The Versatile Blogger

Thanks to Krista Walsh for passing along The Versatile Blogger Award to me.  It’s green, it has curly writing and it means she enjoys my blog.  I think she’s pretty cool too.  We even blogged on the same topic last week without knowing it.  Check her out here

The award requires me to share seven things about myself but as I’ve done that with the One Lovely Blog Award, I’ll change it up this time, just for me.  Here follows seven things that I wish were true about me (except being extremely wealthy since that goes without saying).  Think of it like a Christmas wish list since ’tis the season!  It’s all just dreamin’ stuff cause truth be known, if you always want things you don’t have…well enough preaching.

  • I want black hair.  Yes, I could dye my hair but then I’d have to keep doing it and I’m too lazy for that.
  • I wish I lived on the beach.  Not just someplace warm, not a lake.  The ocean.
  • I wish I could take a ride in a time machine, preferably a DeLorean.  No I wouldn’t go to ancient egypt or the time of the dinosaurs.  I’d set it to late 1990 Seattle and get a front row spot for Nirvana.
  • I wish I could meet a genie (or 2.3 genies) so that all these wishes could come true.
  • I wish I could always spell without spell check.
  • I wish there was world peace (this should be further up the list, shouldn’t it?).
  • And of course, being a writer, I want to write for a living.  All writing, all day, all good reviews.

Okay, now that I’m back on solid ground, I need to pass this award along to other bloggers I’ve discovered and enjoy.  These bloggers are: John Wiswell, Natalie Westgate and Larry Kollar.  Check them out: great bloggers who write!

Thanks for dreaming with me for a little while.  This Christmas, I hope all your wishes come true, especially the one about world peace.


Community

I guess you can be a writer on your own without the support and friendship of others writers, it’s just harder…and not as much fun.

I was introduced to someone recently who is almost finished writing her first book.  She was eager to speak to another writer, someone who speaks the same language.  I listened as she explained her book’s premise and fielded her questions, as best I could, on writing courses and next steps.  But she wasn’t part of a critique group.  I thought back to when I was in her position. It wasn’t long ago, exactly a year since I joined the online writing group at Kelley Armstrong’s forum. I’d finished a book six months prior and didn’t know anyone who wrote, knew nothing of the industry, little fish in a big pond.  But connect with other writers who know how hard it is to get published, who understand writing, who will listen to your rants and suddenly the pond feels smaller – or at least more manageable.

Then there’s the critique itself.  I won’t even read my original first draft anymore (yet somehow can’t bring myself to delete it).  I never imagined how much my writing could change and improve once I let my words loose in the hands of other writers.  But how can you tell someone whose baby is about to be born after a long labour that the hard work is just beginning? Tough one.

Then there’s blogging and twitter. More community, more support, more connections to the world I love. All those writerly types out there who share a passion and commitment.  So I ask myself…the legendary authors of the classics, the ones who wrote before the age of the internet…how did they do it without the resources we have now?  Somehow they managed, it probably just wasn’t this much fun.