Advent Calendar – Day 24

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

How did 24 days fly by so fast?  I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed sharing with you some of my favourite blogs and that each “nominee” expressed pleasure at being a part of my calendar.  Such a little idea that did more than I could have hoped.  It was hard but I had to force myself to stop at 24, respecting the Advent Calendar principle.  So, last, but not least:

Day 24 – Yesterday and Today:  Merril’s Historial Musings

Merril D. Smith is a wonderful writer, poet, and fan of musicals, whom I discovered, I believe, through Frank – though I’m not 100% sure he can get full credit as we hang out with a couple other peeps 😉

I have never been much of a poetry buff.  Oh, there are some that I’ve enjoyed reading and do I ever admire those who can recite their favourites off the cuff but I’m far from that – unless Dr. Seuss counts.  So much poetry goes way over my head but not Merril’s.  Hers is a friendly style, for lack of a better term.  From her magnetic poetry, inspired by the Oracle, to her weekly recaps in her Monday Morning Musings, to her haiku and haibun, mostly triggered by the various challenges she participates in, there is something for love.  She mostly spreads joy with the occasional frustration – she is human, after all – in her lyrical verses.  And it’s all her fault I attempted a Cleave Poem (having no friggen clue what it even was)!

She has a lovely family and fabulous husband willing to be dragged to plays, movies, restaurants… and thanks to her enjoyment in the various arts, my “to-read” and “movie-and-plays-to-see” lists keep expanding!

Advent Calendar – Day 23

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 23 – Word Shamble

Lynn Love is a wordsmith hors pair.  Honestly, this woman weaves a tale like no other.  When participating in Friday Fictioneers or What Pegman Saw, I marvel at how she can describe a situation or scene or person in 100-150 words and leave me with the images swirling around my brain.  And she doesn’t do it with an overload of adjectives placed willy-nilly, either.  Each one enhances the story just right.

Her specialty is horror or stories of foreboding and her creepy is often done in a sneaky fashion.  You think all is going well and then you pick up on the little Easter eggs she has subtly hidden within her text.  So good!

I know Lynn sends her work out regularly and eventually a publisher is gonna wake up to her talent and publish it where I shall be first in line to purchase it!

Advent Calendar – Day 22

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 22 – Tails Around the Ranch

I’ve been exchanging with Monika over on a few other blogs for a little while and have had some fun exchanges, especially during Frank’s musicals.  As his official Maître d’, I’m kinda all over the place and she has a good level of sass so it stood to reason that I mosey my way over into her domain.  No regrets there!

Monika and her sidekick Sam, are pet therapists, so there are a lot of shares about the important work they do but no worries, she has a great sense of humour about it and Sam is oh-so patient with her shenanigans, let me tell you.  Even letting her call him Knucklehead!   Along with her Monday Musings, Nearly Wordless Wednesday or her Nature Friday regular posts, she shares lovely photos and thoughts about all sorts of stuff.  The way she writes is the way I imagine a face-to-face conversation would be.  Natural, funny and good-natured, with just enough smart-aleckyness to make it interesting!

Advent Calendar – Day 21

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 21 – Table For One

I met Karen Craven through Marc over at Sorryless. We clicked rather quickly.  Exchanges on posts became exchanges  over email, became exchanges about writing challenge ideas.  More often than not instigated by Karen.  We even managed to get Rochelle and Frank to join in on one or two!

Karen writes fantastic fiction – wonder if her writing skills are what drew her to improv?  And is it her improv skill that helps her to create a whole story based on a one-sided conversation overheard on the train and turn it into a whole story of betrayal turned liberation?  Egg or chicken? 🙂

Most of her posts are snippets of her life, her thoughts about the happenings of the day and dealing with the highs and lows that come from living life.  And when not turning an overheard phrase into fiction, she uses it as a stepping stone to a reflection that makes us, the reader also pause and think.

She is smart, funny, intuitive, sharp and a pleasure to read.  And the third chica from Chicago that I will one day meet!

Advent Calendar – Day 20

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 20 Sorryless

I met Marc through A Frank Angle’s (yes, Frank, this one is all yours) “If” Challenge last February.  It was a sign of things to come.  Miles and miles of comments back and forth, first on Frank’s posts, then on Marc’s, then on mine.  Can’t lie.  Didn’t take long before I was totally smitten.  In the relatively short time since, we have become the best of friends.  A friendship I cherish deeply.

Now… onto why I’ve added this blog to my Advent Calendar!  This guy can write.  I mean seriously WRITE.   He has a way with the phrase that just flows and meanders and roars and soars.  It can punch you in the gut and make you cry.  He is passionate about the subjects he tackles and is not afraid to put it and himself out there.  He’s funny, snarky, rude, romantic (though he’ll deny this one), smart, witty and ironic, to name a few.

And I am far from alone in singing his praises.  His followers all say what I do:  that his skills as a writer are exquisite.

Now, if I can just convince him to write and publish a book…

Advent Calendar – Day 19

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 19 – Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah Potter.  This woman is responsible for a couple of things!  Thanks to the British circle I found myself in, I met Sarah.  Next thing you know, she’s convincing me to try my hand at Friday Fictioneers.  What?  I don’t do fiction!  She convinced me otherwise.  Then, once that was well established, she got me trying my hand at Haiku.  Really?  OK.  I don’t do them that often but I definitely decided to try it (once I understood the mechanics of it).  I found myself counting out syllables on my fingers as I walked Zeke.  Shaking my head…  And then she featured me as guest storyteller?  I thought she had surely lost her mind.  Her other guests were real writers… published and everything…

This lady has a wicked sense of humour, is on a mission to rid her garden of all things slug, loves her dog and family (no special order here 😉 ) and writes great sci-fi fiction that may have the Young Adult rating but frankly, I loved both her books and am long past being a YA!  And am waiting impatiently for her next one…

I much enjoy our three-ways with Rochelle (I’m talking Skype sessions, of course!)  One would not believe we are thousands of miles apart as we chat about everything and nothing.

 

Advent Calendar – Day 18

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 18 Roughwighting

Pamela Wight is a wonderful storyteller – she does, after all, teach creative writing.  Not even gonna bother trying to figure out how she came to my in-box – because, really, how important is it, anyhow?  The fact is, she is here and I enjoy each and every post.

When she is not sharing some slice of life or writing process or event, she gives us “chapters” in an on-going story.  Leaves us hanging and then challenges us to figure out the next part, winner getting a copy of her ebook.  Fun stuff!  It is fascinating to read allllll the comments and thoughts and ideas on what’s next – her readers have quite the imagination, lemme just say.  We didn’t have to wait too long for the next chapter to show up and let us know who the winner(s) was (were).  (No, wasn’t me.)

Her latest two-parter was most enjoyable as well.  I loved where she took it.

I have noticed that more than a few peeps I follow also follow her – good sign, no?  Seeing Roughwighting in my in-box means I shall be treated to a wonderfully written story of some kind – another with published books to look into.  Bloody hell my list is ever expanding!