Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 166 - 13 Blogger Spotlights

A few Thursday Thirteen's ago, my fellow Weekend Writer's Retreat blogger Alice Audrey (who writes the serialized story Suzie's House) showcased thirteen bloggers she likes to visit - which I thought was a marvey idea.

So I'm stealing - er, running with that bit of inspiration - and here are thirteen bloggers from my blogroll.

These are all bloggers which draw me back again and again. Some of them I've been blogging with for years. Some are brand new to me. All are delightful.

1 - Apprentice Writer

Maya Missani is a budding comedy writer marking milestones on the road to dropping the 'apprentice' portion of her name. Posting from the Toronto area, she writes book reviews which include comments on the cover art, posts in-depth author interviews and shares hilarious visual humor in the name of mental health.

2 - Around the Island

Robin blogs from just outside Tel Aviv in Israel, the originator of the Sunday photography meme, Summer Stock Sunday. She sells her fine art photography on Etsy, and shares incredible glimpses of life in a country that shimmers with the energies of today and its ancient yesterdays.

3 - Art Predator

Gwendolyn Alley is a published poet from California and an exhibiting artist. She's a returning participant of the Burning Man festival, and is an environmental and social activist.

4 - Elephant Small

Stan Ski has a poetry blog, which I found through Poetry Train Monday. He posted new work without fail for the month of April (National Poetry Writing Month challenge.) He began life in England but now has a family in Thailand, and shares some of his everyday moments along with his highly-accomplished poetry.

5 - Everything and Nothing

Akelamalu blogs from Lancashire, England, where depending on her mood, she may tell us everything, or she may tell us nothing. She travels widely and always takes us along, and is an expert at crafting short, twisty tales.

6 - In The Midst of This Season

Toni is a homeschooling mom of four who blogs from Indiana. Her liquids-spurting-through-nose-inducing humour portrays the anything-but-ordinary lives of herself and her family. She remains ever watchful for those daily blessings that help her to view her cup as half full.

7 - Ire...

Nikita Banerjee blogs from Mumbai in India, posting photography, short fiction and lately the path leading to her upcoming wedding. Keep in mind - Nocturnal Mire. You Mess With Her. You Perish In Her Ire.

8 - Janet's Journal

Janet Corcoran is a new addition to my writer's group here in Nova Scotia. A Real Life friend as well as a Blog Buddy! She posts serialized humorous romantic suspense for the Weekend Writer's Retreat, shares the highs and lows of the writing life and calls us People of Blogland.

9 - Ma Vie Folle

Sheila's Crazy Life chronicles family shenanigans with a wry sense of that’s okay because that’s what life is all about…and if you can’t laugh at yourself then you’re in trouble!

10 - Romance Bandits

The Romance Bandits are a collection of 20 romance writers who turn every blog post into a party once it hits the comments section.

11 - Sans Pantaloons

Andy blogs from Aulde Scotia where he works on new sources of income and hopes someday to grow up and become a useful adult. A self-described curmudgeon, his irreverent humour appears as remarkable photoshopped jokes. I've followed his development as a graphic artist with admiration, especially his obsession with the rose imagery of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

12 - The Gathering Nest

Debby blogs from Ontario, where she creates incredible collage art, both 3-D and digital versions. She posts photos of all the vintage material she gathers to make her creations, as well as the pieces she swaps with other art bloggers.

13 - Trav's Thoughts

So here's the thing, Travis' blog header says. I have thoughts and I'm sharing them. Travis' previous header reminded everyone that Diversity need not be divisive. The originator of the 5 on Friday music meme, he also writes passionately from the Pacific Northwest about dance shows, shares outstanding poetry, composes moving tributes to those who pass to the Other Side, and fills us in on military history with a sense of immediacy and always with humanity.

Colleen says I'll be sure to check out a few. Thanks!

Kim Richardson says Thanks for sharing these, Julia! They sound really interesting!

Jehara says I can see why you read all these blogs regularly. They all sound lovely. I am off to check them out now.


Ire said...

:) Thank you for the mention Julia!

Janet said...

I am honored, Julia! Thanks so much for including the Journal in our 13 :)

Now, I need to find some time to go searching out the other 12 - they all sound fascinating and I'm sure I'll be adding more to my morning blogread schedule!

colleen said...

I'll be sure to check out a few. Thanks!

Akelamalu said...

Why thankyou for the mention Julia and I'll check out the other blogs you've mentioned. :)

sheila said...

Oh Julia, I totally didn't expect to see ME on here! Thank you very much, that means the world to me! I read a couple of these, like Around the Island...but I shall go read the others.

Thank again, that's so sweet of you!

kim said...

Thanks for sharing these, Julia! They sound really interesting! I hope your summer is going lovely!

Unknown said...

Oh my Julia, These blogs look FABULOUS and I've only discovered one before so I have a lot of reading to do. Thank you.

colleen said...

Thanks for turning me on to "American Sentences." I wasn't familiar with them but have been writing 6 word memoirs:

I take the best of lines from my 13 lists and read them at our spoken word open mic.

Mia Celeste said...

Thanks Julia,
I'm always looking for new spots to visit.

I am Harriet said...

Wonderful tribute!

Enjoy your Thursday!

soleil said...

I can see why you read all these blogs regularly. They all sound lovely. I am off to check them out now.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, what an honor to be part of your 13 blogs listed here! Thank you so much for including me and for the glowing words! I love how varied your list is and look forward to checking them out!

Alice Audrey said...

Glad to be of serv... um... influence?

Toni said...

Aw, thanks for your friendship and support, Julia. It truly means a lot to me, coming from someone whose gift I sincerely admire.

Travis Cody said...

Wow. Thanks so much for the amazingly kind words.

I know of some of these blogs, but others are completely new to me. I'll have to make some time to check them out.

Happy weekend!

Jennifer Leeland said...

I always love your shout outs. I'll check these out.

M. said...

Holy Cats, Julia, how did I snooze on seeing this when you first posted??? I'm all ablush! But not for long as I must go visit all these other fab sites!