As you have probably noticed, I am still working on chiseling out the theme of this blog from the giant conglomeration of my passions and experience. There are certain themes that keep coming back, and certain tools that I use repeatedly to help me in my life and with these posts.
This is a basic list of some of those sources so that if you want to learn more about writing, being inspired, or meditating, you can go to the sources that I have been using recently.
Blogs I Love:
This is one of the hardest things to write. I feel the need to share with you guys the blogs I use the most. So I’m going to do it, and at some point I will of course add more as I become familiar with them. Right now, here’s the list in no apparent order:
Vicki Winslow’s Blog never fails to make me smile, help me see the world in a new way, or just enjoy myself as I read. Very wonderful writing. Also she introduced me to Ray Bradbury’s book on writing, which I cannot thank her enough for.
Brandy Desiree Collins has a blog that makes me feel like I am clumsy with words; she is so very talented. Reading her poetry and musings will bring you on a journey of heart and spirit, and coincidences will start abounding as you engage with her wonderful world.
Aniko Carmea,aka The Happy Horror Writer, is also amazing and inspiring! Aniko addresses lots of great topics on her blog that have to do with writing, life, and the relationship between the two. I always love learning from what she has to say.
Heart Mama has a blog for moms and others (like me) who sometimes just want a little extra motherlyness in their day to day. She’ll acknowledge the things that you felt but never thought to put words to, and address them with loving kindness.
April Holman does not quite have a blog, but she does have a music page and she is a fabulous singer and a dear friend, always emotionally supporting me with this blog and my writing!
Long Grass Review is a wonderful blog by Steve who has amazing poetry. I started reading his blog around when I moved to Texas, and he has helped bring out the most beautiful features of this place for me.
Wordhavering is another blog I check regularly. Mike leaves excellent book reviews that always feel nourishing to read and really give me a sense of which books I’d like to check out in the future. Just don’t expect to go to his blog and not end up with a deeper appreciation for the world around you in the most beautiful way.
A Lateral Plunge is always awesome as well. Peaches will address all sorts of things that are generally a fine mixture of fun, deep, uncomfortable and hilarious. She’ll help you see things in new ways and laugh at nearly every post.
A Few Short Words is an ever-growing collection of short fiction. It blows my mind. Nic manages to transport you to a place and infuse you with emotion even with just 100 words or less in most cases. The longer posts are a big treat.
So, these are the blogs that I personally check most often; and all of the blogs of my commentors, of course! I try to come by as often as I can. Please don’t take offense if I don’t. Also, there are some blogs that I have not yet included because they are on the finicky list in my memory that evades me for fun…but when it comes back, I shall include them!
Writing As A Job:
For the last year or so I have been using C Hope Clark’s Funds for writers newsletter. It is free and comes every single week.
That is the place to go for contests, writing jobs, and general real-life advice for writing and blogging. I highly recommend following Hope on Facebook and/or Twitter, as she is always sharing useful articles and blog posts.
Countless places, of course. Most highly, I recommend:
-Nature! Whatever part of it happens to be closest to you, even if it is only a glimpse of the sky through a small window at the moment.
-Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. This link is for a Goodreads page that includes quotes. This book is so good, that’s all there is to it.
-Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” is also amazing.
-Stephen King’s “On Writing” is pure gold.
Luckily for me, I met a great friend that introduced me to the importance of meditation and kept me motivated to continue with the practice.
There are many types to choose from, and for me, Shambhala Buddhism has been very useful. It has helped me open my eyes and heart to the basic sanity that is always there. You can find all sorts of fun books to read related to it, as well. But sitting and actually doing it is, well, the hardest/best part.