Tuesday, April 24, 2007


I was recently awarded the Thinking Blogger Award by Gabriele. This definitely feels like an honor. The idea of the award is to recognize blogs that make you think. The rules are posted below, along with the five blogs which I am also tagging.

Here are the rules to play along:

1. If you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to that post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Display your Thinking Blogger Award with a link to the post that you wrote.

And the five blogs I have chosen:

Benjamin Solah: A young man who lives in Sydney, Australia, who is both a Marxist and a Horror Fiction writer. He uses his fiction to capture the horrors of Capitalism. I admire the depth of his convictions and his commitment to using his art to express his view on the world.

Wynn Bexton: Wynn is a travel writer and writing instructor who is also working on a novel. Through her travels and studies she is also very knowledgeable about history. Her blog is always interesting and I love the quotes and the samples of her writing that she shares.

Susan Flemming: Susan is another aspiring novelist whose blog makes me think. She is in touch with much that goes on in the world of writerly blogging, including writers' contests and other events.

Scott Marlowe: Scott is an aspiring novelist who blogs about his writing and also shares other interesting tidbits of interest and relevance to writers. He recently posted a completed manuscript online for free download, earning him the dubious title of webscab.

Sherry Thomas: Sherry is a newly published writer who hasn't blogged as much lately as she used to but when she posts, it is generally well worth reading. I have enjoyed several of her posts immensely and hope she will continue blogging regularly!

Honorable Mentions:

There was a blog that really made me think, but apparently it is no longer available. It was called "A New Rico" and belonged to an Italian man that I came into contact with through Nanowrimo one year. He was blogging and writing creatively about his life experiences as a gay man in Italy dealing with HIV and other significant issues. I hope he is alive and well.

Another very interesting blog is "The Elegant Variation", a literary weblog that has attracted considerable attention. If you haven't heard of it, check it out.

Pendrifter is the blog of another aspiring writer who, like me, blogs about the struggles, the ups and downs, of working at her novels. This blogger also includes a beautiful piece of artwork with each posting, which always stimulates the creativity and constantly reinforces a sense of art's potential to inspire.

If Gabriele hadn't tagged me for this award, I would certainly have tagged her. She maintains two blogs and a web site (see Featured Links in the sidebar). She writes historical fiction and I'm amazed by her work. She also provides an excellent list of links well worth visiting.

Which blogs make YOU think?


PS: If anyone linked to or mentioned here does not wish to receive the recognition, please let me know and I'll remove your name/link.


Wynn Bexton said...

Thanks Adrian for the recognition. I shall respond s.a.p. with my faves (of course yours would be tops on the list). By the way, I'm a travel writer but mainly a historical fiction writer (have written h.f. for many years but travel writing is my bread and butter writing for now --- not that I'm making much $$ on it. But it validates me as a writer. Also teaching classes which is really the way I make money writing at the moment. (That and cashing in on my writer's self-employment at tax time.)

Susan Flemming said...

Thank you Adrian, I'm honoured that you chose me as one of five. Just as soon as this migraine lifts enough for me to think clearly, I'll be making up a post for the meme.

Aloha and mahalo

Susan Flemming said...

Okay... my post is up. And thanks again Adrian.

Adrian Swift said...

Wynn, sorry that I didn't stress more the historical fiction work that you do. I was aware of it, but since you seem to currently focus on travel in your blog due to your upcoming trip, that's what I had in mind when I wrote that. In any event, your blog is beautiful and well deserving of recognition.

Susan, I'll be sure to check out your post later today, after I get some sleep. I just finished my marathon 25k writing session and I'm beat! Hope your migraine is over. I don't envy you those!

Congratulations again!

Scott Marlowe said...

Thanks for the honor, Adrian! Just got back from a long weekend vacation, so still catching up on things, but I'll tag my favorite 5 soon. Thanks!

Debra Young said...

Thank you, Adrian, for the honorable mention! d:)