Janice Hall Heck

Finding hope in a chaotic world…

#AtoZ: Bonus Wrap-up: Writers I Met on The #AtoZ Highway

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AttoZ survivor, 2014

One of the great benefits of participating in the #AtoZ Blog Challenge, besides getting this survivor’s badge, is meeting new (to me) writers. I will mention a few of these writers each week in occasional “Wednesday Writers” posts. Since I am now in the habit of daily regular posting, this first release on Wednesday Writers will be today, Thursday. (Just pretend that I posted it before midnight last night. Okay?)

Go visit these writers and tell ’em that Jan sent you. Maybe they’ll give you some tea and crumpets.

1. Amos Carpenter. From writing software and websites to just writing

Amos is a new blogger (his Y post was #50), and he has a natural writing style with a bit of humor tossed in to keep you smiling. He comments on good reads to put on your TBR list. Remember to stretch your genre reading. Amos has great suggestions for you.

2. Miss Alister, The Essence of a Thing: Another construction site pumping out noise and dust

Miss Alister writes 26 Magic Days of A to Z in 200 words (+/-) about a randomly chosen word for the letter of the day: the Inanity of E, the Audacity of C, the Difficulty of S, just to mention a few.  These posts are all “witty bits about crazy people” as one other follower commented. Miss Alister says it’s all because she likes to explore the correlation between madness and genius. Miss Alister just has a way with words!

3. Tom Benson – Creative A ‘watering hole’ for readers and fellow writers

Tom’s watering hole is filled with tips and commentary for writers. From capital letters to book jacket design to killing your darlings to publishing e-books, he has some great ideas for you. Stop by and say HI.

4. Julie Jordan Scott, Julie Unplugged: Giving You Permission to Be Purely You: Unerased, Raw, Absolutely Right…

Julie’s #Ato Z runs the gamut from Audacious and Begin to Xes, Yearning, and Zealous. Each word comes with a picture, a definition, a quote, questions, lists, and writing prompts, a year’s worth of writing inspiration in each post, all designed to encourage you to immerse yourself in writing.

5. Jennifer Marshburn, Writings On Writing

From Autobiograph vs. Memoir to Zzzzz….Sleep and Writing, Jennifer shares her wise, practical, and encouraging comments on both writing genre and the writing process. She also suggests a website that I found interesting: Meetup.com where like-minded individuals gather for a wide variety of activities. I’m thinking about joining the Standup Paddleboarding or the Pug Playtime in South Jersey group. After all, these groups are close by. Well, the paddleboarding may be a bit out of my comfort level, but the pugs sound cute.

Look for another edition of Wednesday Writers on, ta dah, Wednesday, May 7.

Janice Hall Heck, retired educator, blogger, and nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ, is quite possibly a grammar geek.

logo 2.2Oh Heck! Another Writing Quirk,  theme for the amazing 2014 A to Z Challenge, suggests ways to improve our writing by avoiding and/or eliminating troublesome bug-a-boos that cramp our writing style.

Look for a list of posts for the #AtoZ, 2014 Challenge (Writing Quirks) here:  #AtoZ: Q is for Quirky Index and a Q Post Round-Up

Meow for now.  =<^!^>=

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9 thoughts on “#AtoZ: Bonus Wrap-up: Writers I Met on The #AtoZ Highway

  1. Jennifer Marshburn on said:

    Thsnks for the promo, Janice. I will be shipping in on Wednesdays to see who else you’ve found! Great idea!

  2. Yesss! I made the 2014 Heck List of AtoZ’ers and I’m blushing with the effects. Janice, thank you! This was my first AtoZ so I didn’t manage it well, and therefore didn’t maximize the potential. I’ll be putting together my own postmortem of sorts but the upshot is that I could have met more people. Still, I’m thrilled to have met a handful of “keepers,” you included, that I look forward to following. And there’s this list! Of course I’ll check out the fab four, Amos, Tom, Julie and Jennifer : )

    • I’ll be looking for your postmortem. AtoZ is quite fun, and I always feel like a better writer after I complete the big 26. On to 2015! In the meantime, I’ll be looking for your posts.

  3. Many thanks for including me on your list, Janice! I’m humbled and honoured (nope, no sarcasm there) and will be checking out the other blogs on your list.

  4. Hi Janice. Many thanks for the link and promo, which is genuinely appreciated. It’s taken me a couple of days to ‘come down’ after that marathon challenge, but I think I’m settled now. I’ve just started a system of three blog patrols a week so that I can keep up with my regular writing.
    My followers are still increasing! lol
    I’ve now made my first reduction in the blogs I’ll be following, but sadly yours wasn’t one of them – so you’re stuck with me.

    • I’m working on gearing back up to writing maybe three times a week. I have withdrawal symptoms from A to Z: no motivation, laziness, and general fatigue. We have had a death in the family (my brother-in-law), and that has contributed to this general malaise. But I am happy to see you will still follow me. I appreciate that. I tend to read posts in batches, so you will see me visiting a bunch of your posts at one time. I can get a better feel for your writing (and others’ writing) that way. See you later, Tom.

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