Where the heck did the week go? I feel like I was writing a Feature Friday post yesterday. Regardless, it’s always a good day when I’m writing about other bloggers and writers. For all of you NaNoWriMo heroes and heroines—I hope you are beating your keyboards into submission.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, this is quickly shaping up into my favorite month to read blog posts. There is a tantalizing mix of hope, despair, fear, and excitement bouncing about the blogosphere. As I treat this website as a time capsule of sorts, let’s snag some of my favorite posts from the day and wish these writers well on their journey.
The first blogger and blog post I wanted to talk about encapsulates the many emotions these intrepid writers experience. Linda Smith wrote the post, The Month of Living Dangerously. It’s an honest look at the topsy-turvy world many of these writers are living in right now.
Linda does a few things that really caught my eye in this post. She writes honestly, talks about setting realistic goals, and is including her family in the process. The last part of the post where she talks about her granddaughter being hit by a lightning bolt of inspiration still has me smiling. Great stuff!
The next blogger I wanted to spotlight is Patricia M. Robertson. Patricia’s post, Ready, Set, Stop! NaNoWriMo is What You Make It, is a great breakdown of what the month is all about. It’s about more than just pushing out words, it’s about growing as a writer. For those of you who are unsure about all this NaNoWriMo hullabaloo, give her post a read.
What I really enjoy about Patricia’s post is her ability to address the “big picture” in her writing career. Much like her, I enjoy the excitement radiating off of other writers. It’s a contagious thing. Though she may not be able to partake in the insanity of NaNoWriMo, she is still using it to charge her writing. In my opinion, that’s a win!
The last spotlight is for Austin Ezell. If you needed a no-nonsense description of the what NaNoWriMo is about, he’s got you covered with his aptly titled post, National Novel Writing Month. There are a couple reasons I linked Austin’s page. First, I wanted a solid post detailing what the month is about. Secondly, checking out his “About” page I realized we are conjoined spirit writing animals.
If his schedule is any indication of what we can come to expect from his blog page, we are in for series of fun posts. Fatherhood, check. Dungeons and Dragons, check. Gaming, check. Sharing tips from his own experience as a writer, check. Sneak peaks into his future books, check. It’s many of the elements I look for when I search out a blogger. If you’re a regular reader here at QE (thanks), I imagine you are going to want to follow Austin as well.
I wanted to take a moment to thank all three of these folks for (1) being a source of inspiration, (2) taking life by the horns, and (3) making me smile. It’s people like you who make me happy to spend a chunk of my time here in the blogoverse. Best of luck to you all!
That’s it for today! I’ll be happy if I never type “NaNoWriMo” again (all that shift+letter nonsense is making crazy!). If you would like to be featured next Friday, contact me. It always helps if you let me know what specific post you would like to be featured. My goal with Feature Friday is to connect like-minded individuals with one another. The blogoverse is a giant place, and it’s nice to be able to provide some navigation. Until we cross quills again, keep reading, keep writing, and as always—stay sharp!