I think to “accept” this I have to play the meme rules*. They are hard. Name 15 newly discovered blogs that I would nominate? Dango Boomhaur whistle, I’m not sure I regularly read 15 blogs, much less have 15 I would recommend to everyone. So I am not really playing the game but in the spirit of being nominated I did want to offer a few pointers and shout-outs.
First thanks to sometimes-commenter hannahkarena of the (Writer’s) Waiting Room blog for the nomination and for liking my blog here so well! This is what she had to say about it:
Lily White LeFevre is another writing blog (noticing a theme here?) which I am very fond of. Mostly writes about the composition process surrounding novels and full-length manuscripts.
(Which doesn’t make me sound very versatile but is an accurate assessment. 🙂 )
And in the spirit of not being an isolationist grimalkin, I will offer up the blogs I do check either day or weekly.
If you are a writer considering self-publishing:
David Gaughran Let’s Get Digital
Derek Haines’ offshoot from his Word Vandal blog (which is a humorous writer/observer blog all on its own!), The Indie Voice
Passive Guy’s Passive Voice Blog – updates multiples times daily, so I check daily.
Between these three you’ll get links to any new traditional publishing and market disruption kerfuffles going on, as well as articles from the other three big indie advisors I have encountered, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (The Business Rusch), and Joe Konrath. So I probably check in with all three of them on a regular basis, but it’s more on an article by article or twice-monthly to make sure I didn’t miss something schedule.
If you are looking for some free writing to enjoy, Screen Scribbla (a regular commenter here) writes a lot of flash, poetry, and connected shorts. Here’s a link my favorite poem he’s written, which I find truly haunting: “Shipwreck”
Plantain Periodicals is, like me, an in-the-process writer, who I think has a thoughtful perspective on the craft.
That’s really about it for people I check in with frequently.
It’s a short list because it is not meant to be inclusive, just a quick hitlist of blogs I check often. I read a lot of blogs that I only visit once a month or so, or if a post gets linked to in my Twitter feed and sounds interesting. I read a lot of publishing industry perspectives, just to keep my eyes on life as the other side of the fence sees it. I check in with relatively few “established” authors, because, honestly, few authors (at least of those I read) actually blog. Sure, they keep a “blog” on their website, but it’s not a daily or even weekly space but rather a place for news, announcements, and op-eds. The blogging author? That’s a development of the new generation of writers who come to public life in the midst of social media proliferation. Hm. Expect a post on that at some point…. I check in with a lot of writers and writing blogs but, again, more on an every-couple-weeks schedule.
Thanks again to hannahkarenna for the kind words!
*Official rules for The Versatile Blogger Award:
- Post a link to the person who gave you the award.
- Tell your readers seven random things about yourself.
- Award 15 newly discovered blogs.
- Send them a note letting them know you nominated them.