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Other Word Connoisseurs

We have established that I am a reader. So I was really looking forward to friends’ suggestions for blogs. Facebook Friend FAIL. Except for Krista, she’s a rock star who actually suggested a fabulous blog, Young House Love, that I’m already a fan of. My friend Amy also gets special recognition, because she told me about the organization AGLOW, The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.

After scanning AGLOW’s website and some of their award winners, I was led to other sites and sites beyond that. I just kept jumping around the internet looking for active content I liked.  Then I scanned the sites of bloggers I was already following, like Little Indiana, for additional sites. I created my own list of interesting blogs because there are some great writers out there and you should know about them. My list can be found here. It is in no way complete but I eventually had to stop reading and ya know eat, feed baby Otto, let the dog out, etc.

Also I was thrilled to have people comment about my first blog post. Not so thrilled about my complete lapse in providing an e-mail sign-up. Woops, I missed the most crucial point of having any type of information providing site, getting repeat visitors. So, dear Vanessa, I have created an e-mail sign-up.  You can find it here

and on my about page, and at the bottom of this blog post, and at the top of the left sidebar. I felt like I should go above and beyond.

In my defense of this serious offense, I started this blog for myself,  without the expectation that anyone would really read it beyond me and my lovely family (excluding the husband, remember he doesn’t read). I’m thrilled other people are reading, even if it’s just in passing. The literary critic Cyril Connolly said,

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”

Lastly, there was a great response to pictures of baby Otto. This should not be surprising. I believe the internet is powered by cute babies and pets. Here are photos belonging to both groups and they’re Christmas themed!

The cutest baby Santa
The dog just jumped up next to the lights and all I had to do was place the hat on his head

Why a blog?

My husband hates to read.

Imagine that, a writer marrying a man who never…and I mean never, looks with an appealing eye at the written word. It’s a humdinger. On our second date we had some time before dinner and there was a bookstore next to the restaurant. I started babbling about a book I really wanted to read and how much I loved bookstores and he blurted out,

“I hate to read.”

I thought our relationship would end right there in the parking lot. But it did not, for some comic twist in the universe we fell in love, got married and have a tiny dog, Oscar,

Oscar is small but mighty.
Oscar is small but mighty.


and a not so tiny baby, Otto.


Otto, he's kind of awesome.
Otto, he’s kind of awesome.

We are opposites and there are many positives to this, one being that we provide each other with perspective that is completely different from our own. There are also negatives. When I read a fantastic book or think of a great character or line I can’t turn to him for his opinion or thoughts. It’s null and void. It’s not that he doesn’t care about me. It’s that the written word is very low on his priority list.

Josh’s priority list:

  • Sara
  • Baby Otto
  • Farming
  • Excavating
  • Ruling the world
  • Buying big cool equipment
  • Diet Mt Dew
  • Little Debbies
  • Unwrinkled shirts
  • ….other stuff….
  • Mountain Men show on history channel
  • Buying groceries
  • Balancing checkbook
  • Changing poopy diapers
  • reading/writing

So what’s a lover of the written word to do? Start a blog, which I did, but it morphed into something for my environmental adventures (oh yes I’m also an environmentalist) you can read more about those fun times here. This blog is my writing outlet. It’s where I hope to collect my general and creative writing endeavors and to connect with other writers and bloggers. I’m hungry for the written word and I’m in search of other word connoisseurs.

Sometimes opposites attract
My husband hates to read and I’m a writer, so this blog an outlet for everything I love about the written word.