My blogosphere is a rainbow flavoured ice-cream

Welcome to my blogosphere, a community of like-minded bloggers. I click on them and they click on me – it’s a lot of fun! It’s a bit like catching up on the daily news except this is news with a literary, poetic and artistic bent. There is also an interactive and synergistic component which leads to further creative explosions. Mind blowing really.

 

Let me introduce you to some friends from my blogosphere.

 

Another Lost Shark
Graham Nunn may be Another Lost Shark but he is also a Masterchef of the poetic kitchen. He works tirelessly alongside chefs and apprentices, coordinating the show, gathering ingredients from the marketplace, promoting extravaganzas and inviting guests, divining menus, printing cookbooks, adding the right balance of spices and seasonings, making sure the temperature doesn’t get out of control (these poets can be a hot headed bunch) and serving up exquisite banquets.

 

The Querulous Squirrel
An intriguing little fluff ball this one.  A critter not to be messed with. So many dark and dangerous traps to be found in her neck of the woods . This little squirrel madly gathers little nuggets of delight from all around, hides them in assorted places, and retrieves them when she needs to create a delectable feast of flash fiction. She was recently awarded a trophy for most productive squirrel in the blogosphere.

 

Benedicte’s Blog/Carnet de dessins
Benedicte is a lovely French artist living in Montreal. She is funny, wise, immensely talented and has great tastes in cartoons and chickens. She stumbled across photos of my darling Chinese Silky Chickens, Pompadour and Snowy, and felt a compulsion to draw the little beasties. Benedicte posted the wondrous drawings on her blog and a magical roundabout of chicken stories, poems and portraiture had begun.

 

Aletha Kuschan’s Weblog
Aletha, artist extraordinaire living near Washington DC, loves to draw the fish Koi and they are so splendid that anyone looking closely feels that they may jump right out of the picture and start flopping around on the floor. Do you remember in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ how the painting of the ship becomes real – you get my drift! Aletha owns a hamster called Blanca and Blanca has an ‘online’ friendship with Pompadour. Aletha, Benedicte and myself have developed a collaboration that is centred on the aforementioned magical roundabout of chicken stuff. We are having a lot of fun.

 

Tennessee Text Wrestling
Let me tell you a little secret about Thomma Lyn Grindstaff. There is nothing she likes better than a nip or two. That would be ‘nip’ as in Novel in Progress. Yes, she’s absolutely mad about writing novels. Not content with the fabulous ‘Mirror Blue’ she has adopted the pace of Kathy Freeman and is continuing the writerly race while under the influence of a couple of strong nips. Thomma Lyn also loves cats, growing vegetables, and hiking through the mountains. We in the blogosphere get to see lovely photos of her adventures.

 

Maekitso Cafe
Brad Frederickson is an intriguing and battle-scarred poet. His poetry has a mathematical and philosophical flavour and his tweets and emails are imbued with metaphorical colouring. A combination which is probably bad for your physical health, like excessive drinking, but good for social and creative health. He also does pretty cool stuff like printing Haiku onto point of sale receipts. His posts get comments like ‘I’m Speechless….I just dig you man!!!’ (Bindo).

 

Poum
I stumbled across this blog written by screamish, a mother of twins living as an expatriate in France. She entertains the masses with tales (and photos) of all things exotic, such as delightful looking half-naked French men wearing white cotton skirts, wrapped in leather and buckles, fighting each other (an image forever burnt into my brain) as well as heartfelt poems and stories. By strange coincidence she also owns a farm in Childers, a town about 30 minutes drive from where I live, and she used to be an archaeologist (just like my stepmother). Spooky.

 

Gingatao
I’ve left my favourite to last. Paul Squires, wise and wondrous Brisbane-based poet and author of ‘The Puzzle Box’ was recently voted poet laureate of the universe by his own fans from his blogosphere. He is a magical enigma showering the great unwashed with phantasmagorical poetical and prosical stardust (yes, I made that up – he does it all the time so that’s OK). We all remained unwashed as we want the stardust to remain forever on our skin.

I hope you enjoyed meeting my friends from my blogosphere. Aren’t they a terrific multicultural and multi-talented mix? There are others but I haven’t room to mention them all, plus they don’t comment enough – ha,ha,ha (gotcha!).

21 thoughts on “My blogosphere is a rainbow flavoured ice-cream

  1. There is nothing so pleasing as Being a being inside of a sphere; especially when there is ice cream and rainbows and wonderful people who listen and hear. Thank you, Gabrielle.

  2. It wasn’t me. That is one of the most wonderful posts I have ever seen. All those people (except that last wierdo) are fabulous and you have captured everyone of them perfectly. Fabulouso!

  3. Hmmm..I am definitely in good company! I didn’t know men in skirts had such an effect on you…must post some more…and suck in the search engines (recent keyword searches to my blog include “men in miniskirts” “breast pumping” and “home made linda blair costumes”. Let’s hope not from the same person…

  4. Thank you for including me. 🙂 I’m honored to be in such amazing company. And though I know Paul and Squirrel, two of my very favorites (along with you, dear Gabrielle), you’ve given a wonderful heads-up on intriguing new people to meet. The blogosphere, suffused with the warmth and talent of creative artists, is indeed a rainbow of delectable flavors and colors — an inspiration every day.

    • We had to have a novelist in there, so you’re welcome. It is fascinating how the blogosphere comes about and interacts. I’m amazed that so many people from the USA and Canada stumble across my blog – maybe it’s the pictures of Australian wildlife that catch there eye.

    • Are you getting some mischievous ideas for characters – now that’s not such bad idea – what type of critter would Squires be? Maybe a wombat – scratching about in a daze, dreaming up poems.

  5. I am getting an unexpectedly good reaction about ‘my bloggosphere is a rainbow coloured icecream’ which I posted in the ABC POOL. Here is one comment which I thought was just fabulous (and if anyone could draw a picture of us all in a giant bed like the 7 dwarves, that would be pretty funny). Here it is:
    ‘Blogs can create conversation from one side of the world to another. GB, your piece closes this ‘gap’ between bloggers. You speak about you blogosphere so warmly and intimately, that I imagine you all blogging together, tucked into bed, in a whimsical cottage, somewhere off in a land of creativity and artistic brilliance.

    The only thing is i’m left feeling a little envious of you and your friends talents. Some of the stuff in these blogs makes me want to create, be a poet and draw funny things i see during the day. This piece has been a source of inspiration for me!’ comment by Em Shields http://pool.org.au/text/gb/my_blogosphere_is_a_rainbow_flavoured_ice_cream

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