for the Creatives

Bloggers to add to your list

My friend was looking to expand her bloggerly reading list and asked who I follow. And I thought this was worth sharing with you all, too.

Honestly sometimes I feel like life has veered more toward Twitter threads and email newsletters…? Anyone else? It’s great to remind myself that my favorite online space, the bloggerly world, is still out there and still valued.

So here are some I’m reading. They’re all currently blogging, and though this list features a variety of styles with differing artistic outlets, it’s all beautiful.

When I’m not blogging, here’s some favorites I’m reading:

Abby Norman: abbynorman.net

Hannah Brencher: hannah-brencher.squarespace.com/diary
(and while you’re at it, be sure to sign up for her Monday Morning email club to start your week off right)

Juni’s Journal: junisjournal.wordpress.com

Jami Fowler: jamifowler.wordpress.com

Tara Sparling: tarasparlingwrites.com

iwannabealady: iwannabealady.com

NicoleSundays: nicolesundays.wordpress.com

And writerly-specific ones:

Kristen Lamb: authorkristenlamb.com

Blonde Write More: blondewritemore.com

Any others to add?

Comment below some of your favorite bloggers to expand the list even more.

Central IL, Showcasing other Creatives

A bookworm’s invite to tea with the Queen

Her Majesty’s English Tearoom in Central IL is an enchanting place to visit, for tea or for books or for browsing. Here is a sneak-peek from local authors of a few of the fun finds along the way (ahem, you just might find a certain Amy L. Sauder in here somewhere)

Her Majesty’s English Tearoom: Come have tea with the Queen!
I Know You Like a Murder at the Tearoom
Make Me Over at the Tearoom
Zombie Turkeys at the Tearoom
Hidden Secrets at the Tearoom

Plus, a couple events in a far far away (or not so far away) kingdom…

Murder Mystery at the Grand Hotel
Books & Breakfast at Little Traveler

Thanks to Kim Kouski for her her videography, Paul Maitland for directing (you’ll be seeing his books on shelves soon, so remember that name!), and Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild for hosting in her lovely tearoom.

P.S. My friends and I had so much fun making these videos. Check out the blooper reel for more writerly mayhem:

Bloopers at Tea

for the Writers, Musings

Thanks for the Memories: for Yaz & Mus(e)ic

I’m at writer’s retreat telling Yasmeen that I’m listening to “One night and one more time, thanks for the memories, thanks for the memories…” and she’s not sure how she could write from that anything but “memories memories.” Here’s what I’m writing. Sometimes a soundtrack of words actually works.

How many words have I typed from song? Song might be more Muse to me than any other muse. Maybe. It’s the first half of a sentence and the last half of my heart.

    • I could run on love [and music] til it dies again. I’ll always go back to music.
    • I have one less problem when music gives me the words to write.
    • If I had music, that wouldn’t be the *only* thing I ever need, but writing would be a party, it’d be ecstasy.
    • When I do everything right and am on the outside of my story, I gotta be so strong, but every other day I watch for music.
    • Maybe it’s not right that I tend towards music with lyrics more than soundtrack or classical music, but it’s okay – I’m gonna make it anyway.
    • My mind was frozen in the blizzards, it was burning like a wildfire. I tried, but I’m a natural disaster without music.
    • I’d tell myself, “Everything you say is so, so predictable and small, I don’t wanna hear you.” When it gets so frustrating, I just sing a song inside my head.
    • Maybe if you tried it you’d realize, til now you always got by on your own. You never really cared until you tried music. Now it chills you to the bone.
    • If you’re okay with music with words while writing, we could, we could belong together. Free my mind ArtPop, you make my HeartStop.
    • We could be different. Maybe we missed it. It could be different. It could. It could. It should’ve been…
    • Don’t worry, Yaz, don’t worry. I’m here by your side. We’re letting go tonight. Yesterday is gone and you will be okay.
    • If I could write a song to make you fall in love, I would already have you….I hope that you like this, but you probably won’t, you think you’re cooler than me.
    • So Yaz….can you handle it if we go against the crowd? cause I’m counting on you now.
      Are you game?

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