I have to list three bloggers that I miss dearly, and list three bloggers that I would miss BIG TIME if they stopped blogging.
Three Blogs I Miss (All three blogs' links are still working!) And all three are non-writer blogs!
1) David Amulet: This intelligent and funny blogger started his blog right around the same time I did back in 2005. He had a great run, blogging for four years, but he quit in 2009. I was hoping he'd come back, but alas, he never did. Miss this blog!
2) P:fuzzbox: Another blogger that started the same time I did, but quit back in '08. His blog was dirty, raunchy, and could border on Rated X at times. But there was an underlying intelligence and a much appreciated sense of humor in his writing. I was sad to see him just suddenly stop.
3) JD (Jamie Dawn): I am fortunate that this blogger is still in my life (via Facebook). We started reading each other's blogs back in 2006. She quit, but I get updates from her all the time. Her daughter is a talented filmmaker now. JD's son is rockin' out with a fantastic rock group, Crown Jewel Defense, that has toured the UK. It's been cool to watch her kids grow up - from high school to superstars.
Three Blogs I WOULD Miss:
1) David Powers King: Not only is the man witty and funny, but his blog is full of all kinds of helpful and useful information for writers. His outlining method was KEY to my shedding the pantster persona and learning to get my stuff organized.
2) Michael Offutt: Smart, interesting, fascinating, and a real resource. That's how I would describe Mr. Offutt. We might differ in the politics and religious departments, but there's always mutual respect during our discussion. Check out his newest book, Occulus. I'm excited to read the sequel to Slipstream.
3) Alex Cavanaugh: One of the first new blogger buddies I "met" after I returned from a year long blogging hiatus. I'm honestly floored that this man has time to visit my little corner of the interwebs. His blog is just crammed with all kinds of announcements, kudos, and fun trivia. This Ninja Captain is a blog staple, and he founded the Insecure Writers Alex is the author of CassaStar and CassaFire (which I still need to read).
Bonus: My LONGTIME Blogger Buddies. Going on EIGHT years with these guys. So glad these bloggers are still in my life after all this time.
1) Angel Jr.: This guy has been blogging for even longer than me. He started way back in May of 2004. He was the very first blogger buddy I got to meet - in a small airport in West Virginia. He even got my oldest son a gift. We have lots in common: we're both handsome Filipino boys and were nationally ranked tennis players.
2) Mr. Shife: I have had soda spew from my nostrils from this guy's writing. When we started reading each others' blogs, he was a newlywed. Now he's got TWO kids. He's a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, despite living in Idaho, and he decided to finally write a book!
3) Phats: Another tennis ninja. We were both teachers and both coached girls tennis teams, so we can relate. Phats is a big time Purdue Boilermakers fan, and he's pretty vocal about it. He's also an overall sports fanatic, and someday, we're going to have to go out onto a tennis court and hit around...oh, and I want to watch him do his infamous back flip.
4) The Weirdgirl: I remember when her son, Chance, was a little baby. Now, he's a rough and tumble big boy. It's so cool to watch my blogger friends' kids grow up. The Weirdgirl is just weird enough to be cool (not the kid of weird that makes you scratch your head). I thank her for introducing me to the word "STEAMPUNK."
5) Arch Phoenix: This blogger used to live right here in St. Louis, but she moved onward and westward to California. We still miss you here! This blogger might not blog as much as she used to, but I make it a point to visit her site on a regular basis. She's super creative and runs a company theater over there in Cali.
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Speaking of blogs, I want to introduce you to a "new" blogger friend of mine: Erin Danzer. Her book is about to come out, and I get to help reveal the cover of her new YA paranormal novel, Into the Spiral. Her cover is not finalized, but here's what her publisher, Hydra Publications, has so far:
Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.
Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. She writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Into the Spiral is Erin's debut novel. Erin resides in Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and their cat.
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