Friday, June 18, 2010

Yahoo!!!! Versatile Blogger Award

My twitter friend, Dave Bartlett over at Bartie-Blog has bequeathed me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  I'm so honored to be given this award.  Thank you so much to Dave Bartlett!!!
This is a fantastic way to help each other and spread our voices as writers.
 I'm so happy to be a part of it. 

Here's the rules:


  • Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

  • Share 7 things about yourself.

  • Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)

  • Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

 Here are seven of the most random things about myself I could come up with:

  1. I enjoy cutting up fresh herbs and produce, it relaxes me.
  2. I hate the electric slide.
  3. Neil Diamond's voice make me feel sexy (go ahead and laugh, all my close friends do).
  4. If I could live anywhere in the entire world, I would choose to live on the coast of Oregon.
  5. I feel deeply connected and inspired by Sylvia Plath.
  6. I've never felt more whole as I did while I was pregnant.
  7. If I was able, I would sleep under the stars every night.
Next, here is my list of the fifteen outstanding blogs YOU should visit:

  1. Lori A. May
  2. Jennifer Blanchhard
  3. Cynthia Newberry Martin
  4. Dana Price
  5. Christina Katz
  6. Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  7. Kristin Bair O'Keeffe
  8. Mary Andonian
  9. Katherine Weber
  10. E. Victoria Flynn
  11. David Hunter
  12. Debra Marrs
  13. Medeia Sharif 
  14. K Grubb
  15. Marisa Birns

This is my very first award I've received for my blog, I'm super excited and want to thank Dave Bartlett again for nominating me!
Blog on my friends, blog on!






Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Twitter TWO

I was just cleaning up my blog and came across one of my first posts back in July of 2009. I saw that I had a comment actually on that post "Twitter" from one of my very first twitter friends, and I swear I just now saw the comment.

Back then I was wishing I had 10 followers. Now I have almost 250. Not too many, in the land of Twitter, but nice nevertheless.

I still however, feel, most of the time, that I am talking to myself. Sure I get an occational reply or RT or even when there is a solar eclipse I get Follow Friday mentions...very exciting!

Why is it that we all feel the need to inform our world wide web "friends" that we have just poured our first cup of coffee, or that we are headed to the movie? It's as if Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and all the other social networks are a study in Psychology. Will they really tell eachother when they've gone to the bathroom? or changed clothes? Yes! Yes, we will. Why? Because people flock to people. Because no matter how much we try to be our own person, stand out from the rest, we, by nature want to be heard, seen, and wanted.

So, while we talk to celebs via tweets like we're old pals or without a second thought, pimp our blogs, books, and businesses out over the waves, we still do most of it with out a reply. Well maybe that just certainly feels like it.

I will sign off now and immediately tweet to the twitter tweepers and ask them to read this post. Let's make it an experiment: if you read this post because you saw my tweet...will you leave a comment? Hopefully, unlike the beginning of my twitter life, I might not be talking to myself quite as much.

Audio to Inspire

When I'm feeling down, uninspired I enjoy looking up audio recordings or videos of great authors either reading their work, or giving wisdom to other writers. It's as if I've invited Virginia Woolf to tea or asked for advice on my career from Katherine Center.

There is nothing like hearing well written or well thought out words come from someone you aspire to be like.

I've offered, below, some links I've come across that are my favorite. When you listen to their voices, rich and rhythmic, try to imagine them not reading the words, but rather, writing the words. Where were they when they wrote it? What was their frame of mind? What was happening around the world when they sat at their writing space?

Each of us, no matter who we are, has a voice to share. At one point Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas, Stephen King, and countless other writers have had ideas not yet expressed. Each of them sat, staring off into the sky, wondering if they would ever be able to capture what they wanted to say into words. No doubt all had their questions as to whether anyone would want to hear what they had to say.

May we all draw great encouragement from them. They all have so much to offer us, teach us. Will you let them inspire you?

What do you listen to, read, or watch when you want to be inspired? Share your ideas and experiences.

Video: (some of these are stills while the author reads, so more audio than anything.
John Irving ~ the novel
Stephen King - advice
Neil Gaiman~Advice for writers
John Steinbeck ~ why he wrote
James Joyce ~ reading Finnegans Wake
Robert Frost ~ The Road Not Taken

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"
Virgina Woolf's Voice
Sylvia Plath's Voice
Anne Sexton
Earnest Hemingway's Nobel Peace Prize Acception Speech

~ Remembered Villiage got Published ~

Remembered Villiage

Every Writers Resource, a blog/website for writers: has published one of my poems, online, at the above link. Please leave a comment if you like. I would love to hear what you think. Thank you!

They are accepting submissions for poetry to be published weekly. The Every Writers Resource blog also posts several interesting articles for writers about writers.