Mindy was reluctant to participate in the Lovely Blog Award, as it reminds her of a chain letter, but in the end she did, and we learned some fascinating things about her, and also links to some interesting blogs. Each person nominated for a Lovely Blog Award is supposed to nominate fifteen other people, which is a clever ploy by the award originator to achieve world domination, as that would spread to every known blog in the world by the seventh stage. Clearly, not everyone is following the rules, as I’m still seeing some blogs without a lovely blog award. But thank you for nominating me, Mindy! I was going to share some links to other newish (or new to me) blogs any way so this is a happy coincidence.
In fact, I was going to link to Mindy’s blog, Treefall Writing, but I don’t think I can re-nominate her. I can still tell you about it though. It’s a great writerly blog, about the writing process and the writing life, which also means the reading life. But more than that, it lives up to the tag of “Creating space for stories that matter”, by telling about people’s lives. Like me, Mindy is mainly working in non-fiction, and it’s an area that needs more writers working in it.
Tim Parkin is a friend who shares his poetry regularly on his blog. In fact, it’s like reading his writing journal, and in his raw and vivid poems, unexpected lines jolt out. You also might feel you’re in the company of a latter day beatnik.
My colleague and friend Michael O’Neil is a theologian who is reading fiction on his sabbatical – as well as theology – and so on Theology and Church you will encounter reflections on Bruce McCormack’s doctrine of God next to a review of Anna Funder’s All That I Am. I always appreciate Michael’s clarity and fairness to different viewpoints, as well as his eye for ethical implications.
In the category of not what your mother would tend to call “lovely”, is the surreal and compelling Dry Sailor Boy, a blog which short-circuits that conventional blog-narrator voice almost everyone (including me) seems to adopt. It’s the life and studio of a writer, but it’s a literary blog in a more direct way than most achieve: the posts are literary themselves, not just about literary.
I have twelve more nominations to go, and there are so many other good blogs which are Lovely (although it’s not an adjective I actually ever use for anything) but I will write about some others another time.
I was also meant to say seven things about myself, but given the abbreviation I’ve already performed upon this chain letter, here are three things about me:
1. I started writing science fiction stories quite seriously when I was fourteen. I immersed myself in science fiction for three years, and it now feels like a world I’m exiled from, but that I wish I could return to. I don’t know really know how. I’m not sure I could easily pick up a SF book and get into it today; I have tried a few times over the years. (Wait, I did return, just once, reading Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go.) It was discovering literary fiction in English lit class which began to poison SF for me, I think. I will never forget Philip K. Dick, though.
2. Sometimes phrases or just the general tone of the ambitious and arrogant covering letters I would send off with those early stories in submitting them to journals will return to me and taunt me, and I will ask myself, how could I have been that stupid?
Oh, that’s only two, but enough about me. Those I have awarded a Lovely Blog Award to now have the opportunity – if they want – of nominating fifteen other blogs, just as I have; writing seven things about themselves; and including the logo on their post.