I haven’t changed anything on my blogroll (see right side column, a bit further down) for months. Or maybe, for ever. I’m not sure. Anyway, it does not reflect the number of blogs I read. So, I’m updating it and so that you have some kind of gain from it (hopefully), I’m introducing them here in this post, on my day of updating my blog.
Part one of this day’s work dealt with two awards I received and features me, gushing about some of my favourite books, and some fabulous book-related blogs which you should totally go and check out. Part two is this one, where I introduce you to some cool blogs. Part three will ask you a question on which I need your advice.
And now, for the blogs! This is a list – completely non-hierarchical – of blogs that are awesome and well worth your time. Oh, and I should add that I’m only including blogs that are somewhat topical, all centering around writing and reading.
brainsnorts – a writer, sometimes funny, sometimes critical, always direct, always interesting
Coco J. Ginger says – the most amazing writing
I kissed my date goodnight – very interesting to read (even though I live a very, very different life)
wonderings & wanderings – one of my most-favourite blogs, beautiful writing, wonderful photos (and great title!)
For love or funny – a funny (obviously!) blog about being a romance writer, a dog owner and the mother of two teenage daughters
Almota Roses – I love, love, love the photos of this talented photographer!
coastal traveler – a travel and photography blog with wonderful pictures
photosteam – a beautiful photography blog with lots of photos from London (yeay!) and other places
retireediary – a travel blog with interesting, insightful posts and wonderful photos
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman – this is a classic, of course, but I just adore her blog
70 Degrees West – a travel blog with a twist, and stunning photos
Fevered mutterings – the blog of a professional traveler and writer and storyteller (check out his free e-book on storytelling, it’s funny and interesting and just cool)
Upgrading your life with less – interesting thoughts on de-cluttering your life
A literal girl – a wonderful blog with (often quite philosophical) writing on ideas like home, place and spaces
Alexandra Sokoloff – the professional blog of screenwriter and writer Alexandra Sokoloff, from whom I’ve learned so, so much and whose posts I LOVE reading and if you’re a writer, you should very definitely check this out
Always lost in stories – full of really interesting book reviews, most of them from the fantasy and YA fantasy area
Boomie Bol – a poet who is not afraid of baring her soul in her work
Emily’s Tea Leaves – a writer’s blog (who I nominated for two blog awards in part one of today’s posts)
Fabulous Realms – very informative posts on all things fantasy
Five Reflections – haikus – lots and lots of haikus, each a little polished gem
Gin & Lemonade – one of the earliest blogs I followed, almost always makes me laugh
Jane Austen’s World – a wonderful resource for all things Jane Austen and Regency – recommended for all Austen fans
Web Petals – the blog of writer Marjorie M. Liu
Nicolette Reed – a blog on writing, editing, publishing… everything about books
Novel ideas – another blog by a fellow writer, this one a courageous teenager
Obsessions of a Workaholic – on the struggles of being a writer and a grad student and working two jobs
Paperback Writer – a wonderful blog on writing from an experienced writer, one of my favourite blogs
Patricia Awapara – writer, painter, photographer… this woman is mulit-talented and also a on the road of self-publication and the one who kindly awarded me the One Lovely Blog award
Peggy Isaacs – funny and interesting blog with cool links and even cooler photos (and I nominated her for two blog awards here)
Pretentious Title – blog of writer Rachel Aaron, who has very interesting things to say on the writing life
Rachelle Gardner – this literary agent shares her insights into the literary world and has interesting guest bloggers
read wear write – a blog on reading, fashion and writing (duh!) by fellow NaNo camper Kate – she was also the wonderful person who awarded The Booker Award to me
Science and Story – always interesting blog on, as the name suggests, science and stories (aka books) and I nominated the woman behind it for two blog awards
sharing me myself and i – a poet with short, descriptive and to-the-point poems
storytelling nomad – a writing and travel blog with neat post ideas, always worth reading
succumbing – a poetry blog, which I nominated for two blog awards earlier today
The Author-in-training – I think the name says it all, doesn’t it? I also nominated this blog for the blog awards today
Maggie Stiefvater – blog of the author Maggie Stiefvater
Where landsquid fear to tread – rather quirky blog about landsquid, alpaca and ceiling turtles – oh, and about writing and editing
Word flows – chronicling the steps and successes of a very fast and efficient writer (yes, I’m envious!)
Writer in progress – another interesting blog of a writer and avid reader, featuring book reviews
Writing through the fog – wonderful blog with posts on home, spaces (digital and real) and writing, also beautiful photos
Zen Scribbles – another favourite blog on writing, chocolate and other things to do with being a writer – I also nominated Zen for the two blog awards, but I messed up a little because she’d already received both of them
That’s it for now, folks!
There’s more that I have bookmarked, but I’m not at a point where I can recommend any of those yet.
Oh, and part three is coming up in half an hour or so, and it will be short, I promise. But remember, I need you to answer a question in part three!