I'm pretty certain this will be the only moment in my life when I can say this—I'm kind of like one of those Kardashian sisters. You know, those girls who are all over the place, but no one's exactly sure why they're here or who they are. That is me today . . . except with less junk in my trunk.
Today I have the privilege of being featured at two phenomenal sites, not one but two of my favorite blogs in the blog universe. How's that for lucky? I feel like I just pulled a real diamond ring out of the Cracker Jack box.
First off, I am the featured BON at WOW and no, I'm not pretending to know French by making up some French sounding words. (Although I do that all the time. My kids really think I know French even though I don't know a bit of French except the word croissant and vinaigrette, both of which I like very much.)
Being the BON at WOW is even better than a faux French language.
I am the Blogger Of Note at Words of Wisdom. I love Words Of Wisdom because it's a blog that focuses on those bloggers who are in it for the written word. WOW was created by Sandy and Pam as a place where "bloggers of substance" can find each other. Sort of like a Match.com for bloggers who love to write.
And for those of you new to my blog today, welcome! I'll show you around and hopefully, you might just want to stay.
I'm Joann. I have a house full of daughters— teenage daughters—so yeah, there is more daily drama here than in the whole first season of The Jersey Shore. I have three dogs, two who are morons. I have a menagerie of other animals, none that I care to even think about at this moment. Let's just say, the stupid ducks are laying stupid eggs as we speak. I have a hubby who doesn't like movies with English accents or talking about his feelings, but he's a real champ when it comes to all the estrogen in his house. I love Bono of U2 with every fibre of my being. I drink wine. And most importantly, I write. I am very proud to say I have written a novel and very shortly I will be shopping my novel out to literary agents.
I am thrilled and terrified to take this leap into the great big world of publishing. The next part of the journey is one giant question mark and I can't wait to see what's in store.
For all you new folks who are wondering if I'm a good blog match, here are some posts that will give you a little peek at the workings of my mind. I promise, it's only scary sometimes.
I received a fabulous spam the other day and I'm pretty sure I committed my first murder. You can read all about that fun right here: I Might Just Have Accidentally Killed A Spammer
And sometimes I dig into the deep recesses of my heart. Here's a recent example of that: A Letter To My Girl.
And this seems to be my most popular post with my readers— the one about my dogs, my ungrateful, moronic dogs. Lessons I Am Learnin' You Today—You Are Welcome.
Check out my other faves up top. I hope you like me. I hope we can blog date. I'm very nice and I'll make you laugh and I'll even make you cry, but just a little and in a good way.
I also have the honor of guest posting at The Red Dress Club today. And if you haven't been over to the Red Dress Club yet, run, don't walk, on over there right away. But wait, first finish my post and check out WOW and then you can run over to Red Dress.
Cheryl and Ericka have done an extraordinary job creating a place for writers who dream of being published. It's a site filled with writing tips, forums, writing memes, and I mean really good writing prompts, links and just an all in all wonderful place for budding authors to find answers.
One of my favorite things about this blog is their About link that explains the inspiration behind The Red Dress Club. You'll be all goose pimply after reading it, it's that lovely.
I'm giving advice at Red Dress today on writing a novel and yes, I know what you're going to say. Isn't that an awful lot like my daughter teaching driving lessons—you know, Miss I Can't Figure Out How To Keep The Car Straight In The Lane while veering wildly all over the road crying and the same girl who had two car accidents within her first nine days of driving? And yes, you would be right, Internet.
I know I'm really not the person who should be advising anyone on anything at all, actually. But Cheryl thinks I might just have something to say. And I will tell you, in this process of writing my novel, I learned such empowering lessons about writing and more importantly, about myself.
If you'd asked me a year ago, who I was, I wouldn't have pronounced myself a writer. I didn't feel like I earned that title, at least not yet. But these days are different. I've walked down a long path full of twists and turns and I've stumbled . . . a lot. And along the way, as I dug down in my heart in constant pursuit of the right words, a writer was born. Now, the words, "I am a writer" come easily to me and I bear that title with honor and, I hope, grace.
Thank you, my beautiful readers who have helped me get to this place with your unceasing support and kind words. And thank you to all my new friends who've come here today. I hope you like me, because I'm super needy like that.
For all my new friends, on every post I suggest a song to download. Music is one of my most beloved things besides writing and I have a vast, eclectic collection of favorites.
For today, Pearl Jam's "Unthought Known." Because Eddie Vedder runs a close second to my Bono when it comes to sexy rock men who I wish were my boyfriend. Because, when I need a little inspiration, I can turn on my iPod and Eddie's sexy, jagged voice always helps me unleash the words. And because this song speaks to me about this place I've found myself and this road I'm headed down. I'm not sure if I'll lose my way, but I'm walking it and every step fills me with joy.
All the thoughts you never see
You are always thinking
Brain is wide, the brain is deep
Oh, are you sinking?
Feel the path of every day
Which road you taking?
Breathing hard, making hay
Yeah, this is living
Look for love in evidence
That you're worth keeping
Swallowed whole in negatives
It's so sad and sickening
Feel the air up above
Oh, pool of blue sky
Fill the air up with love
All black with starlight
Feel the sky blanket you
With gems and rhinestones
See the path cut by the moon
For you to walk on
For you to walk on....
See the path cut by the moon
For you to walk on
See the waves on distant shores
Awaiting your arrival
Dream the dreams of other men
You'll be no one's rival
Dream the dreams of others then
You will be no one's rival
A distant time, a distant space
That's where we're living
A distant time, a distant place
So what ya giving?
What ya giving?
Posted by Joann Mannix at 12:02 AM