Saturday, June 18, 2011

After much contemplation...

I've been in two minds about writing a blog... as I've wanted it to be something substantial, interesting and beneficial. Of course beneficial for me... but then more importantly, I've been wanting to feature interesting articles that I've read up during the week.


I plan to highlight articles primarily from my writing circle, and feature one or two writers for the week. I know that many of you are brilliant writers and worth the mention. Surely you will bear with me for turning the limelight onto you. :)

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Without much ado, I'd like to commence my blog with the writers of today beginning with Glory Lennon. She doesn't need much introduction. From her bubbly presence at the zones and chats to her amazing contributions in the field of horticulture, Glory gives us an insight into the practical aspects of gardening. Take for example one of her recent articles 'How to landscape in dry conditions'. You'd think you'd have problems with creating and maintaining a beautiful garden in the hot, dry areas of the country, but boy... does she find a solution for this worry.

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From the dry garden techniques of Glory's article, we move over to the cold Canadian winter of Raymond Alexander Kukkee. His flash fiction entry, 'A winter call', tactfully presents not only a story, but a warning against serious hazards of snowmobile 'highmarking' causing fatal avalanches. It may be summer, you tell yourself, but a highlight of the past couple of months is worth recollecting in the light of great writing talent.

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Returning back to gardening, this week an article of mine was published at BrightHub; 'How to build a potting bench for gardening'. It was a pretty interesting topic as I had the opportunity to translate my idea of a potting bench into an E-Guide at BrightHub.

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That brings me to the end of my first blog; officially going live. I appreciate feedback, comments and input into how I might improve, expand on or edit my pages. I thank you very much for visiting my page and giving me all the support that I need.

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The next issue will focus on the Arts & Humanities Channel. You can look forward to reviews of a random selection of articles along with a series of articles in a particular topic from the channel. Apart from this, a few prominent writers from this channel will also be featured.

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Till then...

12 comments:

  1. Very nicely done, Mandy! You chose two excellent writers to feature as well. Looks like you put a lot of work into your blog and it shows. I'm subscribed!

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  2. Mandy, thank you so much! To have the honor of being the featured writer first up is grand indeed!I wish you well on this new and exciting venture.

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  3. Hi Ladies... Thank you for visiting my blog. Oh, you can't tell how confused I was about who I would pick as my featured writers. There are like so many on my list that picking you Glory was a task. I wanted to mention you Diane for your choice of words for the summer challenge and Ann for her teardrop trails, and Jim for his camping expertise, now that its summer.... but since I'm a plant-girl myself I fell for our local Castle gardener as my first pick(grins). Hopefully this should be the start of a lot more interaction and added exposure for us as writers.

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  4. Mandy, Congratulations on your blog. It is very interesting I already stumbled,tweeted and fb it when it first came out. I agree with Diane, Glory and Raymond are excellent writers in which to introduce your blog with.
    I see you've changed the look a bit. You're doing a great job and I'm looking forward to seeing more. I going to subscribe also:)

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  5. Mandy, I do wish you well on this endeavour, your blog looks great!
    I am proud and honoured to be part of your first post!
    Keep on writing,-- as you know, if you can dream, you can do it!
    I am following your blog, and have Fb'd, Dugg, and Tweeted it already!

    All the best!
    Raymond

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  6. Petra, Raymond.... thank you so much. I am like so excited about this project. Hope I keep in step with this plan, as time goes on. Am gonna need all the help I can get.

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  7. Mandy, that picture looks just like the desert in southwest US. I would feel warmly at home in Oman. How about trekking across those barren hills? Do you ever see flashfloods in the dry washes? How about snakes and desert tortoises, lizards and vultures. It looks like a perfect home for them.

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  8. Sharon, thanks for stopping by. I've been told that that specific pic looks like parts of the US. :) We do not have flash floods here as it doesn't rain. If at all it does, it may be for a day, and then evaporated in no time. At the moment, the temperatures are very high... as high as 52, 53C (appx 120+F). I don't know about vultures, but the turtles are famous here; some that are here for many decades.

    Apparently there's supposed to be lizards and spiders. Snakes are also there (never seen any though) and most species are not very dangerous, provided you know which is which.

    Stepping out in this heat deters me from wanting to really walk outdoors. If at all there's anyone who'd trek the place, it would be you. :))

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  9. I love watching your progress on this, it looks very nice now! Can't wait to see more.

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  10. Thanks Alex. I'm glad you like it. My next post is scheduled for June 25th.

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  11. .....Needless to say, I wish you well and the very best....way to go !!!! follow your heart and the spirit in you will lead you on.

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  12. Thanks Darryl. I appreciate your support. :)

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