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!

 

Advent Calendar – Day 17

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.

“Or….Identifying The Harmless Unhinged Among Us.”

Day 17 – The Off Key of Life

George is a fun blogger.  He’s not the bells and whistles kind of guy.  He’s got a little something for pretty much everyone. Anything and everything can make it to a post:  The Great American Read book list (which you cannot help but go through and see just how many you have read and annotating those that you know you need to add to your “must-read list”,  sharing fun signs, chatting about grand-children, comments on life, politics, whatever.   He’s someone you can easily imagine yourself sitting next to in a living room, sipping coffee (or whatever beverage) and chatting about all and sundry.

Before you think he’s all about light and fluffy, let me assure you, there are definitely deeper shares going on.  Like many of us writers, blogging is a way to deal with whatever is going on around us or within us and I always feel like I am privileged to be withing his circle.

Not so hard on the eyes this one, eh? 😉

 

Advent Calendar – Day 16

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 16 – Mrs. Completely

I can’t for the life of me remember how I met Lori.  Oh wait.  I think, once upon a time, she wrote stories for Friday Fictioneers… Yeah. That was it.  Mind you, she doesn’t participate that often and her posts about her life with her Viking are way more entertaining.  Without being limited to one hundred word restrictions, she can let ‘er rip in way more and that is a good thing.

Her sense of humour is sky-high and we’ve discovered, between chats on our blogs and Facebook that our birthdays are a mere 11 days apart, same year, and that she really is a sister from another mister – though her potty mouth is way more developed than mine.  Or rather, she’s not a hypocrite and let’s her true, snarky self shine through.  And I respect that.  Plus she makes me laugh out loud, if not snort.  And she’s not all snark and smart-assedness; she’s got a heart of gold.  But don’t tell her that.  It’ll ruin her image.  And her Viking is a saint to sit idly by as she uses him as her muse.

Luv ya, Sista!

Advent Calendar – Day 15

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 15 – Live and Learn

How or where to start?  I’ll first say that his blog is aptly titled because not only is he constantly learning, by sharing with us, he is constantly teaching.  David Kanigan is one of those bloggers who always has something to say even if he says nothing.  His wonderful pairings of gorgeous photos with fantastic quotes or sections of the book he is currently reading or favourite poetry are shared on recurring themes some of which bear the titles of T.G.I.F.: It’s Been a Long Week; or Guess.What.Day.It.Is? (A picture of camel(s) for Hump Day); or “Lightly, Child, Lightly”.

My favourite posts of his are his “Running” or “Commuting” series.  This well-read, Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Gelato aficionado (really, click the link, I do not lie!) has a keen sense of observation and creative pen when it comes to sharing what he sees/experiences.  His humour (he was born Canadian but has eschewed the “u” after adopting the US as home), self-deprecation (must be a left-over Canadian thing) intelligence, empathy, joys and occasional frustrations shine through on every one of those posts.

My reading list has grown exponentially since following this guy… And I do thank you for it, David!

Advent Calendar – Day 14

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.

Stolen from Sawsan’s Blog

Day 14 – The Last Tambourine

Sawsan is relatively new to me in this blogosphere but she quickly made an impact on me.  I discovered this lovely lady through David Kanigan’s blog.  Her comments, already thought-provoking and enlightening, are often accompanied by quotes or sections of texts.  She always knows exactly what to say or to add to an already brilliant post.   For a while we just exchanged over at DK’s and then I decided to follow her.  What a great idea I had.

Poetry and prose, music and lovely shares of all sorts are what greeted me when I signed up.

And to think we were this close to meeting when she came up to my neck of the woods for her mother.  We were even in the same hospital at the same time without knowing it!  Ah well.  Next time, Sawsan!  Maybe here.  Maybe in Chicago!

Advent Calendar – Day 13

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 13 – Jots From a Small Apt.

I am including Ms Raye’s blog because I love this woman to bits.  She hasn’t written a thing in months and deep down, I have that dream, that wish, that she will again.  At least I can see her occasionally on Instagram!

A few years ago, I ended up in an “Irish” blogging circle, Jean, Mick (John), Patsy (none of whom blog anymore, or at best, only once in a blue moon)… and through John’s blog, I met Raye.  You see, they did a collaboration:  she had taken one of his photographs and done her version of it in watercolour.  Beautiful.  Then I read the repartee between her and John and next thing I knew, I was totally stalking her.  Smart, witty, funny, sarcastic, poetic, tongue-in-cheek… I could go on an on.

Not only does this woman paint beautiful pictures, she can write.  Boy can she write.  It’s probably not fair to you readers that she has chosen to spend more time with her roses and paintbrushes now,  but this is my Advent Calendar and I am choosing to send love her way anyway.

To you RRR xoxoxo

Advent Calendar – Day 12

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 12 – Harvesting Hecate

I can tell you the exact date I fell under Andrea Stephenson’s spell.  Well, to be honest, I did have to look it up, but I knew exactly where to go look as it was on Sarah Potter’s Guest Story Teller post of October, 2014.  Andrea wrote a short story called The White Feather and it blew me away.  Truth be told, it has stayed with me all this time… I can’t believe it was her first flash fiction (she says so, on that post!).  I marvelled that a whole story could be told in about 160 words.

Since then she has charmed me with her reflective walks where she shares her thoughts on all matter of subjects highlighted with beautiful photographs.  Every now and again, she share a wonderful story.  Ironically, I reblogged her Christmas story just yesterday!  Such a delight to read and, if you missed it, can find it here.

She has won various writing awards and been published in many publications of all sorts.  And with good reason.

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Advent Calendar – Day 11

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 11 – Graffiti Lux and Murals AND Queen’s End

Resa McConaghy is one busy woman!  Not only is she a costume designer by day, she is also a photographer, a writer and creates the most gorgeous art gowns, evah!  (Click on her name to go to her website and drool away.  I promise you, you have never seen such magical dresses.)

We follow a few blogs in common – most notably, A Frank Angle and have bantered over songs in his musicals regularly.  I suppose I’ll have to give him credit for this one, too 😉

Queen’s End blog is, I would say, more dedicated to her writing.  Speaking of which, I have her book “Nine Black Lives” downloaded and, when I get a chance to sit down for more than fifteen minutes, will read it.

Where I first got to know Resa is from her Graffiti blog where she shares wonderful street art, not only from her home towns of Toronto and Winnipeg, but from wherever she travels.  Resa will also accept submissions (and I now find myself paying more attention to the ones in Montreal than ever before; determined to one day send her some…) and will share them.

Resa is one creative, sexy, glamourous lady!