Blogs, Books, and Beginning

I’ve discovered some terrific blogs this week and want to share them.

First, Michael Ignacio’s Imagination Ignited is a new blog, but a strong one. What makes it strong? Partly it’s that, although there isn’t much content yet, Michael has set up what he intends to do and is clear about what to expect as he fills out his pages. Partly it’s because, since the content is still germinating, he’s using his blog to promote his fellow writers. Generosity is an attractive quality, in a person and in a blog. Visit him for solid introductions to some writers who may be new to you.

Jo Robinson is a new Google+ friend whose blog, africolonialstories, is a new favorite. Jo lives in Zimbabwe and has just come through a serious bout with malaria. I was like, “I’m so sorry you’re ill — but OMG I KNOW SOMEBODY WITH MALARIA!” Most people I know have stuff like sinus drainage. I mean malaria! How cool is that? Anyway, visit her blog.

La Vonda R. Staples doesn’t write bitty blog posts. She writes beautiful, elegant, moving, and sometimes angry essays. They are worth every minute of your time. She calls her site, “A blog on history, cultural commentary, and my reflections on society.” Go. Read. Grow.

Where Writers And Authors Meet should be called Where READERS And Authors Meet. It’s a site and app devoted to bringing authors and readers together. A cool thing they do is post information about an author and invite questions. The author has a week to answer the questions, then the answers are posted. Yes, Imma be on there. In July, I think. Long time from now. That’s how popular the feature is.

Now, you know I’m learning to knit. A friend (Dani Greer of Blog Book Tours) suggested, and it has, indeed, been a great help. Thanks, Dani!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Interview one of your characters. If you need to practice first, interview your favorite character from somebody else’s writing.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Kelly

    February 13, 2013 at 5:22am

    What a spontaneous lady! Well Marian, thank you for sharing these wonderful blogs. I also came across your Caturday riddle and I enjoyed trying to solve it, although I failed. I’ll be reading more of your future fun posts.

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      Marian Allen

      February 13, 2013 at 8:28am

      Thanks for stopping by and playing, Kelly! I look forward to hearing from you again. 🙂

  2. Sandra

    February 13, 2013 at 9:23am

    Thanks for sharing this update after hearing your friend still uses her G+ account I went ahead and checked mine. Found a lot of cool stuff there. If only people would move to G+, that would be great.

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      Marian Allen

      February 13, 2013 at 11:05am

      I love G+, especially the Communities. I still love Twitter and Facebook, too, though. Facebook is just so IRRITATING! It’s like having another relative.

  3. Miscellany

    February 13, 2013 at 9:53am

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  4. Kristine

    February 13, 2013 at 8:13pm

    Sorry to hear about your friend Jo, hope she’s doing fine. Living in the jungle or the tropics can definitely be such a challenge.You’re never going to find me in one of those places.

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      Marian Allen

      February 13, 2013 at 9:51pm

      I don’t take excessive heat very well, especially damp heat, so the tropics probably wouldn’t be a happy place for me. I’d love to visit Africa, though. Thank you for visiting, Kristine!

  5. Stacey

    February 14, 2013 at 7:49am

    Thank you for sharing. The part where your friend uses G+ baffles me. Not too many people are on that site. Amazing how there are still some people who use it though. Not a too user-friendly interface.

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      Marian Allen

      February 14, 2013 at 8:11am

      Really? I have a couple of thousand people in my circles on G+. If you haven’t been there for a while, maybe check it out again. It gets better and better. 🙂

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