Thankful Thursdays I am most thankful that the experiments of the past six months have settled into a pretty solid format. After trials and errors, a whole lot of errors, and some invaluable feedback from you, my dear readers, I am launching into the second half of my year on solid footing. Expect an average of three posts a week from me aligned with the daily themes as noted in the page Writing Space. Check out Up & Coming for sneak previews of what’s ahead.
The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.
― Norman Vincent Peale
The Sunshine Award
Think back. Think way back. Think back to last April 15th, the night before I pressed the publish button on the first official post on Writing Space. E. B. Pike announced a writerly contest in her post Can You Be Sunny? And the rest is blogging history. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic. But it was a game-changer for me because it helped land me squarely in the vibrant writers community that is now known as Wordsmith Studio. Here are three related posts:
We honored the first five recipients of the Sunshine Award last week on Writing Space. Below is the official rules of according to Hoyle…or whoever is in charge of bloggerly fun and games. Now for the next five future guest posters and Sunshiners.
- Thank the person who gave you this award and link back to them in your post.
- Tell us some things about yourself.
- Nominate 10 bloggers.
- Let these lovely people know they’ve been nominated.
Done. Done. Done. Done.
In Proust, Pivot & Lipton: Questions To Steep Over, I tackled the first two items and set the conditions for the last two. I linked my nominations with guest posting. My first 10 guests would be recipients of the Sunshine Award nominations.
I’m going to tweak it even further now that we’ve soft launched our Wordsmith Studio site. Following the form of The Next Big Thing, my nominations are going to be Wordsmithers with a common bond. This will serve as a continuation and an update of the original MNINB Annotated Blogroll.
The Writing Space Guest-list
Today’s recipients have a thing or two in common, most notably they are the Wordsmith Mystery Mavens. They are known to go in for a little Murder, Mystery & Mayhem on their forum at Wordsmith Studio. In their secreted lair, they are brewing up a serial mystery and some other sweet potions. Head Mistress, Key Master and newly anointed Dungeon Master, Amy Pabalan is no stranger to the blog. She appeared in the last two episodes of Thankful Thursday. [Surely some sort of first]
Also note, the profile pics are hot-linked to their Wordsmith Studio Bios.
- Fleur (FT) Bradley: Double Vision
Congratulations to Fleur! Double Vision was just released by Harper Children’s last month. Ah, but there is plenty more to be jealous about. Fleur grew up in the Netherlands. As an Air Force wife, she has traveled far and wide. And if you are needing info about secret agent-y kind of stuff, then Fleur’s home blog is your go-to reference. Kid-friendly to boot. [Bonus: Book Trailer Below]
- Heather Button: My Quirky City
What does architecture, healthful living and murder have in common? Why Heather Button, of course! By day, mild mannered Ms Button muses over blueprints that spirit away the blues. By night, she is possessed by the printed word letting the muses spirit her away. Quite the double life. But then she’s wonderfully quirky that way. Note: her blog has a secret cache of book reviews.
- Jennifer Chow: Jennifer Chow
Jennifer has a special relationship with the fortune cookie. Both are Asian-American in origin. Both hold pieces of wisdom secreted in contorted forms. For the cookie, it’s the shell. For Jennifer, it’s her wu-wei blog postings. Both hold to aphorisms that explode into broader space, time and meaning. She has recently finished a Taiwanese-American book. Now she is stepping out in to the mysterious side of life.
- Diana Terrill Clark: A Drift of Bubbles
Diana brings her legal day-job chops to her mystery writing, to be sure. But the real intrigue for me are her hobbies. She could write a whole mystery series on those. Would you be too surprised to learn that one of them is creating historical costumes? She is another one of our military spouses who has seen the world and then some. Her mystery series mixes a psychic detective with some super-power possessing bad guys. A formidable concoction.
Linda, like Amy, is a repeat offender on this blog. She is a member of the Wordsmith Studio Steering Committee. She has a multitude of interests which makes her a fascinating person to know. She is persnickety regarding form which makes her a valuable asset to Mouse Tales Press. Perhaps it’s her training at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) that endowed her the ability to slip into a character. She puts that to use in her cozy mystery, Do Not Disturb.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A word about Linc
Please visit their sites. Also visit them at Wordsmith Studio in the Mystery Forum. Mystery is the most popular genre after Romance. Are you a mystery fan? Why do you read mysteries? What do you want out of a good read? Which subgenre do you prefer? Thriller? Cozy? Suspense? Hard-Boiled? Police Procedural? Tell us, please. We are dying to know.