Sunday, November 23, 2008

Some Undiscovered Gems

image Edie and Kath both nominated me for the I Love Your Blog award! Thank you! What a great present on a Saturday. :-)

I get to choose seven bloggers for the I Love Your Blog award, now! I wanted to mention all of you, but then I thought I'd introduce you guys to some blogs I don't see y'all at. Isn't it great to discover new hangouts?

So I decided to mention seven blogs I read the instant they pop into my reader, but I don't see the majority of you guys at.; seven blogs I love, but may or may not comment on. (There are just some blogs I can never think of something to say at. I have NO idea why, because I love them and read them all the same.) These are truly gems of the blogosphere, and I hope you'll check them out.

1. I discovered Alexander Sokoloff's blog, The Dark Salon through her thoughtful, heartfelt, and emotionally honest posts at Murderati. A real gem of a blog, and from what I can tell online, one of those beautiful souls who make you grateful they express themselves in any art form.

She just posted at Murderati, a post not to be missed.

2. Bill Henderson's blog, Write a Better Novel, was a blog I discovered from Therese Fowler. He's a writing teacher, and I think he was her writing professor or something. I'm not sure, but he writes awesome posts about writing. He changed the location of his blog, and forgot to announce it. It's here now. Definitely worth visiting and having in your reader.

3. Y'all know I like a little politics mixed into my day. Publexicon is another writing teacher who writes great posts on writing, the writing life, and politics. Ya' gotta love a blogger who writes like a William and calls himself Billy. ;-)

4. A lot of you may know Travis Erwin's blog, One Word, One Rung, One Day.  He's a big Texan, a hunting and fishing man who writes women's fiction. Is that intriguing enough for you? Yes, he's a fascinating person, and a most heartfelt writer. He's one of those natural storytellers, the kind you could sit with around a campfire all night long, and just listen to him shoot the shit.

His Parenthood series will make you cry: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4. Please don't miss it; it's an excruciating ride on the edge of your seat.

5. Rick Moore's blog, The Writer and the White Cat, is another one I love. He sees things in an original way, and makes me see things in a different way, too. He just started a series on The Secret Dragons of Writing, a sort of metaphysical take on the inspiration and creative side of our work. He writes loooonnnng posts, but they are well worth a read over a cup of tea.

image6. The House of Sternberg, by Stewart Sternberg, is another favorite. He writes horror, and he definitely likes to play: with people, with words, with stories, with games. He's another quirky soul, clearly a great educator, and creative thinker. I've been an adoring blog-fan since I first stumbled across his blog.

He wrote a story a day for five (six? four?) days on goldfish. He even wrote Goldfish Porn. Quite good, for goldfish erotica. ;-)

Plus he's wicked smart.

7. I leave number seven to you. What's a really good blog you love, one you cherish reading daily, but you don't see me at? I bet I'd love it, since you do!

14 bonus scribbles:

Amy Nathan 11/23/2008 08:48:00 AM  

Thanks! Love having a way to find new blogs! I'm sure they are great!

Edie 11/23/2008 09:16:00 AM  

Spy, I'm eager to explore. :) My pick for seventh place is a group blog, Writer Unboxed. They have great blogs and also terrific interviews! Right now they have the Part 3 of a Diana Gabaldon interview up.

Melanie Avila 11/23/2008 09:34:00 AM  

I read Writer Unboxed too. I'm blanking on good blogs I don't see you at - maybe I'll think of something later.

Alexander's post was amazing! Something I hadn't considered in terms of writing. I'll have to pop by the others.

Robin 11/23/2008 03:51:00 PM  

I want to read goldfish porn! Hilarious!

What a great way to introduce "new" blogs, Spy! Thank you! I'll mention 2 I don't see people at. They're both written by moms of autistic kids. The first "What we need" at
http://asdmommy.wordpress.com/ is by Darcy, mom of "C", who is funny, smart, loving and great at articulating the experience of being a mom to a kid with autism.
The second "Good Enough Mama" at
http://goodmum.wordpress.com/ by Kia, is one of the funniest mom blogs you'll ever read. (I didn't know how to make them blue and click-on-able. Sorry about that.)

lainey bancroft 11/23/2008 05:02:00 PM  

Goldfish Porn, Spy?

Methinks there's a recurring theme here with the fish, but I'd go visit your Texas fisherman if I were you...obviuosly you need a vacation!

Hang that 'Gone Fishin' sign. =)

Must go check all your great suggestions. I don't have one right this second either. Hmm, I've been rather blog-negligent lately. Barely enough time to visit my regular 'buds'!

Time! Where the hell does it go????

Travis Erwin 11/23/2008 05:03:00 PM  

Thanks for the kind words and for including me among such talented bloggers. I know a few of them but will definitely have to check out the others.

Therese 11/23/2008 05:20:00 PM  

I'm glad you included Bill's new URL--I wondered where he'd gone (but shame on me, I didn't go hunting).

He wasn't one of my profs, BTW; he left NC State before I started the writing program there. I'd seen him speak back when I was an undergrad in sociology. Bill was the first novelist I saw in real life. His story helped re-light the writer's fire in me.

spyscribbler 11/23/2008 07:14:00 PM  

Edie and Melanie, I did like Writer Unboxed, but unfortunately they only offer partial feeds. I only get to read the first three sentences of their posts, and I always miss the good ones, because they don't write enticing beginnings, so I rarely clicked through. I ended up deleting them from my reader.

I do wish they would offer full posts. I really don't understand why people don't. Do they not want me to read their whole post?

I'll have to give them a try again, though!

spyscribbler 11/23/2008 07:22:00 PM  

Robin, thanks! There was another one you mentioned on your blog. I love this one's Christmas tree. We just put ours up, no decorations yet. The branches are falling first.

spyscribbler 11/23/2008 07:25:00 PM  

Lainey, I know, it's crazy! I keep getting behind on my blog-reading, too! And commenting. I want more time.

And I wish I could go fishing!

spyscribbler 11/23/2008 07:26:00 PM  

Travis, you made me cry several times in the past week. I'll be first in line when you get a book published!

spyscribbler 11/23/2008 07:26:00 PM  

Therese, he disappeared after hip surgery, saying he'd be back in a week. I went a couple months later and wondered what had happened to him!

Caryn Caldwell 11/23/2008 08:31:00 PM  

Congratulations on your award, and for earning it not once but twice in one weekend! Oh, and I loved your idea for how to award the others.