Blogs I Follow
Patty Fletcher lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is the author of two books. She’s currently working on a trilogy. She owns and operates Tell it to the World Marketing, providing advertisements through social media to writers and businesses. Her blog mostly contains material submitted by her clients, me included. She has named it after her retired guide dog, Campbell, about whom she wrote her first book.
Joan Myles is the author of One with Willows, a collection of poetry I reviewed here. She has a BA in elementary education and a Masters in Jewish studies. She has taught Hebrew, provided long-distance learning about Judaism to blind students across the country, and developed textbooks. She lives in Oregon with her family. On her blog, she publishes her poetry, some prose, and the occasional interview with another writer.
Tio Stib is a writer who did a lot of traveling before he lost his vision. He now struggles to care for his wife, who suffers from dementia. On his blog, he shares his experiences as a caregiver and his work.
Stevie is a medical secretary, living with her family and working in the UK. Her novels are mostly about the dark side of relationships. On her blog, she features a bimonthly short story contest, articles about writing, and more.
Daily, this blogger posts trivial and sometimes humorous information about anything from rockets to poetry. For example, did you know that Buzz Aldron was not only the first man to walk on the moon, but also the first man to pee on it? You never know what you’ll find here, including possible inspiration for a novel.
Mary Hiland is the author of The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir, which I reviewed here, and Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life. Despite her blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa, she has enjoyed dancing, cross-country skiing, tandem bicycling, and other activities. On her blog, she posts articles about her life with vision loss.
Organizations for Writers
This organization is open to authors from anywhere, not just Wyoming. We sponsor a contest, the deadline of which is usually in March, and a conference, usually the first weekend in June. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and more.
This organization features an annual workshop held in April to commemorate National Poetry Month and an occasional reading or other event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October. We sponsor one or two contests a year and produce a chapbook every other year.
This is an organization for disabled writers. We’re scattered across the country and overseas. We meet via phone conference at least twice a month. We’ve published two anthologies of work by disabled authors and are working on a third. We also produce an online magazine, Magnets and Ladders.
Other Writing-Related Sites
On this site, you can subscribe to receive a poem a day delivered right to your in box. You can also search for a particular poem and find resources about poetry.
Garrison Keillor is back with his daily short podcast containing bits of trivia and usually ending with a poem. You can subscribe via email, your favorite podcast app, or ask your smart speaker to play The Writer’s Almanac Podcast. You can also subscribe to receive a weekly written column by Keillor on a variety of topics.
If you don’t have a smart speaker that can spell or look up words, this site can help. Simply type in a word and find rhymes, synonyms, and anything else you could possibly want to know about that word.