September on The Ink Owl

This month on the Ink Owl I am excited to return to more original poetry and memories from my life. September has always been a month of renewal for me. It is a month fraught with change as school begins and seasons transform. I often find myself reflecting on what new opportunities are in store for the future. Regardless of age, or stage of life September has been a month of crossroads.

Throughout the month I will be featuring original photographs from my cabin in the wide open farmlands of Idaho, as well as writings inspired by the scenery and memories of that special place. There will also be a selection of random poems and haikus to liven things up.

I hope to inspire those of you who come across my blog this month to embrace the change that so readily affects all of our lives. There is always something to be learned and gained from every moment in life, be it the solid road of the past, the expanding gateway of the present, and the ever shifting pathways of the future. Happy reading to all this month.

-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.

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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

August on The Ink Owl

Welcome all to a new month! Something new and exciting has come to the Ink Owl: Guest Submissions. I have 18 submissions from across the globe that will be featured throughout this month. These writers took on the challenge to follow the prompt; ‘Into the Deep I Plunge’ and create a fantasy based piece of writing.

There was very little expectation on my part that anyone would submit work, but I was very wrong! So many people, amateur writers, published authors, and poets reached out to me and submitted some very creative and beautiful pieces. It is so inspiring to me to see others working so hard pouring their passion into wonderful story-telling.

Each post will have links to author’s blogs, or published works. Feel free to explore their websites to your heart’s content! Happy reading!

-M.E. InkOwl

Friends For Days Tag Award

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It’s a beautiful day to get your blog tagged! I was nominated by the Honey Lemon Blog to participate in the Friends for Days Tag created by the Pink For Days Blog. I am delighted to be nominated and am excited to nominate seven other bloggers for this tagging award. Go check out the Honey Lemon Blog! It’s got some fun energy and interesting insights with life, the universe and everything! I believe the writer is based out of Thailand and I love hearing about life from around the world. She is a fun read.

This tag allows for new and upcoming blogs in the WordPress community to be featured and have wonderful things said about their blog. It’s also a way for each of us writers to lift those around us and give back to our immense writing community.

Here Are The Rules:

• Say who create the Tag and provide a link to their blog
• Do a blog post showing your Tag;
• Add the logo to the post;
• Always thank the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and, if you like, say something positive and supportive about their blog;
• Choose 5 bloggers that you don’t know very well or that are just starting their blog;
• Go over to their blogs and read a few posts, leave them a few likes and comments;
• Say 3 things you love about their blogs; (3 things for each blogger);
• Those 5 bloggers are automatically nominated to do the same!
• Nominate two bloggers who have been doing this for a longer time! (you get 7 nominees). Don’t forget to let them know you’re nominated them!

My Nominees:

Unbolt Me Uncensored–  I love the feeling of their blog. It feels so real life and raw with their insights and stories. Also Tetiana and Tony both have a unique and genuine story to tell. I recommend reading their poetry and prose. Seriously, just go check out all of it, they are amazing.

XP Nuggets–  If you need inspiration to keep your chin up not only with your writing but with life check out this blog! It is full of wisdom and positive thinking that can really help you if you’re in a funk. I love how this blog introduces goodness into the world and seeks to build up those that follow it. Come and take a look.

Eyes+Words– Eyes+Words is like a portal into the world of poetry and writing! There are so many avenues of education, promotion, and feedback one almost feels dizzy with the opportunities! I love how visually pleasing their blog set up is as well. I can’t wait to submit some of my own pieces and be given the chance to publicize my work over the internet!

Metamorphosis– This blog gives readers quite the transformation through real life experiences and personal experiences. I was drawn in by the writer’s words and wish to hear more thoughts about working through depression. As you read through each post you can feel a metamorphosis happening. It’s quite moving.

Make It Ultra– Eric. C has created a visually stunning blog with an aim towards health discussion of mental health and ways to keep one’s self positive and supported. I have recently been acquainted with his work  and find it very interesting, uplifting, and insightful. If you need a pick-me-up or someone positive to interact with come visit this blog!

Poems and paragraphs– I’ve followed Kindra from almost the beginning of my blogging experience. She has a powerful way of writing that draws you in and leads you into her world of darkly beautiful poetry mixed with splashes of her own life events. She is a refreshing read every time and I whole heartedly recommend a visit to her blog!

The Feathered Sleep– The poetry found on this blog is exquisite. I can’t help but scroll to the next poem, and the next and the next! I love how my emotions are pulled in all directions, and I feel so raw after reading their words. Come here to help your mind pause and deep think.

I hope those of you that have been featured here take the time to reach out to those blogs you are fans of, as well as those less known. You never know what kind words and encouragement can do for our fellow writers until you do something. Happy reading!

M.E. Inkowl

May on the Ink Owl


Better late than never. I find myself typing that with an all to familiar guilty grin. This month I am going to continue my flirtation with poetry. I have to admit it is something I often love to do, but only when I am breaking the numerous rules and regulations that make poems, poems. So please forgive the reckless efforts of my writing as I put my thoughts and emotions to keystrokes and computer screen.

This month is a mile stone for my writing. I’ve decided to enter multiple writing competitions, some that are a national effort, others merely “span the pond” and still others that are global interactions. I find myself trembling with fear and excitement as I prepare what is hoped to be a decent read. Rarely, if ever, have these efforts ever actually stepped foot from my written circle of comfort. I have been a captive of my own fears for far too long and now wish to take my talent to wing and soar.

So, without further ado I give you, the Month of May.

-M.E. Inkowl

Share Your Work via Facebook Group

For those of you who read this, blog, and wish for more exposure for your writing check out the link below. M. Taggart Writer has created a Facebook page specifically to share your pieces on and connect with other creative minds. Post range from written pieces, to artwork, to popular topics of discussion. The more the merrier, also the more that join, the bigger the audience. It’s a unique opportunity. Plus why not find one more way to stalk those interesting fellow bloggers  you think you know. Try it out!

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Versatile Blogger Award

I am happy to announce that the Ink Owl has been nominated and received its first award!  Fellow blogger yashovardhan99 nominated me and I feel so honored. Please check out his blog about life, technology and a crazy good thriller.

The rules for this nomination and award are as follows:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  •  Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

 

Here is a list of my nominations for this award, please check out their blogs, each one is wonderful!

  • Darkness of His Dreams– He creates beautifully dark poetry
  • Sounds From a Dublin Cafe– This blog is all about writing what is heard from inside a pub, its authentic, fresh, and written very well.
  • Storyshucker–  You’ll find an emporium of every day experiences that hold beautifully written messages and inspiration.
  • A Dads Day Out– To all those fathers and parents out there, this blog is wildly refreshing.
  • Fiction is Food– Please take a minute or maybe a year to look at all of these inspiring and creative stories by G. Jefferies. Truly talented words you’ll find yourself addicted to!
  • M.Taggart Writer– Come read beautiful words and get inspired to write!
  • Cake Hole– Something delicious is always being posted here.
  • Driftwood and Lace–  Wonderful stories of darkness and light found here.
  • Scale it Simple  StephJ has created a wonderful blog fueled by the positive nature of her mind, and those around her. Visit her website and leave feeling a little more grateful for the life you’ve been given.
  • Fragments of Me– Hauntingly beautiful poetry written by a secretive hand, come here to provoke your inner thoughts
  • Earth to Ash–  Follow Ash’s thoughts and experiences on life, as well as a well written poem here and there.
  • Nichoas Rinth–   Lovely, lovely, lovely come check out his blog, you won’t regret it.
  • Diaries of Daniel Douglas Follow Daniel’s blog of thoughts range from the deep, to the everyday. It’s refreshing to read the every day thoughts of a complete stranger.
  • The Drabble–  A very interesting read, the Drabble finds a way to capture the world in their own perfectly unique perspective. And their posts are always a delicate taste of their thoughts.
  • Monochromia-Follow this blog for an array of superb black and white photography submitted by a highly talented group of photographers. Most excellent!
  • Cook Book Aficionado– Maggie never ceases to amaze with daring, and delectable vegan recipes. I use her recipes all the time now, and am always amazed at their outcome. Her sourdough waffles are to die for.
  • SCRichmond– Richmond is a publish author that offers wonderful crime and mystery writing, she recently has published her second novel.
  • Carrot and Crumb–  Benjamina was on the seventh season of the Great British Bake Off and has continued to introduce dazzling new bakes on her blog. Be prepared to get hungry and bake!

And now for seven facts about myself:

  • I usually write at night. Something about these witching hours keeps my brain turning and I can’t stop.
  • Being a stay at home father of two rambunctious boys drives and inspires me to create and bring goodness into this world.
  • In the same breath I say I’m a stay at home parent, I do work a full-time job in oncology healthcare. Yup, I do both. (Ask me about it some time.)
  • I am 28 years old.
  • Once I told the love of my life I wasn’t interested . . . on Valentines Day. (I’ve been paying for it ever since.)
  • Everyday I write more and post on this blog I find out that I love to write in a different genre. You’ll find love stories, thrillers, fantasy, memoirs, and much more on this blog.
  • I’ve shared a bow with the Dalai Lama.

If you have received this award before, then consider this a complement to your writing abilities. If not please enjoy this great experience and award, because you deserve the recognition after all of your hard work. Keep on writing!

-M.E.Inkowl

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome

This is a great opportunity to gain followers and also find new people to follow! I’m always on the lookout for a unique and interesting writer to be inspired by, and get my writing out there into the world. Take advantage of this opportunity! Follow this link and make sure to reblog or leave a comment for others to follow.
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Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 2,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

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January, On The Ink Owl

wp-1482388469745.jpegA very Happy Eve before New Year’s Eve to you all! We are on the cusp of a new beginning for life. Who knows what 2017 will bring. When January comes it usually ushers in a wave of seasonal depression for me. Even though it’s chuck full of fun snow storms, birthdays and a plethora of warm places to hunker down and write I still find it hard to get through. That is until this year.

On the Ink Owl this month I will be starting a new challenge: write Fantasy flash fiction! I’ll post either every other day or every day, depending on how many pieces I have ready. For those of you already following this will be like my Sinister Countdown I had in October. I would appreciate all the likes, comments and shares you can send my way.

I’m also excited to say that I will be featuring a few fellow unpublished writers within the month. Also being featured through out the month will be featured artwork from one of my greatest friends and animator Jarom Neumann. He is incredibly talented and looking at getting his name and art out there. So Follow the link to his tumblr site, or look him up on Facebook @jaromneumannart or on Instagram @jaromneumann.

Again I can’t wait to begin this new adventure with the world. See you on January 1st!

Interview Post & Contest Winner

Hey check it out! I won my very first writing contest!

Hello, beautiful readers, and happiest Monday to you all!

Today I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Halloween Writing Contest. It was the first contest of this type to be put off on ScaleitSimple and it was so wonderful to see bloggers stretching their creative writing muscles by giving this a go. You all did such a wonderful job and your support for one another as always was very heartwarming and motivating to me and my writing.

Today’s post is a very special interview with the winner of the contest. Michael Erickson from The Ink Owl, you can check out Michaels winning story here.

Congratulations Michael and thank you for taking the time to answer some of these questions for my readers and inspiring others to try fiction writing in any capacity.


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