Thursday, March 22, 2012

A blog sampler

Tabitha Olson of Writer Musings picked my blog for the "Sunshine Award," which was quite nice of her. I don't usually participate in blog awards, and I'm not going to officially "tag" anyone. (Yes, I'm a meme rebel! That's how I roll.) But I've actually been wanting to make a few blog recommendations, and this gives me a nice opportunity to do so.  There are many, many blogs I read and love and would recommend, but here's a small sample:

Cynsations. Cynthia Leitich Smith posts in-depth interviews and guest posts. Every Friday she features a weekly roundup of news and links from around the kidlit blogosphere that is truly amazing in its breadth.

Between Fact and Fiction. Natalie Whipple blogs about the ups and downs of trying to keep in touch with one's creative wellspring while coping with the business side of publishing. Candid and relatable. Includes a regular count-our-blessings feature called the Happy Writers Society.

The Contemps. A group blog. Discusses what's new in contemporary YA. A great place to find books for your reading wishlist!

An Englishman in New Jersey. Jon Gibbs, organizer of the New Jersey Authors Network, chats about writing and publishing, often with humor (including peppery advice from his gran, and regular appearances by "I Are a Writer" swag). Every Friday, Jon posts links to a nice cross-section of blogs about various aspects of writing or publishing.

Jama's Alphabet Soup. Jama Rattigan covers an interesting mix of food, poetry, book reviews, and the occasional travel piece. Her blog is one of the coziest corners on the internet, and her online launch parties (celebrating the work of other authors when their books release) are special favorites of mine. The food photos alone will make you drool.

Careann's Musings. Carol J. Garvin posts a mix of beautiful photographs, quotations, and brief, thoughtful posts on writing. This blog has an inspirational bent. Even if you're not religious yourself, the gentle and inviting style is welcoming to all.

The Author in Training. Mieke Zamora-Mackay includes short features on various aspects of writing, but the feature that always sticks in my mind is Inspiration Sunday, where she posts a photograph to use as a writing prompt. Excellent for those who want visual prompts to write from.

The Innocent Flower. Michelle Davidson Argyle blogs about various aspects of writing, from interesting tidbits turned up in her research, to the idea of turning fairy tales on their heads, to the emotional challenges that come with putting our work out there in the world.

Finding Wonderland. Tanita S. Davis and Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Aquafortis) post in-depth reviews of YA books, interviews, thoughtful discussions, and--one of my personal favorite features--Toon Thursday, featuring Aquafortis's original cartoons about the writing life.

So many books, so little time. April Henry, author of fast-paced, suspenseful novels, posts brief links to interesting stories and features around the internet: the amusing, the newsworthy, the bizarre. For those writing mystery or crime fiction, her blog also contains valuable research tips, including information about the Writers Police Academy.

And of course a shout-out to the person who started me down this link-coding path today: Tabitha at Writer Musings, who posts writing tips, thoughtful reviews, and all things related to the craft and business of writing. She also runs monthly book giveaways.

Do you have a favorite blog to recommend?


  1. Oh my wow...thanks for this, Jennifer, you rebel you, lol! I am not familiar with a number of these blogs so will be sure to check them out.

  2. Congratulations on the award.

    Thanks for all the links! :)

    1. Thanks, and hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy reading your blog, too!

  3. Thank you for including my blog on the list. I really do appreciate it, and am so happy to hear that Inspiration Sunday makes an impact. Thank you.

    As for blog recommendations, yours is always on the top of my list!

    1. Thank you--yes, I look forward to the pictures! :-)

  4. I am really honored to be on that list, thank you! And thanks for the other blogs, as well. :)