inBlogs: Highlight on Local Bloggers
We have a very vibrant local blog scene in Washington D.C., with a variety of bloggers contributing their thoughts about their neighborhoods and neighbors, local politics, cooking techniques, and of course, their literary interests. Amid a plethora of choices of bloggers writing about books and related topics, three really stood out for this reviewer.
Blood and Gutstein: the rather witty blog of writer and GWU English teacher Daniel Gutstein. He updates his blog regularly, and is enjoyable to read, even if he is slightly obsessed with stout. A choice quote from his most recent entry,
“Global Warming will certainly lead to erratic behavior in animals. This, in turn, will lead to Kung Fu Change, as Shaolin Monks—and pugilistic monks everywhere—will attempt to emulate the behavior of these animals in their maneuvers. You may wish to travel now, before Pugilistic Monk Warming becomes prohibitive. Write about your travels, but don’t just say ‘travel.’ Build us a city.”
LiveWriteLive, created by Robert Waxman, is a nice repository of local literary events and interviews. The site recently began to update posts again after a long hiatus, and hopefully it will continue. In the most recent post, you can find out about a planned local event:
Check out the 14th annual Fall for the Book festival on September 26 through 30. Events will take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. All events are free and open to the public.
Madam Mayo is the blog of C.M. Mayo, writer, blogger, and podcaster. Mayo has travelled extensively in Mexico, and her experiences led her to publish books. She also hosts workshops at the Writer’s Center. Her blog is an unique mash of her opinions on different subjects, Q&A sessions with others, and news about her workshops. About the latest workshop scheduled for September 8th:
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that you can apply to this specialized form of creative nonfiction for deliciously vivid effects.
We hope you enjoy these blogs. If you have other recommendations, please chime in using the comments section below.