Only connect: Bloggers who inspire me

I’ve said it before that WordPress is a good community — each person  I’ve encountered (so far) is a sincere truth seeker. Snarks, please take your crappy attitudes elsewhere.

very-inspirational-blogger1I’m even more pleased that this is my roost after finding myself  nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger award by the Book Maven. Thank you Jhobell. If you haven’t checked out her site already, you should definitely visit there now.

I followed the Maven a few years back while I was deputy book editor at the L.A. Times — I’m pretty sure I did, though I did scan a mountain of blogs in those days — and I felt like I was hearing from an old friend when I received that notification. As you can see from the award logo, in very tiny type, it’s all about “keeping the blogosphere a beautiful place.” I really like that.

In keeping with the “rules” of this award, I have posted the award logo and linked to the site that nominated me…. And now, I also must tell you seven things about myself. I think I’ve disclosed a few items in previous posts, but here are a few more to add to those, just to keep things legit:

Religion and superstition (some will say they’re  the same thing, they’re not!) are passions of mine. I’m educated enough to compete on “Jeopardy!” though I’d rather host a blog  than meet Alex Trebek. At the newspaper, I’d been hammered by snide, anonymous commenters living very lonely lives.  Every morning when I wake, I say a prayer for George R.R. Martin‘s health and safety (at least until he finishes the final book of his epic).

I adore A.L. Kennedy’s column in the Guardian on writing (see the blogroll to your left): She’s a wonderfully consoling voice as one struggles with writing projects. I’d also recommend novelist Nicholas Delbanco‘s book of essays “Anywhere in the World,” which reminds us all that the bonds connecting writers and readers transcend all boundaries.

Most important, when I started the Call of the Siren, I decided that I wouldn’t care who read or followed me. But sometimes, my beloved friends, isn’t it just good to be heard?

With that in mind, I want to follow suit and nominate my own choices (so far) for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Some of these folks have already received this award and/or other awards … and deservedly so. There’s some extraordinary work going on here, and I want you to listen to what some fellow WordPressians are saying:

Thecheesewolf:  Not everyone can post poetry on their blog that other people will want to read. This guy can.

Lesley Carter:  Lesley Carter goes out and experiences the world in a way that I can’t right now. So I read her. Thank goodness.

Tychogirl:  Poetry that weds concept with layout, and that’s out of this world. Literally.

 A breath of fresh air and a reality check: what we should all be thinking about. 

 321 Irony:  http://321irony.wordpress.comA young poet who’s unafraid to showcase everything from small lyrics to imitations of Dante. Plus the refer to T.S. Eliot in her banner got me.

 Excellent guide to getting your kids intellectually charged with all the right kinds of apps and features.

Words Fusion: http://www.wordsfusion.comLike Lesley Carter’s blog, Words Fusion has satisfied my global interests with  observant dispatches from all corners of the world.


Impressions of a princess:
 http://gongjumonica.wordpress.comMonica offers a great selection of posts on forthcoming books that’s a helpful guide to what’s new in the industry.

 Butterfly tales:
 A rich trove of fantasy in books, movies and more. One of my favorites is Julia’s post “Lord of the Rings Pick-Up Lines” — I wonder if Sam used any of these on his wife-to-be.

 Words and lovely images to give the mind a break during a busy day.

Liz Bell:
 Why do I, an inhabitant of hot, sunny Southern California, care so much about hockey? Two words: Liz Bell.

Jilanne Hoffmann:
 Great breadth and intellectual curiosity, and excellent writing chops … Wish I’d assigned freelance to her while I was at the Times!

The Arched Doorway:
 Rlovatt is working hard to bring us some great interviews with today’s fantasy writers. I really enjoyed her conversation with Patrick Rothfuss, one of the best.

 http://lilywight.comAll things with an “A” at this site … Arcane, antique …. Awesome.


 http://arranqhenderson.comDetailed, comprehensive — Arran’s posts on all things antique are definitely not for the twitter-infected. Print these posts out and read them at your leisure.

Congratulations to all of you!

Please note: These selections are in no particular order.

I’m glad that someone reached out to me with this Award, just as a reminder that we don’t have to wait for established committees of critics to decide what is worthy and what isn’t. In my experience, critics hardly know what they’re talking about (you should see how they dress).

This award is like the best kind of chain letter, and I urge all of you to reach out and nominate your favorites. Just make sure to post the logo, link to the site that nominated you, and share some things about yourself. Let other bloggers know that you appreciate them, and keep on producing an atmosphere of genuine camaraderie in the blogosphere!

18 thoughts on “Only connect: Bloggers who inspire me

  1. Thanks, Nick! You’re so right. WordPress fosters a fantastically diverse community. I just took a look at one of AL Kennedy’s columns. Hilarious! And now I’ve got lots of other folks on your list to investigate. I’ll be making my list of favorite bloggers and sending out more good vibes to the ether within the next few days. Cheers to having an inspired week!

  2. Congratulations, Nick! You deserve this award and it’s super interesting to read the some things about you. I will now drop by the blogs you nominated.

    Keep on writin’
    Jhobell Kristyl

  3. I’m so glad to hear that, Jilanne. When you post your nominations let me know. And I really appreciate that you’ve already checked out A.L. Kennedy. She’s an intriguing novelist, but what’s really captured me over the past couple of years are her columns about writing, dealing with agents and publishers, and her own illnesses (she’s been incredibly sick — it’s amazing that she’s been able to keep writing). Anybody who is in a writer’s funk should visit her for some good, sensible perspective… And, on the other hand, I’ve realized that we can all be an A.L. Kennedy for other people. I guess I just discovered a last-minute resolution for the New Year!

  4. Thank you Julia (thanks also for that great first glimpse of the Paolini illustrated edition of “Eragon,” by the way). I’ll visit your post later this week and follow the process. It’s a really nice honor, and I look forward to reading more of your great stuff. (I had my sons laughing the other night with the Lord of the Rings pickup lines… still hilarious after reading them several times!)

  5. Haha, it’s a great honour to have met you through WordPress. 🙂 I really can’t believe the success of the those pickup lines! I might make a competition out of it at some point in the future and as for Paolini’s new edition of Eragon – I may send one your way 😉

    Can’t wait to read your answers to my questions! Have a great week 🙂

  6. Thanks for the award, I thank you so much for the award.
    I have no words to thank you for your encouragement & support.

    I thank the other bloggers also.

  7. Thank you, Nick I appreciate it! And congratulations for your nomination. I always enjoy checking by your blog, and seeing what it is you have to say. 🙂

    I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the posts and interviews I’ve had, and I hope I’m able to keep providing new ones to read.

  8. You’re very welcome — I like that you go the extra mile to talk to the writers and find out what they’re thinking about. It’s been great reading your blog and thinking about how to do things better on my own, like Q & A’s and other features with writers. I’m sure you have plenty of good stuff to come … and I’ll be reading you!

  9. how slow on the uptake am I?! Just got around to finding this! So many thanks indeed. You’ve included me with a group of amazing writers/bloggers. Humbling indeed. Thanks.

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