enter to win a free ebook there πŸ™‚

  24. Betty Carlton

    March 20, 2011 11:33 am

    Hi Susan,This looks like fun and I think I may have messed up late post it’s missing. Oh well! I have a Sample read and some reviews on blog today.


  25. Sibel Hodge

    March 20, 2011 12:07 pm

    Hiya! I’m Sibel. Love this idea πŸ™‚

    I’m reading Merry Go Round by Donna Fasano, and listening to a roaring fire!

    Here’s my blog http://www.sibelhodge.com/my-blog.php

    Off to visit Maria’s now.


  26. Susan Wells Bennett

    March 20, 2011 2:42 pm

    I’m back to play again. I’m reading In Memory of Greed for an online book club and currently listening to NPR.

    Visit me at http://swellsbennett.blogspot.com.

  27. Jaleta Clegg

    March 20, 2011 3:49 pm

    Is the party still happening? I’m watching The Robe with my husband now. Sunday afternoons are pretty quiet at my house.

    This post on my blog gets more hits than anything else and I still can’t figure out why: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/2010/07/yoda-wisdom-and-gummy-bear-gelatin.html

  28. Harris Channing

    March 20, 2011 10:45 pm

    Reading over my blog post for tomorrow! Just finished listenting to some Toby Keith. Yeah, I love that man.


    Gonna go say hey to Jaleta!

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