One Lovely Blog Award

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I am excited to announce that the Ink Owl has been nominated for another blogging award! This one comes from Lori at Lori Writes The World. Please take a moment and go look at her blog, she has some superb writing. I especially enjoy her poetry.

It is always exciting to hear from others about your own writing and telling the world out there a bit more about myself. But my favorite part of these awards is showcasing other’s work and nominating them. It is an adventure seeking out new bloggers and seeing talent rise. So let’s get on with this award!

The Rules: 

1.Thank the person who nominated you for this lovely award, and make sure to also include a link back to their blog.

2. Post the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ picture to your blog with your nomination post.

3. List seven random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate up to 15 other blogs for this lovely award.

5. Inform your nominees of their nomination.

6.Lastly, include this set of rules with your post.

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I am currently studying how to become a secondary biology educator. And I am realizing how obsessed I am about all of it.

2. I live near the Wasatch Front of the Rocky Mountains where all four seasons of the year can collide at once.

3. I love writing to instrumental music, especially to movie soundtracks. I have quite the obsession with movies and all but grew up in a movie rental store and library. I’ve found that their music often pulls the words right from me and puts them down onto a page. My all-time favorite soundtrack is from the 1993 version of Mansfield Park. It is beautifully composed and performed.

4. Most of my writing is done in the dead of the night. Hence my blog title.

5. My favorite author of all time is Terry Pratchett. If you have no idea who he is, get a move on it.

6. I once was almost drown by a ferry in Lake Lucern. 

7. I recently found out that my spirit animal is my old dog from when I was a kid. He was a shetlan Sheep dog named Elliot.

Nominations:

Spencer Cook

The Divergent Poet

Lara Bon

Traci York

Shadowed Muses

Melody Chen

Tyler Pedersen

Kavita

SilverSiren4

Darkness of His Dreams 

 

 

Opening November Guest Submissions


It’s that time again! The Ink Owl will be featuring selected guest posts for this coming November!

I’m starting this a bit early but seeing as November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you all might be too busy to participate.

So to business! For the month of November I will be featuring guest food posts to celebrate the coming of  Fall and Winter, the holidays, and food in general. (I mean come on.)

Ever had an unforgettably sublime moment with food that you just can’t shake? Ever written about a fictional dinner that you can’t stop thinking about? Do you have a favorite recipe that no one knows about but changed your life? Do you just love taking pictures of food?

Then this is the month of guest posts for you!

Here are the guidelines for submissions:

Submissions can be anything about food. The story/excerpt/journal can be fictional, poetic, food bloggerish, autobiographical, fantasy, sci-fi, anything! Do you have a favorite restaurant, or food blog you follow or run? Have it featured here!

Entries must contain no less than 50 words, no more that 1700 words.

Photos are a must, even if they are taken from the internet (please give credit).

Please list your website or blog so I can give you credit for your work and answer these three question for your author bio:

1. Where are you from?

2. What started you writing? (Why do you like to write?)

3. What is your dream for your writing?


*Pictures of yourself for the author bio are encouraged.*
**Pictures and content submitted with graphic language, violence and/or pornograpahic nature will not be accepted**

***Please give credit where it is due, I do not accept copyrighted work***

Send submissions to Michael.erickson512@gmail.com no later than October 24th.

I love forward to your submissions! Feel free to share, reblog, or ping this post as much as you can! Thank you!

-M. E. InkOwl

Thanks for the Submissions!

Thank you to all of those who submitted their work for this past month! It has been a pleasure reading your work and seeing others love what you are doing!

Here again is a list of all those writer’s who submitted work and have websites. Please take a moment and check them out. Follows and likes are encouraged, it will help our community grow!

Kindra M. Austin

Gary Jefferies

Stephanie Lohrfink

Rachel Kallembach

Ellen Best

Benjamin D. Shelor

Charlie Laidlaw

John W. Leys

Fanni

Ronel Janse Van Vuuren

Lara Clouden

Spencer Cook

Anika Kirsten

Christine E. Ray

Ash Douglas

And all of you others who submitted without a website, thank you too!

Megan Erickson

Sherastiliin

Diane (Who is Nana)

Expect another call for submissions come October for a new writing prompt and challenge in November! Thanks again to all of you who made this possible.

-M.E. InkOwl

A Year’s Reflection

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Today marks a little over a year that I set out to discover what would happen if I made a blog for my writing. It has been a challenge. It has been a mess. I’ve thought about giving up multiple times, thinking I was wasting my time writing nonsense into the cosmos.

This began as a way to work through a major upheaval of my life as I left an imploding dream and career. I was in a low place, and had nowhere to go but up. Now as I look over statistics from my blog there are posted over 200 pieces on the Ink Owl. This blog has gained readership across 71 different countries throughout the world. I’ve met so many different people, with beautiful perspectives and lives that have touched my own. I’ve found a community, a confluence of influence through other’s words.

img_6606On this day I celebrate 200 plus followers on WordPress, with 165 others smattered throughout other online platforms. I can’t even number the blogs I follow. I write daily, a goal I’ve always wanted to achieve.  I find myself pursuing an education in biology, something I’ve never thought I’d seek after. I have a life with two of the most brilliant and challenging children on the face of this planet, and I have a wife that still gives me a squeeze every time I see her.

Life may not be where I wish it to be, but it has been good to me nonetheless. I’ve moved from an area of darkness and out into the light. And I could not have done this without my small family, friends, and this blog. Thank you to all of those who follow my writing. Thank you for your kind words, your inspiring thoughts, and encouraging witnesses. I am ever grateful and as always am excited to see what you publish next. Here’s to another year of writing, come what may.

-M.E. InkOwl

 

Getting To Know You Blogger Q&A


I have only had one other tag given to me, so I’m still trying to understand how it works. Not to mention that I was supposed to respond to this tag almost a month ago, Sorry Avid Observer. I feel like tags are a great way to promote your blog, but also let your readers get to know you just a bit more. Plus you can always nominate others for this tag to get to know them, and spread the awareness of their blogs.

I keep thinking these things are like chain-letters but in the best way possible . . . Anyway, thanks so much to Avid Observer for nominating me in this and if you have a minute to check out her blog do so, she has a lovely writing style, and a captivating point of view.

If anyone else has more experience with Tags on WordPress, please fill free to elaborate further on the topic in the comics below. I clearly don’t have enough practice with handling them. If you have had a tag in the past and would like to show more examples of them, feel free to leave a link for the rest of us to follow! Now to answer those questions.

How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for almost an entire year now, by the end of this month. It was around this time last year that I began to seriously consider creating a blog for my writing.
Do you enjoy doing tags?

I suppose I do? I need more experience with them. This one hasn’t been too painful to fill out. 😉
Do you follow the blogs that follow you?

Yes, I do. I feel that if someone is going to take the time to look up my writing and then follow the Ink Owl, I should return the favor. Plus I usually am rewarded with a whole new world of writing to explore. I’ve made some incredible friends and acquaintances through following other blogs, and I’ve learned so much from other blogger’s writing styles. It is fascinating!

Describe your blog in 5 words?

Reflective, Engaging, Fanciful, Entertaining, Owlish
How many posts have you made on your blog? (Not counting this tag)

196 posts!
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy blogging?

9. Sometimes I get behind my own blogging goals and get frustrated with myself. But for the most part, I love it.

Post some links to blogs you enjoy reading (these are also some of my nominations for this tag) :

Earth To Ash– You can find stimulating thoughts about the meaning of life, the beauty of living, and great poetry.

Kindra M. Austin– You can find excellent writing here. Kindra manages to pull at your emotions, and honestly, makes you feel every word she writes. I get sucked into her stories and thoughts and leave her blog feeling like I’ve not only learned something new about the world but valuing more my own life.

Brave and Reckless– Oooooh, just follow the link and have your mind blown by the number and flavors of blogs and superb writing pieces found here. Just do it, I dare you.

Fiction Is Food- You can find so much information on how to write here. There are some great author interviews, insight on the writing process, and entertaining work. Always worth the follow.

Fitful Fearful Phantasmal– If you fancy an eerie read, or chills while you’re sitting in the depths of your home in the dark, in the middle of the night then click there. Do it.

Darkness of His Dreams– I cannot stress how much I enjoy the poetry on this blog. It is beautiful. It is haunting. It is an introduction to another world. And it is so well written! You will not regret visiting the page or following it.

Writing or reading blog posts?

I enjoy both, they feed off one another. I can’t write unless I’m reading, and there is so much to read on WordPress. It’s ridiculous!

Other Blogs I would like to nominate:

JuSteph4All

Inspiration Pie

FoodZesty

Jade M. Wong

The Wine Wankers

Tracy York

Emotions Of Life 2016

If you do not do tags or awards, please feel free to pass on this. Otherwise, I’ll be waiting to see your answers! Happy reading.

-M.E. InkOwl

First Friday — The Daily Post

New blogger? Welcome! Share a link to your first post, say hello to other new faces, and find your first few readers.

via First Friday — The Daily Post

This is one of the best places to visit when you are a beginning blogger. (Just realized this is my first bit of blogging advise I’ve ever given, and I’m still new to this.) It’s a great place to get your first post and blog noticed, as well as interact with a vast sea of beginning bloggers.

What is also helpful about these weekly posts, especially for more seasoned bloggers, is it’s a great way to gain followers. I need to do this more, and I guess you could call it “networking” but you can meet so many new people who are completely different or similar to your blog and writing in general.

As you post you link and a brief hello into the internet you can snag followers quickly, and meet some amazing people. I would encourage you to interact to comments from others! Interaction with fellow bloggers helps our writing/blogging community grow, and promotes you like crazy!

Just make sure to get your comments in before the time to do so expires. Thank goodness it happens every week. And I’m thinking now I should have written this and posted it earlier today. But that’s life!

Go check it out! Make new friends!

-M.E. InkOwl

Share Your Creative Work Here


Seeing that I’m not busy enough, I think for those days in the month that aren’t dedicated to featuring wonderfully talented guest writers I will be featuring social media groups tags and promotions. That way as all of you readers out there get to know new bloggers and writers you can also find ways of promoting your work and the work of others.

Today I would like to return to a Facebook group I joined about six months ago. Share Your Creative Work Here is a creative work group spearheaded by Mtaggartwriter, who owns a spectacular blog that you should check out. In this group one can promote blogposts, ideas, photographs, recipes, creative works of art, etc. For the world to see and enjoy. It also provides an excellent platform to promote your voice and creative view point!

Follow this link and ask to join in on the group. I know M. Taggart is hoping to raise memberships to 1K as soon as possible.

Feel free to like, comment, ping this post, or reblog on your own blog to promote this endeavor. And as a common courtesy, tag the owner and creator M. Taggart.

Happy reading and promoting!

-M.E. InkOwl