Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Loving Bloggers: Spread the Love

Love is glue, an ephemeral word that means more when it is used as a verb rather than a feeling. Love in action is what makes the world go around, and the world needs it, we need it to grow and to evolve into more enlightened human beings. We create, we write, paintactdancesing as a way of expressing and processing love.

Say what you want about social media - yes, it drives us crazy, yes we never feel like we're doing enough, but it has taught me something about community, and anything I learn about how communities work also teaches me about love.

Reciprocity. One of my gorgeous compadres on this writing journey is the fabulous Gae Polisner, who has passed this Versatile Blogger award on to me.  In 2010, Alison Roskos Treat invited me to play the reciprocity game but I was brand new at blogging and didn't know what to do, and then in 2011, I was invited to play by Demery Bader-Saye and made my very first attempt.

This will be my second attempt, and I will not be following the original rules to a tee, because of time constraints. So I will be following Gae's rules of bestowing the award onto six other author/bloggers, who in turn should do the same, and use the Versatile Blogger Award badge when you do so!

Now, are you ready for a love-fest?

1. Jen Violi: I love this woman and I have never had the opportunity to meet her on the physical plane (although we have been known to astral project.) She views writing and teaching as a ministry, much in the way that I do, but she is all groovy and West Coast. She is also very funny, writes love notes, and is the author of the YA novel, Putting Make-Up on Dead People which I loved and reviewed last May. Who could be more appropriate for Valentines' Day? She sends out a newsletter rather than blog regularly, so get on that list people! You won't be sorry.

2. Keith Jennings: my soul brother! Who I have also never met. He has a wonderful blog called Keitharsis: Creativity, Roots and the Portfolio Life. His posts are always very thought provoking and inspiring. Love him! I command you!

3: Katie Davis: you need to know about this wonderful author of some of my daughter's favorites, Kindergarten Rocks, Little Chicken's Big Day (and much much more!) and who does so much for the writing community in terms of reciprocity and networking. She is a beautiful dynamo who goes non-stop and is the best marketer I know. I have learned so much from her. Plus, whenever I see her I just want to squeeze her!

4: Emlyn Chand & Novel Publicity: This marvelous young woman in Michigan has redefined "karma" and reciprocity! I have watched her grow this past year into a marketing tycoon and it's been amazing. Her debut YA novel, Farsighted, is available as an ebook on Amazon!

5: Hope Perlman: Her blog, Unmapped Country is fantastic. She has written a remarkable series about Success that I think should be published! I love her writing, and I love hugging her too when I see her, which isn't often enough as she lives in Albany!

6: Lisa Ricard Claro: Writing in the Buff? How could you not read a blog like that? I "met" her when she "discovered" my blog. Isn't that just the coolest?

PS I just found out I was nominated for another Versatile blogger award, with different rules! Thank you Maryj! 


  1. What a magnificent love-fest to wake up to! I love you right back, radiant creature! Big westcoastian hugs and thanks to you . . . xoxoxo

  2. Léna,

    I really appreciate you! You are a talented writer and I know you are just getting warmed up in your literary career.

    I can't wait to check out the work and websites of these other writers! I've always said that we don't write to "express". Rather, we write to connect. But you're taking this idea a step further here and saying we write to love. I LOVE that idea!

    In the spirit of Valentine's (don't you love how our kids exchange cards and candies at school?), I'd like to extend you an invitation to my secret writer's club. I'll shoot you an email soon to share the scoop.

    Happy Valentine's Day! And thank you!

  3. Thanks for the love! :) I'll pass it on. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for the shout out, Lena. Ah, memories! Happy Valentines Day!

  5. I'm a huge fan of your gran's work and decided to look into yours. This blog was a treat! I look forward to more.

  6. Y'all are awesomesauce and were the first 6 that came to mind! It's supposed to be 15, but I didn't have enough time!

    Hi Carolyn - I am so glad that you introduced yourself! I hope that you enjoy my work and stick around - and keep commenting so we can get to know each other!

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