To all my blogging friends:
I’m deeply humbled to be nominated by Mathew of Blog of the Wolf Boy for a second Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you ever so much for considering me! Please visit his website; Mathew’s an amazing blogger who writes vivid poetry from the heart and is passionate about the stories he crafts. Be sure to check his fantastic work out! 🙂
Blogger Recognition Award:
This Award is given in recognition of all the hard work that goes into creating a blog. It’s a great chance for bloggers to support, motivate and promote other bloggers who have clearly put in huge amounts of time and effort to produce valuable content for others. It’s an excellent way to promote bloggers who encourage, motivate, interact and engage with others to help build this online community. Whether shy and reticent or loud and outgoing, they’ve worked hard to build their blogs, creating a welcome escape for other readers to read, learn, be entertained and have fun.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
- Tell the story of why you started your blog.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Why I started Slumdog Soldier:
Whether Max Rockatansky from Mad Max, Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy or James Delaney from the BBC series Taboo, I’ve always had a soft spot for lone-wolf antiheroes. Asocial outcasts who prefer to be left alone and prickly towards strangers they mistrust, they’re reluctant to emotionally invest in others and often gruff, blunt and tactless even to close friends.
Yet all three characters have a deep-seated protective instinct to assist people in need, always willing to intervene on behalf of struggling innocents. Whether for their family, close trusted friends or strangers they’ve taking a liking to, their underlying decency and compassion shines through when helping others. Following their own primal code of righteous violent justice, these characters are ruthless avenging angels against the three-headed dragon of greed, corruption and cruelty. By targeting the rotten dregs of society outside the law – abusers, sadists, bullies and tyrants – these visceral revenge fantasies have resonated with millions of people worldwide, fulfilling that universal cathartic desire for good to triumph over evil and fix a broken world.
Morally grey characters with an inner core of gold – that really struck a chord with me. I had this niggling idea buzzing around my head like a gnat: a tale of soldierly brotherhood among the gutter rats of London; righteous vengeance against cruelty; the plight of fallen soldiers in a country that cast them aside, and standing up for the smallfolk on the grimy margins of society. And my brain whispered:
Start writing. Now.
Publishing on a consistent weekly basis has really helped my writing blossom and improve in a huge way – I’ve been continuously humbled at the overwhelmingly positive reception this story’s received & how it resonates with so many people from all over the world. Having my stories read and commented on by fellow writers has been invaluable for improving my creative writing and gaining confidence to share my stories with a wider audience.
Two tips for new bloggers:
- Use plenty of visuals. While long posts of just block text can save a whole lot of time, effort and formatting stress…it can look very boring to read. Pictures draw the eye. They break up long paragraphs and enhance what’s being said. Your blog posts will look way much more professional when they include pictures – whether header photos, GIFs or graphic art, weaving them throughout your content adds a ton of flair and colour to your posts, and makes them far more appealing for readers.
- Take your time. Save your drafts for future use. If you’re running short of fresh inspiration, they’ll give you backup ideas for new content. If a weekly, fortnightly or monthly schedule works best for you, space out your blogging and let your drafts marinade for a while! You’ll return to them with fresh eyes, see mistakes you’ve originally missed, and notice what works and what doesn’t. Content you’ve spend time polishing up will be far better written than if you panic-publish on the day. Spend time perfecting it, and it’ll really pay off!
My Terrific Ten Bloggers:
These are some brilliant bloggers I’ve had the privilege to get to know better. Please check their websites out; they’re fantastic bloggers who’ve been incredibly kind and uplifting throughout my blogging journey!
Fictive Finesse – Rashi is a talented young writer who’s been a huge encouragement throughout my blogging journey; her supportive comments always make me smile! 😀 She has an innate talent for expressing herself through powerful imagery. Two of her brilliant poems are Open and Falcon; please show her some love by visiting her fantastic blog!
Foxes And Poems – April is a brilliant poet who crafts such evocative and mysterious imagery with her powerful poetry. Three of her fabulous pieces are Ode to Selene, Leones et Agnos (Lions and Lambs) and Mon Miroir D’Hiver (My Winter’s Mirror). If you love visceral poems that touch your soul, please visit her website – you’re in for a treat!
Matthew Richardson is one of the best storytellers I know; his fantastically vivid stories crackle with vitality, filled with brilliantly memorable characters and surprise twist endings! Three of his excellent short stories are Urban Creep, Capturing the Mountain and Street Service. Please show him some appreciation by checking them out!
Chris Hall is a fantastic published author who’s been such a supportive reader throughout my story. She’s already released her first novel through Amazon – You’ll Never Walk Alone – and is currently working on her next YA novel: A Nick in Time. Please visit her website for more gripping flash fiction such as The (Un)Dutiful Daughter and Trading Places. She’s well worth your time!
Tara Caribou paints incredibly heartfelt scenes through her elegant prose, powerful imagery and deeply emotional rollercoasters. Some fantastically moving poems of hers are Lover’s Trail, Hesperus, and Little Red. If you’re looking for some wonderfully raw poetry, she’s the ideal blogger for you!
Fresh Hell – Sarah is an inspiring writer and poet who weaves powerful stories that carry the reader into magical new worlds. Three of her brilliant evocative stories are Wood Child, Feral Muse and Still There. Her words will definitely stay with you!
Earthly Brain – Em writes beautiful poetry from the heart, and her passion shines through her terrific content that sweeps the reader into rich sensual scenes. Two great poems of hers are Smell of Summer Rain and Cherry Blossoms – she’s a brilliant writer!
Yari Garcia Writes – whether you’re a fledgling blogger just starting out or a veteran writer searching for fresh inspiration, Yari is a fantastic writing sage with valuable lessons about the writing journey – the benefits of self-publishing, adding diversity to your story, finding your intended audience and much more! Please show her some appreciation by visiting her website!
Mark Ryan paints such incredible emotions in his stunning poetry, crafting beautiful tributes to tender lost love and the wistful inevitability of ageing. Three excellent poems of his that I’d highly recommend are Wandering Star, Turbulent Cosmic Swells and Death in Neutral. He’s well worth your time!
L. K. Middlebrook – Liv is an excellent writer with an exceptional talent for both poetry and flash fiction. Her brilliant work such as Sent From My iPhone, The Flagpoles of Summer and The Pen And The Flower really pulls the reader into stunning evocative scenes that leap off the page; please show her some love by visiting her website!
I appreciate how writing Award posts can be very time-consuming, and that many bloggers aren’t always comfortable doing them or sharing personal details about themselves; that is completely okay. If you would prefer not to take part, no problem at all. If you would like to accept this Award and pay it forward to new bloggers whom you feel deserve wider appreciation, that’s great too!
And finally: Thank you, each and every one of you fantastic readers, for taking the time to read my stories and enjoy my blog. Your support keeps me going and your kindness, encouragement and inspiration has helped me blossom into a better writer. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to meet such great new friends and continue growing my blogging family. It’s so lovely getting to know you all!