November 30, 2012 in Random Thoughts
On this, the last day of November, while the spirit of Thankfulness is still fresh in my mind, I’d like to spread a little Sunshine around to some people who have made a difference in my online life!
The Sunshine Award is given from bloggers to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
I was honored to receive it from the amazing Lara Britt at Writing Space,which seems fitting considering she blogs from Hawaii. She was the one who gave me my first guest posting opportunity, which is a huge deal when you’re a brand new blogger. Lara offers a virtual smorgasbord of interesting things on her blog: Memoir Mondays, Tourist Tuesdays…truly, there is something for everyone. Thank you so much Lara!
The Sunshine Award comes with some rules, but in the spirit of Thankfulness, I am going to waive those rules for these bloggers. Please just accept this lovely burst of Sunshine from me as a big Thank You for all you do, and enjoy!
1) Mari L. McCarthy at Create Write Now
Mari offers a fantastic journaling site, complete with journaling prompts, tips, and workshops. I’ve done a couple of her workshops and I learn something new about myself and how I can better function in my life every single time. Plus, she’s so supportive! There’s nothing quite like having a cheerleader in your corner.
2) Luisa Tanno
Luisa’s heading on her blog is “Find yourself. Express yourself. Be yourself.” Her blogs are like a little dose of meditation that makes me feel better (or moves me tears, like the blog about Mrs. Daniel. That one should have a warning label.). She also offers creative journaling workshops, like this one beginning this Monday, December 3, 2012: Gifts! A 7 Day Creative Journaling Workshop. She has great prompts for creative writing assignments that are so fun! Or challenging, depending on what it is. Who doesn’t like a fun challenge? I’m signed up and I would love some company!
3) Julia Tomiak at Diary of a Word Nerd
I love books, and I love blogs about books! Julia blogs about vocabulary through books. Not only do I broaden my vocabulary every time I read her blog, I get great book recommendations to add to my list.
Speaking of which, I just read Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson, a Young Adult novel my son said was a Must Read. It was. The opening lines were these:
“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.”
Doesn’t that just come out and grab you? Alison is mentally ill and may have killed a girl, but she has no memory of it. She also has a condition called synesthesia, which means that the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an experience in another pathway. For example, Alison can taste lies and she sees letters as colors. It’s a fascinating insight into the condition, and a compelling mystery besides.
4) Khara House at Our Lost Jungle
The best way I can describe Khara’s blog is real. She’s a real person who makes no apologies for who she is, and I love that! Plus she’s funny, which is something I can always appreciate. She just posted a list of Affirming Songs : the songs that you listen to to lift you up. How great is that?
I have one to add to the list: Fix You by Coldplay. It’s haunting, and it’s all about someone standing by another, hoping to fix them. But when I listen to it, I like to imagine I’m there for myself, as in, Hey! I can fix me! I feel stronger knowing that I can solve my own problems rather than relying on someone else to rescue me.
I go to Veronica’s blog when I need a little beauty in my life. Not only is she a writer, she’s an artist, and her photography is stunning. Sometimes I’ll just sit and scroll through photograph after photograph in awe, amazed at the way she combines writing and art with a fluidity that appears as if it was always meant to be that way. Gorgeous!
Wishing you all a little Sunshine in these bleak November days! Have no fear: the festive holiday season begins on December 1st, and I, for one, intend to be on a candy cane high for the next 25 days.