Now that I've got you all humming a tune that has to do with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, I thought I would do a little reassessment of what sort of things I get all excited about AND which you might see on the blog in one manisfestation or another.
- Craft Books on Writing: I love 'em, and used to blog about them regularly (until I started recommending Middle Grade novels for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, and all that reading blew my brain.) The other person who loves them as much as I do is the amazing Stina Lindenblatt.
- Microfiction: I used to be religious about Microfiction Monday, but again got too busy. For a great microfiction fix, though, you can visit the tremendously talented Lisa Ricard Claro. (Her Book Blurbs on Friday also ROCK!!)
- Queries: Yes, I have come to love the query. Does that make me insane? A great deal of my query-love comes from my friend Matt MacNish, who I believe is going to be a world famous writer one of these days. That guy can excavate a query's hidden gems like no one else I know.
- Humor: That's how my very own Middle Grade Mafioso came to be born. I like wearing sunglasses and fedoras. The other person who can make me laugh more than myself is Dan from DanPloy. Growly British humor at its best.
- Poetry: Suz at Begin Again writes these amazing free verse poems, often tied to a photograph. They are, quite simply, beautiful.
- A Love of the Sentence: Beth Kephart sits high in the pantheon of writers I admire. Her blog is honest, luminous, and inspiring. She loves words--and it shows.
- Middle Grade Fiction: Whether it's the crew at Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--too numerous now to mention individually--or my pals over at Project Mayhem, I am a firm lover of all things middle grade. I hope to be one of its published practitioners one of these days!
- Belief in Miracles: There can be no more prolific blogger than my wife, Marie. Her blog Every Day Is A Miracle can't be beat for the breadth of her interests and passions. She has believed in me from the beginning. The inspiration for her blog says it all:
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I prefer the latter." -Einstein