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Blog Love

The Prompts:

1. Share something your significant other recently did or said that made you smile.
2. Share a photo that captures your special Valentine(s).
3. List the top 10 blogs you’re loving most this month.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Coffee
5. List your five most recent favorite things.
6. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. How do you like your wine?

I chose number 3:  The top 10 blogs I’m loving this month in no particular order –

  1. Yeah Write –  This blog has been a favorite of mine.  The editors care about their bloggers and they have something for everyone.  They host link ups on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Then voting on Thursday.  Winners announced on Friday.  Then the weekend is for the Moonshine Grid.  They also offer a lot more. Head on over and check them out if you haven’t already. 
  2. Magpie Tales  –  This blog offers a photo prompt each Sunday for inspiration and a huge link up.  The photo’s are very unique and the writers that participate are fantastic. 
  3. Grammar Ghoul Press – Although I haven’t participated as much as I’d like on this blog, the challenges are unique and creative.  This blog offers a lot more than prompts and challenges too!
  4. Julie Zantopoulos –  This blog is new but the writer is not a new voice.  She ran The Indie Chicks for 4 years, has recently self published a book, “Shoot Down the Wendy Bird”, and is getting ready to launch a new site!  This is the perfect time to hop over to her site and get to know her.
  5. Janet Fitch’s Blog – I have been a huge fan of Janet since reading her novel “White Oleander.  Then I stumbled across her novel “Paint it Black” and she rocketed to the top of my favorite authors.  Her blog is insightful and offers a lot of writing advice to authors. 
  6. The Relative Cartographer –  I listed the blog Yeah Write up at the top.  I discovered this blog on the blog link up this week at Yeah Write.  Not only did he come in 2nd in votes for his entry, he won my heart with his story.  I have a lot of reading to do but so far this is a definite blog I love!
  7. Tess Abroad –  It just so happens that Tess also host Magpie Tales, mentioned above.  She provides the photo prompts and she writes her inspiration on her blog.  She has a man reading her work on her blog post linked to The Mag and it is amazing. 
  8. Not The Rockefellers – I have followed this blog since I first began blogging.  The writing still amazes  me.  Also, she list several blogs where people can go for writing inspiration and just the entire lay out of her blog keeps me coming back.
  9. Angela Goff –  Here is a blog I have followed for some time.  She host the VisDare prompts, where she post a photo for inspiration and you can link up to whatever you write.  The photos are unique and lots of fun!
  10. Mama Kat’s Losin It! –  Last but certainly not least is Mama Kat.  I have followed her prompts for some time now and I enjoy how creative they remain.  I love reading her take on the prompt she decides to write about.  Of course, she is the inspiration behind this post, so it goes without saying, I love her! 

There you have it.  My top 10 blogs that I love! You can hop over to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop and link up with your prompt.  It’s fun!

Mama's Losin' It

The Book I Wish I’d Written


This is a prompt from Writer’s Write.

The one book I have read several times and wish I would have written is “Paint It Black” by Janet Fitch.  The characters are brilliantly written and in one’s case, even though dead,  his personality and his life dominate the book.  In fact, as the reader gets familiar with the characters,  it’s plain to see that his death is the reason for their connection, the reason they love, the reason they hate, and his lingering presence afterlife is what makes this book amazing.
It’s the kind of book with the type of characters a reader can love, hate, and feel pity for. A reader can decide that the dead is selfish or that while alive, too much was expected of him.
The twist and turns along with beautiful sentences is what leaves me astounded. I had already decided Fitch was one of my favorite writers.  This book only goes on to show why.

Loneliness Is The Human Condition

First, I have to say thanks to everyone who left comments on my last post Ten Things of Thankful Take 4.  Made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  I’m sure everyone loves comments and I’m not being a narcissist.  

I was going through other blogs that linked up for TTofT so I could give back some blog love, when I stumbled upon a blog that I have somehow missed.  I’m not sure if it’s the mood I have been in or if it’s because of trying to help someone recently who refused to help themselves.  That gets tedious and frankly, I don’t have the patience for people like that.  What ever the reason, this blog post on Pictimilitude  was inspirational to me. After reading the post about integrity and then seeing these words written:  “We are all part of an Intricately Woven Web of a Planet…..”, my collection of beloved quotes that I have jotted down from anywhere, began bouncing about in my head. I was a housekeeper in 2006 at Radford University here in Virginia. One day while cleaning offices, one door had a beautiful quote hanging up on it.  There was a lady in her office near the one with the quote, and she was kind enough to let me borrow a piece of paper and pen to write the quote down.  The next morning while cleaning the offices, the lady who had the quote on her door had made me a copy of it to bring home.  It was wonderful.  I have quickly copied quotes on torn pieces of paper when in a hurry.  Some aren’t meant to be inspirational but rather tell the truth about the world from someone else’s eyes. Here are a few quotes that reading Pictimilitude made me think of:

“Time’s march is a web of causes and effects, and asking for any gift of mercy, however tiny it might be, is to ask  that a link be broken in that web of iron, ask that it be already broken.  No one deserves such a miracle.”   ~ Jorge Luis Borges – A Prayer- Translated by Andrew Hurley.

“You only love when you love in vain.  Try another radio probe when ten have failed, take two hundred rabbits when a hundred have died: only this is science.  You ask the secret. It has just one name:  again.”    ~ Miroslav Holub – Ode to Joy – Translated by George Theiner

“Was it you that killed me, or did I kill you?”    Abel answered, “I don’t remember anymore; here we are, together, like before.”     “Now I know that you have truly forgiven me,” Cain said, “because forgetting is forgiving.  I, too, will try to forget.”   ~ Jorge Luis Borges – Legend – Translated by Andrew Hurley.

“After all the fears, the warnings, after all, a woman’s mistakes are different from a girl’s.  They are written by fire on stone.  They are a trait and not an error.”   ~ Janet Fitch – White Oleander 

“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel.  He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”  ~  Mark Twain

There are 5 of my favorite quotes.  I have many more but 5 seemed like a good number to end with. 🙂  I have some built into memory from N.A. meetings and rehabs.  I’ll share those one day.  I’ll also share the long quote that was hung on a lady’s door in the offices I was cleaning at Radford University.  




3 Favorite Quotes

Life. Love.Lauren
This looked fun.  I stumbled upon this reading through some Monday Listicles.  So, here goes and hope I’m doing it right:

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

― Trina Paulus

“Whoever coined the phrase ‘a man’s got to play the hand that was dealt him’ was most certainly one piss-poor bluffer.” 
― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”

― Janet FitchWhite Oleander

So here they are.  My top 3 favorite quotes.  The first one I seen in a rehab I was at in 2005 and it stuck with me throughout all these years of recovery, relapse, and recovery……………     The next one, I was reading Jeanette Walls’ memoir and this quote was one of my favorites.  It was said by her father.  The last one, also from reading the book, though it is fiction.  Still a good quote and one I have found can be very true during hard times.  So there it is and hope anyone reading finds these interesting at the very least.