Pounding rain has coincided with a day off from scheduled work. The bones are stiff from yesterday's eight-and-a-half-hour marathon at the cheese shop, and six hours of sitting at the computer today. It's all good though, because I just found a forgotten bag of potato chips, stashed in the top cupboard. Before seeking out refreshments, I put good effort in on a personal essay I hope to send out soon, and then after some well-overdue commenting on several blogs, forced myself to complete about 500 words on the old WIP. (As an aside, I have a difficult time using that term…I don’t take myself seriously enough as a writer. Anyone else have that little problem?).
Anywhoo, now it is time to write a blog post and as usual lately, I’m stymied. So, if you don’t mind, this is going to be an amalgamation.
For starters, I have been so behind on blog writing and reading, I missed out on Alex Cavanaugh’s and Matthew McNish’s Pay it Forward Blog Fest. The purpose was to recommend three bloggers so others will find them. Alex is one of the most generous, giving and forward thinking writers I’ve had the fortune to “meet,” and while I’m five days late, the idea was so thoughtful I wanted to participate. As for Matthew, well, I hope someday I’ll have a query he will critique. In the meantime, if you have one you’d like to submit, check out his site.
So, in spite of the fact I’m trailing the proverbial pack, I’d like to recommend two bloggers that I’ve discovered recently. To that end, please check out Mainewords. Marcy not only offers to critique the first page of your manuscript, her blog also includes stunning photos along with her prose. Speaking of photos, Missing Moments, a blog I found a few months ago, is filled with such amazing pictures, I sigh when I see them, and envy her photography skills.
Number three is a blogger I’ve known for a while, but please have a look at Anne Gallagher’s new site: Anne Gallagher, Regency Romance Writer . Anne's site is a perfect representation of her work, AND features a stunning masthead painted by Bridget Chicoine, a writer, artist, blogger I’ve been a fan of since my early days online. You can find Bridget’s painting site here, and her writing site here.
And lastly today, for those of you in revision hell…err, heaven, click here to read The Geyser 5-Step Approach to Revision by Brian Klems at Writer’s Digest. I can’t wait to get to a point where I can use his advice.