Sunday, May 11, 2008

On Purpose? Really?

A fellow Wild Rose Press author, Katie Reus, has bestowed the Blogging With A Purpose award on this Vortex in cyberspace. I'm glad she sees purpose and not OCD about all things writing and time travel. In honor of Mother's Day, because she would want me to follow the rules, I offer up five blogs with a purpose deserving of your mouse's trigger finger:

La Vibora :: I could look up the translation, but I won't. It's more fun imagining one Spanish word to sum up Jim's obsession with all things venomous and reptilian. I'll never look at my refrigerated polska-kielbasa in Gladware the same way again. Deserving because of his commitment to captive breeding of rare species and because he adores these creatures the way I adore Godiva, Josh Holloway and injecting a hidden simile into a sentence.

The "Blog" of "Unnecessary Quotation Marks" :: We all have our usage hang-ups. Mine? Frolicking in a field of descriptive phrases with a handful of commas as an excuse. This blog's author? Ambiguous meanings those double grammar prints can leave in our minds. Deserving because once you've visited this site, you'll find these public offenders everywhere.

Blue Sue :: An expert on Blue Star Arabian horses and the fictional romance heroes who straddle them. Once my characters time jump to a setting where equestrian travel becomes a necessity, she's my go-to resource. Deserving because she can barrel race around an arena with a loaded weapon and pick off a target like a modern-day Belle Starr.

Photoshop Disasters :: True commercial advertisement fouls committed with Photoshop. Deserving because it reaffirms that even professionals wrestle with pixels and layering and viewing Gwyneth Paltrow's distorted head makes me feel better about my own.

The Graveyard Shift :: Written by Lee Lofland, a veteran police investigator and contributor to the online writing community crimescenewriter, this blog offers healthy portions of all things nourishing to writers starved for crime and literary resources. Deserving because he never allows fallen officers to be forgotten.

Thank you, Katie.


darlene said...
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darlene said...

LA -- Jim is going to be psyched when he sees this and reads your post! I laughed when I read your comment about not looking at Gladware the same way again. I once had an extensive collection of Tupperware when he and I first met. (Once...) Those containers were never of very much use in the kitchen once those perfectly soldered holes were in place!

You definitely see the world through writer's eyes and express what you see beautifully!

Take care!

Katie Reus said...

Wow, great picks!! Unfortunately now I have more blogs to become obsessed with. To think a year ago I didn't even know what a blog was :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Congrats on your well-deserved blog award, L.A. I enjoyed taking a peek at the blogs you chose as well...
P.S. I tagged you :).

Lee Lofland said...

Thanks for picking my blog, The Graveyard Shift, as one of your favorites.

I wish I could take credit for Crimescenewriter, too, but I can't. That one belongs to Wally Lind, a retired crime scene investigator. I just answer questions there.

I invite everyone to visit The Graveyard Shift. Also, feel free to send me your requests for topics, and I'll do my best to address each of them.

Sue L said...

LA! Thank you so much for picking my blog. I love rattling on about my horses and am glad that anyone finds it useful.

It's going to be fun picking the next five - I know it's going to be hard to pick *just* five. ;)

L.A. Mitchell said...

Thanks so much for setting me straight. I tweaked the post, but you underestimate how much you've helped writers. Your help on the loop is invaluable. Glad you stopped by :)

Lee Lofland said...

Thanks for the kind words. I hope my book is as much help to writers as the blog seems to be.

Todd Wheeler said...

Congrats! A well deserved award.

LaVibora - Jim Campbell said...

Thanks for selecting La Vibora and congratulations on your selection, as well. I'll try to live up to your expectations but, when compared to your "Vortex", the difference is like night and day.

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Sandra Ferguson said...

Go girl, what a great honor, and so well deserved.

Accolades simply drip from you. And my, oh, my, how well they look on you, too!

I know Marilyn's already tagged you, so I'll resist again, but do drop by.

Sherry Davis said...

Congrats on the award. I'd never heard of it before, but now I really want one :(

Help! My blog needs a purpose!!