Welcome to day 24 of 30 Days of Writing, a creative writing challenge that brings out the best and the worst in people. Our prompt today is “Roast/toast another blogger”. You can thank my good pal NoNameDufus for this one. If you can find him! Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you’ve participated in today’s challenge.
To All The Bloggers I’ve Loved Before
I had a tough time choosing just one blogger for this topic. I’ve made a number of very dear friends since we started blogging nearly 3 years ago. At one point, I considered roasting my co-blogger Mike, but how many jokes can you make about a man and his cat?
And there’s no way I could toast just one blogger. Just not possible. Therefore, I’m toasting all the bloggers who have participated in this 30 day madness. Because they deserve it. Because they haven’t hunted me down and killed me yet. And they probably want to. Badly. And I can’t blame them.
Here, in no particular order, are the fabulous people who have made me laugh, cry, think, feel and ultimately, inspired:
Unfinished Person – He came, he saw, he ran! Seriously, UP is a good friend, a great blogger and an awesome dancer. I appreciate that he joined in and understand completely why he had to stop.
NoNameDufus – Dufus is the punniest man I know and one of the greatest trash talkers of our time. He’s actually posted something every single day through this challenge and even moved some of his regular features to his second blog!
Babs (Beetle) – Babs is just the sweetest, funniest person! Her stories are guaranteed to make you laugh until you pee and, by the way, you have to read them with a British accent!
Laughing Mom – LM lost everything in a fire – including *gasp* all her shoes – and has a child who lives with chronic pain, yet she still manages to be positive and funny. I admire her more than I could ever possibly tell you.
Linda R. – I don’t even know where to begin with Linda; she’s a real renaissance woman! Her poetry, her short stories, her cats… she is an extremely talented writer and I always leave her blog with something to think about.
P.J. – We’ve had the opportunity to make some new friends through this challenge, and P.J. is one of them. He’s so positive and upbeat, yet with a profound outlook on life. Plus, he loves Montreal which has endeared him to us forever!
Ziva – My gorgeous Lemmikki! I could tell you how talented she is, how incredibly brilliant and wonderfully funny, but in the end, what it really boils down to is: I love her. Even if she’s the one who suggested the awkward banana prompt, hates cheese and is marrying someone else.
MikeWJ – A man of many names, he is one of my favourite writers, in or out of the blogosphere. He really is one of the most talented bloggers I’ve had the good fortune to meet. He can take a mundane subject and spin it into an engaging article that makes me literally laugh my ass off. He’s a genius, and I don’t use the term lightly.
Linda Medrano – I may have mentioned that I’m going to visit Linda in California, so that should already tell you how I feel about her. The anecdotes she shares of her life are truly wonderful and funny. I keep hoping she’ll write her memoirs, because that would truly be a book I’d read over and over again!
If I Were God – He may not actually be God, but he would get my vote if he started campaigning for the position. He’s a “calls it like he sees it” kind of guy but with a sense of humour about it all. He has totally risen to this challenge and has been running them in for the TD from day 1.
Jayne – Jayne introduced us to Cotswold. How could I not love her? Besides, she is an amazingly talented writer and her posts never, ever fail to evoke a strong reaction from me, whether it be laughter at the hilarious or anger at the injustice or just plain wonder at the awesomeness of her talent.
Shawn – I’ve known Shawn personally for over 20 years. I’ll never understand his fascination for bathrooms. But I’m very glad he joined in on this challenge and can honestly say he’s knocked each topic right out of the park. And into the bathroom.
00Dozo – Our lovely ex-pat Canadian now living in the tropics, Dozo has joined in when she can and I appreciate her Herculean efforts despite her many medical issues.
Ms. Darkstar – Also a new friend, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her through her writing. Her style is unique, unexpected and probably some of the most honest writing I’ve ever read.
Katherine – I’ve always adored Katherine, she is an absolute sweetheart. But recently, I’ve been enjoying her writing even more. Katherine has been taking more chances and finding her true voice and I love it.
Leeuna – After a bit of hiatus, Leeuna came back to the blogosphere by joining this challenge and I was ecstatic! I love her dry sense of humour and her quick wit.
Nathanael – Another new friend to us, Nathanael was actually searching for a writing challenge and stumbled upon us. I love the reflective tone of his writing, no matter how silly the prompt!
Tami – I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Tami. She’s got a great sense of humour and her writing is very concise, yet conveys a great deal, and the accompanying photos are always fantastic.
Wendy – A mother a five boys, I have nothing but admiration for Wendy! Her positivity shines through her writing and her love for her family is nothing short of inspiring. I don’t remember anymore how she found out about this challenge, but I’m really glad she did.
Sandra – She’s fit, she’s hawt and she is spectacularly funny. I’ve known Sandra for about a year now and I’m always so impressed with her ability to write about anything and everything in a totally honest and humourous way.
Barb – I feel like I’m getting repetitive, but I can’t help it. We’ve met some great new bloggers through this challenge and Barb is one of them. Her straight to the point posts truly allow the reader to get to know her and to know her is to know she’s awesome.
Nicki – Even though she spells her name wrong, Nicki is fantastic. Besides our names, I’ve discovered we have several things in common. But best of all, she totally doesn’t mind that I throw myself shamelessly at her.
Malisa – I actually got to know Malisa through another challenge we participated in during the month of April. She is a brilliant photographer, even though she’ll tell you she’s not a photographer. She is hysterically funny and yet also a deep thinker. I never know what to expect and I’m never disappointed.
Lauren – On day 17, Lauren made her entrance to this party with her awkward banana post. And what an entrance it was. Nothing short of spectacular. I must also add that she is extremely gracious about the fact that I forgot her in this list. I’m sorry, Lauren. It has nothing to do with your abundant talent and everything to do with my drinking problem.
Cheryl P. – While she’s never actually posted on her own blog during this challenge, Cheryl deserves to be mentioned as she has posted every single day here at WWFC. She’s our cheerleader extraordinaire and one of the most lovely people I’ve ever met – on or off the Internet. And I’ve totally been ignoring her blog because of this challenge and she deserves much better than that.
There you have it, folks. I think I got everyone, I really tried to cover everyone but if I missed you please feel free to make fun of me in my comments section. Oh, and take an extra 1,000 points.
My glass is raised to all of you. Repeatedly. Thank you for making this crazy month such a success and an enormous amount of fun.
Now go and visit the other talented folks who have joined in this challenge. And tell them they get 250 points just for being them. Plus, the first round’s on me!