The fabulous Holly Jahangiri, who is not the Godzilla of NYC, though not through any lack of trying, nominated me to carry on this meme. So here I go.
– Your most beautiful post
This one, on the term Sky-blue pink, because it’s about my late grandfather and has a picture of a sky-blue pink sky.
– Your most popular post
The one on how I self published.
– Your most controversial post
That would probably be Bejection Dancing. A publisher felt I was unfair to publishers in it, and decided he didn’t want to be my publisher, if that was my opinion. Either that one, or this one about okra. My commenters, by the way, convinced me to try okra in soup and I’m a total okra convert. I can be taught.
– Your most helpful post
Has to be the one on formatting for Smashwords and Kindle.
– A post whose success surprised you
For years, I got masses of hits on this short story. I’m vain, but I’m not that vain, and I couldn’t figure out why this story was so popular. Then I looked at the title, looked at the flood of hits coming all together, and looked at the origins of the hits. People taking English as a Second Language were ripping it off for assignments with the same title. So I changed the name of the page, and the hits stopped. Boo-hoo for me.
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
The Friday Recommends post with the link to Spec the Halls, the winter-holiday speculative fiction anthology benefiting Heifer International. There were very few click-throughs, and that was disappointing. Yes, it’s pricey for an eBook–more than I generally pay–but ALL the proceeds go to buying animals/birds/bees for people in third-world countries. A milk cow or a flock of chickens can lift a whole village out of poverty.
– The post that you are most proud of
This review of a two-fisted Kentucky Opera Association production of Madama Butterfly. It was a wicked good production, and I think the review nailed it. If I didn’t like opera, that review would make me want to go see one.
Now, I need to pass the torch. Here are five bloggers I read every day, or should:
Well, Holly, obviously, but I can’t tag her back.
- Marion Driessen’s Figments of a Dutchess. I met Marion on Twitter, which illustrates one reason I love the interwebs. How else would I become friends with this wonderful woman in Holland?
- Jennifer Burke’s Jen’s Bookshelf. Again, how else would I have met a woman in Australia who shares my detestation for possums? At an I Hate Possums worldwide convention?
- Leah Porter’s On Capitol Avenue. In contrast to the first two, Leah is a face-to-face friend who lives right here in my own beloved town, but she’s a citizen of the world in the best possible sense.
- Bodie Parkhurst’s Magic Dog Press. Bodie is another long-distance friend. We met in Dani Greer’s blog book tour class. We’ve read each other’s blogs, guested on each other’s blogs, read each other’s books and reviewed them. She’s extraordinary.
- Steve Saus’s Ideatrash, with its essays, reviews and information on writing. Great reading for writers, readers and/or thinkers. I’ve actually been lucky enough to meet Steve a few times at conventions (speculative fiction ones, not I Hate Possums ones), and he’s the publisher of the Spec the Halls anthology. 🙂
There are SO many more, but I’m following the rules or I’d be rummaging around forever.
WRITING PROMPT: What animal or insect does your main character hate, and why?