Oh—the never-ending search for a fabulous blog-topic! What is a gal to do when one is knee-deep in JaNoWriMO, embarking on a second date with a new CP, researching Victorian Glastonbury and can barely come up for air except to read fabulously hilarious and scintillating blogs by other writers who have obviously rationed their precious time better than I. (Yes, that was one sentence.)
As a newbie to the blogosphere, I have been so encouraged and welcomed by many of you who have reached out and somehow found me in the myriad blogs that exist. You have taken valuable time and read my words, left comments and shared in the communal blogging-bowl. Thanks so much. Not only have your witty words and candid thoughts inspired me, but your sense of community has made me aspire to that level of kinship, and so today, I wanted to share some of that bountiful harvest with others.
I must herald the call to all those bloggers interested in a challenge of the alphabetical sort. Our secret ninja guide and mentor, Alex J. Cavanaugh, whose blog is the veritable mecca to those of us thirsting for manna in the chaotic sea of choices has information regarding the A-Z Blogfest which sounds like good fun and should hold yet unearthed gems for upcoming blogs. If you need to know anything about the writerly world, (or pit toilets) go ask Alec. There you will also find the “Insecure Writers Support Group”, (badge is in my sidebar) a wonderful blog-hop with a blog-flavor for everyone. Try a double-dip! Alex’s blog is veritable treasure trove of inspiration and support. Get thee hence and become a member of the Ninja Army.
Proof that I am truly a secret member of his minions is this talisman, which the Ninja Gods left for me to find recently.
M. Pax is also offering a fun blog-hop called "Back from the Future" starting March 1st. Since I find myself dealing with the theme of time-travel (of sorts) in my current MG novel, how could I refuse? The prompt will draw you in and get that writer's brain working...so prepare to be involved!
Hart Johnson’s always titillating “Confessions of a Watery Tart" provided not only laughs during a harried week, but thoughtful introspection as well, first on her high-larious piece about memory—or lack of it. (I would tell more, but I have quite forgotten it.)Her clever poll about “What kind of writer are you?” got me to thinking, and I so enjoyed reading all of the comments.
Have a great week everyone, and in closing, and to keep those lovely, inspirational comments coming (to someone deep into researching a place) I would like to pose a question: How do you research/prepare to write about place and setting? Do you draw maps, or stalk Google-Earth like some strange cyber-tourist? Do your characters follow real streets or just hang with “lane” and “road”. Do you use your Aunt’s old house or create a new one? How much is too much? If you are writing fantasy, do you first create the place you are writing about, or does it create itself along the way?
Looking forward to hearing your tricks of the trade!