Random Writing Rants was nominated for the Booker Award by Lauren Claire at Home of The Young Writer. Thanks, Lauren!
I think there’s a part of a blogger’s job that becomes obsessive. Do you know what I’m talking about? Watching the stats. Checking to see how many people visit our site. I have to check multiple times of the day to know if there’s anyone interested in what we’re trying to teach. Are we sharing valuable information, or boring who-cares type of stuff? So being nominated for this award makes us think that someone finds our info helpful. That makes us smile. It makes me feel like what we’re doing matters.
As a nominee, I’ve been asked to list my five favorite books. Only five? The problem with me is that I find something positive in most books I read. As a writer I appreciate much more than I used to, because I have first-hand experience with what it takes to get published. It’s not easy to pull it all off and please a reader! But, for today, here is my list:
- One Thousand White Women, by Jim Fergus
- Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross
- Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- Same Kind of Different as Me, Denver Moore, Ron Hall
Another part of being a nominee means I have to list my FIVE TOP writing BLOGS. Here they are:
- www.mybooktherapy.com I’ve probably learned more from Susie May Warren and her crew than anyone else. (Although Doc Hensley from Taylor University comes in a close second.)
- http://www.livewritethrive.com This blog belongs to my editor, Susanne Lakin. I’m a recent member but have found her info helpful.
- http://writerlaurenclaire.wordpress.com Lauren Claire is a teen who critiques teen stories/excerpts and blogs about writing. I find Lauren’s youthful perspective a breath of fresh air.
- http://thoughtsonplot.wordpress.com I met Michelle Lim, the owner of this blog, at a writer’s retreat and instantly enjoyed her calm, teaching demeanor. She’s an expert on plot problems and always has helpful information at her site.
- http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com Randy Ingermanson knows his stuff. His blog site is a bit busy, but probably because it’s overloaded with good stuff. His FREE monthly newsletter is fab, too.