I gave blood on Sunday.
Not a big deal. I love that I can. I’m O positive and have some special particles or sorcery in my blood that makes it good to give babies. Who doesn’t want to give good stuff to babies? I’d rather give baby crackers or baby nunchucks than my blood, but …
If they need it, I’m glad mine is compatible.
I watched my blood – which looks not surprisingly like barbecue sauce, in those little bags – go out of my arm, and clear saline solution flow in. I do something called double red cell donations, so they take the red stuff out and wash me out with the saline.
It feels all cool and tingly when the saline stuff comes in.
If they did nothing but take my barbecue sauce, it probably wouldn’t be so good for me. I should have asked what would happen, but I wasn’t thinking ahead. See, I don’t know a lot of what’s happening, but I do know that the saline stuff is necessary for my own good.
A good writer needs to read
It made me think of blogging, actually.
For good blogging, it’s kind of like that barbecue sauce – blood, I mean – to saline ratio. A good blogger should be a good reader. No, a great reader. I’m not a great reader, but I do try, and I learn a ton when I do.
For that, I’m thankful for such a diverse blogging tribe.
I don’t mean the showy kind of diversity they strive for in commercials or those pamphlets for colleges. You know, the smiling white dude in the official school T-shirt with a pretty Indian girl and his black friend and also his Asian buddy.
For me, it’s millennials and retirees, Americans and friend a world away, who comprise a tribe I’m so proud to be part of.
Today, I want to share five posts you should check out. Mind you, it’s five, really randomly, from a sample batch of about 32,927, give or take 17. Many of the 32 big are from the A to Z Challenge, but just as many are from blog friends I’ve had since Day 1.
Or at least day 17.
5 post you should read
Check them out. Let me know what you think, if you’ve read these, or have just found something new and awesome. The one downfall of a growing tribe is less time to cavort with people I really do love. But y’all know I love you, more than provolone, even.
Beth has a way of conveying brilliance with an economy of words. I’ve known her since the days we both chiseled our posts out of stone. Her photography elevates this poem.
2. Using Archetypes to Learn More About You and Your Characters
Sara’s posts focus on gratitude, thoughtfulness, and writing guidance. This post melds introspection with reflection, a look at self and development of characters in fiction.
3. April Wrap-Up
AJ is all kinds of awesome. A voracious reader, wonderful writer, pizza eater. Pizza for breakfast! She’s a fellow Coloradan (still there, I’m not), and encapsulated so much of the good life in this one post.
4. Capturing a Light That Leaves Too Soon
I’ve watched Michelle’s considerable writing talent reach incredible heights. That’s the beauty of reading a blog for years; you take part of the journey with the author. You’ll see it in this post.
5. Germany Bucket List
I found San’s blog through the Peaceful Posse Facebook group. This post spoke to me particularly because of the types of things she’d do on a visit to her homeland. Read it and you’ll see.
I could do five hundred blogs with five blogs each I recommend. Let me know what you think of these as you check them out! Thanks for being in this tribe. Don’t forget to bring snacks next time.