Jeremy Helligar — I always get a vicarious thrill tagging along electronically with Jeremy. He’s got an exceptionally clear, unforced delivery and the range of subjects he’s interested in and covers in superb detail keeps me hooked. Jeremy doesn’t stand still much either and has a wide international reach in his living and writing. I was especially struck by his experiences on an African safari. Thanks, Jeremy, for reminding me of what a big, wild, unpredictable world we live in and how unpredictably we can react to new situations.
Xandra J. — From the first time I read one of Xandra’s deliriously whirling rants, I knew I wanted more. Her laser-sharp scrutinizing of the complexities of race, gender, privilege, wellness, and criticism are always well thought out and presented with clarity and a nice bit of tongue planted firmly in cheek. Xandra is the kind of writer I am 100% on board with no matter what she takes on. I also got a ton of perspective from this piece on useless feedback of which we can expect much when we hit “publish”. Thanks, Xandra!
4 Types of Useless Feedback for Writer
How to recognize toxic feedback, even from well-meaning readers.
Natalie Fagan — Ok, full disclosure, Natalie has become one of my number one fans and generously claps at a lot of my work, even my fiction (and let’s face it, fiction is the red-headed stepchild on Medium. It abounds but doesn’t usually get a lot of love). But what I really love is Natalie’s range and voice. I’m also blown AWAY that she’s doing the level of research and writing that she does while she’s still in college. This world is so in need of journalists like Natalie. Check out her piece on how Edward Snowden’s actions changed the law and be prepared to be impressed.
How Snowden Changed the Law
How Snowden became a major influence in changing US law and government access to your private information.
Chris (R) Morgan — This guy kills in fiction; just smart as hell, tight and absolutely on the money. His pieces tend to be short and punch you right where you laugh. Because fiction just doesn’t grab attention like pieces about how to make lotsa money on Medium or Ten Sure-Fire Tips for Success in _________, Chris’s work ain’t getting the love it should. I don’t think that’s right. Go read this one and laugh and clap at the same time:
Memoirs of a Stupid Dog
Let me just say first that I’m not stupid. Let me repeat: I’m not stupid. I am actually very intelligent. I am highly…
Ogochukwu Obiajulu O — This writer is smart, generous, and doesn’t sugar coat things (which I appreciate). He’s also got one hell of a range. Personally I get so much from his “How To” pieces that those are the ones I gravitate to. But he’s also on top of blockchain technology, human foibles, faith, and career suggestions. I like his range but I really value his voice and his honesty. Ogochukwu is not going to pretend any of what we do or want to do is easy. So read more of his work!
The Pursuit of Happiness: Why The Ideal Career Is Created, Not Found
Unwrapping the Principles of the an Ideal Career.
Aaron Gordon — As a fellow New Yorker and, of course, transit-hostage, I value Aaron’s take on the madness and mayhem we encounter daily here. This piece really nailed things about the subway here and clearly hit a nerve with over 3.2k claps. Let’s all nudge Aaron to write more!
It’s Time to Fall in Love With Stuffy, Crowded Subways
Why Elon Musk is wrong about the future of transportation
Jessica Lovejoy — Here’s another member of my growing Mutual Appreciation Society. Jessica certainly gets a shout-out from me for her many high-lightings, claps, and readings of my work but if she wasn’t consistently writing and publishing top quality work herself, I couldn’t include her here. She is definitely one of my favorite writers on Medium. Jessica combines sharp insight with a deeply personal take on a range of topics. Her poetry is gorgeous, too. This piece hit me where I live and I highly recommend it:
“Family is Forever” Isn’t True for Everyone
For the rest of us, there is comfort in knowing there will be people who will treat us better and love us harder than…
Jane Trombley — I only recently discovered Jane and already she’s a fave. Partially because she’s talking my language. To my utter astonishment and while I wasn’t paying any attention to it, I got old (by the standards of my 35 year old self, anyway). I so appreciate how she speaks for and about us “older” women as well as taking on a whole world of other interests. She’s got this steady, smart, clear voice and is a pleasure to read. I find myself nodding my head a lot while reading Jane’s work. See what you think:
Thanks for checking out these faves of mine and maybe consider the writers who resonate with you. And, yes, there will Parts II, III, IV, and so on. This is fun!
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