8. Maureen Doallas writes about art and dance and poetry and music on her blog, Writing Without Paper. I wouldn’t know where to start to find an eighth of the stuff she does. She posts the most interesting links and interviews with interesting people, and I feel all cultured when I visit her. On a scale of 1-10, she is a 15 on the encouragement scale. I know she has already received one of these awards, but I just had to mention her because I learn so much from her.
9. Laura Boggess spills her heart over at The Wellspring. Her blog overflows with beautiful prose and poetry and photos. She writes real, and makes me smile and weep. And she’s a runner. I believe she feels God’s pleasure when she runs. I don’t. At least not yet. I wish I liked to run and that my legs and lungs could stand it. Buts she inspires me to run hard after Him.
10. K.M. Weiland is a fiction author who wants to help other writers become authors. I’m all over that. Katie’s blog is called Wordplay, and she offers all kinds of practical writing helps. I especially love her short teaching vlogs, and I’m learning discipline from her as well. Sort of. Kind of. Translation: I don’t practice it all that well. You can also reach her blog through her web site.
11. Diedra Riggs at Jumping Tandem loves the sand and the water and the sunsets of Lake Michigan as much as I do. She’s a pastor’s wife who struggles with life just like anyone else. She knows how to give comfort because she’s received comfort in the hard times. She writes real and raw. Her writing is lovely. Her images are lovely. She is lovely.
12. Linda Yezak is a freelance editor and an editor for Port Yonder Press. She teaches creative writing and expects her first book to be released next year. Yay, Linda! She’s become a good friend even though we’ve not yet met in person. I never know what I’ll find when I head over to 777 Peppermint Place. It might be a story about the wild critters that frequent her place, writing helps and prompts, an article about her writing journey, or something that just cracks me up. She’s a great storyteller. Oh, and she and K.M. have also teamed up with Lynnette Bonner and Johne Cook at AuthorCulture--where they inspire, enlighten, and unite writers and readers. Check that blog out, too.
13. Anne Lang Bundy is, yep, another Michigan gal with a tender heart, sweet spirit, and eyes fixed. She’s a lay minister and speaks and writes and homeschools five children. Her blog, Building His Body, is filled with Bible insights, scripture, and personal reflections. AND I may even get to meet her up close and real as she passes by next month on her way to the ACFW conference. I might hide myself in her trunk.
Oh, man! I’m running out of numbers! ACK!
14. Susan Reinhardt connects writers and readers at, well, the Christian Writer/Reader Connection. She writes short and sweet posts–reflections, devotionals, writing resources and links, book reviews, etc. And she responds to every single person who comments. A gracious soul she is.
15. Karen Lange at Write Now has already received this award, and I’m not surprised. But I don’t see anything in the rules that say you can’t hand this out twice. Karen usually posts only on Mondays and Thursdays, but she might slip something in on another day. So much great writing advice over there in chunks that I can digest. Yet another gracious soul whose garden is also out of control.
What? Thats 15 already? Can I at least give a shoutout to Karin Fendick at Flickers of a Faithful FireFly, who traded posts with me on cyber realness? And Michelle DeRusha at Graceful? And new Twitter BFF Ann Kroeker at Ann Kroeker, Writer? And Kelly Langner Sauer and her beautiful soft photos and sweet writing? And Terri Tiffany, Inspirational Writer?
And . . . but I don’t want to stop. You can’t make me . . .