So the lovely Larramie, of Seize A Daisy, tagged me two weeks ago, and handed me a Blogger Reflection Award, which basically means, she named the blog as one of the five blogs that brighten her day, infuse her brain and generally make her say hmmm. Here's a direct quote: "Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them.” I'm so honored! I adore Larr, and for those of you who haven't checked out her blog, you should. Hers is a cool blend of writing discussion and every day rumination. She's a smarty, that one. (And I don't say that often!)
Okay, so, here is my list, in no order whatsoever. Larr's would have made it, but alas, as I understand the rules, I can't tag back the person who tagged me. Or else these awards would end up being pretty self-congratulatory, no? :)
1) The Debutante Ball. Duh. I adore these sassy gals - I was nearly one of them until I realized that my commitments were about to boil over like a pot left unattended, and I threw my hat over to Anna David. These lovely ladies opine on just about every subject under the sun, and since they've all written novels to great acclaim (seriously, I've seen incredible promotion for every last one of them), you know that what they have to say will be packed with fabulous prose.
2) Karen Lynch's Discussing Breast Cancer. No! Don't flee at the mention of "cancer." Instead, peruse Karen's fabulous blog (and I'm not saying that simply because she's currently reading my book) to hear about her personal experience with the disease. If you've ever been touched by cancer in any way, you'll be amazed at how her insights resonate.
3) The Renegade Writer. Okay, confession time: Diana and Linda are two pals of mine, but hey, in this case, I say that I'm happy to be defined by the company I keep. These two industry-savvy pros dish out more writing goodness than should be allowed, and they do so with humor and down-to-earthiness (yeah, I made that up) that appeals to every level of writer.
4) Jennsylvania by Jen Lancaster. This is where I head when I need some spit-coffee through my nose humor for the day. You all know Jen from her snark-worthy books, the most recent being Bright Lights, Big Ass, and I know Jen from those too, as well as through her biting emails that occasionally land in my in-box and never cease to crack me up. Jen's blog is up there in my to-check list, along with Dlisted and Just Jared.
5) Conversations With Famous Writers. Before I got published, I'd read these interviews with "famous writers" with revelry and awe. Now that I'm published, I read them to see what I can learn (well, I suppose I did that before too), as well as to check out what I have in common, in terms of the publishing experience, with from these fellow authors. I dunno, sometimes writers seem like friends whom you don't yet know, and Cindy, the blogger, has a way of assuring you that if you met these writers in person, indeed, you guys would be pals. And then there's the flip-side: sometimes these authors seem so unattainable/untouchable, and you're just totally psyched to be reading a Q/A with them in which they discuss something as mundane as changing their kid's diapers.
So...those are 5. BUT, you know, I feel weird doing this because I read so, so many more wonderful blogs out there, and I guess I had to choose, and based my decision on diversity, etc. (Ergo: I didn't want them all to be about writing life, etc!) Hey, I LOVE YOU ALL! (Can you tell I'd be a worse American Idol than Paula? Minus the booze, pills, etc...)