Category Archives: People I Read

Interesting sites and books I’ve come across.

People I Read: Kim Harrison

There is nothing quite like having a window into life of someone who has achieved success doing the work you dream to do. Especially if this person creates things that you admire. Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors. I adore her urban fantasy Hollows series and enjoyed her new science fiction thriller The Drafter a great deal. Originally, I followed her blog to find out when the next Hollows book was coming out, but soon I came to love it for giving me a peek into the life of a bestselling writer.

Harrison’s blog is an awesome read for any of her fans as it announces sales, freebie giveaways, and run snippets of stories and deleted scenes. For an aspiring writer she gives a tantalizing glimpse of the life of a career writer who makes her living with her craft. “I work whether I like it or not,” she says in a recent post, “whether the words flow or have to be pick-axed out–and so there is progress and movement whether I feel good about it or not. Stuff goes from brain to fingers, to printer, to cabinet, or Tim [her husband] suffers.”

So whether you’re a fan of Kim Harrison’s work (or think you might be in the near future) and/or an aspiring novelist, her blog is definitely worth checking out.

 

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Check it Out: A Promo on The Pleasant Vegan

The awesome Pleasant Vegan, Martha Mack wrote a promo about my site! Check it out here.

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People I Read: Martha Mack

There is a certain stereotype about being vegan (or vegetarian) that seems hard to shake. They are seen as pretentious, stuck up, and easily offended hippie/hipster/PETA members who actively shame meat eaters and sneers at anyone who is not as committed to their cause. It is an image that does no favors for the perfectly nice people who embrace a meatless lifestyle. Enter Martha Mack and the Pleasant Vegan. Mack, who describes herself as “neither a perfect vegan nor an animal rights activist vegan” chose the diet for health reasons and her site gives lie to the above mentioned stereotype, putting out instead a gentler, more thoughtful approach to veganism.

The Pleasant Vegan is still a relatively new site (it was started just this year), but already it contains several unique and healthy recipes created, taste tested by Mack, and complete with nutritional information. In addition to these yummy recipes and the pretty photos taken by Mack, the site also contains her well-educated (she holds a degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California at Davis) and thoroughly cited meditations on health matters ranging from the challenges of being vegan to coloring and food additives.

Though I am far too attached to dairy to ever go vegan, I can definitely see my way to eating some of the awesome recipes Mack has put together and every time I read her newest meditation in her Vegan Thoughts section, I learn something new. If you are interested in nutrition, health, or trying a vegan recipe or two, check out the Pleasant Vegan! Not even diehard meat eaters can be offended.

 

 

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People I Read: Sandy Kinsock

Sandy Kinsock has the rare ability to make basketball interesting even to those of us whose eyes get glaze the moment we see that orange ball on the TV. Kinsock is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg with a degree in Political Science and an avid life-long interest in basketball. His site Without Pause is a fledgling bare bones production that, while not especially exciting visually, allows the reader to focus on his particular brand of dry absurdist humor.

Kinsock has definite opinions about everything to with the sport and is unafraid to express them in the oddest, most unequivocal terms. “I hate Pitt’s vaunted home non-conference record. I spent three and a half overwhelmingly stupid undergraduate years hearing about how Pitt is 14,000-2 at the Peterson Events Center against non-conference opponents (it’s actually something like 121-4). That statistic seems specifically designed to make me nervous as a Pitt fan. What if this game turns out to be the dreaded Home Non-Conference Loss Number 5? I’ll probably have to move to Argentina and become a construction worker because all is lost,” he declares in his recent post “Watching A.J. Hammons vs. Pitt, 12/1/15.”

Kinsock’s irreverent descriptions of basketball and its players makes me laugh even though I can’t actually say with any conviction how the game is played. If you like uniquely funny writing and whether you have any interest in basketball or not, check out his site!

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Coming Soon

I have decided to start two new and somewhat similar categories of posts. The first is ‘People I Read’ in which I will share awesome people I come across both online and off. The second is ‘On My Shelf,’ which explores writing resources I have found.

Some posts, like the first person I highlight tomorrow, will cover both categories. I plan to put up a least one post in either category a week, so stay tuned!

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