I had just finished up an afternoon appetizer of dainty Twix bars and Snickers sandwiches when I learned that I’d been awarded the Next Big Thing Award. I chugged some Mountain Dew, popped the button on my shrinking jeans, and sighed something deep, deep, and guttural. I think it was relief. Then I laughed and laughed and realized I must have told someone in blogland about my ever-expanding girth as it correlates to my hijacking of the toddler’s Halloween booty. “Ha! Oh, I get it. Next BIG thing. Ha!,” I think as I scroll down the post waiting for the candid pant-splitting photo of my large hind. What I discovered there was much more horrifying. The most horrifyingest of all! I was so kindly granted an award for bloggers in the process of makin’ ’em books.
Not long ago, I may have let slip to Lisa Kramer of Woman Wielding Words and Andra Watkins of The Accidental Cootchie Mama that I had an idea. I suppose, in retrospect, my statements may have made it sound like I would then add words to this little old light bulb of mine. Then probably I would slap a cover and a title on that pile of words and it would most likely, in America anyways, be called a book. Perhaps I forgot to mention the part where I have lots of ideas and a dusty notebook and lack the gene for follow-through. Being awarded accolades as a blogger who will transition to books, then, seemed about as solid a notion as mixing pixie sticks with Reese’s cups and coffee. Which is to say, it’s so wrong it just might be right. So, without further ado, somebody hand me a trophy and the candy bowl and let’s get this acceptance speech started!
First up, I should name five more BIG Things, talented bloggers who are working towards the wordy goal of writing books.
Kathryn McCullough is a brave blogger, sparkling writer, and a friend. She shares progress of her passion-project, an eye-opening memoir, on her blog Reinventing The Event Horizon. While some of us have to make up characters, plots, and places to form an imaginary story, Kathryn’s true tale of her upbringing from the hurdles of bipolar disorder, social acceptance, and reconciling a childhood under the caring eye of a loving daddy who also worked with shady criminal enterprises will leave you awed and asking “Is this real life?!?”. The answer to that, of course, is “Holy shit. Yes. Yes it is”.
Jim Chaney at The Wordslinger entertains readers with witty and brutally honest reflections on the day-to-day life as a dude. From parenting to sports, his topic posts are relentlessly wonderful. I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve got serious writing chops to back up any subject (Seriously, the Doc McStuffins/ cartoon translation post made me question life and eternity!). I was thrilled to hear that he too is taking the plunge and penning a novel. If you like dudes, happiness, or life you’ll mosey on over and read what he has to say.
Mark Petruska of Mark My Words fame beat all of us to it! His novel No Time For Kings is already out and already awesome. After spending a year cry-laughing along to every post, I was über impressed to see that this most hilarious blogger can flat out WRITE. A. BOOK. I recommend his blog, his book, and his cooking tips to any and everyone and have the feeling that within a few years I’ll get the privilege of being an elite Fan Club member. It’ll be like saying you knew J.K. Rowling when she was just a grocery bagging girl with some wild ideas about wizards.
Ellie Ann Soderstrom is one talented little lady. Her blog has kept me thinking and laughing for a long, long time which is no small feat. Not the laughing bit. That comes all kinds of natural. But the thinking- oh all the thinking!- well for me, it takes a village or one hell of a clever author. She recently announced a publishing deal for her book Breaking Steele. If her blog work is any indication, this novel is going to blow our wee little minds.
Victoria Walters at Victoria-writes is a winner right out the gate with a name like that. I would like her to swap the British for a Southern twang, drop the Vic- and -a and come hang out with me, just two hickish Tori’s writin’ up a storm. This Victoria is a total gem and shares a whole lot of happy with daily blog posts. In true good-things-happen-to-good-people fashion, Ms. Walters is working on a stellar YA piece and represented by a real, live, fancy-pants literary agent! She is a special brand of sunny, and I can’t wait for her work to shine to the whole wide world.
I’m exhausted just thinking about competing with all of you talented folks in the death arena known as a Barnes & Noble bookshelf. I am supposed to, as a super promising author with a great book in the works, now share some juicy details of my literary masterpiece. After reading my own nominations, I need a minute. Let me change into some sweatpants and act like I’ve been actually turning this tiny idea of mine into a bona-fide book (What do you mean reading gossip mags doesn’t count as research?), and I’ll be bringing you the Next Big Thing interview with an author-y “author” up next.
Who is a writing star you’ve got your eye on?
Are you working towards swapping blog posts for book deals?