Share the Love

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Today’s daily post suggestion – Share the Love – asks that we tell about a blogger (or bloggers in my case) who have influenced our online journey. This topic spurred me on to complete a post I’ve been planning for a while. Thank you to the daily post people for giving me the kick in the butt needed to get it done! What a terrific opportunity to give a shout out to some other blogs that I follow and thoroughly enjoy.

First out of the gate!

Five bloggers who are generous to a fault. I’ve been the lucky recipient of this generosity in the form of two book reviews, a book shout-out, an author interview, and several tweets of my blog posts. These bloggers know how to pay it forward and they most certainly have my thanks. The links take you to posts that featured me, but don’t stop there. Check out other topics these bloggers have written about – you won’t be disappointed.

The 4 A.M. Writer – Gwen Stephens

Pamela Cook at the Flying Pony – Australian author of Blackwattle Lake

Patrick O’Scheen author of the soon to be released novel – Dreamer: Chronicles of Maritha – Book One. Patrick hosted a Facebook event entitled Tidbit Tuesday last week – authors got to share short pieces of their work with one another. He stayed on the site most of the day (and past the official end time) offering comments and humorous asides. Way to go Patrick!

Steve at Imagineerebooks

Gloria Antipowich: Romance and Love Stories. Gloria is author of The Thompson Family Trilogy

Next up – two blogs that do a fantastic job featuring the creative work of other bloggers

The Story Shack – this blog puts writers and artists together and the mix is potent. I can’t speak for other writers who have had their work featured on the Story Shack, but the artwork down by Grace Gao for my short piece of fiction entitled Helplessness took my breath away.

Postcard, poems, and prose  This blog features lots of quirky contests, thoughtful writing and images, as well as amusing anecdotes about contributors.

And now for my favourite blogs in various categories.

My favourite writer of short fiction – I never miss a post by The Wrought Writer. Her stories always impress me and make me think.

My favourite YA author blogs: Grace Makley – Writer and Illustrator and Mystic Cooking – Kati and Heidi, a pair of dragon fantasy writers.

My favourite Cooking/Writing/Life BlogDana Staves at Whisks and Words

My favourite angst-ridden poet blogThe Electric Journal of a Castaway – this guy does prose, poems and photos that wrench one out of complacency

Here are two of my favourite photo blogs – my husband Bruce’s blog – Through the Luminary Lens Bruce is eclectic. He posts great photos, quotes and poetry. He makes connections between things that at first cause me to shake my head. Then I think – aha!Bophie’s Photos – stunning photos. What this person can do with a drop of water will break your heart.

My favourite blog on editingChange it up Editing  I always find it has been worth taking the time to read the posts on this blog

My favourite funny/family guy blogHarper Faulkner He makes me laugh so much, I think my laptop might roll right on the floor with me.

My favourite all around informative blogPeter D. Mallett – I never miss his posts because they’re always engaging. (I credit Peter for giving me the idea for this post in the first place.)

My favourite crazy research topic blogAlina’s Scentsy Scents – this woman describes perfume like a magazine that reviews expensive wine. I always get a kick out of her posts. I’ll never buy any of these fragrances, but a character I create might or another character might need describe the haunting/lingering effects of a perfume. When this happens I’ll be ready.

To wrap things up – a few new discoveries

Robby Robin the alter ego of Jane Fritz – Reflections of a running, writing, inquiring retiree. Jane is living over at the other end of this fabulous country, Canada. I’m enjoying discovering this woman!

Jennie Orbell – Hilarious posts – her husband is my husband’s UK clone! She is an author of three works of contemporary fiction – Mulligan’s Reach, Starfish, and Eternal.

Dream Big Words. Angela is dreaming, seeking, and writing from her home in Pennsylvania where she crafts poetry, sails the tides of memoir and gets lost in the magical forest of fiction. She is working on a book entitled: The Mother Tree.

I am currently following 158 bloggers. I’m sure you can imagine what my Reader looks like some days! Time restrictions mean that there are times when I simply must pick and choose what to read – but even when the Reader is jam packed with exciting new stuff – I won’t pass over the bloggers I’ve mentioned in this post.

Please take the time to check out any or all of these great blogs!

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Both photos were taken at Taliesin West (the home of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright) outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. They spoke to me of connection and I thought that would go well with today’s topic.

23 comments on “Share the Love

  1. Gwen says:

    You’re too kind, Fran. Thank you for the nod, and you’re certainly one to pay it forward as well. What a great write-up on all these blogs – some I already know, but lots more to check out!

  2. Steve says:

    Many thanks for the mention, Francis 🙂 Great post, too!

  3. Thanks for all of your recommendations! I know Gwen’s blog is fantastic. I’m anxious to check out the others on your list.

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  6. Woohoo! Well we are all so excited for your book! Thanks you for recognizing our enthusiasm, but you deserve to be recognized and supported for your great work and extreme effort! disapperaing in plain sight is a wonderful read. Just about to write a review^^

  7. Thanks for the kind words. I do try to be engaging and fun, but also have take-away value. I’m glad to know I inspired a post of yours as well. P.S. – The second part of the research post is up.

  8. Jane Fritz says:

    Francis, thank you so much for including me in this far-ranging collection of intriguing blogs. The Daily Prompt alone was worth learning about! I like it. You have more than done the prompt justice. BTW I can’t imagine how you manage 158 blogs. No wonder your web-less Wednesdays aren’t working well!!

  9. Gina says:

    Wow, now my tabs bar is full of blogs to read haha. Thanks for the recommendations!

  10. Wow, what a great list of blogs. I was intrigued by the Story Shack blog concept. What a neat thing to pair visual art and story. I often use visual art for a story prompt, so this is just a reversal of that. So nice.

    • The Story Shack is amazing! As a writer, the idea of making up a story to go with an visual seems doable. I can’t even imagine coming up with the image to go with the words. The artists at the Story Shack really make it happen. Glad you dropped by and I hope I hear from you again.

  11. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Francis. We use the WordPress format because it has great distribution potential but we are a Litmag or zine, not a blog. We publish 9-12 pieces per month and reject seven or eight times that many submissions. (Francis – btw – is not only kind but modest. She won an Honorable Mention Award for her entry in our Fiction Contest. It was published 3-22-13 and our readers loved it.)

  12. ashleecowles says:

    What a great list! Thanks. So many good blogs, so little time! 🙂

  13. mysticcooking says:

    Aww, thanks so much for the shout out – it means a lot to us! I’m so glad I found your blog, and definitely looking forward to checking out all these other great blogs. 🙂

  14. What a generous post! I’d love to check out some of your recommended blogs!

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