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The 7 Links Challenge — A Second Look at the Best (and Worst) of Tales of a Storyteller

Last week I was surprised to be challenged by fellow bloggers extraordinaire, Jolina Petersheim and Julia Monroe Martin, to the 7 Links Challenge. Well, folks, the first challenge was to figure out how to link something to my blog. Yes, it’s true. I am lost most of the time when it comes to point and click. So, see those little highlighted names back there? I’m proud of that. Hope it does the trick.

Now that I’ve already broken a sweat this morning, here are my seven links — a true feat, considering my blog is fairly new and I’m just happy to be here, telling my stories!

Thanks, Jolina for such a sweet encouragement!

Most Beautiful Post: The Wonder That’s Keeping The Stars Apart

I was pleased with this post and found so much beauty in the legacy of this woman. The image of her, looking beyond herself and her world in search of something greater, moved me.

Most Popular Post: What She Would Have Said

I’d like to think it was because of my wit and deft command of language, but really this post was most popular because it was my first and many friends and family came out to support the new blog. Either that, or people liked the picture of this tough little woman.

Most Controversial Post: A Story That Seeps To The Bone — Alma Katsu Interview

Now, the interview itself may not be controversial. But Alma is one of a kind and that tends to turn hairs. Her novel may not be for everyone, it may be a tough read, tackling the darker natures of mankind, but that’s why I chose to celebrate her. She is a strong-minded woman who is a gifted writer and her work may make you cringe or turn away, but I guarantee it will also make you think.

Most Helpful Post: Endurance And Authenticity — Jessica McCann Interview

While all of my interviews are helpful, this post exemplifies what I’ve found most authors have in common — not only the kind of characteristics that I believe can make you a successful writer, but also a successful person. People like Jessica, improve the world.

Most Surprisingly Successful Post: Hemingway Would Have Bought Her A Drink

Apparently, ghosts and Hemingway and drinking will get you some attention. I had a good time sharing the account of watching this woman at the Hemingway Bar in Paris. Here is the seed of a story. She still enchants me.

Post That Didn’t Get Attention: The Band Played On

All right. I know. It was a sappy memory. But it was one of those posts that sneaks up on you, unplanned. And it made me cry, listening to that old recording.

Post I Am Most Proud Of: She Began To Sing To Me

I probably should have been most proud of the post where I mentioned my wedding anniversary, but that would have been a post about my greatest blessings, not a matter of pride. So, I chose this post, which includes the first excerpt from I’ve shared from my upcoming novel. If you know me, this is a big deal. I’m just learning to talk about my writing with others.

And now here are five other bloggers (boy, this was hard!) who I enjoy reading and who I now nominate for the continuation of the 7 Links Challenge:

Amy Sue Nathan: Women’s Fiction Writer’s

Erika Robuck: Muse

Robin O’Bryant: Robin’s Chicks

Misty Barrere: Writing And Research: What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into

Susanna Kearsley: Not-A-Blog

October 25, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - I loved reading all these posts and catching up on the ones I didn’t see first time around! (and thanks for the mention, you’re very kind!)

October 25, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Kimberly Brock - Wow. I’m flattered, Maggie! Thanks so much. I’m really so pleased you enjoyed it! I’ll have to visit your blog now. XO

October 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Maggie Hames - This is a great piece! As a blogger myself, you really got me thinking. And I love the design of your blog. Simple and elegant. Congrats!

October 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

mistybbarrere1015 - See one, do one, teach one…Thanks so much for mentioning my newborn Blog, Kim. I’m glad you are enjoying it. Now, off to figure out the techno behind the 7 links. Free for a tutorial? You know I’m a kinesthetic nightmare.

October 25, 2011 - 3:56 am

Sheila Deeth - That’s an intriguing challenge!

October 24, 2011 - 5:55 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - This is awesome, Kim. I remember reading (and loving!) every one of these posts. And thank you so much for believing your interview post with me was the most helpful. I’m touched and humbled by your kind words. Looking forward to reading many more posts from you for years to come!

October 24, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Kimberly Brock - So nice to see you here, sweetie! Thanks for taking a peek. Hope you enjoy!

October 24, 2011 - 5:10 pm

Kimberly Brock - Thanks for inviting me! And I have no excuse for being inept with technology, except my wiring. 🙂

October 24, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Jolina Petersheim - I am so glad you did this, girl! I love so many of the posts you wrote about (especially The Band Played On; it made me feel extremely sentimental about my family). Now, I’m off to read the one about the excerpt from your book!

By the way, I’m awful at technology, too. I blame it on my Mennonite roots. 😉

October 24, 2011 - 3:05 pm

MVFreeman - I like this. It made me wonder which posts and links I liked.
Thank you for this! 😉

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